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Ben & Jerry’s Clickbaited by Organic Consumers Association

For years, the the activist group, the Organic Consumer Association has been trying to force Ben & Jerry’s to transition to using organic milk. Last week, the organization accused B&J of actually using GMOs in its food, an allegation it denies. The NY Times ran with the story without delving further.

Facebook’s Menlo Park Facelift Will Help Community, Too

Facebook is leading the way in a new initiative to address the lack of affordable housing in Silicon Valley. When it’s done, the tech giant expects to have more than 1,500 new housing units: It will have a community that hopefully will help connect the city and incentivize regional and state governments to upgrade the region’s transportation network.

Tiny Houses: A Salve for Tomorrow’s Housing Shortages?

Tiny is catching on these days. From do-it-yourself rolling palaces that amount to the size of a conventional living room to modest structures for low-income families, the concept of tiny houses is making more sense than ever for cities faced with housing shortages. But are residents and cities cut out for going teeny?

Over 250 CEOs Pledge More Inclusion in the Workplace

Over 250 CEOs have signed their names to the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge, which aims to make the workplace across more sectors far more welcoming to all employees, regardless of their backgrounds.

Widespread Sexual Harassment Allegations — Time for the Tech Industry to Shape Up

The tech industry lives and dies by innovation and disruption, and it’s about time we applied the same philosophy to the culture as we do to the product. Addressing sexual harassment is the obvious part — it’s illegal. Here’s the greater challenge: This industry that literally drives us into the future needs to move away from a culture that looks and acts so much like the past.

San Diego Struggles with Styrofoam: Recycle or Ban?

Despite a study concluding that the city could lose $90,000 a year from foam container recycling, San Diego’s city council has given the green light to include Styrofoam in its municipal recycling program instead of outright banning the material.

Facebook’s Sysphean Quest for a Fair Hate Speech Policy

How should social media companies like Facebook handle hate speech on their sites? According to the nonprofit journalism site ProPublica the criteria Facebook uses is amazingly complex. It’s also fallible, say critics, and unwittingly gives support to the kinds of comments it strives to police.

Reebok Mocks Trump Over Comments to French First Lady

Reebok’s response to Donald Trump’s comments about Brigitte Macron’s physique was one of the best-timed tweets in years. We expect more companies to risk taking a political stand as the president’s popularity continues to decline.

Airbnb Host Fined $5K, Sent Back to College After Racist Incident

California’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment has fined a former Airbnb host $5,000 after she canceled a reservation largely due to the renter’s race. The former host also issued an apology to Dyne Suh and must take a college-level Asian-American studies course.