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Apple revamps web design for App Store

Apple revamps web design for App Store Apple has updated the look of its web-based App Store, 9to5Mac first reported. It definitely has the feel of the iOS 11 App Store, which Apple completely redesigned and launched last September. But, unlike iOS 11, there’s no focus on app discovery. The functionality is about the same as before, but what it comes down to is the clean design that feels simpler — perhaps due to the increased amount of white space. There’s also a bit more of an emphasis on reviews….

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Diverse teams are still *really* good for business, McKinsey says

Diverse teams are still *really* good for business, McKinsey says Diversity is good for business — not just from the ethical standpoint, but from the perspective of a company’s bottom-line, according to McKinsey & Company. As a follow-up to its “Why Diversity Matters” study in 2015, McKinsey analyzed over 1,000 companies across 12 countries, looking at their respective profits and value creation. Companies in the top quartile for ethnic diversity are 33 percent more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the bottom quartile, according to McKinsey’s report, “Delivering…

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Facebook appoints American Express CEO to board of directors

Facebook appoints American Express CEO to board of directors Facebook announced today the addition of Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, to its board of directors. His appointment becomes effective Feb. 5, 2018. “I’ve been trying to recruit Ken for years,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a press release. “He has unique expertise in areas I believe Facebook needs to learn and improve — customer service, direct commerce, and building a trusted brand. Ken also has a sense of social mission and integrity I admire and the perspective…

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Birch raises $1 million to help you reap the best credit card rewards

Birch raises million to help you reap the best credit card rewards Birch Finance, a TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 Battlefield alum, has raised a $1 million seed round from AGP Miami, Kevin Johnson, the former CEO of Ebates and Frank Azor, founder of Alienware. The plan is to grow Birch Finance’s user base and increase its opportunities for monetization. Birch Finance aims to help people make the most of the credit cards in their wallets by telling them which cards will earn them the most points. It works by analyzing your…

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The Last Mile is launching its coding program at a women’s prison in Indiana

The Last Mile is launching its coding program at a women’s prison in Indiana The Last Mile, a coding program that first launched inside California’s San Quentin State Prison, has expanded to its first out-of-state prison. Yesterday, The Last Mile announced its plans to launch at the Indiana Women’s Prison with support from Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “We had a desire to go outside of California this year,” The Last Mile co-founder Chris Redlitz told me over the phone. “It just happened sooner than we thought. It was really [Gov….

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Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson in support of DACA

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson in support of DACA Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson to act on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status. “Every day that Congress doesn’t act more DACA recipients are losing their status,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post this morning. If President Donald Trump has his way, DACA will end. Yesterday, the Department of Justice said it would ask the Supreme Court to review a federal judge’s ruling that ordered…

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TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement

TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement. As the story goes, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams had previously told Laporte Twitter was simply a text-based microblogging service, the lawsuit states. “Williams also acknowledged that Twitter was aware of the conflict” between the TWITTER and TWiT mark, the lawsuit alleges. “At that time Williams,…

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Social Bicycles raises $10 million Series A round, rebrands as Jump Bikes

Social Bicycles raises million Series A round, rebrands as Jump Bikes Social Bicycles, now officially known as Jump Bikes, has just closed a $10 million Series A round led by Menlo Ventures with participation from Sinewave Ventures, Esther Dyson and others. “At Menlo Ventures, our investment team supports entrepreneurs who are on a mission to change the world—including, how consumers move through it,” Menlo Ventures Managing Director Shawn Carolan said in a statement. “Our 2011 investment in Uber taught us important lessons about the challenges and possibilities for urban mobility…

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Brit + Co had a round of layoffs this month as part of a ‘reorganization’

Brit + Co had a round of layoffs this month as part of a ‘reorganization’ Brit + Co laid off some employees earlier this month as part of a reorganization, TechCrunch has learned. Brit + Co declined to comment on the number laid off, but the women’s lifestyle and digital media company’s employee base went from 92 people in September 2017 to just 78 today, according to its team page. “It’s been a very unpredictable time in the media industry, but we grew revenue by 50% in 2017 and are…

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CTRL+T podcast: Diversity and its discontents

CTRL+T podcast: Diversity and its discontents <input type="hidden" name="fallback" value=" This embed is invalid” /> [embedded content] No one is down with how diversity is unfolding in Silicon Valley. Depending on how one looks at it, they’re going to have an issue with it. White men are crying foul, saying they’re being left out of these conversations and initiatives. However, actual marginalized people are, rightfully so, saying not enough is being done to diversify the industry and foster inclusion. If you thought last year was intense for diversity, hold on tight, because…

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