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Re/wind: The Ellen Pao Verdict, Facebook's F8 and More

Also, Salesforce exits Indiana.


This week marked the close of the historic Ellen Pao-Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gender discrimination trial and a re-launch of Facebook’s commerce ambitions at its F8 developers conference in San Francisco. Here’s what went down:

  1. On Friday, the jury in the Ellen Pao-Kleiner Perkins trial found against Ellen Pao on all of her claims. Re/code’s Liz Gannes explained how the trial’s real impact is outside the courtroom (and how what happened outside affected the trial’s key players). Two prominent female tech executives — ex-Yahoo Sue Decker and ex-Palm CEO Donna Dubinsky — penned guest columns representing differing perspectives of the case. And for those who missed the details, we made a “Who’s Who?” of the trial, a timeline and a guide to VC jargon to help get you up to speed.
  2. The big announcement at Facebook’s F8 conference earlier this week: Developers can now build services into Messenger and Facebook has shiny new mobile ad technology to compete with Google and Twitter. The Messenger news is especially big for shopping and payments.
  3. In response to Indiana’s new law legalizing discrimination against LGBT people for religious reasons, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said his company won’t be holding any events in Indiana until the law changes. Salesforce employs a couple thousand people in the state, and a Salesforce event in Indianapolis last year drew 10,000 attendees.
  4. Tech companies that make products for babies face some serious challenges: Their users age out, the customers have specialized needs and so on. Here’s how these businesses adapt.
  5. The unlikely BlackBerry turnaround is chugging along, as the company reported another surprise quarterly profit of four cents per share.
  6. A recent Wall Street Journal report says the Federal Trade Commission’s leadership ignored a staff recommendation to pursue antitrust charges against Google. FTC members have vociferously denied the allegations.
  7. A new feature from Re/code: Re/boxing. We send back the stuff we don’t like and we explain why. (We actually send everything back as a policy but we’ll write about the stinkers.) First up, the Nike+ FuelBand fitness tracker.
  8. Is Meerkat’s reign over? Twitter launched its livestreaming app Periscope, and if you actually plan on streaming video to Twitter then you should probably switch over to Periscope.
  9. If you’ve ever had any questions about Apple TV, here’s your chance to learn all about it with our new installment of “Too Embarrassed to Ask.”
  10. Google is working on a service that will let you pay all your bills within Gmail, code-named “Pony Express.” The company also hired a new CFO, Morgan Stanley’s Ruth Porat.

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