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Taming big tech

More claims of discriminatory lending at Apple and Goldman Sachs. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak adds his voice to those who have noticed gender-based credit discrimination with the Apple Card. Yesterday, a Wall Street regulator said they would open a probe into the potential legal violation.

Wall Street regulators will investigate whether Apple’s credit card is sexist

Reason 1 million why VCs need to diversify their pipeline and fund startups led by women and people of color. Biases in the data used to train AI is deeply concerning and it’s happening because 98% of funding goes to white men. Want to diversify your pipeline, happy to provide you recommendations.

Human, all too human? Did I hear the Nietszcheans opine? The bigger question is why did GS get into this low-margin retail finance in the first place?

What all this says is that we need algorithms to be treated as machine employees. We don’t condone discrimination in employees because they grew up learning how to discriminate, no matter what their prior experience. We don’t defend their behavior because they are only reflecting what the data says

What all this says is that we need algorithms to be treated as machine employees. We don’t condone discrimination in employees because they grew up learning how to discriminate, no matter what their prior experience. We don’t defend their behavior because they are only reflecting what the data says. We don’t let them off the hook for explaining themselves because we don’t understand how their brain works. We certainly shouldn’t leave front line people to explain things to customers that leaders don’t understand themselves.

Hong Kong: tensions spiral

Working it

Singles' Day spending

China's shopping holiday is serious business. November 11 is Singles' Day in China—11/11, get it?— and e-commerce giant Alibaba's discounts and promotions brought in nearly $9 billion in sales in just the first 20 minutes of operations.

China’s Singles’ Day brought in nearly $9 billion in sales in the first 20 minutes

All told, despite narratives about slowing growth and “shopping fatigue”, the desire to get a deal is strong.

Expect to see more pragmatic purchases this year as consumers seek to get household necessities for a steal... think: cleaning supplies, dog food, toilet paper in bulk.

From battlegrounds to parks

Women at work

Viral visiting card

An Indian domestic worker goes viral. A housemaid in the western Indian city of Pune went viral overnight because of her visiting card. Her story is representative of millions of women in the country whose lives are defined by informality at every stage of the employment process.

You’ve probably seen Geeta Kale’s visiting card. Now, here’s the domestic help’s real story

I still have to do a little bit of a double-take to remind myself why this visiting card went viral. Domestic help is and always has been a vital case study for the informal economy in India. It's fascinating how the story of housemaid with a visiting card posed so many questions about the ad-hoc and

I still have to do a little bit of a double-take to remind myself why this visiting card went viral. Domestic help is and always has been a vital case study for the informal economy in India. It's fascinating how the story of housemaid with a visiting card posed so many questions about the ad-hoc and informal processes that dictate work for so many women in India.

A whole lot of interest in Geeta Kale also stems from elitists like us who are surprised at a person of her socioeconomic status using business cards. After all, however simple and inexpensive it may be, the visiting card still symbolises a world that, to our minds, is closed to informal workers like her.

Climate disaster, in 📸

Pop Quiz: Streaming TV edition

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