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Tesla just registered a new electric car firm in China – Roadshow

As China plans to fully open its auto market to foreign ventures, Tesla ignites plans for its first non-US Gigafactory.
Source: CNET

‘Welcome to the Jungle’ raises another $8.4 million

French startup Welcome to the Jungle is raising a funding round of $8.4 million (€7 million) from XAnge, Bpifrance and Kima Ventures, as well as existing investors Jean-Paul Guisset and Michael Benabou.

Welcome to the Jungle is taking a different approach to job recruitment. The startup isn’t going to find employees for you. Instead, Welcome to the Jungle wants to give you the tools and exposure to get enough inbound applications.

The company started by profiling hundreds of tech companies in Paris. Instead of creating a giant Excel spreadsheet, Welcome to the Jungle works with a video crew, photographers and a writing staff to produce high quality content about your company. Think about it as glossy paper articles with Condé Nast-like production budget.

All of this is pricy. Companies pay for these profiles and get their own page on Welcome to the Jungle’s website. In addition to that, Welcome to the Jungle also produces quarterly magazines for a hundred universities and a thick paper magazine once per year.

And it’s true that Welcome to the Jungle has covered a ton of companies in Paris. When you think about a company name, chances are you can find a profile on Welcome to the Jungle.

Overall, a thousand companies partnered with Welcome to the Jungle. The website now attracts 600,000 unique visitors every month. For engineers, you can now filter depending on your skill set and your technical stack.

In addition to that, the startup has been slowly ramping up its software-as-a-service recruitment platform called Welcome Kit. Imagine somebody reads about your company in Welcome to the Jungle’s magazine and then ends up on a poorly designed job page.

Welcome Kit replaces the “Jobs” link in your website’s footer. The platform lets you list positions, create application forms and track candidates. Basic features are free and you can pay for additional features and branding options.

With today’s funding round, it’s time to look further. The company now wants to expand to another country, which could be Spain. It’s going to be a slow expansion as Welcome to the Jungle needs to put together a local team in each country to create content.


Source: TechCrunch

Master and Dynamic MW50 Plus Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

With the new MW50 Plus you can swap between small and large ear pads depending on your mood.
Source: CNET

Amazon adopts new policy to promote board diversity – CNET

The internet retailer is adopting an NFL-like “Rooney rule.”
Source: CNET

Watch Marvel's Doctor Strange freak out at a water park – CNET

Water you laughing at? Avengers fans really need this hilarious seven-second mashup after the devastation of Infinity War.
Source: CNET

Deadpool 2 kills all expectations, if you ignore the first half – CNET

Spoiler-free review: Deadpool 2 takes too long to get to its best meta jokes and gleeful violence, but once it does, it proves to be a worthy sequel.
Source: CNET

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

The completely analog camera is the third Fujifilm product to use its 1:1 ratio instant film.
Source: CNET

How to use YouTube's Take a Break feature – CNET

As frustrating as it may be, you’ll need a break eventually… right?
Source: CNET

Seattle passes new tax on large companies despite howls of protest from Amazon

Seattle’s city council voted unanimously to approve a new tax on the largest employers in the city, despite strong opposition by Amazon and other affected companies. The tax, on companies with more than $20 million in receipts, will amount to about $275 per employee and is intended for use in improving conditions for the city’s homeless.

The original proposal was nearly twice that, but was amended as a compromise measure after local businesses protested. Amazon was the most visible of them, making the dramatic public threat of suspending construction of one of its many skyscrapers in the city and repurposing another.

While the idea that a company would simply abandon a multi-million-dollar investment halfway isn’t really credible, changes to its scheduling, budget, and usage plan would certainly affect local contractors — which is why many of the latter showed up to oppose the tax on Amazon’s behalf. A heated confrontation occurred between opponents and proponents gathered in front of Amazon’s Spheres earlier this month.

The idea of laborers lobbying in favor of Amazon, which is frequently decried as an extremely labor-unfriendly company, seems odd, but in this case at least the train of thought is clear. It should also be mentioned that Amazon has worked to ease the plight of Seattle homeless with a planned shelter at the base of one of its buildings and other contributions.

Zillow and Expedia also voiced concerns, alongside many other local businesses, in an open letter. “We oppose this approach, because of the message it sends to every business: if you are investing in growth, if you create too many jobs in Seattle, you will be punished,” the letter reads in part.

Although opposition seems to have succeeded in reducing the tax burden, it did little to convince the council that the tax itself was unsound, as today’s vote indicates.

“This progressive revenue stream balances the needs of our small business community, while ensuring we have the funding we need to provide critical housing and health services,” said Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda in a statement accompanying the vote. GeekWire was at the meeting and has some other interesting quotes from both sides.

The modified tax should generate some $50 million, much of which will be dedicated to “deeply affordable” housing in the city to be made available to people below the poverty line, with some going to emergency shelters and other social services. Around $11 million of that will come from Amazon. This would significantly increase (in fact nearly double based on some estimates) existing spending along these lines.

The tax would last for five years, after which it would have to be reauthorized.

What Amazon will do after the city called its bluff isn’t clear; I’ve asked the company for comment and will update if I hear back.


Source: TechCrunch

Why Trump Suddenly Wants to Save Jobs in China

In a surprising reversal, the president says he wants to avert planned sanctions on telecommunications company ZTE.
Source: Wired

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