A rising star at Microsoft says employees sent him hate mail…

A rising star at Microsoft says employees sent him hate mail for suggesting the company might be falling behind When Microsoft bought tiny startup Acompli in 2014, it didn't just get the app that would become Outlook for iPhone and Android – it got Javier Soltero, the former Acompli CEO who's now one of Microsoft's biggest agents of internal cultural change. At Microsoft, Soltero has worked to bring a more Silicon Valley mentality of adding new features and iterating on apps quickly, making him a key player in CEO Satya Nadella's overall master plan to reform the company's culture to stay relevant in the post-iPhone world.

Google Maps now notes if a location is wheelchair accessible

google-maps-TC “Can I get in the building?” It might not be a question you find yourself asking regularly — but for the 3 million+ wheelchair users in the US, it’s a question that has to be considered. And starting now, it’s one that Google Maps is trying to help answer. “Wheelchair accessible entrance” will now be noted in a locations “Amenities”… Read More

Russian propaganda effort spread fake news in lead-up to U.S. election: report

A new report suggests a “sophisticated” Russian propaganda campaign helped flood social media with fake news stories leading up to the presidential election. The Washington Post, citing a yet-to-be published report from independent researchers, said the goal was to punish Hillary Clinton, help Donald Trump, and undermine faith in American democracy.

Spectacle-selling Snapbot deployed at the Grand Canyon

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-11-17-12-am Not even 24 hours after we got the last Snapchat Spectacle vending machine location, there’s a new one: near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, closest to the small town of Meadview. The new spot is striking distance from Las Vegas, and should provide a beautiful road trip for anyone adventurous enough to make the drive. The Grand Canyon location follows hot on the heels of the Rose Bowl… Read More

Facebook’s fake news problem: What’s its responsibility?

Its predicament stems from this basic conundrum: It exercises great control over the news its users see, but it declines to assume the editorial responsibility that traditional publishers do. On Monday, Facebook took a minor step to address the issue, clarifying its advertising policy to emphasize that it won't display ads on sites that run information that is “illegal, misleading or deceptive, which includes fake news.”