Deutsche Bank staff saw suspicious Trump and Kushner activity report

In explosive New York Times report on Russia-linked bank, fired employee says nothing happened after she raised concerns Several financial moves by legal entities controlled by Donald Trump and Jared Kushner between 2016 and 2017 triggered suspicious activity alerts inside Deutsche Bank, a major lender to the Trump family, according to a report in the New York Times. $300m still outstanding. In the House of Representatives, Democrats have been drilling into the link between the Trump Organization and Deutsche Bank. Last month two committees financial services and intelligence counter-attacked by launching a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank in an attempt to stop it complying with the subpoenas. The lawsuit claimed the demand for documents amounted to harassment of the president and …

Electric ‘flying taxi’ prototype unveiled by German start-up

Lilium says electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft could be in service by 2025 A new flying taxi has been unveiled by German start-up Lilium, which claims the vertical take-off craft could be the basis for an on-demand air service within six years. The electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft is designed to travel up to 300km, a journey that would take it an hour at top speed. While a app-based air taxis in multiple cities by 2025. The latest iteration, with room for a pilot and four passengers, will be the template for Liliums mass production model. With sufficient economy of scale, Lilium believes fares would be around $70 (55) per head for a cross-city hop from, for example, JFK airport to Manhattan. …

Melinda Gates Wants Tech to Wake Up to Women’s Empowerment

For almost 20 years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to make the world better. When she and her husband launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, they knew only that they wanted to use their Microsoft wealth to stop children born in poverty from needlessly dying of ailments that were easily cured in developed nations. Since then, their mandate has evolved to include curing disease, developing and delivering new medications, lifting communities out of poverty, and increasing access to opportunity and education. A few years ago, Gates realized one thing unified all those goals: empowering women. She is not alone. Experts working on the world’s biggest problems agree that by helping women, you help everyone. Want …

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Other Extremistsbut Not as Planned

On Thursday at around 2 pm ET, multiple news outlets simultaneously “broke” a story that six particularly toxic extremists and one conspiracy theorist organization had been banned from Facebook and Instagram. Only, they hadn’t. Stories by CNN, the Verge, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post lauded Facebook for scrubbing the accounts of inflammatory far-right online figureheads like Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Infowars’ Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson from both platforms. Yet those four still had control of their Instagram accounts for nearly an hour after the bans were announced. And Jones’ Facebook page, “Infowars Is Back,” was still online and live-streaming for nearly two hours after the ban was disclosed. Facebook Loomer and Yiannopolous took advantage of the …

Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us

It's a feeling familiar to anyone who lives an extremely online life. You spend all day on Twitter watching Howard Schultz get roasted and ratioed or retweeting all of the best definitions of the word "covfefe." Then you log off and enter the real world—the one where your spouse, your friends, your parents, and all the other people in your life who don't spend their days obsessively checking their mentions have precisely no idea what you're talking about, let alone why they should care. Most of us know intuitively that Twitter is not an accurate reflection of the world we live in. It's more of a fun house mirror, distorting and exaggerating its subjects to sometimes funny, sometimes frightening effect. …

Trump Evicts Tech Workers, Avengers Return, and More News

Thousands of immigrant tech workers are being sent home under the Trump administration, GoDaddy is out to fight spam, and the Avengers are ready for their End Game. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Visa rejections for tech workers are soaring under President Trump On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to overhaul the H-1B visa program, an important program that draws specialized immigrant talent into American companies. But denial rates for both new applications and extensions have more than doubled since he took office, and thousands of workers who have spent years in the US are now being told to leave, some as soon as the end of the month. GoDaddy axed 15,000 …