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05.09.16 | 2:51 pm

A year after her husband’s death, Sheryl Sandberg realizes Lean In’s shortcomings

Sandberg's career advice manual Lean In has been roundly criticized for its narrow view of women's working lives (we aren't all born white and upper middle class, after all). 

But one year after losing her husband—former SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg—Sandberg sees that her book should have acknowledged the unique struggles of single mothers. In a Mother's Day post on Facebook, she wrote: 

Some people felt that I did not spend enough time (in Lean In) writing about the difficulties women face when they have an unsupportive partner or no partner at all. They were right.

I will never experience and understand all of the challenges most single moms face, but I understand a lot more than I did a year ago.  Today, almost 30 percent of families with children are headed by a single parent, and 84 percent of those are led by a single mother. And yet our attitudes and our policies do not reflect this shift.

09.28.16 | an hour ago

How much more convenient can Amazon deliveries get? Now they’re experimenting with in-house deliveries

Amazon is reportedly working with two smart lock makers, August and Garageio, to test a new package delivery system that would enable the delivery man to enter your home and leave your package inside when you aren't there, reports the Information. The system would work by giving the delivery person one-time access to your home via your smart lock. It would also allow Amazon to do away with external shipping packaging, saving the company tens of millions of dollars a year.

[Photo: Flickr user Mike Seyfang]

09.28.16 | an hour ago

Twitter has an awesome new feature that helps people register to vote

The social network has just launched a new DM feature that allows users to send a direct message to the official @Gov Twitter account, which provides updates from Twitter's government and elections team, and receive a reply where and when by that user needs to register to vote, reports TechCrunch. Twitter tailors the information to the user by asking for them to DM their ZIP code. It will then DM you back with your state's deadline and a link to where you can register.

09.28.16 | an hour ago

Donald Trump Jr.’s graphic comparing poisoned Skittles to refugees removed from Twitter

Donald Trump Jr.'s tone deaf and offensive graphic comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles has been removed from Twitter at the behest of the refugee photographer who took the photo, reports the BBC. The original graphic Trump Jr. tweeted was made from an image of a bowl of Skittles taken by a U.K.-based man named David Kittos, who was himself a refugee from Cyprus to the U.K. in 1974. Kittos has revealed the photo in the graphic was taken from his Flickr account and used without his permission. He retained a lawyer after finding out about its use, and now Trump Jr.'s tweet simply states the media was removed due to a claim from the copyright holder. "I am very glad it's down, and it shouldn't have been up in the first place," Kittos told the BBC.

[Image: Twitter/Donald Trump Jr.]

09.28.16 | 2 hours ago

Uber will get into the long-haul trucking business

Not content with just dominating the ride-sharing market, Uber wants to make inroads into virtually every form of transportation it seems. The company is aiming to establish itself as a freight hauler and technology partner for the trucking industry, reports Reuters. The plans comes on the back of Uber acquiring self-driving truck startup Otto earlier this year. Reuters says Uber has already begun pitching its freight services to shippers and that it will also act as a broker to connect truck fleets and shippers. The main goal of Uber, according to Reuters, is to transform the low-margin $700 billion-a-year trucking industry into a highly profitable operation that Uber controls.

[Screenshot: Otto/Uber]

09.28.16 | 2 hours ago

Moscow will ditch Microsoft software to reduce dependence on foreign tech

The city of Moscow plans to transition its computer systems away from Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft services in an attempt to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to reduce dependences on foreign technology, reports Bloomberg. To start with, Moscow will ditch Microsoft's Exchange Server and Outlook software on 6,000 computers—to be replaced with an email system made by Russian state-run carrier Rostelecom PJSC. As many as 600,000 computers and servers may also replace Windows and Office with homegrown substitutes.

[Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images]

09.28.16 | 2 hours ago

Facebook’s Slack rival will reportedly launch next month

The social network is about to launch its business-focused vertical Facebook at Work, reports the Information. Work, which was first announced back in 2014, will look similar to Facebook's personal offerings, but does not connect with a user's personal Facebook account. Instead Facebook at Work users will get a new Work profile and their News Feeds will allow them to join work groups, send messages, and collaborate—just like Slack. It will also be available on both web and mobile—just like Slack. Companies will reportedly be charged based on how many employees they have using the service.

[Image: Facebook]

09.28.16 | 3 hours ago

Thousands of London construction workers could soon lose their jobs to robots

Alison Carnwath, the chairman of Land Securities, told the Institute of Directors' annual convention that the pace of technological change has been so great in recent years that the construction industry is "not that far off" from using robots instead of people to build skyscrapers, reports the Telegraph: "Five years ago I'd have smiled wryly if somebody had said to me that robots would be able to put up buildings in the City of London—I tell you we're not that far off, and that has huge implications."

"Businesses are focusing on [productivity]. They want to reengineer how their people can work—they recognize that technology is upon us and is going to destroy thousands of jobs," Carnwath said.

[Photo: Flickr user manuel]

09.27.16 | 9:08 pm

Elon Musk not worried about there being enough water for toilets on Mars

Since we're all going to the Red Planet now, one questioner at Musk's presser today wanted to know whether he was worried about sanitation on Mars.

Musk noted that there's plenty of ice on Mars and that with enough solar panels, it would likely be possible to set up some sort of geothermal-based plumbing system. You'll have to just watch the video for yourself.

09.27.16 | 6:40 pm

Report: Oculus founder lied about extent of involvement with anti-Hillary meme group

If Palmer Luckey, Oculus, and Facebook had hoped the uproar over his involvement with an anti-Hillary Clinton "shitposting" meme machine would die down after he posted a mea culpa last Friday night, they're going to be very disappointed.

Earlier today, CNet Reviews senior editor Sean Hollister posted a lengthy takedown of that statement by Luckey–the 24-year-old Oculus founder and wunderkind. 

In it, Hollister argued that emails he'd received from Daily Beast reporter Gideon Resnick–who wrote the original article linking Luckey to the shitposting group–prove either that Luckey wrote inflammatory posts under the nickname NimbleRichMan or that he'd lied to Resnick about his connection to the anti-Hillary group, known as Nimble America. In his statement, Luckey had said he only gave the group $10,000 and hadn't been involved in any other way.

Hollister said neither Luckey, Oculus, nor Facebook had responded to requests for clarification. Neither Facebook nor Oculus immediately responded to a Fast Company request for comment.

There is surely more to come on this story, especially as Oculus hosts its third-annual developers' conference next week in San Jose. Though Luckey is, and has always been, the face of the company, one can't help but wonder if he'll even be in attendance.

09.27.16 | 6:17 pm

Report: FBI is looking into hacks against DNC cell phones, suspects Russia-backed hackers

Reuters cites unnamed sources saying the FBI is currently looking into reports that cell phones used by Democratic National Committee officials were targeted by hackers. 

The probe into the DNC cell phones, Reuters says, underscores a widening criminal investigation into hacks on Democratic Party-related organizations, including the Hillary Clinton campaign. U.S. government officials have said they suspect hackers backed by the Russian government of being the culprits in the attacks against the Clinton campaign. 

The Reuters sources say they believe Russian government-backed hackers are also involved in the more recent attacks on the DNC phones. The hackers, the sources say, may be trying to disrupt the U.S. presidential election, which culminates November 8. 

09.27.16 | 5:37 pm

Afternoon intel: Everything we know about SpaceX’s Mars mission plans, Bono invests in biotech

• "I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact." [Drumroll, please] That was Elon Musk back in 2013, describing his lifelong dream of traveling to and living on the red planet. Well today, he unveiled his long-awaited plans for such an ambitious mission, announcing SpaceX's "Interplanetary Transport System" with a slick animated video and plenty of details on how many people can be squeezed onto a rocket (100), how many people Musk wants on Mars (1 million), by how much we need to reduce the cost of a trip to Mars (5 million %) and what kind of timeline he expects for such a mission to actually take place (10 years)

• In non-celestial news, Bono and some partners invested in biotech startup Color Genomics

• Slack unveiled the first of many integrations with Salesforce, reports Fast Company's Mark Sullivan, allowing it to pull in Salesforce record data and sync with its Chatter messaging feature.

Google launched "Station," a new program that seeks to make fast Wi-Fi available to public places all over the planet.

09.27.16 | 3:57 pm

Don’t start packing your bags just yet: The SpaceX Mars mission’s timeline is pretty fuzzy

Elon Musk says he's shooting for a 10-year horizon for the launch of his much-ballyhooed "Interplanetary Transport System," announced today at an event in Mexico. But he admits it's a very complicated endeavor to predict a timeline. He's hoping to establish a steady cadence, much like trains leaving a station, of SpaceX rockets taking off every couple of years.  

SpaceX has already tried to have a steady stream of launches. Here is the timeline presented by Musk of SpaceX's activities over the last decade: