A plea for 'decency' in shaken Silicon Valley

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Image caption Justin Caldbeck said he was "so so sorry" over harassment claims

We may look back and see the events of this week, where multiple scandals at Uber saw Travis Kalanick removed as chief executive, as the beginning of a culture change across Silicon Valley as a whole.

On Friday, we saw signs of what shape such a shift may take.

In a post on the platform he runs, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman suggested the technology industry - and the complex spider's web of relationships within it - needs to agree on what he's called a Decency Pledge, a code of conduct most would consider to just be responsible, professional behaviour, but in the technology business apparently needs to be hammered home.

Mr Hoffman's post - which I'll go into more detail about in a moment - followed a damning report published on Thursday by The Information - a subscription-only tech news service.

It shared details alleging several instances of sexual harassment by a prominent venture capitalist, Justin Caldbeck, who by Friday afternoon had taken a leave of absence from Binary Capital, where he is/was a managing partner.

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Bowing to drivers, Uber finally adds tips

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In what could amount to a rare piece of good publicity, ride-sharing service Uber has added in-app tipping.

Drivers in Seattle, Houston and Minneapolis will get to enable the feature first - but the company said it would roll it out across the US by the end of next month.

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E3 2017: In Trump, indie developers find inspiration

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Image caption The Cat in the Hijab places you at the centre of racial and faith discrimination

Christopher Jarvis says his motivation to make a game that tackles fake news is reenergised each time he leaves his home in New York.

"I live in Trump Tower. This is how I reconcile it with myself," he jokes, before turning a little more serious.

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E3 2017: Mario caps Nintendo's triumphant comeback

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The return of Super Mario is set to be the crowning achievement in what’s already been a remarkable year of recovery for Nintendo.

The loyal (and I mean loyal) fans weren’t worried, but rewind a year and many people - myself included - were questioning Nintendo’s ability to compete realistically with Sony and Microsoft in the console market.

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E3: Xbox's vanishing virtual reality strategy

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When introducing Microsoft’s newest Xbox console in 2016, Phil Spencer didn’t mince his words.

Mr Spencer, head of Xbox, said the console, then codenamed Project Scorpio, “must deliver true 4K gaming and high-fidelity VR [virtual reality]”.

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Uber 'obtained rape victim's medical records'

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Image caption Shiv Kumar Yadav was sentenced to life in prison

An Uber executive obtained the medical records of a woman who said she was raped by a driver of the taxi-app firm in India, according to a report.

Eric Alexander, who ran Uber's business in Asia, is said to have shared the records with the company's chief executive, Travis Kalanick, over a year ago.

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Apple's HomePod: Superb sound, but how smart?

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We weren't allowed to film it, so I can't show it to you, but a quick off-camera demonstration of Apple's new HomePad speaker confirmed what the company promised on stage: it sounds terrific.

The company trotted out two "competing" devices, a Sonos Play 3 speaker ($299) and an Amazon Echo ($180), to receive something of an audio beating at the hands of the HomePod ($349). But this should be no means be considered an independent test. Apple controlled all aspects of it, including the settings on the competing devices.

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Android creator Andy Rubin launches Essential Phone

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Image caption The Essential Phone uses a dual-camera system to take pictures in low light

Andy Rubin, one of the creators of Google's Android software, has launched his own high-end smartphone.

Mr Rubin left Google in 2014 to create Playground, a technology investment company. Essential is one of the companies it funds - and the Essential Phone is its first product.

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The five big announcements from Google I/O

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If you follow tech news often, you’ll be more than aware of the promise offered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Often, though, it feels like a far-away goal. It will get there, but right now it’s primitive.

At Google’s annual developer conference, held this week near its Mountain View headquarters, the company showed off some of the best practical applications of AI and machine learning I’ve seen yet. They may not make your jaw drop - or, thankfully, put you out of a job - but it’s an incremental change that shows how Google is putting its immense computing power to work.

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Google owner Alphabet balloons connect flood-hit Peru

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Image caption Project Loon ballons are around the size of a tennis court

“Tens of thousands” of Peruvians have been getting online using Project Loon, the ambitious connectivity project from Google's parent company, Alphabet.

Project Loon uses tennis court-sized balloons carrying a small box of equipment to beam internet access to a wide area below.

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