from Pradodesign Extra early-bird ticket deadline extended until March 3 Want to attend Disrupt NY 2017 but missed the early bird ticket deadline? You’re in luck! We’re giving you a few extra days to get your hands on deeply-discounted extra early-bird Disrupt tickets, so you now have until Friday, March 3 to purchase. Extra early-bird tickets will set you back just $1,795 apiece, a full $1,200 off what they’ll cost at the door. You can get… Read More
from Pradodesign Paintings by Simon Stålenhag
These subtly surreal paintings by the artist Simon Stålenhag depict a future or alternate reality where things look very much…
from Pradodesign Any headphones can be Bluetooth headphones with Jack When Apple decided to strip its flagship phones of the headphone jack, certain people were angry. Those relying on the headphone jack for non-music things were grumpy, but so were those of us who had recently dropped hundreds of dollars on new, high-end headphones. Jack — a Kickstarter campaign in its final hours — offers reprieve to both groups. Read More
from Pradodesign Tech companies are filing a brief supporting transgender youth in upcoming SCOTUS case Tech companies are preparing to go to bat for transgender rights when the Supreme Court takes on the issue next month. As Axios reports, led by Apple, a number of prominent companies will file a court brief arguing in favor of the 17-year-old lead plaintiff, transgender Virginia high school student Gavin Grimm. Other companies that will reportedly sign on include Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM… Read More
from Pradodesign Facebook’s mobile prodigy launches video charades game Michael Sayman was just 17 when Facebook hired him, but he’d already built 5 apps. Now 7 years after his first launch, the Facebook product manager has just released Show & Tell, which turns selfies and visual communication into a game. You’re given an emotion to act out, you send the video to friends, and they try to guess what you’re feeling. “I made 4 Snaps about… Read More
from Pradodesign Uber says it’s not behind the phone calls to investigate Susan Fowler’s personal life
The engineer who claimed she experienced sexual harassment and sexism at Uber tweeted that people she knew were being asked for personal information about her.
After a week of controversy — and heavy criticism from its employees, the media and some investors for allowing what one called a “toxic” work culture to thrive — Uber remains on the defense.
Today, the company told Recode that it’s not behind the calls and other methods of communication being made to people who may know Susan Fowler in search of “personal and intimate” information. It was the former engineer who wrote an explosive blog post about sexism and sexual harassment at the ride-hailing company earlier this week.
“Uber is in no way involved,” a spokesperson said. “This behavior is wrong.”
Uber said it is speaking for all of those involved in the investigation, according to a spokesperson, including the law firm hired to conduct it, Covington and Burling.
Then who is? It’s not clear, according to Fowler, “several” friends had been contacted including people she had not spoken to since high school.
“[They] have reached out in concern, because they have been contacted by people asking for personal information about me,” Fowler told Recode in an email. “I do not know who is doing this or why.”
Although she said didn’t know who was doing she tweeted earlier today that she had been notified that people were being contacted for information about her and asked that those who were report it immediately.
Research for the smear campaign has begun. If you are contacted by anyone asking for personal and intimate info about me, please report asap
— Susan Fowler Rigetti (@susanthesquark) February 24, 2017
Immediately, people on Twitter denounced Uber for propagating the campaign. Not so, said Uber.
But it’s not hard to understand why people would jump to that conclusion. For one, the company has hired an outside firm to investigate people in the past.
At the end of 2015, Uber hired a CIA-linked firm called Ergo to look into Spencer Meyer a plaintiff who was suing the company and its CEO Travis Kalanick for price-fixing. The company also used the same firm to investigate a separate plaintiff named Andrew Schmidt.
Following a story that I wrote at my previous position at BuzzFeed News, at least four people reached out to me to tell me they were approached by investigators from a firm called TAL Global — the managing director of which is Errol Southers who was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the undersecretary of the Transportation Security Administration in 2010 — because they were suspected of leaking internal company documents to me.
One person who was suspected of leaking documents to me said an investigator there on behalf of Uber forced his way into her apartment.
And, to be fair, many companies use investigators for all kinds of reasons.
In addition, there are alternative possibilities.
While Fowler’s story has brought light to the pervasive sexism at Uber, it also exposes the former Uber engineer to critics, anti-feminists, and people with a vendetta against the ride-hail company — of which there are many.
In the comments reacting to Fowler’s blog post there were many people who were angered by her claims and demanded “proof” of her harassment. Fowler has since closed the comments section.
Then there’s the possibility that a company, group, or organization — someone with a stake in a competitor, for example — that has it out for Uber is attempting to dig the company into an even deeper hole than it already is in.
If you have been contacted by anyone seeking information about Susan Fowler or have any additional information you can contact this reporter at email@example.com or on Signal, Confide or Telegram at 5162338877. http://ift.tt/1P9I4xH
from Pradodesign VR social productivity app Bigscreen raises $3M in round led by Andreessen Horowitz While there is much ink spilled over the hunt for VR’s “killer app,” over the past year a number of social apps have emerged out of the VR community that seek to highlight the unparalleled opportunities for collaboration offered by VR. One of the first to balance the potential for fun and productivity is Bigscreen. The company, which has achieved sizable popularity amongst… Read More
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from Pradodesign JackThreads is trying to find a buyer after its Hail Mary business model failed
The company has laid off staff in the process.
JackThreads, the online men’s retailer that was once part of the digital media company Thrillist, has been in talks to sell the company after its most recent reincarnation failed, according to multiple sources.
The e-commerce site got its start as a flash-sale site, selling men’s streetwear at heavy discounts in limited quantities. But last year it doubled down on selling its own brand of men’s clothing at full prices.
It did so with a new, risky try-on-at-home model — called TryOuts — that let customers order as many products as they wanted without paying up front. They later paid for the ones they kept and sent back the ones they didn’t. Shipping both ways was free.
The new model launched in the spring, but by the fall JackThreads was already talking to investors about needing to raise more money, sources said.
At the time, the company was very unprofitable and projecting only around $30 million in revenue for the year, these people said. At one point in previous years, JackThreads did as much as around $70 million in revenue or more.
A spokesman confirmed the sale talks, as well as accompanying layoffs, to Fortune, which first reported the news. In recent weeks, customers have been complaining of orders being cancelled and extra-long delivery times.
JackThreads was founded in 2008 in Columbus, Ohio, by the entrepreneur Jason Ross and acquired by Ben Lerer’s Thrillist in 2010. At the time, the idea of melding content and commerce was attractive, and Thrillist envisioned selling JackThreads goods to Thrillist readers to supplement its advertising business.
But in 2015, that promise evaporated when the two companies split apart and raised a combined $54 million to fund separate futures. JackThreads is now run by CEO Mark Walker, who did not respond to requests for comment.
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from Pradodesign FCC prepares to pull broadband privacy rules adopted last year FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intention today to block a privacy rule adopted by the Commission late last year. Citing its disharmony with existing FTC rules, Pai intends to prevent its coming into force as planned on March 2. Read More