Rethinking internships to drive diversity in corporate America

June 22, 2017

Image: pixabay It used to be that internships were mostly about two things: getting coffee and making photocopies. These days, an internship is an integral part of kick starting a career. Its a way to get a foot in the door, strengthen skills through hands-on work experience and gain exposure to a companys culture. For most companies, intern candidates are largely sourced from the same talent pool recent grads or students enrolled in traditional, four-year colleges. But solely focusing on …

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5 things that are killing your productivity

June 22, 2017

Image: Sanja Kaz/shutterstock Do you have days when you feel like youve been working non-stop, but cant recall what you actually accomplished? In todays work culture, we usually blame email, social media, and meetings for our depleted effectiveness. And to be sure, youre not going to get a lot done if you are obsessively checking your email or Facebook feed in the midst of every task. However, I have tried numerous techniques in a never-ending quest to work faster, smarter, better. And, Ive …

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5 Trump theme songs as sung by his lawyer’s ’70s rock cover band

June 22, 2017

"Hello, United Nations, I am here to rock and roll all night and party every day"Image: Shutterstock/REX/Shutterstock When you work for the Trump administration, prepare to be haunted by your past. There was Sean Spicer’s Easter Bunny tenure, Kellyanne Conway’s all-too-brief stand-up career, and now there’s attorney Jay Sekulow’s ’70s rock cover band. SEE ALSO: GOP staffer compares Trumpcare to Star Wars and we can’t even Sekulow became the latest …

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Please people stop taking selfies near Grenfell Tower in London

June 21, 2017

A woman takes a selfie as pedestrians stop to watch flames being put out at Grenfell Tower in London.Image: Amara Eno/REX/Shutterstock It probably should go without saying, but just like for everything in life there’s an appropriate time and place to take a selfie, and the charred remains of Grenfell Tower in London where at least 79 people died is not one of them. SEE ALSO: Wonderful human being Adele shares ‘tea and a cuddle’ with London tower firefighters In case …

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Uber thinks a small fee is enough to convince drivers to chauffeur around teenagers

June 21, 2017

Just some teens out for a ride.Image: Daniel Grill/Getty Images/Tetra Images RF Hey there, loyal Uber driver! Feel like picking up some passengers today? Great! How about some rascally teenagers? No? Oh, well, hmm, what if we paid you $2 more? SEE ALSO: Uber will totally narc on teens Buried in the June 20 announcement that Uber will finally allow tipping was a little nugget sure to grab the attention of harried drivers everywhere: Uber will now pass on part of the surcharge for teen rides …

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Period subscription services can get around the tampon tax (sort of)

June 21, 2017

Lola, one of the subscription services that could come up with a way to make up for the tampon tax.Image: lola Despite surges of activism around the issue, the tampon tax is alive and well. The sales tax on sanitary productsa tax that isn’t applied to many kinds of condoms or any products that mostly men usewas upheld in Australia this week. In the United States, sales tax is still applied to feminine hygiene products in all but seven states. While Australia’s decision disappointed …

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Uber finally admits tipping isn’t an inconvenience, tests it in 3 cities

June 21, 2017

Finally eligible for tips.Image: uber Uber, the ride-hailing conglomerate that said it would never, ever add tipping, finally said it would let riders start tipping their drivers via the app in three cities on Tuesday. Uber is set to roll out tipping in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston, according to an email sent to drivers. Uber says it will introduce tipping throughout the United States by the end of July. The new in-app option is part of 180 Days of Change, an initiative to make …

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Time Warner will create 10 original shows for Snapchat

June 20, 2017

Image: hbo Snapchat has many more shows, created by some of the top TV channels, coming over the next two years. SEE ALSO: TV networks: Television is still the best, but here’s our exclusive Snapchat Shows Time Warner which owns HBO, Turner’s cable channels, and Warner Bros. signed a two-year deal, worth $100 million, with the disappearing messaging app, the companies announced Monday. The media conglomerate will create around 10 original shows for Snapchat, including scripted …

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Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Prof Kate Spencer from Queen Mary University of London led the investigation and has now raised serious concerns about the impact not only on the environment – but on public health. Image caption Barry Falgate, site manager at Dunbar landfill In 1990, the Environmental Protection Act set out a regime for regulating and licensing the disposal of controlled waste. One site in Dunbar, on the east coast of Scotland, handles 5,000 tonnes of waste every week from Edinburgh, which is …

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A baby born at 35,000 feet gets free airline travel for life

June 20, 2017

Baby on board.Image: David Pearson/REX/Shutterstock An Indian airline has given its youngest customer the ultimate birthday present. Jet Airways on Sunday said it awarded a free lifetime travel pass to a baby boy born during a flight from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to Kochi in southwest India. SEE ALSO: Airline to charge you a $30 fee to bring your baby onboard The boy is the first baby to be born in-flight for Jet Airways, a spokesperson confirmed by email. Pilots diverted flight 9W 569 to Mumbai …

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 19, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be getting started. SEE ALSO: Bye, Bitcoin. Hello, Ethereum. …

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Wokeness won’t solve Katy Perry’s identity crisis

June 19, 2017

Katy Perry wants to fight the good fight. She'll have to learn how first.Image: Picturematt/REX/Shutterstock In Katy Perry’s haphazard and controversial rebranding as a woke pop star, she seems ready to admit she’s often out of her depth. These days only three words now comprise her Twitter bio: “i know nothing.” It’s a refreshing dose of humility from a celebrity who seems constantly torn between her good intentions and ego. Most of us are, of course, but …

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 18, 2017

… Image copyright Syria Solidarity Campaign Image caption Mohammed Alhajali became separated from his brother as they tried to escape Asked whether the government had revised building regulations, as recommended by a coroner, following another deadly fire in south London tower block in 2009, Mr Hammond said the government had responded “correctly and appropriately” to the recommendations. He said if the public inquiry found something needed to be done to make buildings safe, it …

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A Facebook bug showed moderators to the terror groups they monitored

June 18, 2017

Facebook's moderators were exposed to suspected terrorist networks.Image: Camus/AP/REX/Shutterstock A glitch in Facebook’s content moderation tools exposed its moderators’ personal profiles to members suspected of having ties to radicalism and terror, potentially putting the moderators at risk and causing one to upend his life in fear of retaliation. The security flaw was discovered in Nov. 2016, according to a report by The Guardian, after Facebook moderators started getting …

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Research say youll love mobile VR video in 2021, but it’s questionable

June 17, 2017

Image:  Mashable Composite: Lili Sams/Mashable; Shutterstock You probably don’t have a virtual reality headset. In that case, you might be wondering why “VR” has been the buzzword for “hot, new, possibly-a-fad tech” the last couple of years, occasionally serving as an easy tech punch line now that hoverboards are finally dead. VR is even showing up as a major plot point in the new seasons of House of Cards and HBO’s Silicon Valley, even though most of …

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German court issues injunction to Google over the ‘right to be forgotten’

June 17, 2017

Google is in hot water in Germany.Image: filip SINGER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock A German court doesn’t believe Google knows what it means to be “forgotten.” The Higher Regional Court of Munich recently yelled at Google via legal injunction, The Next Web reports, telling the company it’s not doing enough to comply with the European Union’s “right to be forgotten.” SEE ALSO: New York Times is using Googles AI to expand online comments That right which dates …

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Become a #content queen with this digital marketing course

June 17, 2017

Image: Pixabay.com Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. The field of digital marketing is extremely, well, vague. From copywriters to data analysts to coders, nearly any professional could be performing digital marketing tasks at this very moment. Digital marketing skills are extremely beneficial for a wide variety of people to know, and no, we’re not talking about your daily dog post to Insta. Unless, of course, your …

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‘Bad boy’ artist Caravaggio goes on display in Scotland – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Image copyright The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Image caption Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ (1602) is on loan from the Jesuit community in Dublin One of the paintings in the exhibition, The Taking of Christ (1602), is from the National Gallery of Ireland, where it is on indefinite loan from the Jesuit Community in Dublin. It was rediscovered in 1990 in a Jesuits’ residence in the Irish capital. Aidan Weston-Lewis, the curator of exhibition at the Scottish …

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Travis Kalanick, your Uber drivers don’t know you and they don’t really care

June 16, 2017

This unidentified Uber driver probably doesn't care about Uber's problems.Image: Shutterstock / Jne Valokuvaus “He stepped down? No way!” I was on my fourth Uber ride of the afternoon, trying to gauge the temperature of the contractors who are the life’s blood of the increasingly controversial startup. SEE ALSO: Uber’s CEO is taking a leave of absence following release of investigation findings Firas, who was taking me back to Mashable‘s mid-town …

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Marissa Mayer says her email comment isn’t trolling Yahoo!

June 15, 2017

The former Yahoo CEO says her words were taken out of context.Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock Less than 24 hours after her exit from Yahoo, it seemed like former CEO Marissa Mayer was taking a shot at her old company. But, she says, her words were simply taken out of context. At a conference in London, Mayer, who had worked at Google before jumping to Yahoo, reportedly said she’s excited about being able to use the Gmail app once again, according to The Verge. SEE ALSO: Marissa …

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Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

… Here’s what it looks like as a traditional Instagram post and as a post in an Instagram Story, featuring fashion and interior designer Aimee Song (songofstyle): Image: instagram For Instagram, introducing this tool is a huge, long overdue step to bring more transparency on the platform for creators, brands, and all of the more than 700 million monthly active users who are often exposed to such posts. Since its founding in 2012, Instagram let the system operate as the Wild West, where …

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Of course cable companies are going to screw up the internet

June 15, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / reptiles4all You can’t really get that mad at the companies that provide internet service to Americans. They’re destined to screw up the internet. They were created decades ago to screw up the internet. Without the proper rules, few people outside of the company’s own lobbyists and think tanks believe there’s any chance that they don’t screw up the internet. After all, these companies are obligated to do so by their shareholders. The internet …

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

… positions. Huh? Either Comey was the ultimate pro who could be trusted to handle his business or he was someone who Sessions had decided months before needed to go because he had badly mismanaged his role in the 2016 election. Comey can’t simultaneously be highly competent and a bungling, bumbling fool depending on what Image suits Sessions’ needs at the moment. But, time and again, Sessions tried to hold those totally oppositional thoughts in his head — and insisted that …

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Grab joins Uber in making plans to offer helicopter rides in congested cities

June 15, 2017

… passengers over the weekend. Image: grabid/instagram But while novelty rides such as these have typically served as marketing stunts for both Grab and Uber, this is the first time Grab has said it’s seriously considering offering helicopter rides as a commercial service. Grab’s Indonesia marketing director, Mediko Azwar, was quoted by AFP saying the past weekend’s trial was part of a feasibility study, and that the company was “exploring the possibility” of the …

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A startup named Bancor raised $150 million in a few hours

June 14, 2017

Image: Shutterstock A startup named Bancor has raised almost $150 million in just three hours from anonymous investors in what is now the biggest example of a new form of blokchain-based fundingthe initial coin offering. And it all happened on Ethereum, the blockchain platform that has exploded in popularity over the past few months. Ethereum, often described as another Bitcoin competitor, is more than a currency; it allows decentralized, blockchain-based projects to be built on top of it. …

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Getting ready for college now means cleaning up your online footprint

June 14, 2017

Image: YONHAP/EPA/REX/Shutterstock When Kelsang Dolma began sending in her college applications, the first thing she did was lock down her Twitter account. “I was applying to about 10 schools and I knew that every bit of information could be crucial,” said Dolma, now a junior at Yale University. “My Twitter by no means was offensive, but I worried that any little joke could be a deal breaker. Most of the schools I applied to had razor thin admission rates, so I wanted to be …

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