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The fact that so many computer scientists are ignorant or disdainful of non-technical approaches is worrisome. Here are some steps forward.

Universities should start with broader training for computer science students. Most top undergraduate programs in computer science, do not require students to take a course on ethical and social issues in computer science!

Organizations should explore the social and ethical issues their products create: Google and Microsoft deserve credit for researching algorithmic discrimination, and Facebook for investigating echo chambers.

Companies should hire the people harmed or excluded by their products: whose faces their computer vision systems don’t recognize. Hire non-computer-scientists and have them challenge the worldviews of the workforce. wired.com
The first three episodes of Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale were finally released on the streaming platform today.

 The first look at the buzzy show came in February, when a trailer for the show served as Hulu’s debut Super Bowl ad, kicking off the high-profile marketing plan for the show, which includes an experiential partnership with the New York social club for women, The Wing, as well as an art installation on the High Line by graphic artists Paula Scher and Abbott Miller.

Hulu is The Wing’s first major experiential partner, noted Audrey Gelman, co-founder of The Wing, bringing themed events and a book club to the social club’s 600 members and its 100,000 total followers in social media. 

The installation by Scher and Miller was unveiled today to coincide with the show’s premiere. It will be on display at New York’s High Line park until April 30. The effort “houses 4,000 paperback copies of the novel, which passersby can take down to reveal messages and ‘Easter eggs’ from the story including ‘Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum’ (translation: Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down),” wrote Wall. 

Hulu’s marketing team is also collaborating with the New York City-based design collective and fashion label Vaquera, which will be creating and displaying a capsule collection inspired by themes from the show and the handmaids’ gown and wings. adweek.com
Google's servers in Cuba went live on Wednesday, making the internet giant the first foreign internet company to host content within the long cut-off country.

The servers are part of Google's global network of caching servers, called GGC nodes, the servers work by storing popular content — like a viral YouTube video — on a local server. Instead of having to travel the long distance through a submarine cable, which currently connects Cuba to the internet through Venezuela, Cubans will now be able to access content through the nearest Google server in their country.

Despite hopes that Cuba would begin opening up its internet access following the re-establishment of diplomatic between the US and Cuba in 2015, Cuba still has the lowest level of internet connectivity in the western hemisphere. For most Cubans, the internet can only be accessed through 240 public access wi-fi spots dotted around the country. An hour of internet access costs roughly $1.50, which for Cubans earning the country's average wage of $25 a month, can be prohibitively expensive. cnbc.com
It has been widely reported for weeks that big cuts are coming to ESPN—so widely reported, and dissected, and gossiped about, in fact, that ESPN moved up its schedule and is notifying people earlier than it originally planned.

The 100 people getting cut are all “on-air talent,” a label ESPN uses for TV personalities, radio hosts, and writers who regularly appear on TV and radio. (ESPN says it has 1,000 such people, prior to these cuts.)

In addition to those 100, a “limited number of other positions will also be affected,” according to a note sent to all employees on Wednesday morning from ESPN president John Skipper.

A source tells Yahoo Finance the number of non-talent getting cut is indeed a “very limited” number, but nonetheless, the number is on top of the 100 on-air talents.

In his companywide memo, posted publicly, Skipper frames the cuts around a shifting content strategy. ESPN’s content strategy, he writes, “still needs to go further, faster… and as always, must be efficient and nimble. Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent—anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play—necessary to meet those demands. We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week.” yahoo.com
Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen will donate $30 million toward a permanent housing facility for as many as 100 low-income and homeless families in Seattle. 

The donation will help cover design and construction, and Mayor Ed Murray announced Wednesday the city will contribute an additional $5 million. Mercy Housing Northwest, a local nonprofit, will operate the facility. 

The facility will include a service center open to residents and the wider community, said Bill Rumpf, Mercy Housing Northwest president. 

Planning is in the initial stages, but Rumpf said design and construction costs should fall within the range of the $35 million pledged by the city and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. 

Operating costs would not be covered by the donation. Mercy Housing will seek public funding to help defray the cost of running the facility, Rumpf said. Residents of permanent housing such as this generally pay no more than 30 percent of their income for rent.

A location has not been determined. seattletimes.com
In February, in a small shop with bright green walls in North London, a local bookstore proprietor started tweeting the full text of the first Harry Potter book at Piers Morgan.

The shopkeeper, Simon Key, had been inspired by a Twitter feud between J.K. Rowling and the British T.V. personality/internet blowhard. Morgan, responding to Rowling’s expressing delight at him being told to “fuck off” on Real Time with Bill Maher, wrote, “This is why I’ve never read a single word of Harry Potter.” The next day, the Big Green Bookshop’s co-owner started tweeting. He tweeted hundreds of times and was blocked, others carried on his work and his hashtag, and the book store became momentarily Twitter-famous.

The Bookseller, a British magazine that reports on the publishing industry, quoted Key as saying the store received a sizable boost in sales. But Twitter fame can only sustain a business for so long, and on Sunday Key sent out a plea for help:

Ironically (or fittingly?), the campaign to save the Big Green Bookshop turned the shop, at least temporarily, into an international e-commerce business, a scaled-down version of the services often blamed for edging out indie bookstores. While many Londoners did turn to Twitter to find out if a book they wanted was in stock before swinging by, it seemed most people asked for shipments by mail. slate.com
Have you heard? AT&T is going to “pave the way for the next generation of faster speeds” with something called 5G Evolution. No, it’s not actually a new 5G network, the much hyped successor to 4G that’s supposed to change the way we connect to the internet. It’s just a re-branded 4G offering, and AT&T’s sad attempt at seeming innovative.

If you already feel confused, don’t worry. AT&T probably isn’t offering 5G Evolution for your phone or in your area. The rollout is starting in certain parts of Austin, Texas and will only work with Samsung Galaxy S8 devices. AT&T promises to offer the new service in 20 metro areas by the end of the year.

The company also promises that that 5G Evolution will offer speeds “up to twice as fast” as 4G LTE connections on its network. However, there is a warning below this claim that says the press release contains “forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially.”

Weirdly, AT&T announced this very limited rollout of its new fake 5G service just a couple hours before news reports revealed that Verizon had outbid AT&T on a major chunk of 5G spectrum. (That’s for a real 5G network.) Who knows if the two announcements are related. There’s a good chance that they’re not, since AT&T first announced 5G Evolution back in January. gizmodo.com
American Airlines is taking the rare step of offering a mid-contract raise to its roughly 37,000 pilots and flight attendants after months of simmering tensions about pay rates that lagged behind United and Delta airlines.

The company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that it plans to increase pay rates for flight attendants by an average of about 5 percent, while pilots would see an average bump of 8 percent. 

The unexpected wage increase comes as American Airlines executives attempt to overcome more than a decade of fractured relationships between management and front-line employees. dallasnews.com
There are few things in life that make people of all ages lose their shit quite like glitter. From the haughtiest of runways of Versace an Fend to the shelves at Toys “R” Us, sparkles manage to capture society’s collective imagination. A famed face painter, however, once likened the shimmery substance to the herpes of the beauty world for better or worse. Clinging to whatever it lands upon long after its worn out its welcome, it's a 'huge pain in the ass.'

Funnily enough, Megan Dugan, the founder of Lemonhead—a beauty brand based almost entirely around glitter—doesn’t disagree. “I loved the look of it, but I hated using it.” After working for established cosmetic and skincare giants, Dugan set out on her own as a makeup artist and cooked up a clear, non-sticky, moisturizing base out of jojoba, apricot seed, and almond oils that combine with glitter for a mess-free application.

Even better: The eye-catching concoction smells like sweet, citrusy Lemonhead candy thanks to a brew of essential oils whipped up by a real Los Angeles witch. What started out as a hobby, however, quickly skyrocketed into an Instagram sensation literally overnight.

“Nine Zero One [owned by renowned hairstylist Riawna Capri and colorist Nikki Lee] loved it and called me ... the night before Coachella and asked me to bring more over,” explained Dugan. “I didn’t have any made so I had to scramble, but I dropped off more jars at 10 p.m. that night.” The next morning, a beauty success story was born. Everyone from Vanessa Hudgens to Kendall Jenner was spotted at the festival sporting the sparkly pomade streaked across roots and boho waves, an over-the-top shimmery effect that was practically made for selfies. fashionunfiltered.com
Coca-Cola's sales declined in the first quarter as it restructured its business, and the world's biggest beverage maker said it will cut 1,200 jobs starting later this year as it deepens its cost-cutting.  Coca-Cola Co. said the cuts would help it find another $800 million in annualized savings, in addition to the $3 billion the company previously said it is trimming. Most those savings are expected to be realized in 2018 and 2019, it said.

Reshaping its business by selling back its bottling and distribution operations to independent bottlers, Coca-Cola is making the cuts in a comprehensive review and won't be concentrated in any one place, the company said. That means Coke is becoming more focused on selling concentrates to bottlers and marketing for its brands as its No. 2 executive, James Quincey, prepares to officially take over as CEO next week.

Quincey has said he plans to focus on making Coke a "total beverage company," aggressively seeking growth in promising drinks other than soda to better reflect changing tastes. The efforts have included putting more marketing behind options like Smartwater, including a carbonated variety of the bottled water.

On a global basis, the Atlanta-based company said total sales volume was flat. That reflected a 1 percent decline in sodas, and a 3 percent increase for the category including water, enhanced water and sports drinks. Volume rose 2 percent in the category including tea and coffee. In North America, volume rose for Fanta, Sprite and Coke Zero, while Diet Coke continued to decline. businessinsider.com