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Smart Google Doodle puts coding in everyone’s hands

Coding is for everyone. The idea of stringing together commands to make a program is daunting prospect for most, but that’s because many have never seen visual programming tools. Until now. Monday’s Google Doodle puts a super-easy visual programming tool on the search page and gently guides even the most programming-averse among us with straightforward...CONTINUE READING
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Y Combinator cuts ties with Peter Thiel

Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator has cut ties with Peter Thiel, BuzzFeed reported.  The billionaire PayPal founder joined the accelerator as a part-time partner in 2015. Since then, he’s become better-known outside the tech world for funding the lawsuit that took down Gawker and for his support of Donald Trump.  SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley...CONTINUE READING
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Twitter, high on 280 characters, more than doubles the length of display names

What good are 280 characters if you have to shout them from a measly 20-character display name? Just two days following the surprise announcement that Twitter would be doubling the character count allowed per tweet, the San Francisco-based company is back with another update — and you’d better believe it’s about yet even more characters....CONTINUE READING
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WeWork founders want to help children start their own businesses for some reason

Co-working space provider WeWork is looking towards a new generation of entrepreneurs—many of whom probably don’t know what that word means. The $20 billion startup said Monday that it’s launching a private elementary school inside one its trendy New York office spaces with a pilot class of seven, including a child of founders Adam and...CONTINUE READING
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Silicon Valley is obsessed with fasting. Experts call it ‘highly irresponsible.’

Silicon Valley has long been obsessed with optimizing people’s lives.  From voice-activated assistants to devices that micromanage physical activity down to the last step to remote-controlled home temperature systems, Silicon Valley just won’t rest until it’s made every aspect of your life more efficient.  SEE ALSO: Google removes Maps feature showing calories and mini-cupcakes after...CONTINUE READING
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‘Silicon Valley’ star Kumail Nanjiani warns ‘tech has the capacity to destroy us’

Starring in a comedy about tech isn’t always funny, one of HBO’s Silicon Valley stars explained in a cynical Twitter thread Wednesday. Kumail Nanjiani, who plays software engineer Dinesh in the TV series, shared some thoughts on how tech companies don’t consider the ethical implications of what they’re building.  SEE ALSO: ‘Black Mirror’ predicted this...CONTINUE READING
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Russian Facebook trolls advocated killing ‘dangerous illegal aliens’

This just keeps getting worse. Another messed-up shoe has dropped in the ongoing saga of Facebook’s influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This time, it’s the revelation that Russian-linked troll accounts called for race-based violence.  Facebook has so far refused to publicly release the Russian-backed ads that ran on its platform, potentially reaching up...CONTINUE READING
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