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What developers can expect at Google I/O 2017

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London-based VC Notion Capital raised 2 new funds that total £167 million

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Notion Capital, a London-based venture capital firm that backs startups across Europe, has raised two new funds that are collectively worth £167 million.

The VC, which focuses on backing enterprise software and cloud companies, announced on Tuesday that it has closed a new $80 million (£60 million) growth equity fund to back later stage startups with, and a $140 million (£107 million) venture fund to back early stage startups.

Notion also announced that it has promoted ex-Amazon exec Chrys Chrysanthou and ex-Morgan Stanley banker Patrick Norris to partner level.

“These developments leave us exceptionally well positioned for 2017 and beyond, so we feel excited about what the future holds for Notion,” said Notion Capital managing partner Stephen Chandler in a statement.

“From the start we set out to build a genuinely differentiated venture capital firm that would be sustainable across multiple generations. Talent is obviously critical to that mission so it is particularly pleasing to recognise the contribution of our two new partners with these internal promotions.”

Notion Capital has had a number of successful exits, including Shutl to Ebay, Star to Claranet, Trustev to TransUnion, and Wercker to Oracle. It has also invested in the likes of London fintech startups Currencycloud and GoCardless, as well as travel startups like MOVE Guides, and TripTease.

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CreditHero wants to help fix credit scores for those afraid to even look

 With apps and services for investing and checking credit scores, it might seem like financial services are finally getting more mainstream. But people still need to have decent credit to get to the point where they’ll use those services. That’s why Nicole Sanchez and her co-founders started CreditHero, a service to help people understand their credit score — and how to… Read More

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Sunrise gives mental health patients AI-guarded group chat

 Between therapy sessions, mental health patients can feel alone. Sunrise Health is a new startup aiming to improve mental healthcare by combining the constant support of group chat, the openness afforded by anonymity, the guidance of professional therapists and the safeguard of artificial intelligence watching for abuse and emergencies. Read More

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A Silicon Valley startup is under scrutiny after a former employee sued and alleged there was a sex bed in the office ‘kink room’

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Another Silicon Valley startup has been accused for having an office with “rampant sexual behavior” and discriminating against female employees. 

On May 8, UploadVR was sued by a former female employee, for allegations of a hostile work environment, gender discrimination, failure to prevent harassment, and retaliation.

The startup is a catalyst for the nascent virtual reality and augmented reality industries, providing everything from online skills classes to incubating startups, as well as operating an eponymous industry news site, UploadVR. Its cofounders, editor-in-chief Will Mason and CEO Taylor Freeman, were named in January to the “Forbes 30 under 30” media list for their work to draw more people into the emerging industry. 

Yet inside the company, the plaintiff claims that UploadVR was a “boy’s club” that didn’t welcome anyone else into the fold. She worked as the company’s director of digital and social media from May 2016 until she was let go in March for what she claims was retaliation for complaining to her boss about the office environment. 

Among the litany of accusations in her complaint, the former employee alleges that:

  • The company “purposefully and expressly created a ‘boy’s club’ environment.” Male employees talked about sex on a daily basis including one employee’s sex life who had had sex with “over 1000 people”, the plaintiff says in the complaint.
  • UploadVR allegedly set up a room with a bed at the office and called it the “kink room.” “Male employees used that room to have sexual intercourse, which was disruptive and inappropriate. Often, underwear and condom wrappers would be found in the room,” the plaintiff wrote in the complaint.
  • Male employees would allegedly “micro-dose” on drugs throughout the day and would “further ostracize” employees who refused to participate.
  • Before a fundraising trip to Asia, top executives allegedly emailed the staff “in attempts to secure ‘Samurai Girls,’ submissive, Asian women, for their trip.” Another top executive allegedly emailed his STD test results to the company. 
  • During work trips, the former employee says she was repeatedly kicked out of her bedroom so that executives could have sex during parties.

Upload VR’s founders Freeman and Mason told Business Insider in an emailed statement that the allegations are “entirely without merit” but cannot comment directly on pending litigation.

What we want to express is that our employees are our greatest asset and the sole reason for the success of this company,” the founders said in a statement. “We are committed to creating a positive community in VR/AR as well as within our company culture and will work to further develop that mission in the future. We are confident that the true nature of how we treat our employees and how we operate as leaders will shine through this unfortunate situation and confirm that these allegations are entirely without merit.”  

Read the full complaint, originally posted by TechCrunch, here

SEE ALSO: Uber CEO launches ‘urgent investigation’ and sends company-wide memo after former engineer alleges sexual harassment

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We checked out Amazon's new skyscraper HQ — including the giant glass spheres (AMZN)

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In November 2016, Amazon opened “Day 1” — a 521-foot-tall skyscraper in the heart of downtown Seattle that will serve as its new base of operations.

The most well-known feature of the Day 1 tower is actually outside: A set of three gigantic, glass spheres that will be filled with greenery, including endangered species, when they are completed in 2018.

The idea is to give Amazon employees something of an oasis in the middle of the company’s famously demanding corporate culture.

The last time Business Insider swung by the Day 1 location in August 2016, the tower was receiving its finishing touches and the spheres were only half-completed. 

I made a return visit in early May while in Seattle for the Microsoft Build conference. There’s been a good deal of progress and the project looks impressive. Here’s a look at the Day 1 tower and the mysterious glass biospheres that have sprouted up at its base: 

SEE ALSO: Learn any of these 16 programming languages and you’ll always have a job

This is Day 1 — Amazon’s new skyscraper headquarters, which opened in November 2016. It’s 37 stories tall. The name refers to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mantra that “it’s always day 1;” a reminder to never rest on your laurels.

As you approach the Day 1 tower, you may notice a message on its side. From up close, it’s kind of hard to make out…

…but if you step away, you can see that it says “Hello World,” a reference to the classic example used to demonstrate new programming languages or concepts.

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A huge number of PCs still use ancient Windows software that puts them at risk (MSFT)

While it’s unfair to assign all the blame for the massive “WannaCry” cyberattack to any one specific party, at least some part of it comes down to people and IT organizations simply not upgrading their PCs.

The ransomware exploited a security hole in Windows XP, a 15-year-old operating system that Microsoft stopped updating in 2014. Despite its age and obsolescence, Windows XP was still used on more than 7% of PCs around the world as of April, according to NetMarketShare data charted for us by Statista.

Microsoft released a patch for XP on Friday that addressed the exploit. But that patch came two months after it issued similar ones that fixed the same flaw in more recent versions of Windows. Those who hadn’t installed those patches before the “WannaCry” outbreak now have another reminder of how crucial it is to stay up-to-date.

To be sure, it’s understandable why people might not be running a more recent version of Windows — updating equipment costs time and money. And there’s blame to go around. Microsoft’s practice of discontinuing support for older versions of its operating systems leaves those still running them vulnerable. Meanwhile, as Microsoft argued, the government’s practice of stockpiling exploits and keeping them secret makes it all the more dangerous when they’re leaked.

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Western Digital dispute with Toshiba heads for arbitration

Western Digital is seeking arbitration, demanding that its consent has to be taken before Toshiba can go ahead with plans to sell a stake in its memory business to raise funds.

The storage technology company acquired SanDisk last year and has been rumored to be a bidder for a stake in the Toshiba memory business, which has reportedly attracted a large number of other bidders including Apple and Foxconn Technology. SanDisk has been a long-term partner of Toshiba, with the two companies collaborating in the fabrication of nonvolatile memories, but is not seen as a front-runner in the auction.

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WeWork’s Adam Neumann on how to hit $1B in revenue with a careful balance

 WeWork, which is said to be raising as much as $4 billion at a valuation of more than $20 billion, is still on its way to hitting $1 billion in annual revenue this year — though CEO Adam Neumann said at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 that it’s not quite as simple as betting big on enterprise deals. Neumann said that enterprise deals, which would help handle office space for larger… Read More

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Facebook cracks down on fake live videos

 Facebook is banning misleading uses of its Live video format. The company tells TechCrunch that it’s adding a section to its Live API Facebook Platform Policy that reads “Don’t use the API to publish only images (ex: don’t publish static, animated, or looping images), or to live-stream polls associated with unmoving or ambient broadcasts.” Read More

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