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Trump reportedly gets a folder full of 'admiring tweets' and pictures of him 'looking powerful' twice a day

President Donald Trump has a folder delivered to him twice a day that's full of positive headlines, tweets, interviews, and sometimes photographs of him on TV "looking powerful," VICE News reported on Tuesday.

The folder, dubbed "the Propaganda Document" by some in the White House, is prepared by the communications team. The only feedback the White House press shop has ever gotten about the folder, VICE said, was that "it needs to be more f------ positive."

Bitcoin is in 'striking distance' of $5,000 after big milestone

A software upgrade to make bitcoin's underpinning network faster has officially reached its lock-in threshold.

And that has the CEO of one bitcoin exchange bullish about the coin's future price. 

The so-called Segregated Witness, or SegWit, is a solution to the years-long debate over how to improve the coin's scalability and make it faster to process more transactions. 

As bitcoin has gained traction among consumers, its network, which was built to only handle a set number of transactions, has slowed. 

"SegWit is a clever solution that essentially increases transaction capacity for the original bitcoin," according to Aaron Lasher, the chief marketing officer of Breadwallet, a bitcoin wallet company.

Some miners who didn't think SegWit went far enough completely 

Amazon is cultivating secret private brands, and it could be a problem for retailers everywhere

It turns out Amazon owns more secret brands than was originally clear.

Though we've known for a while that Amazon is creating a slew of private-label brands to complement its offerings from other retailers, the number of brands Amazon has in its own stable is larger than it previously let on.

Quartz counted 19 trademarks for brands that sell products on Amazon's website but give no immediate indication that the brand is owned by Amazon.

A further 10 brands were identified by Quartz as trademarks without products on, and a further eight brands are sold exclusively by Amazon but have no corresponding trademark.

The brands range from men's clothing and cleaning products to bed sheets and tools. For example, there's Arabella, which sells lingerie, and Single Cow Burger, which sells frozen foods. 

A couple bought one of the most exclusive streets in San Francisco for $90,000 — take a look inside

Tina Lam and Michael Cheng are living their version of the American Dream.

The couple made headlines this week when a San Francisco Chronicle story outed their 2015 purchase of Presidio Terrace — a private cul-de-sac lined by 35 million-dollar mega-mansions.

An unpaid tax bill caused the City of San Francisco to put it up for sale, without the knowledge of the street's wealthy residents. Lam, an engineer in Silicon Valley, and Cheng, a real estate agent, scooped up the street, its sidewalks, and other "common ground" for $90,000.


The Xbox One is about to get a dramatic update
Posted August 8, 2017 7:20 PM
The Xbox One is about to get a dramatic update

The Xbox One has a ton of abilities.

You can plug your cable TV box right into it and control television. You can play bleeding-edge blockbuster games on it. You can watch Netflix and HBO and whatever other streaming service you can think of, directly from the Xbox One. It's a cable-TV box and a set-top box and a game console, all at once.

But, in the case of the Xbox One, with great power comes great sluggishness.

To put it nicely, the Xbox One feels muddy and old in general practice — navigating through menus, or even just moving around the console's home screen, feels like a chore. Microsoft says that's all about to change in the next major update to the Xbox One's software.

Here's everything we know about the next major update to the Xbox One, which arrives this fall.

The most obvious update is visual: The Home page of your Xbox One is going to look really, really different.

Here's how badly US broadband speeds lag the rest of the world

Despite being home to some of the most technologically innovative companies in the world, the US is far behind other nations when it comes to broadband download speeds. As this chart from Statista shows, it takes a user in the US 51 minutes to download an HD movie, while users in Singapore can accomplish the same task in less than twenty minutes. 

This information comes from a new report by Despite the relative lack of speed, the US is still far better off than most nations. At the bottom of the list coming in 189th is Yemen. Downloading the same HD movie in Yemen would take a little over two days.  

The Google employee who wrote the anti-diversity manifesto was fired — and it's a good reminder why you should be careful of what you say at work

• Google employee James Damore was fired Monday for writing an anti-diversity manifesto.

• In most cases, private US companies are within their rights to terminate employees based on speech.

• There's a right way and a wrong way to debate a controversial topic.

James Damore, a Google senior engineer who authored an anti-diversity manifesto that was widely shared within the company, was fired Monday.

The incident and ensuing controversy is a good reminder for us all to think twice about being outspoken at work, and it highlights two important points about taking on controversial topics in the workplace:

1. You could get fired.

As we

A Google employee was fired after blaming biology for tech’s gender gap — but the science shows he's wrong
Google has fired an engineer who wrote an internal memo blaming biological differences between men and women for gender inequality in the tech industry. Scientific evidence does not support the claim that differences in personality, preferences, or tendencies between genders is based on genetics or biology. Business Insider went though the memo point by point to fact-check the engineer's claims. 

A Google engineer has been fired after writing a memo asserting that biological differences between men and women are responsible for the tech industry’s gender gap.

“We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,” James Damore wrote in the manifesto, which was

The Google memo is poorly argued and reaches the wrong conclusion

Imagine there were a professional field where, due to aggregate differences in aptitude and interest across genders, 35% of the good job candidates are women, and that you would expect an industry environment that truly treated men and women equally to produce an employee base in this field that is 35% female.

In the real world, employment in this field is likely to end up being a lot less than 35% female. Consider the following reasons:

A widespread assumption that "most" of the good job candidates will be men may lead to stereotyping in the hiring process, with hiring managers more likely to assume that men are good candidates and overlook qualified women. Women may self-select out of the field because they internalize the stereotype that the field is "for men"; the stereotype may also make men overconfident in their fitness for the field and more inclined to pursue employment in it. A male majority in the field is likely to be...

Uber employees fear layoffs as the company plans to shut down its 500-employee car leasing unit

Uber employees are nervous about an expected round of layoffs, according to a source familiar with the company.

This after news broke that the company is considering shuttering its US car leasing business.

The two-year old leasing program, founded under then CEO Travis Kalanick, is losing far more money than planned, reports the Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger. 

Uber currently has about 40,000 vehicles in the program, which it leases to drivers. The company had expected to lose about $500 per car but is losing about $9,000 per car, sources told Bensinger.