Welcome to Wednesday.

Social media is a vital tool in times of a natural disaster. Features like Facebook’s safety check option comes in handy for individuals in distress. Snapchat rolled out a hotspots map and Harvey Snapchat stories with over 300,000 posts showing the devastation in Texas. FEMA and a number of emergency agencies use open data and live updates from users to disperse aid in areas in dire need. As for the rest of the nation, we’re able to locate trustworthy platforms for donations and see first-hand accounts of the humanity by neighbors pitching in to help children, disabled individuals, and the elderly find shelter.

— Tyler

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Michael Jordan Funds Mercenary Dev Hub Gigster’s $20M Enterprise Pivot
Josh Constine | Tech Crunch
Redpoint is leading Gigster’s $20 million Series B joined by previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, and basketball legend Michael Jordan making one of his first tech investments. That brings the Gigster rocketship to $32.5 million in total funding just two years after launch.





Facebook Unveils Center to Teach Brazilian Coders, Entrepreneurs
The company’s regional Vice President Diego Dzodan told Reuters the space in mid-town São Paulo, known as Estação Hack, will bridge the gap in Brazil between a tech sector hungry for skilled talent and an eager but untrained generation with time on their hands.




Low Economic Mobility for Black Men, 150 Years After the Civil War
Richard V. Reeves and Edward Rodrigue | Brookings
Even for the latest cohort (with earnings observed in 1990), they find a yawning gap in upward economic mobility between black and white sons from similar backgrounds—somewhat smaller than existed in 1900 or 1930, but still huge.





How Mastercard’s “Data Philanthropy” Program Is Tackling The Global Financial Information Gap
Eillie Anzilotti | Fast Company
Through its Center for Inclusive Growth, an independent subsidiary of the company launched in 2013 to support financial inclusion in the developing world, Mastercard is experimenting with a new type of philanthropy: data donation​






Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Science Behind GMOs
Keith Hopkin | Mashable
There’s a lot of misinformation about the presence of GMOs in our food chain. In this segment of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks to documentary filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy who created Food Evolution and Plant Geneticist Pamela Ronald to understand some of the fact-based science around this controversial topic.






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