An anti-racism checklist: Supporting Black employees in tech

Any Black candidate, employee, or founder in tech can tell you how much anti-racism work still needs to be done in the industry. Eighty-three percent of tech executives are white, while only 7.4% of all tech employees are Black. Less than 1% of venture capital funding goes to Black startup founders. But the statistics alone […]

Stardust Social Casino is a bet on enticing players with Las Vegas history

When Boyd Gaming launched Stardust Social Casino recently on iOS and Android, it was one more entry in a crowded social casino game market. But the Stardust casino played a significant role in Las Vegas history, and the company is betting that allure will attract folks to the virtual casino. The game is the beginning […]

Black tech organizations grow amid calls for racial justice

Amazon applied science manager Dr. Nashlie Sephus has lived in New York City, Atlanta, Silicon Valley, and Seoul while pursuing her education and work in machine learning. She knows the look of a community that’s thriving from technology and innovation, but she didn’t see that growth happening in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. That’s why […]

PlayStation leads in TV ad impressions, but Square Enix is close behind

Gaming industry TV ad impressions saw an 87.71% increase from mid-August to mid-September, compared to the previous 30-day period. From August 16 through September 15, 12 gaming brands aired 49 spots over 6,500 times, resulting in 1.5 billion impressions. Sports, particularly NBA playoff games, were a large driver of impressions for the industry overall, and […]

A Bluetooth Flaw Leaves Billions of Devices Vulnerable

The October issue of WIRED took a close, in-depth look at the state of election security. While lots of it isn’t pretty, we did find some pockets of hope. Data scientist Sara-Jayne Terp is on a mission to stamp out misinformation. The former Facebook employees at the nonprofit Acronym are hoping to use the Trump’s […]

A Patient Dies After a Ransomware Attack Hits a Hospital

A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy […]

John Carmack says he’s ‘kind of embarrassed’ over Facebook’s social VR during pandemic

Facebook Reality Labs consulting CTO John Carmack says he’s “kind of embarrassed” about Facebook’s social VR offerings on Oculus headsets over the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In his talk at Facebook Connect on Wednesday, Carmack touched on the problems Facebook had experienced keeping the Oculus Quest headset in stock this year, even before the […]

TikTok filed a complaint against Trump administration to block U.S. ban: Bloomberg News

(Reuters) – Popular video-sharing app TikTok has asked a U.S. judge to block the Trump administration banning on the Chinese social-media network, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday. TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance Ltd., filed a complaint in Washington federal court late Friday night challenging U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order, the report said. […]

U.S. Senator Blumenthal demands AT&T drop push for ad-subsidized cellphone plans

By Kenneth Li (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal on Friday called on AT&T Inc <T.N> to stop pursuing plans to offer cellphone plans partially subsidized by advertising that he said would undermine consumer privacy. “Consumers expect that their phone and broadband providers are not spying on their phone calls and web browsing or using […]

'Bored by all this drama': TikTok users play it cool over latest U.S. ban threat

By Sheila Dang (Reuters) – Look who is not freaking out. Since July, TikTok users have braced for a threatened ban of the ultra-popular short-form video app in the United States, with some opening accounts on rival platforms and encouraging friends to do the same. Then early on Friday Reuters broke the news that the […]