Instagram co-founders reportedly resign from company

Co-founders of Facebook’s Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, have resigned and plan to leave the photo-sharing app company in coming weeks, the New York Times reported late on Monday, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter. Instagram Chief Executive Officer Systrom and Chief Technical Officer Krieger have notified the photo-sharing app’s leadership team and Facebook on Monday about their decision to leave, the newspaper reported. Systrom and Krieger did not give a reason for their departure, the paper said, adding that they planned to take time off after…

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Instagram co-founders resign from company

SAN FRANCISCO — The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off “to explore our curiosity and creativity again.” “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team,” Systrom said. “We’ve grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices…

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E-scooters may be coming to NYC

Antonio Reynoso rides a Bird electric scooter.Paul Martinka An electric scooter share program like the one that suffered a fatality in Washington, DC — and has led to hundreds of hospitalizations around the country — has been proposed for the Big Apple to help move commuters during the L-train shutdown. Some city lawmakers want to legalize the zippy rides so that share services can be set up in time for the shutdown, when transit options will be severely limited. The scooters can reach speeds of about 15 mph. “The L…

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Ex-Facebook moderator sues over exposure to child porn

A former Facebook content moderator is suing the social media site, claiming she developed post-traumatic stress disorder from staring at child porn and graphic violence all day long. Selena Scola, who worked through a contractor at the company’s Silicon Valley HQ for nine months, filed a suit against both companies in California on Friday. “Every day, Facebook users post millions of videos, images, and livestreamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide, and murder,” her suit reads. “To maintain a sanitized platform, maximize its already vast profits,…

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Earnings for Uber and Lyft drivers are plummeting

The gig is up for ride sharing. Drivers for services like Uber, Lyft, UberEats and Postmates made 53 percent less last year than they did in 2013, according to a new study by the JP Morgan Chase Institute. The study, which looked at deposits made into the Chase accounts of customers who identify as workers in the gig economy, found that their average monthly compensation plummeted last year to $783 from $1,469 in 2013. The gig economy has grown increasingly popular as services like Uber and Lyft have exploded in…

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The fashion world is split over the rise of digital supermodels

LONDON/NEW YORK – The three women gazing into the camera in an advert for French luxury label Balmain look like they could fit in at any high-end shoot, but Shudu, Margot and Zhi are “digital models” whose rise is dividing the fashion world. The computer-generated trio at the center of Balmain’s new campaign is the latest example of fashion brands embracing technology to lure digital-savvy younger clients. Best known of the three is Shudu, a black digital model created by visual artist Cameron-James Wilson last year. She has her own…

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Corn maze honoring former astronaut is visible from space

HYDRO, Okla. — It’s apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farms in Hydro, about 60 miles west of Oklahoma City. The maze was created in partnership with the Stafford Air and Space Museum, named for the astronaut, in nearby Weatherford. A satellite photographed the tribute from its orbit…

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You may not have even heard of these IT jobs, but demand for them is soaring

As certain jobs start to decline in availability — think computer operator and postal-service worker, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) — others have started to heat up. According to a new study conducted by the University of Phoenix, only about one in 10 survey respondents are familiar with cybersecurity job titles, yet the BLS’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook” indicates that hiring in this sector is expected to soar. Informational security analysis hiring is set to increase by 28 percent by 2026 — much faster than average job growth.…

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PayPal bans Alex Jones’ Infowars for hate speech

Payments processor PayPal said on Friday it decided to end its business relationship with popular conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars website after finding instances of hate speech and discriminatory content on the site. The move makes PayPal the latest tech company to take action against Jones, a deeply controversial right-wing radio talk-show host who has suggested that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, among other sensational claims. “We’ve made a decision to end our relationship with Infowars Web sites, including PrisonPlanet,” a PayPal spokesman said. “We undertook an…

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Senators’ Gmail accounts targeted by foreign hackers

State-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of US senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were “targeted by foreign government hackers.” On Thursday, Google spokesman Aaron Stein confirmed that…

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