Snapchat will stop promoting President Trump’s account in Discover: ‘We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice’ (SNAP)

Snapchat will not promote President Trump’s account in the Discover section of its app, the company said on Wednesday. “We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover,” a company spokesperson said. The decision comes as Facebook has been embroiled in controversy over its handling of President Trump’s posts about the George Floyd protests. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. has said that it will no longer promote President Trump’s account in the Discover section of its app. The decision comes after the president tweeted remarks that have been criticized as inciting violence against protesters… Read More

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California homeowners fined $1.7 million for illegal yards on beach

Nearly three dozen Newport Beach homeowners who built yards that illegally extend onto the public beach have agreed to a combined $1.7 million in fines as well as to the city restoring the encroachments to their natural state. The deal, recommended by Coastal Commission staff for the state panel to approve at its June 11 meeting, would resolve decades of illegal encroachments by beachfront homeowners on Peninsula Point located at the east end of the Balboa Peninsula. The illegal yards extend as much as 80 feet onto the sand and include lawns, hedges, trees, irrigation systems, walkways and fences. They interfere with the two central components of the 1976 Coastal… Read More

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Bot banned from Twitter for repeating Trump’s tweets verbatim

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson) In the past, Twitter has said that incitements to violence from world leaders like President Donald Trump should be treated differently to those made by the rest of us. This week, that was shown to clear effect when the social media network banned the @SuspendThePres account and ordered it to delete a tweet. Its crime? Tweeting the exact same words used by Trump a day earlier. The experiment began on May 29 when a Twitter account was repurposed as a bot with a single mission: to copy Trump’s tweets verbatim and see how long it would take to get banned. This account will tweet what the… Read More

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Axon adds Seattle business leader Adriane Brown to board of directors

Adriane Brown, the newest addition to Axon’s Board of Directors. (Axon Photo) Seattle venture capital investor and business leader Adriane Brown last week joined the board of directors for Axon, a company that develops body cameras, tasers, and other law enforcement technologies. Brown is a venture partner for the Seattle VC upstart Flying Fish Partners and sits on the board of directors for eBay and the Washington Research Foundation. She also serves at the board chair for Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. “I am drawn to companies with bold ideas and that is why I’m excited to sit on Axon’s board,” Brown said in a statement. “I’m passionate about contributing leadership… Read More

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University entrepreneurship — without the university

Eric Tarczynski Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Tarczynski is the Managing Partner at Contrary, a network-driven venture firm backed by founders from Facebook, Tesla, and many others. Across the country, university campuses are in limbo. The California State University system has committed to online classes in Fall 2020. Northeastern University is reopening as normal. UT Austin is taking a hybrid approach: in-person classes until Thanksgiving break, then online classes during flu season. This presents a special set of circumstances for university entrepreneurs. The traditional resources and networks are nonoperational. But time and focus, historically the most scarce resources for ambitious students, is now at an all-time high. It’s often noted… Read More

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