Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories and now Facebook Stories

Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories and now Facebook Stories

On January 15th, Facebook launched its newest feature, Facebook Stories. Following in the footsteps of its newly acquired company Instagram, Facebook continues to replicate Snapchat. Facebook Stories launched on Android and iOS in Ireland, and plans to introduce it to several other countries in the following months. One concern both the company and users have is how the Facebook Stories feature will appear on the desktop.

 

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/25/facebook-stories/

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1 Million Marchers

1 Million Marchers

On Saturday the 21st, more than 1 million people across the 50 states of America marched in protest against the new official Trump presidency. The turnout exceeded expectations, however, the question now in most people’s heads is what is next? After examining other movements in history, in order to turn protest into political change, there must be effective organized networks that precede and follow the protest. This was the case with the march on Saturday. The organizers held a networking session called “Where Do We Go From Here”, and Planned Parenthood also held a training session for 2000 participants. Uniting the protestors from this rally was and still is difficult because of range of causes they showed up for. Some people were liberal activists, while others were young children or even senior citizens just trying to share their voice. Having said that, organizers believe that these different people can unite because they share one common idea – revulsion towards the president. Senator Jeff Merkley said, “Trump is the cure here… he brings everybody together”. 

 

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/22/us/after-success-of-womens-march-a-question-remains-whats-next.html?_r=

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Recycling Rockets: SpaceX’s Long-Term Vision

Recycling Rockets: SpaceX’s Long-Term Vision

Currently, SpaceX’s rockets cost roughly $61 million. The company ambitiously plans to reduce this large cost to $5-7 million in the future. SpaceX recently completed a successful rocket launch and landing since the September 2016 Falcon 9 incident, where a rocket was destroyed on its launch pad. Before the incident, SpaceX was launching an average of one rocket per month in 2016 and plans on returning to the original launch schedule. Landing rockets is very important to SpaceX, and is a part of their long-term goal of cutting the costs of its launches to its customers. With space missions becoming cheaper, who knows what the future will hold.

 

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2017/01/15/spacex-successfully-launches-first-rocket-since-september-accident/?ss=tech#2ff1ca2bca2b

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Apple Plans to Produce Original Movies and TV Shows

Apple Plans to Produce Original Movies and TV Shows

By the end of 2017, Apple plans on producing and delivering original content. The streaming service will cost roughly $10 a month and is intended to help Apple compete with its streaming rivals like Spotify and Netflix. Considering Spotify has 40 million paid subscribers, double the number Apple has, this plan to create original content should increase Apple's offerings on Apple Music. In addition to that, Apple could perhaps use the extra money as it faces declining iPad and iPhone sales.

 

Article source: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/12/apple-to-boost-music-service-with-original-tv-shows-and-films.htm

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New Film, Hidden Figures, Depicts the Story of Women in STEM

New Film, Hidden Figures, Depicts the Story of Women in STEM

Tracey Welson-Rossmon, founder of TechGirlz, was invited to a special screening of Hidden Figures. Hidden Figures is a film that shares the story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, three African-American mathematicians who worked for NASA and contributed to the Space Race against Russia. The film is not only compelling, but also honest in that it includes the initial struggle the three women faced because of their gender and race. Having said that, it simultaneously shows that the greater goal of the Space Race trumped the concerns surrounding these three women’s abilities. In many cases, the STEM careers that are featured on screen are usually depicted by men. But research shows that after the release of Brave and The Hunger Games, two movies that depict heroines as archers, the number of females participating in national archery competitions doubled. By incorporating more females in STEM careers on screen, Welson-Rossmon believes we can change societal norms to make females pursuing careers in STEM the rule and not the exception.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/13/hidden-figures-inspiring-stem-heroes-for-girls/

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Low-Income Women Have the Most to Lose if Planned Parenthood is Defunded

Low-Income Women Have the Most to Lose if Planned Parenthood is Defunded

Planned Parenthood is an organization that specializes in women’s reproductive health. The federal poverty level for individuals is an annual salary of $11,880, and 75% of Planned Parenthood users earn incomes 150% below that level, or an annual salary of $17,820. Paul Ryan, the GOP House Speaker announced that they would almost half the funding given to Planned Parenthood. The potential defunding not only has economic implications, but social impacts as well. Access to birth control was a monumental development for female economic empowerment. The Planned Parenthood Action fund president, Cecile Richards, said, “z "Planned Parenthood has been here for 100 years and we're going to be here for 100 more. Women and men in this country won't let politicians like Paul Ryan and Mike Pence take us back decades”.

 

Article source: https://mic.com/articles/164803/one-stat-shows-who-has-the-most-to-lose-if-republicans-defund-planned-parenthood?bt_ee=qbCS92uKJF6VsITMfkbUsAjLH6ofMzfCSO7tne6S2gbqwFbqkbgfl1kWchOXRyYQ&bt_ts=1484018157697#.7q9oxWtuf

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Michelle Obama Highlights Diversity in Her Final Formal Speech

Michelle Obama Highlights Diversity in Her Final Formal Speech

On January 6th, 2017, Michelle Obama gave her final official speech as First Lady. Her passionate case for embracing diversity in all forms expressed the kind of country her and her husband hope to inspire after leaving Office. She said that, “diversity is not a threat, it makes the country what it is”, and followed with a personal story about her father and his hope. She powerfully and emotionally stated that hope is what moves this country forward – the hope of the future. She addressed all young people, and said that the country belonged to them. 

 

Article source:  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-michelleobama-idUSKBN14R00

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Forbes Predicts Bachelor’s Degrees with Highest Salary Potential in 2016-2017

Forbes Predicts Bachelor’s Degrees with Highest Salary Potential in 2016-2017

Forbes’s Kathryn Dill compiled a list of the 25 bachelor’s degrees that had the greatest potential for highest income in 2016-2017. The top degree was for petroleum engineering, with an early career pay of $96,700 and mid-career pay of $172,000. Systems engineering came second, with an early career pay of $66,400 and mid-career pay of $121,000. Out of the 28 degrees (including ties), 20 of them were degrees with the word engineering in them. For example, nuclear engineering and biomedical engineering were among the many. Out of the other 8, the majority of degrees were in the fields of science and / or math.

 

Article source: http://www3.forbes.com/leadership/the-25-bachelors-degrees-with-the-highest-salary-potential-in-2016-2017/2/

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Pilot: The App That Translates Languages in Real-Time

Pilot: The App That Translates Languages in Real-Time

Waverly Labs’ new smart piece, Pilot, is a real-time universal language translator. If the plan for the product is successful, the ability to understand foreign languages will be revolutionized. The earpiece essentially cancels out surrounding noises to focus on what the speaker is saying. Simultaneously, the speech is directed to a complementary application that translates it. The difference between Pilot and already existing translating applications like ITranslate and Google Translate is the fact that it is instantaneous. The product is predicted to release in the May of 2017 for $199, including two earpieces, a portable charger, and three ear tips.

 

Article source: 

https://mic.com/articles/164281/pilot-the-real-time-universal-translator-is-straight-out-of-a-sci-fi-novel?bt_ee=sBs03QEF90APS2QRk+xObqVSBTajCjhYUbbBUnpWB9kwl/LcrJOrcnJQcJnFCZWt&bt_ts=1483673598887#.SoZg9M4rF

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Silicon Valley Engineers Pledge To Never Build A Muslim Registry

Silicon Valley Engineers Pledge To Never Build A Muslim Registry

A group of nearly 60 employees at major tech companies has signed a pledge refusing to help build a Muslim registry. The pledge states that signatories will advocate within their companies to minimize collection and retention of data that could enable ethnic or religious targeting under the Trump administration, to fight any unethical or illegal misuse of data, and to resign from their positions rather than comply.

Article source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/nitashatiku/never-again-tech-pledge?utm_term=.tiXzYEKwa#.tpydqOjz7

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How Championing Female Entrepreneurs Brings Us Together

How Championing Female Entrepreneurs Brings Us Together

Randi Zuckerberg is the author of Dot Complicated, a New York Times best-seller exploring how technology is changing our lives, and Dot., a picture book that teaches children how to both plug in and unplug creatively. In this interview with Christina Vuleta she talks about digital-life balance, her new book Missy President and how the election has changed the conversations both men and women are having about women in the workplace and power.

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/christinavuleta/2016/12/07/randi-zuckerbergs-new-rules-of-tech-and-how-championing-female-entrepreneurs-brings-us-together/#2ca195bd5057

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Nurx: All-In-One App Delivers Dozens Of Free And Cheap Birth Control Options

Nurx: All-In-One App Delivers Dozens Of Free And Cheap Birth Control Options

Millions of Americans may soon face serious changes and choices with their healthcare, though likely not for months or more. Nevertheless, many women feel there’s no time like the present to plan for their critically important reproductive health; providentially, there’s an (appointment-free) app for that, and it’s got investors abuzz. Now available in California, Washington, New York, and Washington, D.C., Nurx is an up-and-coming birth control app that lets women select the pill, patch, or ring that suits their needs and get it delivered free to the doorstep of their choice–no doctor’s visits required, and no (non-medical) questions asked.

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2016/11/14/got-birth-control-all-in-one-app-delivers-dozens-of-free-and-cheap-options/#772023839a3d

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The Future Of Robotic Surgery

The Future Of Robotic Surgery

Bringing robotics into the surgical process has been a considerable motivation for researchers in recent years. A team from the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have trialed what is believed to be the first miniature robotic device for surgery to help remove cancerous growths in a patient in Paraguay. The device is incredible because rather than operating on the patient from the outside, the robots are actually doing their work from inside the patient. 

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adi-gaskell/the-future-of-robotic-sur_b_13261792.html?section=us_technology

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Stanford, The White House, And Tech Bigwigs To Host A Summit On Poverty

Stanford, The White House, And Tech Bigwigs To Host A Summit On Poverty

The White House has partnered up with the han Zuckerberg Initiative and Stanford to host an invite-only event focused on the ways that technology can “solve” issues like poverty, inequality, and economic immobility

Article source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/nitashatiku/white-house-chan-zuckerberg-stanford-poverty?utm_term=.dm2Ln4Y6w#.yoxZNQnAr

These Tech Companies Cover Egg-Freezing And IVF

These Tech Companies Cover Egg-Freezing And IVF

Two years ago, Apple and Facebook made headlines when they started to foot at least of part of the bill for services like IVF and egg-freezing in an effort to recruit and retain talented employees, particularly women. And overall, the tech industry pours more money into fertility benefits than any other industry, including finance, fashion, and pharmaceuticals, according to a poll released Tuesday by FertilityIQ, a startup that collects patient feedback about fertility clinics. Google, Intel, Spotify, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and the e-commerce site Wayfair all also offer fertility benefits.

Article source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemlee/tech-companies-fertility-benefits?utm_term=.vb3pYZqoz#.ftjxpPa6y

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Snapchat Files For Biggest IPO In Years

Snapchat Files For Biggest IPO In Years

Snapchat has filed for an initial public offering, sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday, which puts the messaging app a step closer to the biggest U.S. stock market debut since 2014. The Venice, California-based company could go public as soon as March and be valued at $20 billion to $25 billion, making it the largest IPO since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s went public two years ago valued at $170.9 billion. It would be the largest U.S. technology IPO since Facebook Inc’s debut in 2012 with a value of $81.2 billion.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/snapchat-ipo_us_582ba8bde4b01d8a014b456a?section=us_technology

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Indiegogo Enlists MicroVentures for New Investment Platform

Indiegogo Enlists MicroVentures for New Investment Platform

Leveraging a recently passed securities rule signed into law by President Obama some six months back (part of the 2012 JOBS Act) that lowers the bar on personal investments, Indiegogo is launching Equity Crowdfunding, a platform aimed at giving small-scale investors a stake in the companies they back. The platform was launched Tuesday in collaboration with investment bank MicroVentures. The investment opportunities are listed on both companies’ sites, though MicroVentures will be handling transactions through its own platform.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/15/indiegogo/

Beth Ferreira And WME Ventures Seek To Match Startups With Top Talent

Beth Ferreira And WME Ventures Seek To Match Startups With Top Talent

At the new venture arm of WME | IMG, Beth Ferreira hopes to build WME Ventures into a new model for venture capital. “We’re taking a different approach than other corporate venture funds,” Ferreira says. “An agency is a service business, and venture capital is, too.”

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2016/11/14/beth-ferreira-and-wme-ventures-match-startups-with-talent/#4328ed7937dd

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Turn Anger into Charity with RageDonate

Turn Anger into Charity with RageDonate

A host of organizations have capitalized on the anger that followed the election of Donald Trump. Now, a new organization called RageDonate is trying to consolidate all of your pissed-off donation needs into one place. The group of mostly anonymous techies and creative types launched its site today and is already partnering with the anti-sexual assault organization Project Callisto, Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and other groups.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/14/ragedonate-turns-trump-anger-into-charitable-good/

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Facebook Employee Trump Fundraising "MVP"

Facebook Employee Trump Fundraising "MVP"

While Facebook grapples both internally and externally with its role in the election’s outcome, the Trump campaign is publicly singing the social network’s praises. Saturday afternoon, Gary Coby, an RNC taffer and Trump campaign fundraiser tweeted that Facebook was instrumental in the Trump campaign’s fundraising success. Coby singled out James Barnes, a client solutions manager for Facebook in Washington, D.C. as an “MVP” of the election.

Article source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/trump-fundraiser-facebook-employee-was-our-mvp?utm_term=.rk2JB48Rb#.rsNvd8o1Q