Facebook

Facebook Creates ‘Safety Check’ Tool for Natural Disaster Survivors

Safety Check's interface. (Facebook)

Nowadays, when natural disasters strike, Facebook users often take to the social network to alert their loved ones that they’re okay.

To facilitate this type of communication, Facebook has created Safety Check, a tool that lets users alert their friends and family of their status in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural emergencies. The company announced the new service in a blog post yesterday. Read More

controversy

Amazon Stops Selling Racy Leggings After Backlash From the Hindu Community

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When you run the world’s largest online marketplace with millions upon millions of items, tasteless, even brashly offensive merchandise is bound to make its way onto the site. For Amazon, this means an endless game of whack-a-mole.

The latest series of problematic apparel is a collection of leggings and hot pants covered with depictions of Hindu deities sold through a third party dealer called Yizzam. Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, lodged a complaint with Amazon that 11 pairs of Yizzam’s leggings with images of Hindu gods like Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu and Muruga were blatantly disrespectful of Hindu practices. Read More

XXX in Tech

BoodiGo Partners With PornGuardian To Stop Piracy

BoodiGo has taken steps to prevent the spread of pirated porn. (BoodiGo)

BoodiGo, the search engine for porn, has taken a major step in ensuring its search results won’t contain pirated material.

When the site first launched, Colin Rowntree — one of its founders — stressed how important it was that the site not support stolen content. As a porn producer and director, Mr. Rowntree told us how he’d experienced the damaging effects of piracy firsthand.

“It’s horrible for the performers, for the studios, for everybody,” Mr. Rowntree said at the time.

And while he was sure BoodiGo was doing “a very good job at identifying the illegal tube sites,” now the company’s taking extra steps to ensure its results are piracy-free. BoodiGo today announced a partnership with PornGuardian, an organization that works with members of the porn industry to prevent the spread of pirated content. Read More

The Education of NY Tech

General Assembly’s New Credentials Will Sort the True Talent From the Sub-Par Code Monkeys

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Hiring developers can be a nightmare. Besides a general scarcity of talent, most of the traditional indicators of skill have become virtually meaningless — simply having a B.S. in Computer Science doesn’t tell a CTO whether someone can actually code worth a damn.

General Assembly (GA), the leading code academy based in New York, is establishing a credential program from scratch that CEO Jake Schwartz hopes will set a new standard for hiring coders. In order to bring more legitimacy to the new credentials than your standard technical school faire, GA established a “consortium” of partner companies from all corners of tech, including heavyweights like GE, Paypal, Coinbase, Newscred, Medium, Glassbreakers and Relate IQ. Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Name NASA’s New Free-Flying Robot and Win $1,000

Name the ISS's new free-flying robot! (Wikipedia)

Need some cash? All you have to do is come up with a really sweet name for NASA’s new space robot.

NASA has teamed up with TopCoder to award $1,000 to whomever comes up with the best name for space agency’s new free-flying robot, NBC News reports. The robot will be sent up to the International Space Station in 2017, by which point we think “North,” “Khaleesi,” and “Kale” might unfortunately be out of style. Read More

Amazon

Amazon Has Already Gone Brick-And-Mortar in India, California Is Next

Amazon will push their devices in pop-up retail stores in California this holiday season. (Wikipedia)

Details regarding Amazon’s rumored Manhattan retail store remain scarce, but what many don’t know is that Amazon has already made brick-and-mortar partnerships in India and is planning to sell in stores in California as well.

Amazon recently signed a deal with Future Group, India’s largest listed retailer, according to The Economic Times. As per the deal, the group will soon begin selling 45 of their own apparel labels on Amazon. Next, Future Group plans to bring in-house brands of home, electronic and food items to the site. Read More