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  • eBay Reports More Diverse Staff Than Other Tech Companies

    eBay Reports More Diverse Staff Than Other Tech Companies

    According to a report released Thursday, eBay maintains one of the highest rates of gender diversity in the tech industry — 42 percent of its total employees are female. Women make up 24 percent of the company’s tech employees. Although this may seem like a relatively low number when considering women make up almost 50 percent of the company’s non-tech employees, it puts… Read More

  • Strengthened Senate NSA Reform Measure Is ‘A Good First Step’

    Strengthened Senate NSA Reform Measure Is ‘A Good First Step’

    Earlier this week, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced a strengthened version of the USA FREEDOM Act to praise from tech companies, privacy groups and the New York Times editorial board. As that initial applause settled, Rep. Zoe Lofgren argued on Thursday that the legislation would only rein in parts of the nation’s intelligence apparatus. Read More

  • FCC Questions Verizon’s Limits On Unlimited Data

    FCC Questions Verizon’s Limits On Unlimited Data

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday grilled Verizon on its plans to slow down the top 5 percent of 4G LTE unlimited data users. For the past two and half years, Verizon has engaged in a process commonly known as throttling that slows down the data of the top 5 percent of the heaviest 3G data users. Read More

  • Why OKCupid’s Experiments Aren’t The Same As Facebook’s

    Why OKCupid’s Experiments Aren’t The Same As Facebook’s

    OKCupid on Monday wrote a viral blog post where it admitted to experimenting on human beings, comparing tests it runs to improve its dating algorithms to the study Facebook did that took over the news cycle early this month. Today Reuters reported that like Facebook’s experiment, these tests could violate Federal Trade Commission regulations. “But guess what, everybody: if you… Read More

  • Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

    Our Nine Favorite Companies From The 500 Startups Demo Day

    It’s that time again: 500 Startups just put on demo day for its ninth batch of companies at Microsoft’s conference building in sunny Mountain View, Calif. The seed stage investor and startup incubator showed off 29 products and services that range from making it easier to get a home loan to a marketplace for 3D printed knick-knacks. Read More

  • Tech Companies Throw Their Support Behind Strengthened NSA Reform Bill

    Tech Companies Throw Their Support Behind Strengthened NSA Reform Bill

    As expected, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced the USA FREEDOM Act to the upper chamber of Congress on Tuesday. The bill comes on the heels of a similar, weaker measure passed in the House that was widely condemned as denatured and passed by brute force. “If enacted, this bill would represent the most significant reform of government surveillance authorities since Congress passed the USA… Read More

  • Women Use Pinterest, But They Don’t Run It

    Women Use Pinterest, But They Don’t Run It

    Only 40 percent of Pinterest employees are women, even though the majority of the company’s users are female, according to a report released by Pinterest Thursday. Pinterest’s ratio appears better than other tech companies that have released similar reports — only about 30 percent of employees at Facebook, Google and Twitter are female. But considering Pinterest’s users… Read More

  • Yeti Is Like Tinder For Places

    Yeti Is Like Tinder For Places

    Sometimes searching for the perfect bar or a challenging hiking trail can be like searching for a mythological creature. Unless you’ve already found Yeti. Read More

  • Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same

    Twitter’s Diversity Report Is More Of The Same

    Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they’re pretty bad if you’re not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter’s employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female. However when you look specifically at employees in tech, the gender gap grows, and 90 percent are male. Read More

  • Tech Leaders Tell Interns What They Wish They Knew At Age 20

    Tech Leaders Tell Interns What They Wish They Knew At Age 20

    Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, early PayPal and AirBnB investor Keith Rabois, Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann and Re/code founder Kara Swisher were among the 11 speakers whose advice ranged from whether or not you should drop out of school to launch a startup to how to network. Read More

  • Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    On Saturday NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called developers to design products that protect users’ privacy and Constitutional rights, saying he plans to promote such technologies.But Vysk Communication’s CEO Victor Cocchia has been working on developing such technology since 2012, long before Snowden addressed the Hope X conference last weekend. Cocchia spoke to me about his… Read More

  • Hillary Clinton Visits Silicon Valley, Holds Twitter Q&A

    Hillary Clinton Visits Silicon Valley, Holds Twitter Q&A

    For a year now, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a fixture on Twitter, posting observations with #TweetsFromHillary at @HillaryClinton. But when the former secretary of state made the rounds at Facebook, Twitter and Google on Monday, the hashtag became #AskHillary, as she switched to interactive mode. Read More

  • Turner Media Camp Demo Day Highlights Five New Startups

    Turner Media Camp Demo Day Highlights Five New Startups

    It’s like summer camp, but for grownups, according to a video shown as Turner Media Camp’s third Demo Day kicked off. Warner Bros. and Turner’s media-focused accelerator culminated Thursday as a batch of startups made presentations to a room of investors. The five startups spent 12 weeks in workshops and networking events with media leaders. Read More

  • Yahoo Exec Accused Of Sexual Harassment Files Defamation Counter-Suit

    Yahoo Exec Accused Of Sexual Harassment Files Defamation Counter-Suit

    Prominent Yahoo executive Maria Zhang filed a defamation complaint Wednesday against a former female employee who sued her for sexual harassment and subsequent wrongful termination. In her filing, Zhang called Nan Shi’s allegations — that she forced Shi to have oral and digital sex — “outrageously false” and based on attempts to extort Yahoo. Read More

  • Visa Launches PayPal-Like ‘Checkout’ Widget For Third-Party Websites

    Visa Launches PayPal-Like ‘Checkout’ Widget For Third-Party Websites

    Visa wants to make the process of paying for goods on your phone or iPad as easy as swiping your credit or debit card at an offline retailer. To do so, it’s adapting to Internet retail with the launch of Visa Checkout, a new payment option that will allow users to speed through the online checkout process in just a few steps. Read More

  • Countable Wants To Make Politics A ‘Continual Conversation’

    Countable Wants To Make Politics A ‘Continual Conversation’

    Telling your senator how to vote is as easy as “liking” a Facebook picture, thanks to a new app from the creators of TV streaming service SideReel. Countable, available for iOS and coming to Android soon, presents a succinct summary of each piece of legislation Congress is considering, along with a short one-sentence argument in favor of the bill or against it. You are then able… Read More

  • Reddit, Privacy Groups Call On Obama To Reject Cybersecurity Bill

    Reddit, Privacy Groups Call On Obama To Reject Cybersecurity Bill

    A coalition of 30 companies and privacy groups, including Reddit and search engine DuckDuckGo, on Tuesday demanded that President Barack Obama promise to reject a controversial cybersecurity bill. The bill has come under fire for its loose limits on sharing information about cyber threats without properly filtering personal information from it among government agencies, including the… Read More

  • Senators Push For Broadband Reclassification That Would Protect Net Neutrality

    Senators Push For Broadband Reclassification That Would Protect Net Neutrality

    Thirteen senators called on Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers in order to protect net neutrality. The lawmakers, led by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., submitted a letter directing the FCC to classify the providers under Title II of the Communications Act, the same law used to regulate telecommunications services. Read More

  • We’re Holding A Discussion About Important Policy Concerns

    We’re Holding A Discussion About Important Policy Concerns

    Polls are broken. And, in an experiment to fix them, TechCrunch has partnered up with tech startup Reframe It, which is developing a deliberative polling product for technology policy issues with the help of a grant from the Knight Foundation. Deliberative polling is a new, scientific and deliberative process which gathers a randomly selected group of citizens in an attempt to understand what… Read More

  • Snowden Document Exposes Extensive List of British Spying Tools

    Snowden Document Exposes Extensive List of British Spying Tools

    The intelligence agency Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s National Security Agency (NSA) equivalent — commands a wide-ranging set of tools that enable it to hack into popular social media and communications outlets and plant false information on the Internet, according to a document published by The Intercept. The long list of options range from… Read More