Apr 21, 2017

Teen Vogue's message for tech

"I think if you're advertising in GQ you should probably be also looking at a women's magazine as a viable partner and look at women as serious consumers of technology," Teen Vogue Digital Editorial Director Phillip Picardi said at a Thursday night event in Washington, D.C. where he joined colleague Marie Suter in accepting an award on behalf of the magazine.

Spending a little more time engaging with women could even help some of the recruitment efforts, Picardi suggested, speaking at the Center for Democracy and Technology's annual "Tech Prom." They have to "recognize that young women aren't going to show up for you until you show up for them."

Why it matters: Women make up just a third of Facebook's global workforce, 31 percent of the employees at Google and 32 percent at Apple.

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Trump and Zuckerberg share phone call amid social media furor

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In the week that President Trump took on social media, Axios has learned that he had a call Friday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that was described by both sides as productive.

Why it matters: With the White House and Twitter at war, Facebook has managed to keep diplomatic relations with the world's most powerful social-media devotee.

Twitter, Google lead chorus of brands backing George Floyd protests

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Twitter and Google are among the dozens of brands over the past 24 hours that have taken public stances in favor of Americans protesting racial equality. Some companies have changed their logos in solidarity with the movement, while others have pledged money in support of efforts to address social injustice.

Why it matters: The pressure that companies feel to speak out on issues has increased during the Trump era, as businesses have sought to fill a trust void left by the government. Now, some of the biggest companies are quickly taking a public stand on the protests, pressuring all other brands to do the same.

NYPD commissioner: "I'm extremely proud" of officers' response to protests

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in February. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a public statement Sunday that he is "extremely proud" of the New York City Police Department's response to protests over the death of George Floyd Saturday night, writing: "What we saw in New York City last night and the night before was not about peaceful protest of any kind."

Why it matters: New York City residents captured several instances of police officers using excessive force against demonstrators. In one video, two NYPD SUVs are seen ramming into protesters who were blocking a road and throwing traffic cones at the vehicles.