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Netflix offers new parents 'unlimited' leave

Netflix said Tuesday it will allow new parents up to a year of paid time off, becoming one of the tech industry’s most generous major companies in offering parental leave.

The video streaming company hopes its flexible policy will help retain employees, Netflix Chief Talent Officer Tawni Cranz wrote in a blog post.

“Netflix’s continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented...

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Think you know what an engineer looks like? #ilooklikeanengineer says think again

A Twitter hashtag that challenges race and gender stereotypes in the technology industry took off in San Francisco Tuesday, with dozens of engineers posting their photos to the social network alongside the hashtag #ilooklikeanengineer.

Software engineer Isis Anchalee kicked off the movement over the weekend when she called her fellow engineers to action to make a point about how diverse engineers...

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Twitter experiments with 'News Tab' feature

Twitter rolled out a News Tab feature to some of its U.S. users Tuesday, an experimental effort to make it easier for people to find headlines that are trending on the platform.

The feature is the latest in a string of products the San Francisco company has launched since Jack Dorsey took the reins as chief executive in June. Facing mounting pressure from Wall Street to improve ad revenue and user...

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Technology is driving Amazon delivery times to near zero

Technology continues to make it possible to optimize every aspect of business, meaning that "zero" as a business goal — zero excess capacity, zero waste, zero errors — is now theoretically possible. Just think of how the rise of the sharing economy has led to the success of the zero marginal cost business model. And now Amazon could be on the cusp of introducing another zero into our business lexicon:...

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Hitchhiking robot that made it across Canada maimed on U.S. road trip

Robots of the world beware: Immigrating to the U.S. is apparently a perilous choice.

HitchBot, a talking robot built by Canadian researchers, was found maimed and battered beyond repair over the weekend in Philadelphia. It was trying to hitchhike from Massachusetts to California by relying on the kindness of human drivers. Hitchhiking took hitchBot across the length of Canada and most of Germany and...

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BMW, Audi, Daimler to buy Nokia map operations, another step toward automated cars

Three major automakers signaled their commitment to automated cars late Sunday with an agreement to buy mapping technology from Nokia for just over $3 billion.

The three companies — BMW, Audi and Daimler, all German — will each take one-third ownership of Nokia Here, which will remain operationally independent.

Here is a map-data leader for car navigation systems. Competitors include Google and TomTom.

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