Sam Yagan, co-founder of OKCupid, responded to hypocrisy claims after it was revealed that he donated money to a Republican congressman with a consistent history of opposing same-sex marriage. His company was behind the boycott of the Mozilla software company and its Firefox web browser over a donation made by its newly-appointed CEO, Brendan Eich, to California's Proposition 8 campaign. Eich has since resigned from his post.
Yagan released a statement to The Huffington Post on Tuesday clarifying that he was not aware of Rep. Chris Cannon's (R-Utah) position on same-sex marriage and had made the donation for political reasons.
"A decade ago, I made a contribution to Representative Chris Cannon because he was the ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that oversaw the Internet and Intellectual Property, matters important to my business and our industry. I accept responsibility for not knowing where he stood on gay rights in particular; I unequivocally support marriage equality and I would not make that contribution again today." more >>
Faith Driven Consumer launched an #OpenZilla campaign in response to the recent resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich whose support for California's Proposition 8 in 2008 caused uproar. The #OpenZilla campaign seeks to ensure the software company expresses inclusiveness and respect toward its religious employees who may oppose same-sex marriage.
Faith Driven Consumer, a group that seeks to connect Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies, has requested the Silicon Valley-based software company provide clarification on its diversity policy to ensure employees will not be discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Recently, Eich resigned from his newly-appointed post as CEO of Mozilla, known for its Firefox web browser, after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to California's Proposition 8 in 2008.
The Christian-consumer group said the purpose of its #OpenZilla campaign is "to encourage a company famous for open source solutions and inclusiveness to extend openness, tolerance, and respect to those who hold a biblically-based view of marriage." more >>
After less than a month on the job, Brendan Eich has stepped down as CEO of Mozilla, the company he co-founded, amid a firestorm of criticism he's received for making a 2008 donation to support a California amendment that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.
In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8 that sought to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The bill passed with 52 percent of the vote in the California state assembly and was approved by voters, but the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013. more >>
Brendan Eich, the new CEO of Mozilla, which is behind the Firefox web browser, is speaking out amid criticism that he made a donation in 2008 to California's amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Eich said he keeps his personal beliefs and work separate.
Saying he has kept his beliefs out of Mozilla "all these 15 years we've been going," Eich told the Guardian on Tuesday that the principle that he has operated by and that is also formalized in the company's code of conduct "is it's really about keeping anything that's not central to our mission out of our office."
Following Eich's appointment last week, groups on both sides of the gay marriage debate have called for a boycott of Mozilla, based in Silicon Valley, Calif. The dating website OKCupid and some Mozilla employees have asked the software company to remove Eich over his donation to Proposition 8. Meanwhile, conservatives, including Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton University and chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, have refused to use the company's Firefox web browser, citing the tech corporation's criticism of those who support traditional marriage. more >>
A Washington, D.C.-based tech startup that rates politicians' social media performance has listed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recent biblical tweet as the second most popular tweet for the week ending March 23. Although Walker received criticism from an atheist organization for sharing the Bible verse from his official government Twitter account, the Republican governor has refused to delete the tweet.
The tech startup TrendPo, which uses algorithms to assess the media performance of politicians on a daily basis, announced that Walker's tweet was the second most popular tweet among politicians last week, behind a message tweeted by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
According to U.S. News & World Report, TrendPo's data found that Walker's controversial Bible verse tweet on March 16 caused his popularity on Twitter to grow substantially, earning him over 300 new followers on the social media platform. Walker's tweet has also been retweeted over 730 times and made a "favorite" over 700 times. more >>
The latest episode of A&E's hit show "Duck Dynasty" played on the largest TV in the world on Wednesday, as Texas Motor Speedway unveiled its new "Big Hoss TV." That same episode also reached the least amount of viewers the show has ever had, continuing a decline from last summer's high point.
"If you told me we were going to do this a couple years ago, I would've never believed it," Willie Robertson, "Duck Dynasty" star and CEO of Duck Commander, said in an interview shown on the screen. "I hope we look good."
The 12-story Big Hoss TV, built by Panasonic, measures 20,633 square feet (94.6 feet tall and 218 feet wide) and costs $40 million. It has been designed to stand against winds up to 130 miles per hour, and the strength of the LED bulbs were tested by having golf balls hit the screen, simulating hail. ANI News reported that the TV, larger than Boeing's biggest 767, is set to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest TV in the world. more >>