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10 things in tech you need to know today (AMZN, AAPL, GOOG)

Larry Page

Good morning! Here’s everything you need to know in the world of tech this Thursday.

1. Uber fired an executive who allegedly obtained a rape victim’s medical records. Eric Alexander, who lead Uber’s business in Asia, reportedly obtained the woman’s medical records and shared them with other Uber executives.

2. Amazon’s site showed a picture of a dog, instead of products, to some people on Wednesday. The company had a rare outage which lasted for some time.

3. Apple is going to make it easier and quicker to get your iPhone screen repaired. It’s going to put its proprietary machine for repairing glass screens in almost 400 authorised repair centres in 25 countries.

4. A new leaked image suggests the anticipated OnePlus 5 phone will look like the iPhone. It’s going to have a smooth black finish, which is different to previous OnePlus phones.

5. iOS 11 lets you play FLAC lossless audio files straight from your iPad and iPhone. It’s a first for Apple, but you can’t play them through the Music app.

6. A judge has ruled that Uber has to hand over a key document in its legal fight with Google’s self-driving car company Waymo. The document is a due diligence report about Otto that Uber prepared during its acquisition talks with the startup in 2016.

7. Google’s drone delivery project Wing said it took part in a series of nationwide tests organised by NASA and the FAA. Competitors including Intel and DJI also took part.

8. We reviewed Apple’s new “Planet of the Apps” TV show. It’s “an unintentionally comical train wreck.”

9. The ousted founder of Unilad has won a legal ruling that could force the sale of the site. Alex Partridge won a High Court battle after being ousted from his own company.

10. An Irish fintech startup founded by a former Facebook employee has raised €25 million (£21.7 million) just 6 months after launching. Plynk links people’s Facebook accounts and lets them send money without any fees.

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Gamer chat tool Discord secretly raised ~$50M as insiders cashed out

 It’s been a rocky road to glory for Discord, a startup whose iPad battle arena game, “Fates Forever,” earned it a top spot at our 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt show, but wound up flopping with users. What a difference a few years makes. After pivoting to a voice and text chat tool for video game teams and trash talkers in 2015, Discord’s current trajectory makes it one of… Read More
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Rebelmail rebrands as Rebel and adds one-click checkout to its interactive email platform

 Rebel has been helping marketers do more with their emails — so that those emails become interactive experiences (with capabilities like galleries and quizzes) in and of themselves. Now the startup is adding the ability for consumers to complete their purchase from an email.
The company was previously known as Rebemail, but as part of today’s launch, it’s rebranding as Rebel. Read More

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12 apps that just won Apple's most prestigious design award (AAPL)

Tim Cook

Apple revealed the winners of its prestigious Design Awards in a small ceremony at its annual conference on Wednesday.

These awards go to apps that Apple likes because they’re new, useful, or particularly beautiful. It’s one of the biggest awards that Apple gives to its app developers. 

Unlike Apple’s end-of-year awards list, these apps often aren’t super popular yet, and usually take advantage of new Apple capabilities or highlight emerging trends in app design.

Sometimes, Apple even buys the companies behind apps that have won these awards. 

Here are this year’s winners. We’ll start with the apps then move onto the games:

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Lake, a beautiful coloring app that works well with Apple’s stylus, Pencil

Price: Free, but with in-app purchases.

Bear, an elegant note-taking app

Price: Free, but the pro version is a $14.99 annual subscription. 

Kitchen Stories, a beautiful cooking app that Apple CEO Tim Cook likes

Price: Free with in-app purchases.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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We asked readers to caption this photo of Obama and Trudeau — and the results were hilarious

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Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau set the Internet abuzz with an impromptu dinner at Montreal’s Liverpool House restaurant on June 6.

Obama, who was in Montreal to give a speech on fighting climate change, met the prime minister just a day after Trudeau was spotted kayaking across the Niagra River for World Environment Day.

The two leaders took the opportunity to meet at the Montreal haunt to discuss ways to get young leaders involved in their communities — over steak, lobster spaghetti, halibut, oysters, crab, and asparagus.

The two tweeted photos of the meeting, reigniting rumors of a “bromance.” We asked our audience to caption the conversation, and the results were hilarious.

Here are some of our favorite captions from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter:

Obama: Why won’t you take Justin Bieber back? We’ll even throw in the alien we had for years at Area 51.

Obama: My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard
Trudeau: and they like, it’s better than yours

Obama: I’m finally allowed to have a cellphone. Can I have your number, please?

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Obama: I’ll have some bacon with a side of covfefe.
Trudeau: I’ll have what my boo is having

Obama: Are you picking up the tab for security or am I?

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Obama: What do you mean they don’t serve pizza here?!

Obama: Any covfefe for you?
Trudeau: NO just macaron, please!!!

Obama: So I’m thinking of reforming the band.

Obama: I’m telling you they’ll melt the Iron Throne to kill the Whitewalkers…

Trudeau: “Do you think Joe will be jealous of us?”

SEE ALSO: Photos from Obama and Trudeau’s unexpected Montreal dinner fire up the internet

DON’T MISS: Justin Trudeau celebrated World Environment Day by kayaking down the Niagara River — and the photos are fantastic

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Pittsburgh and Paris mayors to Trump: 'We have our own climate deal'

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In President Trump’s speech on June 1 announcing that the US will pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

But now, the mayors of the two cities say they are working together to form “their own climate deal” and are “more united than ever.”

In a joint “New York Times” op-ed on June 7, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote that they plan to adhere to the Paris Agreement.

“Though separated by an ocean and a language, we share a desire to do what is best for our citizens and our planet. That means putting aside parochial politics and embracing the global challenge of fighting climate change. In doing so, we can create a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous world for Parisians, Pittsburghers and everyone else on the planet,” they wrote.

Peduto said he was joining a coalition that intends to uphold the Paris Agreement called Mayors for 100% Clean Energy. The coalition, an initiative of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, represents an increasing number of US mayors who have endorsed community-wide goals of switching completely to clean energy.

Thirty cities, three states, more than 80 university presidents, and more than 100 companies recently launched another group with similar goals. Organized by Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire philanthropist and former New York City mayor, that coalition expects to submit to the UN a plan to uphold the greenhouse-gas limits set in the Paris Agreement, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, the United States Climate Alliance, made up of 11 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, has also vowed to abide by the Paris accord.

On June 1, Peduto responded to Trump’s Rose Garden speech on Twitter: “As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.” A day later, he announced that Pittsburgh aims to transition completely to renewable-energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2035.

You can read the full op-ed in “The New York Times” here.

SEE ALSO: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is launching a coalition to defy Trump and uphold the Paris Agreement

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Apple’s Xcode 9 beta previews blockbuster improvements

With Xcode 9, a forthcoming upgrade to Apple’s integrated development environment for building apps for MacOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, Apple is introducing a new source editor, a new build system, and compatibility with the Swift 4 language. A beta version of Xcode 9 was made available earlier this week. 

The latest version of Xcode brings a host of other improvements as well, in areas ranging from debugging, refactoring, and GPU support to a snappier find and replace capability. The new editor also offers faster scrolling for any-sized file and easier access to common tasks, Apple said. A new source control navigator is featured for viewing branches, tags, and remote repositories for a workspace.

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Stem raises $8M to get music artists paid more seamlessly

 While music streaming has become more and more commoditized, artists still have a wide array of places to distribute their songs like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music — but getting paid properly can start to complicate things. That problem gets even more difficult when there are multiple people collaborating on the same song and it’s not clear who is getting how much of a cut from… Read More

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When pressed about sexual harassment at Uber, board member Arianna Huffington said 'it all depends on your definition of systemic'

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Uber board member Arianna Huffington doubled down on her position that sexual harassment is not a “systemic problem” at Uber.

On Tuesday, news broke that Uber had fired more than 20 employees as part of its internal investigation into sexual harassment and other bad behavior at the company. This investigation by outside law firm Perkins Coie started in February after a former employee, Susan Fowler, said in a personal blog post that she was sexually harassed and experienced gender bias during her time at Uber.

But even after the investigation, and the firings, Huffington maintains that sexual harassment at Uber isn’t systemic.

“I never said there wasn’t a systemic cultural problem, I was talking specifically about sexual harassment,” Huffington told CNBC on Wednesday, in reference to her comments in March that the harassment at Uber wasn’t systemic. “It all depends on your definition of systemic.”

Most applications of the word “systemic,” in this instance, would center around whether Uber’s management system failed to adequately address sexual harassment, and in doing so promoted its continuation.

As Dan Primack pointed out in the Axios Pro Rata newsletter, the key number from the Perkins Coie report is 37%, which is the amount of existing HR claims that led to further action (termination, warning, training, or counseling). That is, by most reasonable standards, a huge failure on Uber’s part. And it’s hard to argue that the system Uber had in place was not — unintentionally or intentionally — designed to mismanage these complaints.

As a result of the investigation, the company has already fired 20 employees. Another 31 employees are in training and seven have been issued final warnings. 57 claims remain under review and the company didn’t take action in 100 of the claims, according to Uber.

According to Uber, here’s the breakdown of all the 215 complaints:

  • Discrimination: 54 
  • Sexual harassment: 47
  • Unprofessional behavior: 45
  • Bullying: 33
  • Harassment (other): 19
  • Retaliation: 13
  • Physical security: 3
  • Wrongful termination: 1

Additional reporting by Biz Carson.

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Tom Cruise left an airplane flying with no pilot in an insane stunt for his new movie

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Since his last two “Mission: Impossible” movies, in which he climbed the tallest building in the world and hung from the side of a plane as it took off, it’s almost become a requirement that Tom Cruise dazzle us with an impossible-looking stunt in all his movies going forward.

Following the premiere earlier this week of the trailer for “American Made,” in which Cruise plays real-life drug/gun runner Barry Seal, director Doug Liman told Yahoo UK that not only did Cruise do some of the flying in the movie, but at times he also left the cockpit and no one flying the plane.

“It can be pretty hair-raising — flying extremely fast, small airplanes, low to the ground, is a dangerous environment to be in just on its own,” Liman said. “Then, in the story, he’s throwing bales of cocaine out of the airplane, loading them up with guns, so every once in a while in this scene he’s got to climb out of the cockpit and go to the back of the airplane to dump the cocaine out.

“I’m flying alongside him in a helicopter filming, and that made a big impression on me — there’s nobody in the cockpit of the plane! Tom has gone to the back of the aircraft, and he’s alone in that airplane. It’s one thing to have Tom Cruise alone in the airplane flying it — that’s already outrageous — now he’s alone and he’s not even in the cockpit so he’s gone beyond. It was already a stunt before he left the cockpit, it was already a serious stunt.”

Sounds like just another day on the set with Tom Cruise. 

Before “American Made” opens on September 29, you can see Cruise in “The Mummy,” which also has the star in a thrilling airplane scene. He spent time in a zero-gravity plane for that one.

 

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