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GoPro launches TradeUp program to swap old cameras for discounts

GoPro is willing to take that old digital camera stuffed in your junk drawer even if it’s not a GoPro. Through a program called TradeUp , the camera company will discount the GoPro H6 Black $50 and Fusion $100 when buyers trade-in any digital camera. The company tried this last year for 60 days, but as of right now, GoPro is saying this offer does not expire. This offer works with any digital camera, including old GoPros. It clearly addresses something we noticed years ago — there’s often little reason to buy a new GoPro because their past products were so good. GoPro tried this in 2017 for 60 days and says 12,000 customers took advantage of the program. The service is reminiscent of what wireless carries do to encourage smartphone owners to buy new phones. It’s a clever solution, though other options could net more money. Users could sell their camera on eBay or use other trade-in programs. Best Buy lets buyers trade-in old cameras, too, and currently gives $60 for a GoPro Hero3+ Black and $55 for a HD Hero 960. GoPro is in a tough position, and this is clearly a plan to spur sales.

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Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield details approach to sustaining an inclusive workforce

In light of the tech industry’s last year of one sexual harassment scandal after another, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield says the company has had active conversations about the issues. However, Slack has not made any specific policy changes at the company. While no overt cultural issues at Slack have hit the mainstream, Butterfield says he recognizes that Slack is not immune from them. “As we get bigger and we exist for longer, the greater the likelihood that the actual problems of the world will be present in Slack too,” Butterfield told TechCrunch. He added that he’s proud of what Slack has accomplished but that he also wants to be careful not to have Slack put up on a pedestal. “We exist in the actual world — if we all agree that this world has some systemic issues, and it’s sexist and it’s racist — that’s not going to stop when people walk into our office,” Butterfield told me. “I don’t mean there’s nothing we can do about it. There are things we can do about it, but people are coming in here with their own life experiences.” Part of that action is around continuing to release diversity reports, which Slack is doing for the third time today. Slack is still a predominantly white workplace, but the company has made some progress in the areas of global employment of women, women in technical and leadership roles and representation of black and Latinx people. gallery ids="1623321,1623323,1623318,1623319,1623322,1623320" Slack’s workforce is now: 44.7 percent female, up from 43.5 percent last year 12.5 percent underrepresented minorities, up from 11.5 percent last year 6 percent underrepresented employees in leadership positions 8.3 percent LGBTQ 1.4 percent identify as having a disability .85 percent identify as veterans. While Slack doesn’t break out intersectionality itself, a closer look at the EEO-1 report makes that possible. Slack says it didn’t break this out on its own due to the lack of statistically significant results

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Kolide raises $8M to turn application and device management into a smart database

More devices are coming onto the Internet every single day, and that’s especially true within organizations that have a fleet of devices with access to sensitive data — which means there are even more holes for potential security breaches. That’s the goal of Kolide. The aim is to ensure that companies have access to tools that give them the ability to get a thorough analysis of every bit of data they have — and where they have it. The Kolide Cloud, its initial major rollout for Mac and Linux devices, turns an entire fleet of apps and devices into what’s basically a table that anyone can query to get an up-to-date look at what’s happening within their business. Kolide looks to provide a robust set of tools that help analyze that data. By doing that, companies may have a better shot at detecting security breaches that might come from even mundane miscalculations or employees being careless about the security of that data. The company said today it has raised $8 million in new venture financing in a round led by Matrix Partners. “It’s not just an independent event,” Kolide CEO Jason Meller said. “The way I think about it, if you look at any organization, there’s a pathway to a massive security incident, and the pathway is rather innocuous. Let’s say I’m a developer that works at one of these organizations and I need to fix a bug, and pull the production database. Now I have a laptop with this data on this, and I did this and didn’t realize my disk wasn’t encrypted.

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Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data…

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch : Zaius raises $30M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners for its B2C CRM platform that helps marketers unify and analyze customer interaction data   —  Zaius, a customer data company working with consumer brands like Tea Forte and Burt's Bees Baby, has raised $30 million in Series B funding.

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Swiss staffing and workforce development company Adecco acquires NY-based coding school General Assembly for $412.5M; General Assembly had raised…

Dan Primack / Axios : Swiss staffing and workforce development company Adecco acquires NY-based coding school General Assembly for $412.5M; General Assembly had raised ~$120M   —  Coding school General Assembly has agreed to be acquired for $412.5 million in cash by Swiss staffing and workforce development company Adecco.

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A look at the history and challenges of devising standout names for computer viruses and vulnerabilities, thousands of which are now discovered each…

Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal : A look at the history and challenges of devising standout names for computer viruses and vulnerabilities, thousands of which are now discovered each year   —  Techies turn to puns, historical references in desperate efforts to devise standout monikers; the problem with Badlock

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Review of Macs’ eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and…

Samuel Axon / Ars Technica : Review of Macs' eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and AMD cards   —  Performance doesn't disappoint, but lack of strong software support does.  —  When Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 on March 29 …

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Xiaomi Reportedly Considering Buying GoPro – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Xiaomi Reportedly Considering Buying GoPro Ubergizmo Earlier this year it was reported that GoPro had put itself up for sale. It seems that the company isn't doing so well and is looking to sell itself off. However what's interesting is that according to a report from The Information (paywall; via ... and more »

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Directly, which uses AI and crowdsourced experts to improve customer service, raises $20M Series B with Northgate, Microsoft, and True Ventures among…

Matt Marshall / VentureBeat : Directly, which uses AI and crowdsourced experts to improve customer service, raises $20M Series B with Northgate, Microsoft, and True Ventures among investors   —  San Francisco start-up Directly has raised $20 million in a third round of funding to build its customer service offering …

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Just 53 Australians and 10 New Zealanders used the Facebook quiz app that Cambridge Analytica gleaned data from, but ~375K users in the countries were…

Christopher Knaus / The Guardian : Just 53 Australians and 10 New Zealanders used the Facebook quiz app that Cambridge Analytica gleaned data from, but ~375K users in the countries were affected   —  Most of 310,000 Australians affected by breach did not directly consent to harvesting of their personal details … Play Video

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