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Human Capital: Labor issues at GitHub, Facebook’s new civil rights exec and a legal battle against Prop 22

This week kicked off with a report of a GitHub worker who was fired after cautioning his coworkers in the DC area to stay safe from Nazis during the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, Facebook created a new executive role pertaining to civil rights and California’s Proposition 22 faced its first legal challenge this year. All that and more in this week’s edition of Human Capital. Facebook hires VP of civil rights Facebook hired Roy Austin to become its first-ever VP of Civil Rights...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Supreme Court, California, Drew Houston, Nazis, Barack Obama, Tech, Austin, Netflix, Middle East, Dc, Houston, Github


Fired GitHub employee who warned coworkers about Nazis is seeking legal counsel

On the day a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, a worried GitHub employee warned his co-workers in the D.C. area to be safe. After making a comment in Slack saying, “stay safe homies, Nazis are about,” a fellow employee took offense, saying that type of rhetoric wasn’t good for work, the former employee told me. Two days later, he was fired, with a human relations representative citing a “pattern of behavior that is not conducive to company policy” as the rationale for...
Tags: TC, Nazis, Tech, Diversity, Github, Trump, Friedman, U S Capitol, Google Alphabet, Nat Friedman


Fired GitHub employee who warned co-workers about Nazis is seeking legal counsel

On the day a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, a worried GitHub employee warned his co-workers in the D.C. area to be safe. After making a comment in Slack saying, “stay safe homies, Nazis are about,” a fellow employee took offense, saying that type of rhetoric wasn’t good for work, the former employee told me. Two days later, he was fired, with a human relations representative citing a “pattern of behavior that is not conducive to company policy” as the rationale for...
Tags: TC, Nazis, Tech, Diversity, Github, Trump, Friedman, U S Capitol, Google Alphabet, Nat Friedman, Techcrunch Include


It's been a day or so and nope, we still can't wrap our head around why GitHub would fire someone for saying Nazis were storming the US Capitol

Questions go unanswered as CEO, COO launch probe GitHub is under fire for apparently sacking an employee two days after warning colleagues in Washington DC that “Nazis are about” during the ransacking of the US Capitol last week.…


Github fires employee for using the n-word … Nazi

Software company GitHub is taking a lot of heat for firing a Jewish employee for referring to the people who stormed the Capitol on January 6 as "Nazis." The Verge has the details: GitHub reportedly fired a Jewish employee after he posted a message in Slack that said "stay safe homies, Nazis are about" the day of the attack on the US Capitol….The message sparked controversy inside the company, with one colleague criticizing him for using divisive language. GitHub's HR team chastised the employee...
Tags: Law, Washington, America, Github, Capitol, US Capitol, Jon Hyman, Camp Auschwitz, Mert Kahveci


GitHub fired Jewish employee who said 'stay safe homies, Nazis are about' on Slack amid Capitol riot, 200 staff sign letter asking Microsoft-owned biz to denounce Nazis

GitHub fired a Jewish employee after he posted in the company's internal Slack to, "stay safe homies, Nazis are about," during the attack on the US Capitol, reports Business Insider. Scoop: GitHub employees circulated a letter asking the company to denounce white supremacy & Nazis after the firing of a Jewish employee who said 'Nazis are about' on the day of the Capitol siege. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Technology, News, Microsoft, Nazis, US news, Tech News, Github, Capitol, US Capitol


GitHub Fired a Jewish Employee For Warning That "Nazis" Were Among the US Capitol Rioters

Microsoft-owned GitHub is facing employee backlash after it reportedly terminated a Jewish worker for warning in a corporate Slack channel that there were “nazis” present at the U.S. Capitol riot.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Nazis, US, Github, Slack, Employee, Insurrectionists


Hundreds sign letter demanding answers after Github fires Jewish employee for calling insurrectionists Nazis

Github, a Microsoft company, allegedly fired a Jewish employee for saying “there are Nazis about” in reaction to the insurrectionist occupation of the US Capital building last week. Business Insider today broke the story reporting that “some 200” employees had signed a letter demanding answers from the company’s CEO Nat Friedman. According to the article (paywall), the employee received a warning from HR for their comment before being terminated for what the company claims is a pattern of miscon...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Microsoft, US, Tech, Github, Nat Friedman


GitHub is back in action in Iran again after months

In a win for developers in Iran, code collaboration platform GitHub said today that it’s opening up its services for the country again after several months. In July 2019, the Microsoft-owned service blocked access for users in the country due to trade restrictions imposed by the US government. GitHub‘s CEO, Nat Friedman, said the firm has finally got a nod from the government to resume its services in Iran: We have secured a license from the US government to offer GitHub to developers in Iran. T...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, US, Iran, Github, Design & Dev, Nat Friedman


GitHub alumni are building Rewatch, a solution for your Zoom fatigue

The rise of distributed teams in response to the coronavirus has led to more video-conferencing meetings for all of us. As offices remain closed, distributed work is forcing companies to figure out a better way than Zoom or Google Hangouts to meet with employees across time zones and teams. Rewatch wants to make meetings more efficient, and maybe even shorter. Co-founded by Connor Sears and Scott Goldman, Rewatch creates and organizes private video channels for companies to store meetings so...
Tags: Google, TC, Berlin, Tech, Remote Work, Goldman, Github, Sears, Google Hangouts, Kent Goldman, Remote, Semil Shah, SVP, Videoconferencing, Rewatch, Connor Sears


[Conversion Plugin] WebVtt Subtitle Conversion to epub Plugin

This is a plugin to convert subtitles (with webvtt format) downloaded from Netflix service into epub ebook. Features * Choose 1 to 2 subtitle languages. If two are selected, the sub language subtitle would be smaller, served as the translation for main language subtitle. * Support adding Episodes into epub Table of Contents. If the series has several seasons, all season, episode information will be in Table of Contents too for easier navigation in different episodes. Why I wrote this plugin ...
Tags: Books, Plugin, Plugins, Netflix, Github


Focal point cropping!

Happy new year to you all, 2021 has already an important feature update.I am testing an exciting new feature for SlideMagic: focal point cropping. (I first spoke about this back in August.) For each image in SlideMagic, you can set a focal point, a dot on the most important part of the photo. This can be a face, a feature of your product, a quote on a screen shot for example. If you subsequently change the size or shape or zoom level of the image, SlideMagic will re-crop the image so that your f...
Tags: Images, Github, Layout, Speaking, SlideMagic


Learn Git and GitHub Now with Three Doc Projects

Every technologist should learn Git, whether you’re already a developer, a systems engineer, a student, or a technical writer looking to add a skill set. And not only learn Git at the command line or using GitHub Desktop but also learn the basics of how teams use GitHub or GitLab to collaborate on code or docs. You can learn Git and GitHub for free right now, using these three guided tutorials on the Docs Like Code web site. Learning GitHub with a small project is a great way to start. I like...
Tags: Work, Python, Tools, Writing, Seo, Github, Jekyll, GitHub Pages, Techpubs, Netlify, Docs As Code, Githubpages, GitHub Desktop Continue


10 things in tech you need to know today

Barcelona fans dressed as unicorns as part of the Carnival week, wait for the start of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday Feb. 22, 2020. Joan Monfort/AP Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Trump refuses to blame ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, New York, China, Russia, Trends, Barcelona, Xi Jinping, La Liga, Mitt Romney, Al Jazeera, Github, Eibar


GitHub says goodbye to cookie banners

Microsoft -owned GitHub today announced that it is doing away with all non-essential cookies on its platform. Thanks to this, starting today, GitHub .com and its subdomains will not feature a cookie banner anymore, either. That’s one less cookie banner you’ll have to click away to get your work done. “No one likes cookie banners,” GitHub CEO Nat Friedman writes in today’s announcement. “But cookie banners are everywhere!” The reason for that, of course, is because of regulations like GDPR in...
Tags: Google, TC, Microsoft, Privacy, Tech, Eu, European Union, United States, Hacking, Computing, Cookies, Tracking, Online Privacy, Github, Friedman, Nat Friedman


Wormable Gitpaste-12 Botnet Returns to Target Linux Servers, IoT Devices

A new wormable botnet that spreads via GitHub and Pastebin to install cryptocurrency miners and backdoors on target systems has returned with expanded capabilities to compromise web applications, IP cameras, and routers. Early last month, researchers from Juniper Threat Labs documented a crypto-mining campaign called "Gitpaste-12," which used GitHub to host malicious code containing as many as [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: Tech, Github, Pastebin, Ravie Lakshmanan, Wormable Gitpaste, Juniper Threat Labs


Boast.ai raises $23M to help businesses get their R&D tax credits

Nobody likes dealing with taxes — until the system works in your favor. In many countries, startups can receive tax credits for their R&D work and related employee cost, but as with all things bureaucracy, that’s often a slow and onerous task. Boast.ai aims to make this process far easier, by using a mix of AI and tax experts. The company, which currently has about 1,000 customers, today announced that it has raised a $23 million Series A round led by Radian Capital. Launched in 2012 by co-found...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Tech, Tax, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, United States, Machine Learning, Vancouver, Github, ADP, Lobo, Vancouver Canada, QuickBooks, Boast, Radian Capital


Podcast: The Making and Maintenance of our Open Source Infrastructure | Nadia Eghbal

The Long Now Foundation · Nadia Eghbal – The Making and Maintenance of our Open Source Infrastructure Nadia Eghbal is particularly interested in infrastructure, governance, and the economics of the internet – and how the dynamics of these subjects play out in software, online communities and generally living life online. Eghbal, who interviewed hundreds of developers while working to improve their experience at GitHub, argues that modern open source offers us a model through which to unde...
Tags: Technology, Future, Infrastructure, Computing, Github, Nadia Eghbal, Long Now Seminars, Eghbal, Millennial Precedent, Long Now Foundation · Nadia Eghbal


Wikifactory has raised $4.5m for its ‘Github for hardware’ to make almost anything remotely

Karl Marx famously argued in ‘Das Kapital’ that to achieve freedom from the slavery of capitalism, the worker must own the means of production. Perhaps that day is edging closer. Today Wikifactory, billing itself as a ‘Github for hardware’, announces it has closed a $3 million funding round taking it to a total of $4.5m, pre-series A. The investors are unnamed, but characterized as “impact investors”. The collaboration platform claims it allows someone to make almost anything remotely. The ‘impa...
Tags: TC, Open Source, Europe, China, Articles, Tech, 3d Printing, Karl Marx, Github, Online Collaboration, Shenzhen, Cad, PLM, Brand Management, Das Kapital, Product Lifecycle Management


GitHub gets a dark mode

It’s GitHub Universe week and unsurprisingly, the ubiquitous code management service is announcing a slew of updates. Companies can now become GitHub Sponsors and invest in open-source projects by paying developers directly, there is automatic merging of pull requests (if that’s your thing), discussions for all public repositories and the beta of dependency reviews. GitHub is also making some updates to its continuous delivery features. That’s all good and well, but let’s face it: you came he...
Tags: TC, Text Editor, Tech, Computing, Github, Software Engineering, Git, Version Control, GitHub Sponsors


GitHub turns on money tap for corporate open-source donations, turns off the lights with dark mode design

Welcome to the GitHub Universe Microsoft's GitHub has revised its financial plumbing to allow corporate customers to contribute cash to favored open-source projects via GitHub's existing billing setup.…
Tags: Software, Github, GitHub Universe Microsoft


Google opens its Fuchsia operating system to outside developers

For the longest time, Google’s new Fuchsia operating system remained a bit of a mystery — with little information in terms of the company’s plans for it, even as the team behind it brought the code to GitHub under a standard open-source license. These days, we know that it’s Google’s first attempt at developing a completely new kernel and general purpose operating system that promises to be more than just an experiment (or a retention project to keep senior engineers from jumping ship). For t...
Tags: Google, Developer, Tech, Software, Computing, Free Software, Github, Operating System, Operating Systems, Fuchsia, Version Control


Problems downloading Sigil

I am a new user and attempted to download the Mac version of Sigil. The first time the file downloaded but my Mac would not install it. I assumed it was because I had just installed Big Sur and Sigil had not yet been not updated to integrate into Big Sur. I deleted the download and tried a few days later when a new version of Sigil was available. Now the downloads do not complete. The download starts but part way through the connection is lost. I tried downloading on my old Mac which runs Mohav...
Tags: Books, Sigil, Github, Mohave


Python Beats Java Again in New GitHub Annual Report

This week the Microsoft-owned code repository site GitHub released its annual report with statistics about its community, writes programming columnist Mike Melanson: The report offers a deep dive into three specific areas, with a look at developer productivity in the time of COVID, community and collaboration, and open source security. Highlights include increased productivity with 35% more repositories created in 2020 than 2019, a large open source community with more than 56M developers in 20...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Microsoft, Africa, Tech, South America, North America, Github, Oceania, Mike Melanson


Open Source Does Not Equal Secure

Way back in 1999, I wrote about open-source software: First, simply publishing the code does not automatically mean that people will examine it for security flaws. Security researchers are fickle and busy people. They do not have the time to examine every piece of source code that is published. So while opening up source code is a good thing, it is not a guarantee of security. I could name a dozen open source security libraries that no one has ever heard of, and no one has ever evaluated. On the...
Tags: Open Source, Uncategorized, Cybersecurity, Ruby, Github, Bruce Schneier, Zdnet, Security Engineering


Atlassian brings new DevOps metrics to Jira

Atlassian is launching an update to its ubiquitous Jira issue and project tracking service today — and specifically the Jira Software Cloud version — that brings a number of new features for visualizing and measuring how code moves through the development pipeline. With this, project managers and developers will be able to get deeper insights into the code teams are working on, for example, and where that code is in the deployment pipeline. Users of Jira Software Premium will also be able to ...
Tags: TC, Developer, Tech, Computing, Software Development, Github, Devops, Bitbucket, Atlassian, Software Engineering, Jira, Jfrog, Jenkins, Product Manager, Jira Software Premium, Bitbucket Pipelines Jenkins Azure


Python and TypeScript Gain Popularity Among Programming Languages

GitHub has released its annual Octoverse report, revealing trends in one of the largest developer communities on the planet, including a spike in open source project activity following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. VentureBeat: JavaScript continues to be the most popular programming language on GitHub, while Python is now the second most popular, followed by Java and the fast-growing TypeScript community. Maintained by GitHub owner Microsoft, TypeScript has climbed from seventh place in 20...
Tags: Python, Microsoft, Tech, Php, Java, Github


Okay nabs funding from Sequoia to build performance dashboards for engineering managers

Amid the pandemic, workplace cultures have been turned on their heads, meanwhile investment and growth haven’t slowed for many tech companies, requiring them to still onboard new engineering managers even while best practices for remote management are far from codified. Because of remote work habit shifts, plenty of new tools have popped up to help engineers be more productive, or quickly help managers interface with direct-reports more often. Okay is taking a more observatory route, aiming to g...
Tags: Google, TC, Y Combinator, Leadership, Articles, Management, Tech, Engineer, Github, Sequoia, PagerDuty, Boulanger, Barreto, Okay, Brex Plaid, Antoine Boulanger


This chart shows how the Salesforce acquisition of Slack for $27.7 billion stacks up against tech's largest deals ever

Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO & cofounder Salesforce On Tuesday afternoon, Salesforce announced plans to purchase Slack for $27.7 billion — one of the largest ever tech acquisitions. The purchase tops Microsoft's 2016 acquisition of LinkedIn by a bit more than $1 billion, putting it among the top five largest tech acquisitions of all time. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called the combination of Salesforce and Slack, "a match made in heaven" in the announcement. "Together, Salesforce and Slack...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Motorola, Facebook, New York, Adobe, Microsoft, Finance, Softbank, Nokia, Satya Nadella, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, Tech


Orbit raises $4M for its community experience platform

Orbit, a startup that is building tools to help organizations build communities around their proprietary and open-source products, today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz’s Martin Casado. A number of angel investors, including Chris Aniszczyk , Jason Warner and   Magnus Hillestad , as well as the a16z’s Cultural Leadership Fund also participated, in addition to previous backers Heavybit and Harrison Metal . The company descri...
Tags: TC, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Andreessen Horowitz, Github, Cto, Woods, Outer Space, Harrison Metal, Casado, Martin Casado, Heavybit, Co-founder, Magnus Hillestad, Chris Aniszczyk Jason Warner