Leaked Snap Memo Says Employees Could Go to Jail If They . . . Leak Memos

A January 8th memo from Snap Inc.’s chief legal counsel threatened harsh punishment for employees leaking company information. That memo, naturally, was swiftly leaked to Cheddar. “If you leak Snap Inc. information, you will lose your job and we will pursue any and all legal remedies against you,” the memo read in part. “And that’s just the start. You can face personal financial liability even if you yourself did not benefit from the leaked information. The government, our investors, and other third parties can also seek their own remedies against you for what you disclosed. The government can even put you in jail.” Snap declined to comment on the memo… Read More

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Could one city fly, fly away with Amazon’s HQ2 prize? Here’s who has edge on flights from Seattle

Based on its direct-flight service, Alaska Airlines should be all smiles no matter which city Amazon chooses for HQ2. (Alaska Air Photo) In addition to the big boost to the local economy of whichever city Amazon selects for its second North American headquarters, there’s also going to be another big economic winner: airlines. Hundreds (or even thousands) of workers are likely to travel back and forth between HQ1 in Seattle and HQ2. So which city has the most direct flights to and from Seattle? We gathered flight data for each of the 20 cities from the newly released shortlist (17 metro areas) to see if any of them might have… Read More

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Editorial: VTA and BART should commit to single tunnel in downtown San Jose

In the 46 years since its first train rolled, BART has been a pioneer of technical innovation. It had the first automatic train control system when it opened. It had the first automatic fare vending. The Transbay Tube was the first submerged tube for transit. As the line extends from Berryessa through downtown San Jose, BART should embrace another first in the nation: A single-bore tunnel, with trains entering stations one above the other instead of side by side under Santa Clara Street. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. The Valley Transportation Authority… Read More

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Hong Kong is so expensive that architects are building 100-square-foot ‘tube homes’ made from concrete water pipes

For the past seven years, Hong Kong has held the title of the world’s priciest city for home-buyers, according to the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. James Law, a Hong Kong-based architect, believes that his micro-homes could help alleviate the city’s housing crisis. But his tiny home designs are anything but typical — they are concrete water pipes outfitted with all the amenities of a modern home. Law explains more about his “tube home” design below. SEE ALSO: The Netherlands is getting a ‘vertical forest’ skyscraper covered in over 5,000 plants — and apartments cost less than $900 a month Called the OPod, the “tube homes” measure 100 square… Read More

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Why Blockchains and Identity Go Together

One area of online life most ripe for disruption is identity: How does anyone really know you are who you say you are? Nowadays, credit agencies and social networks like Facebook act as the main gatekeepers for identity. But a host of entrepreneurs are designing new solutions to this age-old Internet conundrum by using blockchain technology, the digital ledger system that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. A few such blockchain boosters participated in a panel discussion about identity at the Silicon Slopes conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday. There they claimed that these distributed, tamper-resistant databases can counter the monopolizing forces that have come to control people’s identities. Read… Read More

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