Google’s new head of diversity started just a few weeks ago, and was quickly faced with handling a controversial, sexist, anti-diversity internal memo that went viral within and outside of the company. Recode’s Kara Swisher has a wrap-up of the affair, complete with the original memo and Google VP of diversity, integrity and governance Danielle Brown’s quick response to Googlers. And a recent ex-Googler offers this clarifying inside perspective on the divisive manifesto. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
Apple is working on an untethered version of its smartwatch that can connect directly to cellular networks with Intel-made LTE chips, reducing its reliance on the iPhone to perform most of its useful functions, including streaming music and sending messages on the go. The more independent Apple Watch may be released before the end of the year. [Bloomberg]
WeWork, the flexible office space startup, has raised another $500 million. SoftBank is one of the investors, which makes sense because SoftBank invests in everything — and because the money will help WeWork expand in Asia. [press release]
Facebook is testing a new “civic engagement feature” that inserts posts from local politicians into users’ News Feeds — even if they don’t follow those politicians. Meanwhile, Facebook made $188,000 per employee last quarter — it had 20,658 at the time — beating out Google parent company Alphabet by more than four times the profit per employee. Twitter, on the other hand, lost about $36,000 per employee. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t running for president — he’s said so explicitly and repeatedly. But he’s kind of acting like he’s preparing to run, with that year-long trek across America feeding cows and showing up at family dinner tables. So — just in case — here’s a rundown of where candidate Zuckerberg stands on the issues, from the environment to the economy to tech and internet safety. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Inventor Ray Kurzweil is always up to something fascinating — he’s best known for popularizing the idea of the singularity and, more recently, for investigating techniques for longevity and immortality. Now he’s leading a Google AI team powering Smart Reply, a feature on the Gmail mobile app that offers three suggested email replies for you to select with a tap. Of course there’s a big idea behind it: Understanding language itself and creating software as linguistically fluent as you or me. [Tom Simonite / Wired]
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