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Envoy raises $43 million to digitize your office

The office might not seem like an area in desperate need of disruption, but Envoy — a Silicon Valley company used to sign in over 100,000 visitors at offices across the world each day; and a TechCrunch SF office neighbor! — has raised $43 million to do just that. The company started life five years digitizing the sign-in book with a simple iPad-based approach, and it has moved on to office deliveries with an automated system that simply involves scanning a barcode. In both cases, alerts are routed directly to…

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A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warning

An explosive report in The New York Times this weekend sheds new light on the apparent targeting of Twitter accounts by “state-sponsored actors” three years ago. It comes in the wake of the confirmed death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, two weeks after he disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi had long been a target of a Saudi troll army, according to the report, which employed hundreds of people to stifle the speech of government critics, like Khashoggi, who left the kingdom to live and…

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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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Twitter user named Brett Kavanagh kicks off an impromptu support group

It's not easy being Brett Kavanagh…Image: Andrew Harnik – Pool/Getty images Existing on Twitter when you’re not named after a controversial political figure is hard enough, but users named Brett Kavanagh, Susan Collins, and more have learned it’s a whole other level of hellscape when your name’s in the news. As the world awaits the possible confirmation of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Kentucky man named Brett Kavanagh tweeted that it has not been easy to have his name throughout this whole process. Believe me –…

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Twitter will update its rules to prohibit ‘dehumanizing language’

We happen to know a certain Twitter user who really enjoys using dehumanizing language.Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images Call it the Alex Jones effect. Twitter announced on Tuesday that it will update its rules to prohibit “dehumanizing language” on the platform. While it is still finalizing what this policy will look like through user feedback and internal review processes, this initiative could add a much-needed layer of clarity to Twitter’s sometimes opaque, yet narrow, rule violation policy. “We want to expand our hateful conduct policy to include content that dehumanizes…

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Nicki Minajs Week From Hell: Kylie Jenner Drama, Tour Shakeups and Harriet Tubman?

For many celebrities, getting called out for Harriet Tubman. Some of these maneuvers were probably just (successful) attempts to snatch headlines as Minaj debuted her new album, it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and earned the No. 1 iTunes spot in 86 countries. But Minaj wanted to be No. 1, and she wasnt above blaming a very wealthy baby for being dethroned. But before we get to Stormi Webster, a radio interview. The feud then moved continued, Btch you hit me & meek asking us to get…

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Its time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the hate speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content moderation, few groups (outside of the German government) have outright sued the platforms for their actions. That’s because of a legal distinction between media publications and media platforms that has made solving hate speech online a vexing problem. Take, for instance, an op-ed published in the New York Times calling for the slaughter of an…

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Become a child genius with this engineering kit

A local news site wants you to get your facts straight before destroying their mentions.  The National Enquirer kept a LITERAL SAFE of records that documented “hush money payments” during the 2016 presidential election. The tabloid essentially buried stories that would damage Trump’s campaign.  SEE ALSO: Sarah Huckabee Sanders tries and fails to explain Trump’s odd comment on groceries On Thursday, National Enquirer chief David Pecker was granted immunity, and angry people took to Twitter to voice their rage.  Except, they directed their anger at the wrong Enquirer.  The poor…

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Fall in love with this tasty mountain of shredded ice

The Shrek soundtrack is the arguably the quintessential album of the 2000s, rivaled only by the magnum opus of movie soundtracks, Shrek 2. The opening scene — from Shrek bursting out of his outhouse to shattering a mirror with his ogreish grin — wouldn’t be the same without Smash Mouth’s iconic “someBODY once told me.” Smash Mouth’s “All Star” became an absolute banger, constantly resurfacing through memes and remixes. And their cover of the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” sweetly accompanies Shrek and Fiona through their swamp wedding as they party…

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Australia is deplorably racist, as people of colour are reminded when they speak up | Jack Latimore

There can be no reconciliation until politicians acknowledge the harmful impacts of race baiting Theres no question that Australia is a far more racist country than its political class like to admit. No amount of spin should be capable of disorientating hard facts sufficiently to obfuscate that reality. Yet incredibly I still receive abusive mail ridiculing me for jumping at shadows, protesting it just aint so. I understand how a certain amount of privilege in life provides a buffer to the kinds of racialised discrimination, prejudice and hate speech that…

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Photoshop Troll Who Takes Photo Requests Too Literally Strikes Again, And The Result Is Hilarious (15+ New Pics)

James is a professional photoshopper, a master of his trade who can alter your picture to just about anything he pleases. The British designer has become an internet star with his maverick ways, taking people’s requests and altering them with a hilariously unexpected twist to find his own niche, photoshop comedy. His images are often delivered with a deadpan response, a simple ‘sure’ or ‘done,’ but sometimes he comes out with important messages about social issues such as media manipulation, unrealistic beauty standards and body confidence too. #9 #10 Read…

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Mueller is reportedly investigating Trump’s tweets

I said that?Image: vicky leta/mashable It’s just too good. The New York Times reported on Thursday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is putting President Trump’s tweets under the microscope. He may use the Tweets to help determine whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice in the Russian election tampering investigation.  SEE ALSO: Just some photos of Donald Trump yelling Mueller reportedly wants to question Trump about the intention of certain Tweets, particularly those about James Comey and Jeff Sessions. Mr. Trump, what was your intention when you called…

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How Americans Wound Up on Twitter’s List of Russian Bots

If you followed Rebecca Hirschfeld’s @Beckster319 account on Twitter in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, you would have seen that she’s an actress, a huge fan of David Bowie but not so much of Donald Trump, and that she enjoyed anything flavored with pumpkin. Around the same time, if you looked at Markiya Franklin’s @internalmemer account, you would have gathered that she supports Black Lives Matter and is a K-pop diehard. Chris Osborne’s @skatewake1994 account was into surfing and snowboarding with a passion, along with saying a…

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This dexterous humanoid has robot fingers that almost perfectly mimic human hands

Pee after sex or you'll end up with a week-long cranberry juice cleanse.Image: Getty Images Twitter is doing a better job at teaching sex ed than most schools in the United States.  In case your high school education failed you, too, doctors recommend that people pee after sex to help prevent urinary tract infections. It’s become popular for Twitter users to leave wholesome nightly messages for each other, like reminding people to take off their makeup, leave trash exes on read, and pee after sex. After all, nobody wants to…

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Internet on edge as daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper

Climbing raccoon prompts live stream, photos and hashtag #MPRraccoon as world watches Raccoons are not typically known for their bravery, but one is scaling the UBS tower in Minnesota with death-defying nerve. The raccoon was originally spotted on the roof of a nearby office block and was safely removed by maintenance workers. But rather than find safety elsewhere, it jumped over to the UBS tower, one of the largest skyscrapers in the city, where it has been scaling the building all day, and, at the time of writing, was over…

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