Former Google employee files lawsuit alleging the company fired him over pro-diversity posts

A former Google engineer is suing the company for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, according to court documents filed today. Tim Chevalier, a software developer and former site-reliability engineer at Google, claims that Google fired him when he responded with internal posts and memes to racist and sexist encounters within the company and the general response to the now-infamous James Damore memo. News of Chevalier’s lawsuit was reported earlier today by Gizmodo. Chevalier said in a statement to The Verge, “It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to…

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Disney loses bid to stop Redbox from selling its digital download codes

Last December Disney filed a lawsuit against Redbox in an effort to get the company to stop selling digital download codes for Disney films. But as The Hollywood Reporter notes, a California federal judge has rejected the studio’s request for an injunction that would have halted the practice. Instead, the judge called into question Disney’s stringent policies about the codes, accusing the studio of “copyright misuse.” The case results from Redbox’s lack of an existing business arrangement with Disney. The rental service has distribution deals in place with major studios…

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Sheets of scars and giant lip plates: behind the scenes with Black Panther’s makeup designer

Fans of genre film have probably seen Joel Harlow’s work, even if they didn’t realize it at the time. The longtime makeup designer and MorphologyFX founder got his start on horror films in the 1980s, including two of the Toxic Avenger films, and went on to multiple Oscar nominations (for The Lone Ranger and Star Trek Beyond) and one win (for 2009’s Star Trek). He’s worked with Johnny Depp on films from the Pirates of the Caribbean series to Alice In Wonderland to Tusk, and on superhero movies from 2000’s…

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Bill Gates to guest star on The Big Bang Theory next month

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will appear as himself on The Big Bang Theory next month. The episode, which CNN reports will air in late March, will see Penny (Kaley Cuoco) hosting Gates at work, with her friends trying to do everything to meet him. The show is full of tech-obsessed characters, who will no doubt be excited to see superhero Bill Gates appear. It’s not clear if Gates’ appearance will be brief, or a star role throughout the episode, but the show is bound to reference Gates’ work at Microsoft…

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Porsche is getting out of the diesel business before building more plug-ins

Porsche hasn’t shied away from making a big push for electrification in its future lineup, even significantly boosting its investment in the full EVs and plug-in hybrids. But one type of propulsion may be running on borrowed time at the German automaker. Porsche has stopped production of cars with diesel engines, according to Autocar. The UK-based automotive publication reported Tuesday all models equipped with diesel engines have been dropped following an emissions compliance issue for European markets. Instead of modifying the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine in the Macan SUV, the…

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