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Richard Drew / AP

Twitter employs slightly fewer white men

The social network released its latest workforce diversity report and the results are mildly positive. Now, 57% of U.S. employees are white, down from 59% the previous year, and women make up 37% of employees worldwide are women, up from 34% in 2015.

It's also added underrepresented minorities to its leadership ranks, up from having none in 2015.

Why it matters: Over the last few years, workforce diversity has become a hot topic in the tech industry and companies have made varying efforts to improve their numbers. Twitter's latest numbers are an improvement, but a small one.

  • Still, it's notable the company achieved this while weathering a difficult year that included executive departures, acquisition rumors, and attempts to turn its business around.
  • It was also criticized in 2015 when it hired former Apple executive Jeffrey Siminoff—a white man—to head its diversity efforts.
Everyone's hooked on Meitu

The China-born mobile app has gone viral in Silicon Valley over the past couple of days thanks to its whimsical decorations for selfie photos. Just look at the wonders it does for politicians.

Privacy concerns: The app started to raise flags on Thursday after some security researchers pointed out that it collects unnecessary data from its users' smartphones, with the Android version being more invasive the one on iOS.

The other side: Some experts say it's much ado about nothing and many other free apps collect this type of information, according to TechCrunch.

Why it matters: This illustrates how little most consumers know about their privacy when it comes to the apps they download and use. While some of this increasing data collection is the result of companies looking for ways to make a business from free apps and services, consumers should still be vigilant in an increasingly risky online environment.

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Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.