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Can a venture capital blacklist stop sexual harassment in Silicon Valley?

Badly shaken over a flood of female founders accusing investors of sexual harassment, Silicon Valley's venture capital community is searching for a new kind of pitch – one that will end unwanted workplace come-ons, groping and off-colour jokes.

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Kalanick said in the court filing that the lawsuit is part of Benchmark's larger scheme to oust him from the company he helped found. — Reuters

Former Uber CEO says investor lawsuit a ‘public and personal attack’

18 August 2017

The ousted chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc called a lawsuit filed against him by one of the company's top investors a "public and personal attack" without merit.

The percentage of Romanians accessing social media exceeds the European average of 63%. — Dreamstime/TNS

Romanians access social networks more than European average: poll

18 August 2017

Almost three quarters (74%) of Romanian Internet users aged between 16 and 74 interact via social media, placing Romania ninth in the European Union (EU) on this segment, reveal the findings of a special survey.

Uber also faces sexual harassment and bias accusations by female staff, a federal inquiry into software that helps drivers avoid police, and a trade secrets lawsuit by Google parent Alphabet Inc's self-driving car unit Waymo. — Reuters

Uber wins US court appeal to push price-fixing case to arbitration

18 August 2017

Uber Technologies Inc won a victory in its effort to keep unhappy customers from suing in court, persuading a federal appeals court to send a Connecticut passenger's price-fixing case against the ride-service company into arbitration.

Indians are buying more phones from Chinese companies: report

18 August 2017

Chinese smartphone brands expanded their share of the Indian smartphone market in the June quarter (Q2) of 2017, continuing a trend seen over the past few quarters, shows the latest Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report by IDC.

In Kalima, totems have to work together to get you through the levels, from stacking on top of each other to surmounting high walls, or switching positions so as not to fall into deadly slime. — dpa

No chance of boredom in video games full of totems, monkeys and zombies

18 August 2017

Feel like your life has been a bit boring lately? A whole slew of video games have recently come out that promise to bring a bit more adventure. Here are some activities you'll do in each:

Google has launched a massive expansion in the Bay Area unlike anything else the region has seen in decades, yet what has occurred to this point is being rivalled by what's to come. — Bay Area News Group/TNS

How big can Google get? Its aggressive push for elbow room in the Bay Area

18 August 2017

For the past six years, Google has been expanding bit by bit beyond its Mountain View headquarters. But this year, the tech titan's plan for a massive new push into San Jose coupled with big land buys in Sunnyvale show just how big Google's footprint may get.

Myths, legends, and beasts from the beyond meet in The Secret World. — AFP Relaxnews

Johnny Depp is bringing The Secret World game to TV

18 August 2017

Sprawling online adventure The Secret World, recently upgraded and relaunched as the free Secret World Legends, is being funneled towards a TV future with a CSI: NY showrunner.

Players pilot a six-story mech in "Archangel," a narrative-driven virtual reality game. — Skydance Interactive/TNS

PlayStation VR continues to mature as developers explore space

18 August 2017

PlayStation VR has made headway since it launched nearly nine months ago. The games coming out are more complete experiences and less like tech demos. Sony announced in June that it sold more than 1 million PSVR units.

The SNOO Smart Sleeper gently rocks to help a baby sleep better.  — Nike

Pokémon Go, IKEA furniture, Smart Sleeper shortlisted as Designs of the Year

18 August 2017

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist for its annual Beazley Designs of the Year.

Internet titans that have contorted to balance free speech with odious content were standing firm this week against being used to glorify killing in the name of race or eliminating those who oppose violent and bigoted agendas. — AFP

Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

18 August 2017

White extremists are having doors to the Internet slammed on efforts to promote violent and bigoted agendas.

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