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October 1, 2013
16:47 // 10 months ago
September 12, 2013
When you lose and you don’t comply, it’s treason. We think it makes more sense to work within the system.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer • Offering a pretty open-and-shut answer, when asked why Yahoo and other companies hadn’t simply disclosed the NSA’s surveillance activities sooner, during TechCrunch’s annual Disrupt conference in San Francisco. A number of top tech executives were asked about the NSA during Disrupt this week, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said he felt like the government’s response to the Snowden leaks wasn’t any more helpful than their decision to force silence on companies like Yahoo and Facebook in the first place. source
15:44 // 11 months ago
September 9, 2013
16:16 // 11 months ago
August 5, 2013

A YouTube user who goes by Matthew has returned with a modified version of the 3D-printed rifle he debuted earlier this year…with one key difference. Where Matthew’s last 3D-printed weapon broke on its initial firing, the latest build of the rifle fired 14 shots before a crack appeared near the chamber. While there’s no time table in place yet, Matthew says he plans to distribute blueprints for the 3D-printed rifle in the near future. source

20:12 // 1 year ago
June 22, 2013
Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow…Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government.
Wikileaks-allied businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson, on efforts to obtain political asylum for Edward Snowden. Apparently, Julian Assange and Sigurvinsson have contracted a plane to take Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. An Icelandic official confirmed that the country has had “informal talks” with a Snowden intermediary about the possibility of his asylum, but it’s uncertain if it will actually grant it to him. While the country has a reputation for housing whistleblowers and journalists, some suspect that the newly-formed conservative coalition in the government may not feel as bound by this tradition as its predecessors. source
14:01 // 1 year ago
May 20, 2013

Wordpress has found itself flush with a few new users following news of the Yahoo/Tumblr deal

  • 400-600 posts per hour are typically imported from Tumblr to new Wordpress blogs, according to founder Matt Mullenweg, prior to the company’s recently announced acquisition by Yahoo.
  • 72,000 posts per hour have been imported since news of the buyout first broke, though that’s hardly a number for Yahoo/Tumblr execs to worry about, given the site’s 75 million post per day average. source
14:08 // 1 year ago
May 7, 2013
Leaders in the technology community have every right to talk about how immigration reform will benefit their businesses. But instead, FWD.us has chosen a strategy that’s condescending to voters and counterproductive to the cause of reform.
Former Sen. Russ Feingold • In a statement given to Politico, offering an explanation for why Progressives United, MoveOn.org, and other left-leaning organizations have decided to stop advertising on Facebook for at least two weeks. The advertising boycott is in response to several televised ads from FWD.us, the Mark Zuckerberg-founded advocacy organization which is supposedly focused on immigration reform, that support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and attack “Obamacare.” source
20:25 // 1 year ago
March 21, 2013
mauricecherry:

SendGrid Fires Company Evangelist After Twitter Fracas
Trigger Warning: Rape, Physical Assault
My heart and my support go out to Adria.
Also, my righteous anger.
Here’s the gist of what happened. Adria was at PyCon, a developer conference, and noticed that two men behind her were making lude sexual jokes. She snapped a photo, tweeted it, brought up the behavior to PyCon officials (since they did have a code of conduct for their conference), and the situation was “handled”.
What’s happened after that is a prime example of why women and people of color (and women of color, of course) are few and far between in the world of tech.
One of the men making the jokes, who was there representing his employer, got fired for his actions. Adria’s website starts getting DDoS attacks, as does her employer’s website. People are leaving her nasty comments and she’s been getting death threats and rape threats tweeted to her since yesterday.
Today, SendGrid fired Adria. And they didn’t just fire her, but they announced it on Twitter and on Facebook so people could spread the word and comment on it. The Facebook comments are particularly vile, including one where a man details a particularly gruesome threat against Adria, concluded with the words “Make her pay. Make her obey.”
All of this for speaking up about something which made her uncomfortable.
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To say that this is problematic would be an understatement, and it’s particularly troubling in a week when we’ve already seen two high-profile (and altogether disturbing) responses to sexual assault cases capture media headlines. We can’t figure out what possible justification SendGrid  thinks they have for terminating Adria — and don’t even get us started on how they handled it — but if you’re as curious as we are then here’s SendGrid’s contact information. 

mauricecherry:

SendGrid Fires Company Evangelist After Twitter Fracas

Trigger Warning: Rape, Physical Assault

My heart and my support go out to Adria.

Also, my righteous anger.

Here’s the gist of what happened. Adria was at PyCon, a developer conference, and noticed that two men behind her were making lude sexual jokes. She snapped a photo, tweeted it, brought up the behavior to PyCon officials (since they did have a code of conduct for their conference), and the situation was “handled”.

What’s happened after that is a prime example of why women and people of color (and women of color, of course) are few and far between in the world of tech.

One of the men making the jokes, who was there representing his employer, got fired for his actions. Adria’s website starts getting DDoS attacks, as does her employer’s website. People are leaving her nasty comments and she’s been getting death threats and rape threats tweeted to her since yesterday.

Today, SendGrid fired Adria. And they didn’t just fire her, but they announced it on Twitter and on Facebook so people could spread the word and comment on it. The Facebook comments are particularly vile, including one where a man details a particularly gruesome threat against Adria, concluded with the words “Make her pay. Make her obey.”

All of this for speaking up about something which made her uncomfortable.

Read More

To say that this is problematic would be an understatement, and it’s particularly troubling in a week when we’ve already seen two high-profile (and altogether disturbing) responses to sexual assault cases capture media headlines. We can’t figure out what possible justification SendGrid  thinks they have for terminating Adria — and don’t even get us started on how they handled it — but if you’re as curious as we are then here’s SendGrid’s contact information

16:17 // 1 year ago
March 20, 2013
9:12 // 1 year ago
March 7, 2013
15:06 // 1 year ago