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08.15.16 | 1:29 pm

During Milwaukee unrest, reporter asks slain man’s brother: When will “you guys” “stop this chaos?”

On Saturday, protests erupted in Milwaukee after local police shot and killed Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old black man whom authorities allege was fleeing his vehicle with a gun. At least 100 people took to the city's streets in frustration over the incident, some of them torching police cars and hurling objects at officers. A gas station was set ablaze.

Despite the vivid scenes described by media, perhaps the most emotionally gripping moment of the evening was when a TV reporter from a local CBS affiliate asked a young man, who was apparently Smith's brother, "What's it going to take for you guys … to stop this chaos?"

His response—which includes him shouting through tears, "This is what you get out of taking a loved one from someone! You have a lot of people hurt! They can't vent the right way!"—has since gone viral.

05.22.17 | 2 hours ago

Cargo pilots plan to protest outside Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting tomorrow

As Amazon ramps up its own logistics operations—which means the e-commerce giant is purchasing and leasing an increasing number of cargo aircrafts and crews—the pilots are seeing operational risks on the horizon. The companies Amazon contracts with—Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG)—are seeing higher rates of attrition due to short staffing and alleged contract violations, claim the pilots. They hope their presence outside Amazon's annual meeting tomorrow will send a message to shareholders and pressure Bezos and his company to exert some influence on these cargo providers. 

05.22.17 | 2 hours ago

Meet Ford’s new smart mobility chief: Marcy Klevorn  

As James Hackett steps up as Ford's new CEO, Marcy Klevorn will fill his former duties as head of the automaker's smart mobility unit. Klevorn has been at Ford since 1983 and rose to become the company's first female chief information officer in 2015. Her career at Ford has been based almost entirely within the IT department, where she's helped transform and manage Ford's manufacturing systems and led a campaign to digitally enable Ford's workforce, according to the Wall Street Journal. In addition to updating Ford's workplace for the digital era, she's also known for her ability to extract cost savings out of operations—something Ford is keen to apply to other departments, no doubt. From 2006-2011, IT costs dropped 30% when Klevorn served as global head of IT operations. At the top of Ford's mobility unit, Klevorn will be charged with managing the development of autonomous technology and figuring out how Ford can financially optimize such a system. 

[Photo: courtesy of Ford]

05.22.17 | 3 hours ago

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know he is really, really not running for office

The Facebook CEO has been touring the nation on a months-long "listening tour," which some have seen as a precursor to a political campaign. On Sunday, Zuckerberg set the record straight in a lengthy Facebook post. Here's the highlight: 

Some of you have asked if this challenge means I'm running for public office. I'm not. I'm doing it to get a broader perspective to make sure we're best serving our community of almost 2 billion people at Facebook and doing the best work to promote equal opportunity at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Got that? Of course, that only means that he is not running for office right now. It certainly doesn't preclude the possibility of a future Senator Zuckerberg, especially after all the uproar over Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderators on how to deal with posts involving sex, violence, and terrorism dies down. Zuck's well-timed statement could assuage investors' fears and keep those stock prices high, which is probably the best way to ensure that the Chan Zuckerberg initiative is well-funded for the future.

[Photo: Flickr user Anthoy Quintano

05.22.17 | 3 hours ago

CVS wants to save your skin this summer, one low SPF sunblock at a time

Along with Baz Luhrmann and the Chicago Tribune's graduation speech writer Mary Schmich, the drug store chain is joining the fight to encourage the youth of today to wear sunscreen. 

The pharmacy has introduced a "Long Live Skin" campaign, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson and the American Cancer Society, and one of its biggest moves will be to clear its shelves of any sun care products with an SPF lower than 15, saving their shelf space for products with higher SPF and helping shoppers make healthier choices. As Glamour notes, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a product with an SPF of 30+, while the FDA recommendation is a minimum of 15 SPF. Your future self—and Baz Luhrmann—will thank you.

[Photo: Flickr user Lady May Pamintuan

05.22.17 | 3 hours ago

“The future is not a fantasy,” says Ford’s new CEO Jim Hackett, in his first comments since taking over

Artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics—"We need to have a point of view on all these things," said Ford executive chairman Bill Ford in a press conference this morning to introduce new CEO Jim Hackett, who abruptly replaced Mark Fields at the company. During Fields' tenure at the top, Ford has been criticized for not moving that far beyond its core auto business. Likewise, its stock has dropped 37% over the last three years. Though Ford has invested substantially in autonomous car technology—most recently through a deal with Argo AI—the company has been quiet about how it plans to monetize its boldest bets. 

"The future is not a fantasy," said Hackett, who led Ford's Smart Mobility unit, adding that the company is working on a vision for the future concerning, "where we're going to play and how we're going to win." Both Ford and Hackett want to scrap some of the hierarchies embedded in the business in order to make decisions faster. It's uncertain what that will look like and whether Ford may need to cut some of its workforce in order to flatten its ranks. Since making the announcement this morning, Ford's stock is up 1.4%

05.22.17 | 4 hours ago

MIT gets into the athletic wear business with new breathable fabric made with live cells

Step aside, Nike and Lululemon. In what sounds like the worst Project Runway challenge ever, a team of MIT researchers has created a new workout suit that incorporates live microbial cells. The cells sense when an athlete is hot and sweaty or cooling down and then shrink or expand to open or close ventilating flaps on the fabric, helping the athlete warm up or cool off as necessary. They've also fashioned a running shoe lined with cells that can help wick away moisture. Details of both designs are published today in your favorite nerd's favorite bathtub reading material, Science Advances.

The researchers have more ideas of how to incorporate microbes into fashion, too, including swapping florescent microbes for reflective strips as well as what they call "odor-releasing functionalities." Male rompers can't be far behind.

[Photo: Hannah Cohen]

05.22.17 | 9:00 am

Portland just got the most Portland parking app ever

The population and tourist appeal of Portland, Oregon has exploded in the last few years (thanks, Portlandia) and the city's infrastructure is racing to catch up. To help meet the increasing demand for parking, the city has just launched a new app that lets you pay for parking by phone. While the Portland Mercury notes that the app offers the same service as ones used in Chicago and other big cities, Portland's has a unique twist—it's cat themed, because of course it is. The only way it could be more Portland is if it yarn-bombed the parking meter while yelling at you for driving a car. The pretty pink app is not only bedazzled with adorable little kittens, but it will meow to remind you when the session is about to expire. The app only works with parking meters, so you're still on your own for trying to get a spot near Salt & Straw or Pip's Original.  

05.22.17 | 6:09 am

ISS astronauts are going on a spacewalk tomorrow

Two astronauts on the International Space Station have been given the go-ahead by NASA to conduct a spacewalk to fix malfunctioning equipment on the station, NASA announced in a blog post. The spacewalk is expected to last around two hours and begin around 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday, "or earlier, if the crew is running ahead of schedule with its spacewalking preparations," NASA says. Earthlings will be able to tune into NASA Television beginning at 6:30 a.m. EDT to catch all the action.

05.22.17 | 6:00 am

Ford is replacing its CEO with the exec who leads its self-driving car division

Mark Fields is out, according to the New York Times, and Jim Hackett is in at Ford. Fields is reportedly being shown the door "for failing to expand the company's core auto business and for lagging in developing the high-tech cars of the future." Hackett joined the company last year as the head of its "smart mobility" unit, which includes Ford's self-driving car division. The switch is a clear sign that Ford sees autonomous vehicles as the future of the automotive industry and comes after Tesla recently surpassed Ford and GM in market capitalization.

05.22.17 | 5:48 am

The #orb is Trump’s latest gift to Twitter

The picture of President Trump, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi placing their hands on a glowing globe has made people on Twitter unable to stop making comparisons to evil organizations wanting to take over the world.

05.21.17 | 11:48 pm

These are some of the most shocking details in Facebook’s newly revealed rulebook for moderators

The Guardian blew up a quiet Sunday with its exposé on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderators on how to deal with posts involving sex, violence, and terrorism submitted by its 2 billion users. More than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets, and flowcharts were obtained by the Guardian, which published several stories detailing the rules, some of which have raised concerns among moderators due to their "inconsistency and peculiar nature." Among them:

• Due to the onslaught of posts that may be inappropriate, moderators are so overwhelmed they often have "just 10 seconds" to make up their minds. 

• Facebook gets 6.5 million reports a week involving potentially fake accounts. 

• Prominent people are more protected, so that a post saying "Someone shoot Trump" is recommended for deletion, while more graphic threats such as "To snap a bitch's neck, make sure to apply all your pressure to the middle of her throat" are permitted.

Some videos of violent deaths are permitted, because "they can help create awareness of issues such as mental illness."

Read the full story here.

05.19.17 | 4:09 pm

Travel startup Away snags $20 million

Steph Korey and Jen Rubio, who met while they were working at Warby Parker, launched travel brand Away 15 months ago. Their suitcases cost between $225 and $295, but are on par with much more expensive brands. (The brand's tagline is, "First-class luggage at coach price.") The brand has sold almost 100,000 suitcases since launching and has done more than $20 million in sales. 

Away just snagged a $20 million series B round. The brand tells us it will be using the new cash to expand in a range of ways. It will be creating new products in the travel goods space, it plans to open between four and six new brick-and-mortar stores around the world, and also create new content like, perhaps, a podcast.