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What Happened?

It was a big week. You might have missed something.

Time for Change
At this week’s Crunchies, Techcrunch’s answer to the question, “Why doesn’t tech have dull, bloated award shows like every other industry?” there was a flicker of hope for anyone hoping to see someone other than a white male on the stage. When Slack won the award for fastest growing startup, it wasn’t CEO Stuart Butterfield who took the stage, but Megan Anctil, Erica Baker, Kiné Camara, and Duretti Hirpahas, four black female engineers at the company, who spoke about the importance of diversity.

In a serendipitous bit of timing, only a day later, Project Diane released data on the absolutely dismal number of black female founders who receive funding. Of the 10,238 venture deals from 2012 to 2014 only 24 of them went black females – that’s a dreadful .2%.

Execs Meet Dogfood
Twitter, as you’ve likely heard, has been having a pretty rough year. Maybe it would help if some of the executives actually used the platform.

Late to the Party
After blessing us with an absolutely insane Kimoji update last week, the emoji gods seem to be getting lazy. Skype’s new moving emoticons, or Mojis, were designed by Paul McCartney for some reason. And on Tuesday,
Versace debuted their own emoji app, which Digiday described as “so last season”.

That’s One Way to Monetize
Slack, the Crunchie-award winning creator of the hottest enterprise software of the last 10 years, is selling socks now.

Is This How the Dinosaurs Felt?
Do not be alarmed, but for the first time in recorded history, a man was killed by a falling meteorite in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

This Is Not Reassuring
The White House has terrible wifi.

Bezos Thinks of Everything
Meet clause 57.10 from Amazon Web Services Terms and Conditions, “However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.”

Now go forth (and look out for falling rocks).