Evening intel: the mega-merger moves forward and Apple missed the boat
• Reports are coming in that AT&T Inc. has agreed to pay $85 billion for Time Warner Inc.—owner of HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros.—and a deal could be announced as early as Sunday.
• After months of saber-rattling, Airbnb has followed through on its threat to sue the city and state of New York over a law that prohibits the advertising of illegal listings. The governor signed the law today.
• And finally, after recovering from a DDoS attack that took down part of the Internet earlier today, Twitter users are rejoicing in the news that Atlanta star Donald Glover has been tapped to play a young Lando Calrissian. Glover's name became the top trend late Friday afternoon, unseating "DDoS," which had been trending all day in the wake of the attack. CZ
Mark Zuckerberg decided not to remove Donald Trump’s hate speech
Some Facebook employees have argued that Donald Trump's calls to ban Muslims from the United States violate the company's policy on Facebook. The company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, decided that it would be inappropriate to remove the comments, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Airbnb is suing the state of New York because of this new law
The new law says those who advertise sub-30 day whole apartment rentals can be fined as much as $7,500. It piggybacks on existing legislation that prohibits whole apartments from being rented for less than a month.
The bill was approved by the state Senate and House in June, but the governor just signed off on it today. Airbnb's public policy head says the company plans to file a lawsuit, claiming the new law violates both the First Amendment and the Communications Decency Act, according to Business Insider. TechNYC, an organization that launched this year to help tech companies navigate the state's legal issues, also appears to be at the ready to try and scale back the new measure.
Despite today's news, we're confident that NYers will come together to find a real, comprehensive plan that lets homesharing thrive in NY.— Tech:NYC (@TechNYC) October 21, 2016
While TechNYC may be hoping to reach some sort of compromise, it looks like Airbnb is making good on its threat to sue. RR
Wall Street Journal offers employee buyouts to minimize newsroom layoffs
Another sign of hard times for legacy news organizations: The Wall Street Journal has sent a memo to its entire news department in an attempt to seek buyouts and limit the number of "involuntary layoffs." The memo, which was leaked to Talking Biz News, went on: "We are seeking a substantial number of employees to elect this benefit."
This is not the first major job-shuffling at the Journal in recent memory. Last year, the company announced a slew of layoffs in an attempt to reorganize its various departments. This latest buyout development is being dubbed as part of a "broader transformation program." CW
DJI’s Mavic Pro drone has started shipping
That was fast! You can now buy Bad Hombre or Nasty Woman T-shirts
These T-shirts were quickly designed by Bob Bland, CEO and founder of Manufacture New York, a fashion design and production incubator for independent designers. All proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood, an organization that Donald Trump says he will defund if he wins the election.
It's yet another example of how the fashion community is rallying around Hillary Clinton—and working to defeat Donald Trump—through creating garments. A slew of designers from Diane von Furstenberg to Prabal Gurung designed shirts for Hillary's campaign store.
You can read more about why the fashion community has been so supportive of Hillary Clinton here.
Steph Curry says Warriors’ “normal locker room talk” is about technology
The Golden State Warriors are the biggest story in sports right now, and Silicon Valley is the hottest economic engine on the planet.
So mixing the two makes a lot of sense–and that's exactly what happened last night at a private event in San Francisco: The team got together to network with dozens of Silicon Valley executives and investors to talk about how athletes can get more involved with tech companies.
The Warriors' Andre Iguodala, who co-hosted the event with his business manager, Rudy Cline-Thomas, and is known to be one of the most tech-savvy players in the NBA, is on a mission to help his teammates, and other players, gain access to the Valley economy. He also helped launch the inaugural National Basketball Players Association's Technology Summit in July. "It's all about connecting: connecting the tech world with the tech world, and the tech world with the basketball world," he told Fast Company at the event.
Asked about how much Iguodala usually talks with his teammates about tech, two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry, in a nod to Donald Trump's infamous "locker room talk" explanation for his extremely off-color comments about women, said that "in our locker room, the normal room talk [is] about positive things in the world of tech," and that Iguodala is the main driver of those conversations.
Ladies all over the Internet claim the “nasty women” moniker
After Donald Trump's dig at Hillary Clinton during the debate, where he referred to her as a "nasty woman," women all over the Internet are claiming the moniker for themselves.
RT if you're a nasty woman and it's made your life a freakin' pleasure— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 20, 2016
When he called Hillary a nasty woman it rang a bell, but I only just remembered why. What an honor to be in her company. https://t.co/MUqaMb3Lr6— Barbara Res (@BarbaraAResEsq) October 21, 2016
Facebook will soon allow more graphic content, as long as it’s “newsworthy”
In the wake of a series of controversial decisions to remove relevant content that violated its community standards, from the iconic "napalm girl" photo and Philando Castile death video to the Korryn Gaines shooting and a breast cancer awareness video, Facebook just announced a new policy: It will soon allow more graphic content, even including nudity and violence, to be posted by users if it's deemed newsworthy.
The company's vice president of global policy writes:
"Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them." MB
More DDoS attacks may be coming after major websites taken offline
Following a widespread outage that left major websites and services inaccessible across much of the East Coast on Friday morning, the internet infrastructure company Dyn warned of another attack, CNBC reported.
The outage was the result of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which is basically when cyber-attackers intentionally overwhelm websites with traffic. Today's outage included major hubs like Twitter and Reddit; streaming services like Spotify and Netflix; and the websites of news organizations including CNN and the Guardian. Fast Company's website was also affected.
The DOJ is reportedly looking into the cause of the attack. Dyn said on Twitter Friday afternoon: "Our advanced service monitoring issue is currently resolved. We are still investigating and mitigating the attacks on our infrastructure."
[Photo: courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office] CZ