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Vic Gundotra, The Father Of Google+, Is Leaving Google After 8 Years

Tech Crunch - 8 hours 36 min ago
 Vic Gundotra, the father of Google+, today announced that he is leaving Google after eight years with the company. It’s unclear where he is going next or who will take over his position at Google. In his announcement, Gundotra says he is “looking forward to the journey yet to come.” “I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don’t… Read More
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Vic Gundotra, The Father Of Google+, Is Leaving Google After 8 Years

Tech Crunch - 8 hours 36 min ago
 Vic Gundotra, the father of Google+, today announced that he is leaving Google after eight years with the company. It’s unclear where he is going next or who will take over his position at Google. It also remains to be seen what this means for Google+ itself, now that it has lost its strongest backer inside the company. In his announcement, Gundotra says he is “looking forward to the… Read More
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Fixit Site Fixya Launches Services For Small Businesses And Companies

Tech Crunch - 8 hours 47 min ago
 Fixya, the site that gives do-it-yourselfers tips for fixing broken stuff, is launching a new service aimed at connecting local repair shops and service providers with people in need of assistance. “We created this program as more of a funnel. So here’s a way for a small business to generate traffic for themselves and get traction in their local areas,” says Fixya chief executive… Read More
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Fixit Site Fixya Launches Services For Small Businesses And Companies

Tech Crunch - 8 hours 47 min ago
 Fixya, the site that gives do-it-yourselfers tips for fixing broken stuff, is launching a new service aimed at connecting local repair shops and service providers with people in need of assistance. “We created this program as more of a funnel. So here’s a way for a small business to generate traffic for themselves and get traction in their local areas,” says Fixya chief executive… Read More
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Opinion-Sharing Platform Knotch Launches A New Website And Updated App

Mobile Crunch - 9 hours 4 min ago
 Since downloading it six months ago, Knotch, which lets people share their opinions on a wide range of topics using an 11-color "feeling thermometer," has become one of my favorite apps because of its strong community. The startup launched a redesigned version of its iOS app today, along with a new website called Knotch.It. Read More
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Opinion-Sharing Platform Knotch Launches A New Website And Updated App

Mobile Crunch - 9 hours 4 min ago
 Since downloading it six months ago, Knotch, which lets people share their opinions on a wide range of topics using an 11-color "feeling thermometer," has become one of my favorite apps because of its strong community. The startup launched a redesigned version of its iOS app today, along with a new website called Knotch.It. Read More
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Opinion-Sharing Platform Knotch Launches A New Website And Updated App

Tech Crunch - 9 hours 4 min ago
 Since downloading it six months ago, Knotch, which lets people share their opinions on a wide range of topics using an 11-color "feeling thermometer," has become one of my favorite apps because of its strong community. The startup launched a redesigned version of its iOS app today, along with a new website called Knotch.It. Read More
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Opinion-Sharing Platform Knotch Launches A New Website And Updated App

Tech Crunch - 9 hours 4 min ago
 Since downloading it six months ago, Knotch, which lets people share their opinions on a wide range of topics using an 11-color "feeling thermometer," has become one of my favorite apps because of its strong community. The startup launched a redesigned version of its iOS app today, along with a new website called Knotch.It. Read More
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Maker Studios Nabs FailArmy And Other Viral Channels From Jukin Media

Tech Crunch - 9 hours 5 min ago
YouTube network Maker Studios is taking over management and monetization of a whole bunch of viral video channels that are managed by Jukin Media. The portfolio of content includes Fail Army‘s collection of fails, as well as 30 other viral video channels such as Bad Ads, The Come Up, and FunnyVideosArchive. Together, those channels get more than 400 million monthly views. Read More
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Maker Studios Nabs FailArmy And Other Viral Channels From Jukin Media

Tech Crunch - 9 hours 5 min ago
YouTube network Maker Studios is taking over management and monetization of a whole bunch of viral video channels that are managed by Jukin Media. The portfolio of content includes Fail Army‘s collection of fails, as well as 30 other viral video channels such as Bad Ads, The Come Up, and FunnyVideosArchive. Together, those channels get more than 400 million monthly views. Read More
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With a Kevlar-Lined Shirt, You’re Not Completely Screwed in a Crash

Gizmodo UK - 9 hours 5 min ago
Pay attention as the weather gets warmer: you’re will see a lot of motorcyclists riding around in regular street clothes, nothing but hopes and dreams protecting them from nasty road rash should things get tumbly. Well, maybe not all of them—hopefully, some will be wearing Crave’s kevlar-lined Axe shirt, which looks like a normal work [...]
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How GitHub Could Restore A Woman-Friendly Environment

Read Write Web - 9 hours 8 min ago

GitHub may have thought it cleaned up its recent internal kerfuffle this week when it published the results of its third-party investigation into allegations of gender discrimination—and found no evidence of gender-based discrimination. 

However, the situation is not as neatly resolved as Github would hope. While the company says there was no gender-based discrimination to be found, the language in the statement did not specify other types of discrimination. It’s also unlikely that Julie Ann Horvath, a prominent female developer, left Github for no good reason. 

The investigation did not find any illegal activity, but it did find “evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment”—evidence so severe, apparently, that a co-founder left the company.

In other words, GitHub’s blog post hardly tells us anything.

See also: What Tom Preston-Werner's Departure Means For GitHub

In the latest bit of fallout from the ongoing GitHub saga, The Ada Initiative, a non-profit company that supports women in technology, has just broken off its partnership with GitHub. 

“It is… contrary to our principles to be silent when our existing sponsors and collaborators' actions consistently do not support our mission,” The Ada Initiative announced in a blog post

GitHub is facing the consequences of delivering messy news in a package that was a bit too neat. But did the fallout have to be this bad? Here’s what GitHub could have done to better mitigate this situation. 

More Transparency

The Ada Initiative is not the only voice to question GitHub’s controversial conclusion. Developer spaces all over the Web are buzzing about what really happened at GitHub HQ. Some have even doubted there was even an investigation, though It’s unlikely that GitHub could have legally said there was one if that was actually the case.

Mandy Brown, CEO of Editorially, wrote that GitHub could have done better in this regard. Brown linked to GitHub’s lengthy and almost excessive explanation of a March 2014 service outage following an especially nasty slew of Denial Of Service attacks. 

“They could have responded to this sequence of events [following the departure of Julie Ann Horvath] with the same care and transparency in which they respond to a service outage,” she wrote. 

Ellen Chisa, a product manager at Kickstarter, said GitHub’s response was unsatisfactory because it answered the fewest possible questions about the legality of the incident. 

“It said ‘he messed up enough to need to leave, but it’s not a technical legal claim.’ That’s…  ambiguous," Chisa wrote. "It comes across as ‘something bad happened, but we’re going to pretend it didn’t to protect ourselves legally.’”

Users aren’t dumb. They saw how GitHub was protecting itself, and nothing more. 

Remind Us Of The Good Times

GitHub users won’t soon forget this incident, in which a working environment got so bad it convinced an outstanding female developer to quit, and announced it all as “nothing.” It’s a black mark on GitHub’s relationship with women and minority developers. 

If I were GitHub PR right now, I'd be working overtime to remind users that this is just one awful and individual incident in GitHub’s longstanding history. 

Remember this January, when CEO Chris Wanstrath did away with GitHub's “meritocracy” rug after finding out it was offensive to some employees and community members? The new rug praises a much more equalizing slogan: “In collaboration we trust.”

See also: Why GitHub's CEO Ditched Its Divisive 'Meritocracy' Rug

Remember when some developers posted a misogynist repository on GitHub and Atlassian? GitHub removed it immediately, while Atlassian, at first, defended users’ freedom of speech. GitHub’s Terms of Service allow users to own what they post, but this incident showed how the company doesn’t sit idly back while hate speech takes place. 

Remember how GitHub partnered with 30 different women-in-tech initiatives over 2013? That’s a direct quote from former CEO Tom Preston-Werner, to ReadWrite. Of course, it’s likely that many of those initiatives were drawn to GitHub thanks to Horvath’s Passion Projects

It’s not enough just to reflect on past successes; GitHub needs to continue making them. Now might be a great time for a donation towards women in technology, for example, or to actively seek out new partnerships with women-headed organizations. Maybe GitHub should hire a discrimination consultant to speak to the company about what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behavior at work. 

This is certainly a low point in GitHub’s history, and one users won’t be able to easily forget. But instead of continuing to keep it under wraps—a technique that will continue to magnify the incident—GitHub could start acting in a way that shows us what it has learned over the years by addressing issues like these head-on. 

Octocat logo via GitHub

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How GitHub Could Restore A Woman-Friendly Environment

Read Write Web - 9 hours 8 min ago

GitHub may have thought it cleaned up its recent internal kerfuffle this week when it published the results of its third-party investigation into allegations of gender discrimination—and found no evidence of gender-based discrimination. 

However, the situation is not as neatly resolved as Github would hope. While the company says there was no gender-based discrimination to be found, the language in the statement did not specify other types of discrimination. It’s also unlikely that Julie Ann Horvath, a prominent female developer, left Github for no good reason. 

The investigation did not find any illegal activity, but it did find “evidence of mistakes and errors of judgment”—evidence so severe, apparently, that a co-founder left the company.

In other words, GitHub’s blog post hardly tells us anything.

See also: What Tom Preston-Werner's Departure Means For GitHub

In the latest bit of fallout from the ongoing GitHub saga, The Ada Initiative, a non-profit company that supports women in technology, has just broken off its partnership with GitHub. 

“It is… contrary to our principles to be silent when our existing sponsors and collaborators' actions consistently do not support our mission,” The Ada Initiative announced in a blog post

GitHub is facing the consequences of delivering messy news in a package that was a bit too neat. But did the fallout have to be this bad? Here’s what GitHub could have done to better mitigate this situation. 

More Transparency

The Ada Initiative is not the only voice to question GitHub’s controversial conclusion. Developer spaces all over the Web are buzzing about what really happened at GitHub HQ. Some have even doubted there was even an investigation, though it’s unlikely that GitHub could have legally said there was one if that was actually the case.

Mandy Brown, CEO of Editorially, wrote that GitHub could have done better in this regard. Brown linked to GitHub’s lengthy and almost excessive explanation of a March 2014 service outage following an especially nasty slew of Denial Of Service attacks. 

“They could have responded to this sequence of events [following the departure of Julie Ann Horvath] with the same care and transparency in which they respond to a service outage,” she wrote. 

Ellen Chisa, a product manager at Kickstarter, said GitHub’s response was unsatisfactory because it answered the fewest possible questions about the legality of the incident. 

“It said ‘he messed up enough to need to leave, but it’s not a technical legal claim.’ That’s…  ambiguous," Chisa wrote. "It comes across as ‘something bad happened, but we’re going to pretend it didn’t to protect ourselves legally.’”

Users aren’t dumb. They saw how GitHub was protecting itself, and nothing more. 

Remind Us Of The Good Times

GitHub users won’t soon forget this incident, in which a working environment got so bad it convinced an outstanding female developer to quit, and announced it all as “nothing.” It’s a black mark on GitHub’s relationship with women and minority developers. 

If I were GitHub PR right now, I'd be working overtime to remind users that this is just one awful and individual incident in GitHub’s longstanding history. 

Remember this January, when CEO Chris Wanstrath did away with GitHub's “meritocracy” rug after finding out it was offensive to some employees and community members? The new rug praises a much more equalizing slogan: “In collaboration we trust.”

See also: Why GitHub's CEO Ditched Its Divisive 'Meritocracy' Rug

Remember when some developers posted a misogynist repository on GitHub and Atlassian? GitHub removed it immediately, while Atlassian, at first, defended users’ freedom of speech. GitHub’s Terms of Service allow users to own what they post, but this incident showed how the company doesn’t sit idly back while hate speech takes place. 

Remember how GitHub partnered with 30 different women-in-tech initiatives over 2013? That’s a direct quote from former CEO Tom Preston-Werner, to ReadWrite. Of course, it’s likely that many of those initiatives were drawn to GitHub thanks to Horvath’s Passion Projects

It’s not enough just to reflect on past successes; GitHub needs to continue making them. Now might be a great time for a donation towards women in technology, for example, or to actively seek out new partnerships with women-headed organizations. Maybe GitHub should hire a discrimination consultant to speak to the company about what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behavior at work. 

This is certainly a low point in GitHub’s history, and one users won’t be able to easily forget. But instead of continuing to keep it under wraps—a technique that will continue to magnify the incident—GitHub could start acting in a way that shows us what it has learned over the years by addressing issues like these head-on. 

Octocat logo via GitHub

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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass Now

Gizmodo UK - 9 hours 12 min ago
Anyone with $1500 (£892) can head over to this page and buy Google Glass right now. Though Google has made a formal announcement about a public launch for the augmented reality specs, the shopping page is live. It’s worth noting, that though the page is live, we haven’t actually completed a transaction because, uh, £892. [...]
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eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences

Mobile Crunch - 9 hours 13 min ago
 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More
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eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences

Mobile Crunch - 9 hours 13 min ago
 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More
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eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences

Tech Crunch - 9 hours 13 min ago
 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More
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eBay Rolls Out New Mobile Apps Focused On Discovery And Personalized Experiences

Tech Crunch - 9 hours 13 min ago
 Online marketplace eBay rolled out a series of changes to its mobile experience across both the mobile web and its native applications today, including its apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8. The new apps are now sporting a redesigned look-and-feel, which includes larger images and personalized feeds, while also delivering new features, like the iPad’s in-store pickup option… Read More
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YoVille Renamed YoWorld And Officially Acquired From Zynga By Big Viking Games

Tech Crunch - 9 hours 14 min ago
 YoVillians rejoice; your kingdom is saved. Players of the social virtual world game will be excited to hear that their play can continue as YoVille, which was acquired by Zynga a few years ago, will not be shuttered as planned. Instead, it is now the wholly owned property of London, ON-based Big Viking Games, and will be transferred completely (with all game history and profile details intact) to… Read More
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Early iPhone Software Engineer’s Bonsai Slice Game Pushes The Limits Of Motion On iPad

Tech Crunch - 9 hours 27 min ago
 A large majority of the innovation surrounding the iPhone and iPad has been focused on the touch interface. When the iOS platform was opened up in 2008, a crisp, responsive touch screen was so new and interesting that it’s not surprising it absorbed a large amount of the attention of the developer community. We’ve seen a massive amount of experimentation and cooperative learning around… Read More
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