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Hollywood’s Laugh Factory unveils 48-foot-long mural in tribute to Black Lives Matter

People take photos during the Laugh Factory unveiling a 148-foot-long mural as a tribute to Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) The Laugh Factory unveiled a 148-foot-long mural as a tribute to Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds The Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada speaks during an unvei...
Tags: Business, Hollywood, News, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Nascar, Southern California, Trump, Brown, Los Angeles Daily News, Masada


Mortgage injustice: Blacks twice as likely to get rejected for a loan

Blacks hear “No” from mortgage lenders twice as often as a typical American borrower. A report from LendingTree shows a huge racial gap in rejection rates for loans to buy a home. Stats compiled by the online loan marketplace reveal 12.64% of mortgage applicants from Blacks were rejected in 2019 vs. 6.15% for all purchase-loan submissions. Yes, this analysis of the latest federal Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data tells you Blacks are 105% more likely to get turned down for a home loan. I’m well ...
Tags: Business, Florida, Real Estate, Minnesota, Minneapolis, California, Housing, Milwaukee, Sacramento, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Miami, Seattle, Blacks, Lendingtree


#593 Take the Stress Test to See If Your Small Business Can Survive the Pandemic

Listen to “#593 Take the Stress Test to See If Your Small Business Can Survive the Pandemic” on Spreaker.         On this episode of The Small Business Radio Show… SEGMENT 1, starting at 0:00: There is no doubt that this pandemic will stress every small business in many ways. How can you figure out if your company will be one that survives and thrives? Here to share the stress test for your business is long-time entrepreneur Jay Goltz. SEGMENT 2, starting at 18:15: To say that these are turbul...
Tags: Amazon, Small Business, Minneapolis, US, Sales, Entrepreneur, Recession, Communication, Economy, Divorce, Stress Test, Black Lives Matter, Social Justice, Jay, Radio Show, John Lawson


Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is taking action on civil rights not because of advertiser boycotts, 'but because it is the right thing to do' (FB)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said the company is making changes to better address hate speech on the platform.  Those changes, Sandberg wrote on Facebook, are being made "not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do."  Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are meeting with civil rights leaders on Tuesday. The following day, Facebook plans to publish the findings from a two-year independent civil rights audit. Facebook's diversity and inclusion report wil...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Minneapolis, Trends, Ford, Starbucks, Pepsico, Naacp, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Sandberg, Facebook COO, Information Facebook, Facebook Zuckerberg, Trump In


Behind by Design

As I sit here today writing this piece, the country burns as thousands of Black Americans (and our allies) are expressing their pain and…Continue reading on Austin Startups »
Tags: Startups, Wisdom, Blacklivesmatter, Police-brutality, Venture-capital, George-floyd


8 Black investors discuss the intersection of race, tech and funding

Since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers heightened awareness about racial justice, the experiences of Black people in tech — and the industry’s lack of racial diversity — are getting new attention. In the tech ecosystem at large, the industry is still predominantly white and male, and venture capital is no different. Just 3% of investment partners are Black, according to a 2018 survey from by the National Venture Capital Association and Deloitte. Meanwhile, more th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Diversity, Harvard, Racism, Venture Capital, Deloitte, Black, National Venture Capital Association, Burns, Brian Brackeen, Charles Hudson, Techcrunch Include, Arlan Hamilton, Sarah Kunst, Kimberly White Getty


Prominent DTC brands including Casper, Glossier, Harry's, and Smile Direct Club are continuing to pump money into Facebook and Instagram despite the ad boycott

Many direct-to-consumer upstarts have steered clear of joining the boycott called for by civil rights and other groups to protest hate speech on Facebook amid nationwide protests over racial injustice. As of July 2, prominent DTC brands including Bark & Co., Casper, Daily Harvest, Freshly, Glossier, Harry's, and Stitch Fix were all still actively running ads across Facebook and Instagram in the US. The economic downturn has made it hard for DTC companies to abandon Facebook since it's one of t...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Deutsche Bank, Mailchimp, Birchbox, Zuckerberg, Google Pinterest, Mike Duda, Sleeping Giants, UNTUCKit, Smile Direct Club, Matt Rivitz, George Floyd


A new alert on Facebook and Instagram tells people to wear masks in public to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus

A new alert on Facebook and Instagram advises users in the US to wear face masks in public. The announcement of the new notice comes as coronavirus cases rise in the US and some states implement regulations requiring face masks in public. While Facebook strives to combat coronavirus misinformation the company refuses to budge on its controversial hate-speech policy, which has led over 500 advertisers to halt their ads on the platform. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. More a...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University Facebook, George Floyd


Trump administration pays Peter Thiel-backed startup hundreds of millions of dollars to build a virtual border wall

Silicon Valley military contracting startup Anduril has been awarded a contract with US Customs and Border Protection to build a "virtual" wall as a means to monitor crossings in the US. As first reported by the Washington Post, the system will use surveillance towers to detect movement and artificial intelligence to distinguish between humans and other objects, like animals. A price was not disclosed, but Anduril execs told the Post that the deal was worth several hundred million dollars. The...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Washington Post, US, Trends, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Customs, Border Patrol, Lotr, Tolkien, Palmer Luckey, Trump, Border Protection, J R R Tolkien, US Customs


The Trump administration has hired a military contracting firm backed by Trump adviser Peter Thiel to build a virtual border wall

Silicon Valley military contracting startup Anduril has been awarded a contract with US Customs and Border Protection to build a "virtual" wall as a means to monitor illegal crossings in the US. As first reported by the Washington Post, the system will use surveillance towers to detect movement and artificial intelligence to distinguish between humans and other objects, like animals. A price was not disclosed, but Anduril execs told the Post that the deal was worth several hundred million doll...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Washington Post, US, Trends, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Customs, Border Patrol, Lotr, Tolkien, Palmer Luckey, Trump, Border Protection, J R R Tolkien, US Customs


Jeff Bezos' fortune just surpassed $171 billion. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.4 trillion company and became the world's richest man. (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth just reached a new high of $171.6 billion. Bezos founded Amazon in 1995. The company has since grown to one of the most valuable, powerful companies on the planet. Bezos has gone from a New York hedge-funder to the richest man in the world, but in the process, he's weathered a high-profile divorce and hacking scandal, faced antitrust scrutiny from lawmakers, and everything in between.  These days, Bezos is focused on making Amazon more climate-friendly, growing...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Germany, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Iran, Intel


Condé Nast employees say Black celebrities like Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion were rejected from videos based on a 'racist' vetting process

This story is for subscribers to Business Insider. For a brief period, we're making it widely available. For more information on a subscription to Business Insider, click here. Business Insider spoke to 13 current and former employees of Condé Nast Entertainment about the process through which videos are pitched and produced. Condé Nast Entertainment is the famed publisher's video production entity. Sources say this vetting process, which measures the various parts of a pitch against historica...
Tags: Facebook, Hbo, New York, Minneapolis, Youtube, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends, Mtv, Williams, Vogue, Sony, Cbs, Conde Nast, Bet, Vanity Fair


To Gmail, Black Lives Matter emails are ‘promotions’

As protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement continue around the United States, Gmail is treating emails from advocacy and political groups referring to racial justice issues like marketing emails. The Markup analyzed hundreds of emails sent to a test Gmail account from more than 200 candidates and organizations from across the political spectrum from whom we’d signed up to receive communications. Of the emails referring to racial justice received since George Floyd was killed in Ma...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication, George Floyd, United States Gmail


The biggest companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, Anti-Defamation League, and Sleeping Giants asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the c...
Tags: Firefox, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Diageo, Unilever, Adidas, Cnn


Mark Zuckerberg urges people to wear a mask to help 'keep this country open' (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg is calling on people to wear masks to help halt the spread of the coronavirus.  "Covid is spreading quickly again and masks help keep people healthy and keep the country open," Zuckerberg wrote in an Instagram caption accompanying a photo of him and his wife, Priscilla Chan, wearing masks. While researchers have found that universal masking could contain the outbreak and eliminate the need for lockdowns, the issue has become politicized, with some Americans claiming a mask mand...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Instagram, Minneapolis, Youtube, Trends, Ford, House, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Trump


Lego joins the social media ad boycott

Lego announced Tuesday it's pausing all its ads on social media for at least 30 days while it reviews its advertising standards. "We are committed to having a positive impact on children and the world they will inherit. That includes contributing to a positive, inclusive digital environment free from hate speech, discrimination and misinformation," said Lego's chief marketing officer. Lego joins an ever-growing list of brands boycotting social media in protest of hate speech and misinformation...
Tags: Facebook, Minneapolis, Trends, Lego, Donald Trump, Trump, Julia Goldin, George Floyd, Coca Cola Verizon


George Floyd: Adidas human resources boss quits amid racism row

The announcement comes as pressure grows on global corporations to address racial inequality.
Tags: Business, Adidas, George Floyd


Facebook bans hundreds of groups and accounts linked to the far-right boogaloo movement

Facebook has banned a network of hundreds of Facebook accounts, groups, and pages associated with the far-right "boogaloo" movement from its platform. In a statement, Facebook called the network a "violent" and "dangerous organization." It said the specific network of hundreds of groups and accounts it banned on its platform was distinct from the broader amorphous boogaloo movement because the former "actively seeks to commit violence." The social media giant said it removed 220 Facebook accou...
Tags: Facebook, London, California, Politico, US, Trends, Dhs, Fbi, Washington Dc, Air Force, Oakland, Facebook Groups, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Justice Department, Trump


New Programs from Visa, LinkedIn, Square & Facebook Help Small Businesses Get Through COVID-19 Crisis

Coronavirus Business Update   Programs Small Business for America’s Future: A New Coalition of SBOs & Leaders Launches During the biggest small business crisis of our lifetime, a new survey of more than 1,200 small business owners shows they overwhelmingly feel our government leaders don’t understand small business needs and favor big business over small business, and 54% disapprove of the Trump Administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Because of this, Small Business for America’s...
Tags: Facebook, Business, New York Post, Congress, France, Cbs News, Politico, America, Linkedin, CMO, Bloomberg, Asia Pacific, New York Times, Alibaba, Zenefits, Square


Leaked documents show how police used social media and private Slack channels to track George Floyd protesters

Leaked documents show how law enforcement has kept tabs on demonstrators since anti-police-brutality protests first broke out after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody. Police exchanged protesters' Twitter handles, monitored protest plans in private Slack and Telegram channels, and kept lists of people who responded to protest events on Facebook, the documents show. Records also show law enforcement focusing heavily on perceived threats against officers' lives pos...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, California, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Fbi, Department Of Homeland Security, Facebook Snapchat, George Floyd


Join GGV’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live chat today at 3:30 pm EDT/12:30 pm PDT

The good ship Extra Crunch Live sails along today, bringing two noted venture capitalists aboard to discuss the world’s investing patterns, their own deals and much more. Extra Crunch members can join the conversation with Hans Tung and Jeff Richards from GGV Capital at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT/7:30 p.m. GMT. We’ll collect audience questions as we go, so buy an Extra Crunch trial now so you can participate. Of course, TechCrunch has a list of its own queries — GGV Capital invests globally, w...
Tags: Startups, Europe, China, Events, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Ggv Capital, Alexa von Tobel, ECL, Hans Tung, Jeff Richards, GGV, Sydney Sykes, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus


Join GGV’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live chat today at 3:30 EDT/12:30 PDT

The good ship Extra Crunch Live sails along today, bringing two noted venture capitalists aboard to discuss the world’s investing patterns, their own deals and much more. Extra Crunch members can join the conversation with Hans Tung and Jeff Richards from GGV Capital at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT/7:30 p.m. GMT. We’ll collect audience questions as we go, so buy an Extra Crunch trial now so you can participate. Of course, TechCrunch has a list of its own queries — GGV Capital invests globally, w...
Tags: Startups, Europe, China, Events, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Ggv Capital, Alexa von Tobel, ECL, Hans Tung, Jeff Richards, GGV, Sydney Sykes, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus


The Unbearable Something of Q2 2020

I woke up thinking “this has been the strangest quarter of my life.” I used to think in days, weeks, months, quarters, years, and decades. I stopped doing that around the time I turned 50 because I was exhausted from the rhythm. I’ve been thinking about Q2 the last few days, which has been the Covid quarter. March was pre-quarter insanity as March 11th through the end of the month was completely disorienting and chaotic. I wrote the Three Crisis post on March 31st, which meant that I had g...
Tags: Minneapolis, Trends, United States, Crisis, Amy, Feld, COVID-19, George Floyd


Reddit, YouTube, and Twitch are taking major steps to crack down on hate speech from pro-Trump and far-right groups (GOOG, GOOGL, AMZN, FB)

Major social media platforms on Monday took action against Trump, pro-Trump groups, and far-right accounts for violating their policies against hate speech. Reddit banned r/The_Donald, the largest pro-Trump subreddit, Twitch suspended Trump's official account, and YouTube banned a number of prominent white supremacists' channels. The moves come as major advertisers are boycotting Facebook over the company's refusal to take more aggressive action against hate speech and misinformation. Visit Bu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Youtube, Trends, Reddit, Naacp, Donald Trump, Steve Huffman, North Face, Trump, Ku Klux Klan, Tulsa Oklahoma, Denny, Ben Jerry, Stefan Molyneux


Mark Zuckerberg's net worth dropped nearly $10 billion in just a week as an advertiser boycott sinks Facebook's share price. Here's how the CEO makes and spends his fortune.

Advertisers including Verizon, Honda, and Ben & Jerry's are boycotting Facebook over the social network's lack of hate-speech moderation. The boycott is sinking both Facebook's share price and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth. Zuckerberg has a net worth of $82.3 billion, making him the fourth-richest person in the world. Zuckerberg drives an affordable car and wears basic clothes, but appears to splurge on real estate, buying houses and then buying the surrounding properties for privacy.  Zu...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Yahoo, Minneapolis, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Palo Alto, Harvard, Ford, Paris, Athens


All of the companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, and Anti-Defamation League asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the content despite re...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, Trends, Unilever, Cnn, Patagonia, Starbucks, Honda, Naacp, Coca Cola


Book: So you want to talk about race

I’m continuing my weekend reading goal of a book on racial equity. Last week was Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies for Transforming Your Business and Life Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Rodney Sampson who I’m partnering with on the #RacialEquityEcosystemPledge. Yesterday I read Ijeoma Oluo’s So you want to talk about race. It was excellent. My goal with reading these books is to bring a beginners mind to racial equity, allow myself to feel uncomfortable while reading, an...
Tags: Books, Book, America, Trends, Martin Luther King Jr, Feld, Ijeoma, Rodney Sampson, Antiracism, George Floyd, Al Sharpton?I


Facebook executives pleaded with Trump to tone down his post threatening violence against George Floyd protesters, report says

Facebook executives haggled with Trump over a post about the George Floyd protests in which he said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," The Washington Post reports. Facebook deputies called the White House, asking Trump to either tone down the language or delete the post altogether, sources told The Post. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Trump the post put Facebook in a difficult position. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook tried to convince President Donald Trum...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Minneapolis, Washington Post, White House, Trends, Miami, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, National Guard, The Post, Twitter YouTube Facebook, Zuckerberg Trump


Facebook has bent its hate speech and misinformation policies around Trump since before he was president, report says

A Washington Post report claims Facebook has steadily weakened its hate speech and misinformation policies to adapt to Donald Trump. The report says the company began bending its policies in 2015, when then-candidate Trump posted a video saying he would ban Muslims from entering the US. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was reportedly in favor of taking action against the post, but sources said Facebook executive Joel Kaplan talked him out of it. Facebook's approach to Donald Trump's posts over the past mon...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, Minneapolis, Washington Post, Washington, US, Trends, Unilever, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Trump, Kaplan, The Post


Starbucks suspends advertising on all social media platforms, becoming the latest company to boycott Facebook

Starbucks announced Sunday it will suspend all of its advertising across social media platforms as it conducts discussions "internally, with our media partners, and with civil rights organizations" about ending the spread of hate speech. Facebook, in particular, has taken criticism for its response to hate speech on its platform and its decision to allow President Trump to make controversial posts, such as calling protesters "thugs" and writing "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, London, Minneapolis, Youtube, Trends, Patagonia, Starbucks, Donald Trump, Coca Cola, Cnbc, Business Insider, Zuckerberg, Trump, Anti Defamation League



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