Uber posts $708 million loss and says finance head left

HONG KONG (AP) — Uber posted a $708 million loss in the most recent quarter and said its head of finance is leaving the company, the latest executive to depart in what has been a very tough year to date.

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Microsoft's Skype draws inspiration from Snapchat in big redesign

You can add Skype to the growing list of services copying features straight from Snapchat. The Microsoft Corp communications service on Thursday announced a major redesign of its mobile app, including a “Highlights� feature that lets customers snap photos and videos that will be temporarily visible to their connections. The feature carries a strong resemblance to Snapchat’s “Stories.� That format has been growing in popularity within social and messaging services and has recently been incorporated into Facebook Inc’s family of apps, most notably by Instagram.

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How Washington is throwing away its shot at protecting your privacy

A Republican member of the House has introduced a comprehensive data privacy bill, but Congress is unlikely to ever pass it.

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Major U.S. tech firms press Congress for internet surveillance reforms

Facebook (FB.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and more than two dozen other U.S. technology companies pressed Congress on Friday to make changes to a broad internet surveillance law, saying they were necessary to improve privacy protections and increase government transparency. The request marks the first significant public effort by Silicon Valley to wade into what is expected to be a contentious debate later the year over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, parts of which will expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress reauthorizes them. Of particular concern to the technology industry and privacy advocates is Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to vacuum up vast amounts of communications from foreigners but also incidentally collects some data belonging to Americans that can be searched by analysts without a warrant.

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Top Things You Might Not Know About Google Maps

Written by: Omar Amanat

Summary: Google Maps provides users with access to functionalities that you might not have heard of.

Most of you are already familiar with Google Maps. And, most of you probably use it to calculate the fastest route for your trip or view a panorama from the street. What you might not know is that Google Maps can let you travel in time, calculate global distances, and walk through foreign cities as if you’re actually touring the area. Here are some hidden features that you can play with the next time you’re using Google Maps.

Time Travelling Features

You’re probably already aware that Google Maps has Street View, which allows you to look around the designated area in a 360-degree panorama from the street level. Since 2007, Google has added millions of locations from across the globe.

So, you’re probably wondering how you can go about with time travelling. Well, if you search for a specific location and click on the Street View, Google Maps allows you to click on a time frame at the exact spot from year-to-year (it may not be up-to-date to the latest year). By doing this, you’ll be able to take a look at the location from back to 2007 all the way to the present time.

Measure Distances Globally

Google Maps also allows the users to measure the distance from between two points on Earth with a click of a button. Simply select Measure Distance and drop a new point on the map. Next, click on another section of the map and the distance between the two points will be calculated. You can tap on the map to add more dots. A footnote at the bottom of the map will also show you the total area and total distance in both US and Metric measurements. It’s essentially a customized map that you can edit freely at any time.

Control your Roomba with just your voice via this new Alexa integration

Everyone's favorite self-driving vacuum cleaner, the Roomba, just added an Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to communicate with your cleaning assistant with nothing more than your voice.

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We noshed on Nougat, and Android 7.0 is Google’s sweetest update yet

It has been more than 5 months since Google dropped the first developer preview for Android Nougat. Now, it's officially here. We're periodically adding any new features we find, such as how Night mode is still accessible.

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Running Employment Checks: The Pros and Cons

Written by: Tenant Screening Services, LLC

Summary: Pre employment checks are mandatory for successful companies (especially nonprofit organizations). There are however, both pros and cons to performing these checks.

In today’s work environment, background checks have become the norm. Too many applicants tend to cover up their previous history or try to hide information that should be worth mentioning. However, there are both pros and cons to performing this screening process. This article will discuss both sides to help you get a better understanding of what you’re subjecting your applicants (and workplace) to.

The Pros

Pre employment checks can help an organization or company be more successful through numerous factors. Some of them include: reduced negligent hiring liability, reduced losses from dishonesty, minimal workplace violence, and increased new hire quality. All of these improvements will most likely have a positive impact on your business.

One of the first benefits revolves around the inclusion of fewer applications that contain serious discrepancies. It also discourages applicants to apply that are hiding something on their record that you don’t want to see. And, since you most likely want a safe and nonviolent workplace, you’ll be able to dictate what type of individuals you’ll want in your work setting.

As an employer, you have a moral and legal obligation to provide a safe work environment for your employees. Therefore, knowing whether an applicant has been involved in criminal activity will allow you to determine whether or not the applicant will be a good fit in your business. Factor in the costs of workplace violent, which can add up to the millions if something were to occur, and you have a system that’s definitely worth investing in. Many instant background checks are available online. However, it’s worth investigating whether or not the company is legitimate and provides you with a detailed report.

The Cons

While obtaining the background information on a prospective employee may be a solid indicator of future performance, they are also cons such as excessive costs and wasted time. When you’re looking for a service that provides a criminal background check for employment, you undoubtedly want to deal with a company that follows both federal and state legal requirements. Some background check companies tend to give a false sense of security and often leave out information that you need to further go about with the hiring process. It’s highly recommended that you perform a comprehensive check on your preferred screening company to ensure that you’re receiving a quality report each and every time. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for”, and it definitely applies to pre employment checks.

Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in Word

Among its thousands of features, macros are power-user tools that could benefit a lot of people. You hit Record Macro, you do something — a search and replace, let’s say — and then you can play back that macro later. Actually, search and replace is a bad example — Microsoft Word cannot, in fact, record and play back a search/replace.

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Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in Word

Among its thousands of features, macros are power-user tools that could benefit a lot of people. You hit Record Macro, you do something — a search and replace, let’s say — and then you can play back that macro later. Actually, search and replace is a bad example — Microsoft Word cannot, in fact, record and play back a search/replace.

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Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in Word