“I am really looking forward to going back to work,” said Moira Mona, a 29-year-old sex worker who will perform at an S&M club this week. “The extra income is going to be welcome, so in that sense I am hoping for a busy day... although I don’t expect it to be as busy as before the corona crisis.” … [Read more...] about Amsterdam’s “Red Light” district: Kissing off menu as lockdown ends for Dutch sex workers
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Netflix’s reliance on what you’ve already seen on the platform and other data may inhibit bigger swings that could help to elevate a broader swath of Black stories in places where it’s currently lacking such as animation or horror. Again, it’s not all on Netflix’s shoulders—but theirs are indeed the broadest and sturdiest to support and find an audience for more boundary-pushing content. … [Read more...] about How Netflix could dominate the Black TV renaissance
Another goal in redesigning the app was purely technical: to strip down the app so that it would only take up five megabytes of space (compared to the 40 megabytes of the U.S. app). That meant cutting out any unnecessary elements of the code—a process that Andhare jokingly calls going to the “Uber Lite gym,” where the engineers would negotiate over every kilobyte they needed. Instead of making a connection with the network every time a user does something in the Uber app, the engineers found a way to package many actions together, bundling them so that they could make fewer calls to the network. The decision, Andhare says, led to the app being 1/20th less network-heavy. … [Read more...] about How Uber quietly redesigned its interface for the rest of the world
Swedish music streaming firm Spotify Technology SA said on June 16 that Juneteenth, or June 19, will be a paid holiday for its US staff. The date commemorates the June 19, 1865 reading in Texas of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Declaration, which brought an end to slavery in the United States. … [Read more...] about What changes are companies making in response to George Floyd protests?
As India-China border conflict escalates, blood of the soldiers turns the landscape red and the martyrs return home in a coffin draped with the Indian flag, the mind veers off to another war. A war fought 58 years ago. The ill-fated war of 1962. A theatre of war wherein the enemy was wily and the Indian soldiers heroic. While the soldiers braved the guns, poets wrote anthems of resistance and filmmakers drafted stories of courage on their writing desks. And even when the war was over, the battle and blood were not forgotten. The 1962 war was commemorated in words, films and songs. … [Read more...] about Lest we forget: Movies and music that keep the memories of 1962 India-China war heroes alive