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Read Tim Cook’s Email To Apple Employees After Donald Trump’s Election

“The only way to move forward is to move forward together.” Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook broadcast an all-hands memo to US Apple employees Wednesday evening calling for unity amid the uncertainty inspired by Donald Trump’s upset presidential win. In the memo, obtained by BuzzFeed News, Cook — in a nod […]

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Silicon Valley Is Worried That Trump Is Going To Grab Them By The Data

“We have no reason to believe that Trump is not going to do what he said he was going to do. It’s no longer, a distant dystopian future.” Denis Balibouse / Reuters NEW YORK — Silicon Valley was reeling Wednesday from the implications of what a Trump presidency might mean for tech companies that collect […]

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Instagram Keeps Forcing People To Relive Election Day

  Instagram: @dacyyee For some Instagram users, scrolling through their feeds after the election results felt a bit like time travel. When some people opened the app last night and this morning, they saw optimistic posts about casting historic votes for Hillary Clinton with their daughters by their sides at the top of their feeds […]

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Alt-Right Internet Trolls Are Already Emboldened By Trump’s Victory

Paul J. Richards / AFP / Getty Images Despite relatively small numbers, by most estimates, the alt-right, a group of almost entirely anonymous posters without a leadership structure, emerged as a potent online force over the past year. As the presidential campaign wore on and minorities, journalists, and Clinton supporters were subjected to an unending […]

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Twitter COO Adam Bain Is Leaving The Company

Anthony Noto, Twitter’s chief financial officer, will take his place. Twitter COO Adam Bain announced his departure today, dealing a major blow to a company whose business is already weathering serious turbulence. Bain, a six year Twitter veteran, said in a tweet, “I let Jack know that I am ready to change gears and do […]

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Bitcoin Surges Following Trump Win

Is the cryptocurrency gold 2.0? Anthony Wallace / AFP / Getty Images While the market meltdown some feared following a Donald Trump win in the presidential election hasn’t taken place — the major US indices are hovering down less than 1 percent this morning — one currency has seen a major bounce since it became […]

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Tech Is Freaking Out About A Possible Trump Win

“Everyone I know in Silicon Valley is in shock.” Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images As some analysts begin projecting a Trump win, tech’s bigwigs are panicking on Twitter and in interviews with BuzzFeed News. Aside from Peter Thiel, a major Trump backer, tech has almost universally favored Clinton this election. In fact, opposing […]

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Inside 4chan's Election Day Mayhem And Misinformation Playbook

In the weeks before election day, pro-Trump, alt-right trolls have leveraged the scale of social media to spread misinformation aimed at keeping Clinton voters away from the polls — most prominently by disseminating official-looking, but totally bogus, campaign ads that encourage people to vote for Clinton by text message. There’s been a growing response to […]

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People Are Searching “How To Vote” 233% More Than They Did In 2012

If online behavior is any indication, this year’s presidential race has ignited the American electorate. This according to Google, which notes that searches for “how to vote” between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1 were 233% higher than they were during the same time period for the 2012 election. Google, which plans to integrate election news […]

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Election Week Snapchat Ads Will Include Clinton Selfie Lens, Trump Geofilter

With election day nearly upon us, the U.S. Presidential candidates are heading to Snapchat for a last, concerted social push. Over the next two days, the social platform will host some big political ads from the camps of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign’s sponsored geofilter hits Snapchat on Monday offering supporters a […]

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Uber Sued Over Unpaid Tips In Food Delivery

A courier in New York has sued Uber claiming he and other delivery people, who work for the company’s on-demand delivery services UberRush and UberEats, are owed unpaid tips and wages. Uber declined to comment on the litigation. Uber’s Rush and Eats platforms, which launched in October 2015 and March of this year, turn the […]

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Apple Is Dropping The Price On All Of Its USB-C Adapters

2. Longtime Mac users were mad, however, that the new laptop only had USB-C ports. I’m all for USB-C but the fact that I need an adaptor to plug my 5 week old iPhone 7 in my new MacBook Pro is borderline ridiculous — Sébastien Page (@SebastienPage) That’s right: no more SD card slot, USB […]

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Uber And Google Want To Help You Get To The Polls

On Tuesday, Uber will remind riders when they open the app that it is Election Day, and through a partnership with Google, it will tell people where to find their polling locations. The special feature will ask people to enter the address where they are registered to vote so it can locate their polling sites. […]

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A Russia-Linked Twitter Account Just Invited Hackers To Monitor The US Elections

SAN FRANCISCO — A Twitter account linked to Russia has called on hackers monitor the US elections and made claims that the person behind the account has registered as an independent election observer. Guccifer 2.0, a figure which US intelligence officials and private cybersecurity companies believe was created as a Russian government-backed propaganda effort, tweeted […]

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Virtual Reality Isn’t Ready To Handle Abusive Trolls

Last month, Jordan Belamire unwittingly — and unwillingly — found herself the first public victim of a new kind of abuse. While visiting her brother-in-law, she tried out the new head-mounted virtual reality system HTC Vive — specifically, a multiplayer archery game called QuiVR. “I was hanging out next to BigBro442, waiting for our next […]

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Instacart Customers, Take Our Survey On Tipping

Instacart rolled out some changes to its platform recently regarding how its drivers get paid. Initially, the company said the move was to help stabilize or increase earnings. But after some shoppers complained about losing earnings, and an analysis of their pay stubs backed them up, CEO Apoorva Mehta told BuzzFeed News the wage decrease […]

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Supporters Trust That A Trump Presidency Will Fix Just About Everything

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Donald Trump supporters in swing states like Florida and North Carolina shared high hopes in the waning days of the election that their candidate will change the direction of the country — even if he hasn’t yet revealed how. “I’m looking for him to pretty much fix everything he could try to […]

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Sen. Al Franken Has Questions For Uber And Lyft About Racial Bias

After a study published earlier this week found that ride-hail drivers discriminate against passengers who are black, or have African-American sounding names, Senator Al Franken has some questions for Uber and Lyft. “New and emerging technologies have the potential to break down barriers, but we must work to ensure that these advances expand the horizons […]

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Emojis Are Becoming Hyper-Realistic And That Is A Bad Thing

This week, Apple released a preview of iOS 10, which includes some big updates to some of your favorite emojis. There are a number of new additions (facepalm! selfie!) but the biggest change is largely aesthetic. Emojis are getting hyper-realistic. Take this comparison of everyone’s favorite dancing lady emoji, who now has a lot more […]

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Instacart CEO: Some Workers Must Earn Less For The Company To Grow

Instacart workers are earning a lot less money after changes to the company’s pay structure — changes CEO Apoorva Mehta told BuzzFeed News are necessary for the company’s continued growth, but that hundreds of vocal Instacart shoppers say are threatening their livelihoods. According to a Buzzfeed News analysis of 15 workers’ pay stubs, shifts that […]

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Google Home Could Replace Your Echo, Sonos, And Siri

It’s hard to think about Google’s new speaker without thinking of the Echo and Echo Dot first. Amazon’s sleeper hit (over 3 million Echo devices have been sold since 2014) made home-based bots mainstream and set the stage for its rival, Google Home, which hits shelves tomorrow, Nov. 4, for $129. Both Google’s and Amazon’s […]

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