Author: Megan Rose Dickey

Danny Glover (yes, *that* Danny Glover) is now advising Airbnb

TECHCRUNCH Actor Danny Glover, known for his roles in ‘Lethal Weapon,’ and, my personal favorite, ‘Angels in the Outfield,’ is working with Airbnb in an advisory role to help engage communities of color. “I know Airbnb has had its own share of challenges in this arena—but working with them, I’ve seen first-hand how committed they are to getting it right,” Glover wrote in an announcement post. “And I have been incredibly heartened to see the resources, desire, and drive they are directing towards ensuring that their service is used fairly and inclusively.” Glover’s appointment to Airbnb’s advisory team comes...

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Blue Apron implements a partial hiring freeze and lays off 14 recruiters

TECHCRUNCH Blue Apron is chugging along on its post-IPO bumpy road. For starters, The meal-kit company’s VP of human resources and talent, Kate Muzzatti, has left the company, Bloomberg first reported. In light of Muzzatti’s departure, Blue Apron is looking for a chief human resources officer, which is an entirely new role at the company, TechCrunch has learned. Blue Apron has also put into effect a hiring freeze on some salaried positions, but is still hiring for certain corporate roles and hourly fulfillment center positions. To wrap up the trifecta of bad news, Blue Apron let go 14 members of...

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Code2040 is launching its flagship program in NYC

TECHCRUNCH Code2040 is bringing its flagship Fellows program for black and Latinx students to New York City. As always, the goal is to increase access to opportunities for black and Latinx people in the tech industry and work toward closing the racial wealth gap in the U.S. “Not only is New York home to a booming tech scene, it is also the center of our financial services and media industries, both of which are increasingly technology-centric,” Code2040 co-founder Laura Weidman Powers wrote on Medium. Code2040’s Fellows program specifically places students in career-building workshops and internships at top tech companies....

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ACLU taps tech to help the public hold district attorneys accountable to criminal justice reform

TECHCRUNCH Many people don’t pay much attention to their district attorneys, let alone realize district attorneys are elected officials, says Ana Zamora, the criminal justice policy director at the ACLU of Northern California. That was the genesis for MeetYourDA. The campaign, which launched today, aims to build power in local communities to hold district attorneys accountable to criminal justice reform and put district attorney races on the map, Zamora said. MeetYourDA, a collaborative effort between the ACLU and Elefint Design, makes it easy for constituents to learn who their county’s district attorney is and how they stand on certain policy...

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Proposed bill targets sexual harassment in venture capital industry

TECHCRUNCH Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) plans to introduce a new bill, SB 224, to explicitly prohibit sexual harassment in the venture capital industry. Jackson’s bill comes in light of numerous reports from female founders alleging sexual harassment and misconduct when seeking funding from venture capitalists. Right now, there is a legal gray area when it comes to the relationship between an investor and a startup founder. SB 224 seeks to amend the Unruh Act, a California civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on things like sex, race, religion, age and disability. The Unruh Act currently prohibits sexual harassment...

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Airbnb is offering free housing in Barcelona for people affected by the attack

TECHCRUNCH Airbnb has activated its disaster response tool to help people affected by the recent attacks in Barcelona. Airbnb’s tool offers free housing to anyone who urgently needs a place to stay. At the time of publication, over 80 people have opened up their homes free of charge. “Airbnb has activated our Disaster Response Tool to assist those affected by the tragic events in Barcelona,” Airbnb Country Manager for Spain Arnaldo Munoz said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with those affected by this terrible attack.” Through the disaster response tool, travelers whose trips were affected will be able to connect with local Airbnb hosts who have opened up their homes for free. The free housing is available to anyone checking in between now and Sept. 7, 2017. “In addition to our hosts, we also want to thank all of the emergency responders who are working around the clock to tackle this extremely difficult and tragic situation,” Munoz said. Yesterday, someone drove a van through a crowd of dozens of people, which has left 14 people dead and more than 100 injured. That same day, Cambrils suffered a fatal shooting that resulted in the deaths of five people. As of now, Airbnb has not deployed the disaster response tool in Cambrils. It’s worth noting that Airbnb has had a tumultuous relationship with the local government in Barcelona. Just last...

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Uber brings in-app tipping to the UK

TECHCRUNCH Uber is launching its in-app tipping feature for drivers in the U.K. Starting tomorrow, Uber passengers will be able to tip their driver using the app for rides and/or food via UberEATS. Back in June, Uber added in-app tipping capabilities for passengers to give drivers a little extra something in the U.S. “While drivers have told us they love the freedom of being their own boss, we’ve also clearly heard that we need to make improvements,” Uber UK Regional General Manager Jo Bertram said in a statement. Just like in the U.S., Uber will also charge passengers who make...

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Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, is reportedly planning an IPO

TECHCRUNCH Rovio, the Finnish company behind Angry Birds, is planning to go public “as early as next month,” Bloomberg reports. Citing sources, Bloomberg reports the IPO could value Rovio at $2 billion and that the company could raise about $400 million from a local market listing. Though, it seems that a final decision has yet to be made, meaning Rovio may decide to stay private for longer. Since first releasing Angry Birds in 2009, Rovio has expanded its business to include movies and other games because the company realized it could not solely rely on Angry Birds games for...

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