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06.30.16 | 3:49 pm

Source: Trump campaign fired its latest digital guru after he leaked news of his hiring [UPDATED]

As if the Trump campaign couldn't get any weirder, it apparently hired, then fired, a top-level digital operative in the last few days, a well-placed source tells Fast Company

Earlier this week, the campaign hired Vincent Harris (Harris Media), who was chief digital officer for Rand Paul's presidential bid and for Sen. Mitch McConnell's 2014 reelection campaign, reported Politico. A Breitbart story the next day quoted Trump aides saying Harris had done contract work, but was never hired. 

Now Fast Company has learned that Harris was dismissed by the Trump campaign after leaking to Politico that he was working for the campaign. Oops.

Why does this matter? The Trump campaign has almost completely shunned the technology practices used in modern political campaigns, relying on non-paid mass media coverage to reach voters. And contrary to a popular narrative, there's not much evidence that that has changed at all as the general election looms.

Harris and a spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not reply to requests for comment.

UPDATE at 7:30PM EST: Harris is tweeting his response to the claims:

10.21.16 | 9 minutes ago

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.

Fast Company broke the news in December 2015 that Facebook had made an exception to its hate speech policy for Donald Trump.

10.21.16 | 29 minutes ago

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."

10.21.16 | an hour ago

DJI’s Mavic Pro drone has started shipping

Earlier this week, DJI acknowledged that there were some delays in getting its highly-anticipated Mavic Pro drone out the door and into consumers' hands.

Today, though, the Chinese company says all is right with the world and that the new foldable drone has started shipping.

10.21.16 | an hour ago

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

10.21.16 | an hour ago

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 hosted the event 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.

10.21.16 | an hour ago

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. 

10.21.16 | an hour ago

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."

10.21.16 | 2 hours ago

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]

10.21.16 | 2 hours ago

A European space probe has crash-landed on Mars

In a devastating setback for the Mars ambitions of the European Space Agency, a probe meant to study the Red Planet has crash-landed on the surface. The Schiaparelli probe apparently deployed its parachute too soon after separating from its orbiting mother ship, the agency said. It's likely the craft exploded on impact. BBC reported that the agency has now identified a crash site. 

The probe was supposed to collect information for future Mars missions. ESA has more info on its website.  

[Photo: ESA]

10.21.16 | 4 hours ago

The number of women in computing jobs is about to decline

The number of women working in computer science-related fields is dropping, according to a new study from Girls Who Code and Accenture. Between now and 2025, the number of women in computing is expected to drop from 24% to 22%. This despite many overtures to diversity from Silicon Valley's tech elite.  

"Despite unprecedented attention and momentum behind the push for universal computer science education, the gender gap in computing is getting worse," said Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. "The message is clear: a one-size-fits-all model won't work. This report is a rallying cry to invest in programs and curricula designed specifically for girls. We need a new mindset and willingness to prioritize and focus on our nation's girls, and we need it now." The report calls for a reversal of this trend by putting resources toward recruiting women in junior high school, high school, and college and encouraging them into tech-related jobs. 

10.21.16 | 11:49 am

Just how negative were Clinton and Trump during the third debate?

Nearly every person who watched the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday saw just how ugly this election has become: Trump called Clinton a "nasty woman" and they both exchanged personal attacks. 

Fast Company asked the digital video analytics company HireVue to visualize the emotional intelligence of the candidates. Here's what the company's AI-driven platform found:

As you can see, things were pretty negative. Trump, in the red, emoted a lot of "fear," "negative sentiment," and "contempt." Conversely, Clinton, in blue, exhibited a lot of "disgust" and "surprise." 

You can read the full analysis here, which looks at both candidates' performance in all three debates.

10.21.16 | 11:42 am

Time Warner shares soar to highest level since AOL era after report of AT&T merger talks

It's 2001 all over again for Time Warner Inc. whose shares soared past $90 today following news that it is in "advance talks" with AT&T about a possible merger. The company's stock hasn't seen such levels since its calamitous $160 billion merger with AOL Inc. 

The Wall Street Journal reported today that the two companies could have a deal as early as this weekend. Such a merger would create a content-distribution behemoth on par with Comcast-NBCUniversal. 

The Time Warner-AOL merger, completed in 2001, is widely seen as one of the worst in history. Time Warner has spent the last several years slimming down—it separated from AOL and Time Warner Cable in 2009 and spun off its magazine unit, Time Inc., in 2014. 

[Photo: HBO]