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05.19.17 | 11:35 am

Quit your day job and just go to music festivals with Live Nation’s new festival pass

Live Nation is trying to make your cubicle-nap daydream a reality with their brand-new festival pass. Shell out $799 for the Live Nation Festival Passport and then wander the world collecting wristbands from any or all of the 90-plus festivals the company puts on around the world. It's a long list, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza in Paris, Berlin, or Chicago, the U.K.'s Reading Festival, Sasquatch!, Governor's Ball, Austin City Limits, Sweden's Way Out West, and more. Sorry, you'll still have to buy tickets to Coachella, though. As Pitchfork reports, the coolest feature of the passport is that it lets purchasers attend the festivals even if the festivals have otherwise sold out, which is serious bragging rights to all those suckers still back at the office. Get more information here

[Photo: Flickr user Avarty Photos

05.26.17 | 30 minutes ago

Amazon just opened two drive-up grocery stores

The stores, located in the SODO and Ballard neighborhoods of Seattle, allow customers to order Amazon Fresh products (aka groceries) online at home, jump in their car, drive to one of the AmazonFresh grocery stores, and just sit there while an Amazon employee brings their order out to their car and then puts it in the truck. Amazon is calling the new drive-up service AmazonFresh Pickup. However, while your feet literally never have to hit the ground to collect your groceries, your wallet will take a hit, says Engadget. A single lemon will cost you a dollar and a gallon of milk will cost you $6.60.

05.26.17 | 39 minutes ago

It’s more dangerous to work in a Tesla factory than other automotive factories

That's according to a new report that analyzes data from three years of federal records, reports the Verge. According to the report, the Fremont, California-based Tesla factory:

• had injury rates 31% higher than the industry average in 2015.

• 8.8 workers were injured per 100 workers. That's compared to 6.7 injuries per 100 workers across the industry. The Fremont factory has 10,000 workers.

• For 2016, Tesla's injury rates were 8.1 per 100 workers.

05.26.17 | an hour ago

A high-profile women’s group just severed ties with Uber over its treatment of women

The Anita Borg Institute, a diversity nonprofit that aims to advance women in the technology sector, sent Uber a letter announcing it was severing ties with the company, Recode reports. According to the letter, the ABI is concerned about the continuing allegation of the treatment of women in Uber's workplace. The move is a blow to Uber as it's a vote of no confidence in the company's ability to clean up its act, despite the fact that Uber has launched an internal investigation (conducted by former Attorney General Eric Holder, no less) into sexism at the company.

05.26.17 | an hour ago

Instagram Direct gains links and new orientations

Direct, the private messaging portion of Instagram's app, has gained two much-requested features, Instagram revealed in a blog post. First, users can now share links in Direct, and, second, video and photo uploads in direct now support both portrait and landscape orientations, so there's no need to crop your shared media anymore. Direct's new features are available in the iOS today, with Android support coming soon.

[Image: Instagram]

05.25.17 | 5:18 pm

Farewell, Bachman: The best of Silicon Valley’s dumb dope-smoking startup incubator

Alas, Bachmanity is over, my friends. That is to say, Erlich Bachman (aka T.J. Miller) will not be returning for the next season of Silicon Valley. Well, at least we'll have the memories . . . and the memes and the moronic moments. 

• "My head is so far up my own ass I can see the future."

• "No, this is all wrong. I am sensing a general lack of vision. Your muffins smell like shit. So do your ideas. One of you is the least-attractive person I've ever seen. I'm not gonna say who. Should we leave, or should you?"

• "What kind of monster puts artisanal butter in the freezer?"

• "I know what binary is. Jesus Christ! I memorized the hexadecimal times tables when I was 14 writing machine code, okay? Ask me what 9 times F is. It's fleventy-five. I don't need you telling me what binary is, just like I don't need you thinking about soup or taking pictures of it."

05.25.17 | 3:44 pm

Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s 2017 Harvard commencement address

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard, from which he dropped out of to start Facebook, to deliver the commencement address on Thursday afternoon.

Rather than use Facebook Live, Harvard is broadcasting the address via YouTube. You can watch the address (which is still taking place right now) below:

05.25.17 | 3:39 pm

Luxury fitness retailer Bandier is racing to the West Coast

In the midst of the retail downturn, Bandier is doing something right. It launched in 2014 with a Southampton store that served as a kind of Barney's for luxury activewear. It has quickly expanded to include a robust online presence, and four stores plus a flagship in New York City that double as a fitness studio and event space. The success of these stores comes, in part, from the fact that the brand thinks of them as community centers where people can gather and relax together, rather than just buy leggings. It also helps that Bandier offers plenty of exclusive products and does collaborations with unexpected designers, such as street artists. 

A year ago, Bandier raised $4.5 million from Simon Ventures, but is already in the midst of closing another round of funding to continue growing. It hopes to put down roots in L.A. later this year and expand its e-commerce presence, which currently drives 45% of its total business. 

05.25.17 | 3:13 pm

Russian hacker leaked Democratic data to GOP operative, says report

Guccifer 2.0, the hacker persona widely believed to be a front for Russian intelligence, leaked Democratic voter turnout predictions to a Republican political consultant, reports The Wall Street Journal. The consultant, Aaron Nevins, published the files on his blog, and Guccifer 2.0 sent a link to famed Republican operative Roger Stone, according to the report.

At least one campaign consultant, who helped flip a House seat from Democratic to Republican, adjusted advertising tactics based on the leaked data, though it's naturally impossible to know if that affected the election's outcome. Guccifer 2.0's tactics match predictions from cybersecurity experts, who suspected Russian hackers might leak documents to political parties and candidates as well as to the media in efforts to influence elections. 

05.25.17 | 3:01 pm

Federal court slams Trump’s travel ban: It “drips with religious intolerance”

In by far the harshest ruling yet on the Trump administration's proposal to restrict travel from six Muslim-majority countries, the 4th circuit court stated today that the ban is "steeped in animus and directed at a single religious group." In upholding the injunction against the ban, the court went on to say that "the text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."

The court also stated that the president shouldn't have absolute power in these types of situations:

"Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edit that stands to cause irreparable hard to individuals across this nation," a statement from the court reads. "Laid bare, this Executive Order is no more than what the President promised before and after his election: naked invidious discrimination against Muslims."

05.25.17 | 2:00 pm

Apple poaches top NY Mag editor for News role, hinting at some major changes 

Up until now, Apple News has been an aggregation app, at best. But it seems Apple has higher ambitions for its mobile news destination. Politico reports that the Cupertino giant has hired Lauren Kern, New York Magazine's executive editor, as Apple News' new editor-in-chief.

This follows a trend of top editorial talent—such as the New York Times' Quentin Hardy, who now works at Google—being swayed by tech hype (and deep Silicon Valley pockets). 

What does this mean for Apple News, specifically? With a real editor at the helm, will the app adopt more of a voice or are even bigger changes afoot? I reached out to Apple and Kern, and will update if I hear back. (If you know anything about Apple's news plans, email me!) Perhaps we'll learn more at WWDC next week…

05.25.17 | 1:55 pm

We might still see an in-flight laptop ban on flights from Europe 

There's still a chance that we might see an expansion of the U.S. government's laptop ban, which currently affects flights from 10 airports in the Middle East, before the end of the summer. Earlier this month news spread that the Trump administration was considering banning laptops in the cabin of all flights from Europe, a move said to be based on credible reports that terrorist groups are planning to hide bombs in laptops on planes. Today, the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security said that the agency is continuing to monitor the threat, and it's possible that we could see an expansion of the ban.

If implemented, a laptop ban could severely impact American airlines and travelers. In a recent conversation with Fast Company, Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and principal at Atmosphere Research, said "If this ban is expanded, I'm concerned that we are in for a summer of international travel hell."

05.25.17 | 1:15 pm

Warby Parker is sending a new pair of glasses to the reporter who was assaulted by a Republican candidate

Now we know that Montana Republican candidate for Montana's congressional seat Greg Gianforte is being charged with assault for "body-slamming" The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. But one of the remaining questions was about replacing Jacobs's glasses, which the reporter said were broken in the bizarre altercation. Well, in a prime example of "Brands in the Age of Trump," Warby Parker has stepped up.