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I Experienced Porns Sexual Harassment Problem Firsthand. It Must Be Stopped.

I watched as he locked the door, a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. We were in his office, which doubled as a makeshift dressing room, and Id just changed into the outfit hed requesteda yellow crop top with jean-short cut-offs, white cotton panties, and no bra. Id been hired to film a became normalized. If a stranger slapped my ass on set or pulled my shirt up to tweak my nipples, I learned to accept it as common on-set behavior, as complaining about it

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WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has reportedly cashed out of over $700 million ahead of its IPO

Adam Neumann, the co-founder and chief executive of the international real estate co-working startup WeWork has reportedly cashed out of more than $700 million from his company ahead of its initial public offering. The size and timing of the payouts, made through a mix of stock sales and loans secured by his equity in the company, is unusual, considering that founders typically wait until after a company holds its public offering to liquidate their holdings. Despite the loans and sales of stock, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, Neumann remains…

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Four dead after gunman goes on 12-hour ‘violent spree’ in Los Angeles

Police have arrested suspect who fatally shot his father, brother and two others in the San Fernando Valley A man shot and killed his father, brother and two others on Thursday during a 12-hour rampage in Los Angeles San Fernando Valley, eluding an intense manhunt until plainclothes officers arrested him soon after he gunned down a city bus passenger, authorities said. Police said they did not know what had motivated the suspect, identified as Gerry Zaragoza, 26, in the attacks. It is obviously an individual that went on a violent…

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A school’s mural removal: should kids be shielded from brutal US history?

Every day at a San Francisco high school, students pass artwork depicting slavery and violence against Native Americans Depending on whom you ask, a 1,600-sq-ft art installation at George Washington high school in San Francisco is either an unflinching look at American history, a stark depiction of violence against oppressed minorities or both. In New Deal-era murals spanning the staircase and lobby, the Russian emigre Victor Arnautoff depicted Washington in 13 scenes. Two in particular have generated student complaints for more than 50 years, and in April, an ad hoc…

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San Francisco politicians champion civil liberties – but back police raid on journalist

After authorities seize reporters notes, Democratic leaders say they support the raid and decline to address press freedom concerns San Francisco politicians pride themselves on defending civil liberties in the face of unprecedented attacks by the White House. But when a Donald Trump-style crackdown on citizens rights took place in their own backyard, the citys Democratic leaders had a different kind of response. They supported it. San Francisco police (SFPD) uncover a police leak to the reporter. The states newspapers, along with first amendment advocates across the US, have decried…

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More than 900 quarantined amid measles fears at Los Angeles universities

Students and faculty at two schools have been exposed as number of US measles cases hits 25-year high More than 900 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the US, where cases have reached a 25-year high. By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles county ordered the precautions, about 200 of those affected had been cleared to return after…

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Dr Dre says daughter got into USC ‘all on her own’ then fans point out $70m donation

Dre deletes Instragam picture after fans remind him of donation to USC in 2013 to create academy for arts, technology and business Dr Dre has never been afraid to rap his own praises. He claimed on college admissions scandal, in which a number of wealthy parents, including Desperate Housewives actor Felicity Huffman, paid thousands of dollars to generate fake SAT scores and athletic achievements for their children so they could get into prestigious colleges. Many of those charged are likely to serve custodial sentences. Fans were quick to point out…

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Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams: one of the last men to be executed in California

The once-feared leader of the Crips, put to death in 2005, had a warning for UK gangs. Tony Thompson met him in prison On 13 March 2019, Californias governor, Gavin Newsom, died by lethal injection on 13 December 2005, after last-minute appeals by his lawyers and a clemency petition to then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were unsuccessful. Tony Thompson spoke with Williams in this piece originally published on 27 November 2004. divider Stanley Tookie Williams is not typical of the 629 death row inmates at San Quentin prison in San Francisco.…

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Argo AI acquires permit to test autonomous vehicles in California

Argo AI, the self-driving car startup that burst onto the scene in 2017 with $1 billion in backing from Ford, has obtained a permit to test its autonomous vehicles in California. The permit, issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, is for one vehicle and two drivers. Unlike other self-driving car companies, California isn’t the first, or even third, market where Argo AI is testing its tech. The company, founded by former Google self-driving project veteran Bryan Salesky and Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s former engineering lead Peter Rander, has…

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Why Silicon Valley needs more visas

Henrique Dubugras Photo courtesy of Flickr/jvoves While it might sound counterintuitive, immigrants create more jobs and make our economy stronger. Research from the National Foundation of American Policy (NFAP) has shown that immigrant-founded billion-dollar companies doubled their number of employees over the past two years. According to the research, “WeWork went from 1,200 to 6,000 employees between 2016 and 2018, Houzz increased from 800 to 1,800 employees the last two years, while Cloudflare went from 225 to 715 employees.” We’ve seen the same growth at Brex. In just one year…

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A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes

A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-based communications company. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to peek in and snoop on a near-real-time stream of text messages. For Sébastien Kaul, a Berlin-based security researcher, it didn’t take long to find. Although Kaul found the exposed server on Shodan, a search engine for…

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Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires ‘hoard their money’ and won’t help homeless

In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitters Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are hoarding money and dont want to help the homeless. In an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday, the tech entrepreneur intensified his efforts to call out ultra-wealthy business leaders has caused divides in the tech industry, which has typically been resistance to taxes that could income inequality. The CEOs unusual…

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Paul Manafort Paid for Lavish Clothes, Real Estate With Foreign Funds: Prosecutors

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort paid for real estate, house renovations, expensive clothing, and cars using international wire transfers or foreign shell companies, witnesses told jurors in the second day of Manaforts trial in Alexandria, Virginia. CNN reports that Manaforts friend Wayne Holland testified that he helped Manafort make a real estate deal and was told Manafort paid through a company called Lucicle Consultants Limited, which prosecutors claim is a shell company based in Cyprus. Manafort also told a boutique store manager that he would be paying for his…

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Trumps Trade War Is Killing American Blue Jeans

Victor Lytvinenko is thumbing through emails on his iPhone trying to find the one that best shows the damage the global trade war has already done to his little, decade-old American jeans company. The 37-year-old — dressed in a black t-shirt, rolled-up blue jeans and a pair of Stan Smiths — eventually looks up after finding the message. It’s from a customer in Scotland who’s apologizing for canceling an order worth tens of thousands of dollars. The reason? The shop owner balked at paying an additional 25 percent tariff the…

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Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple Maps is still not where it needs to be to be considered a world-class service. Maps needs fixing. Apple, it turns out, is aware of this, so it’s re-building the maps part of Maps. It’s doing this by using first-party data…

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