Jim Goetz to step down as a "steward" of Sequoia, to be succeeded by Roelof Botha; Botha and Alfred Lin will lead US venture team (Dan Primack/Axios)

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Jim Goetz to step down as a “steward” of Sequoia, to be succeeded by Roelof Botha; Botha and Alfred Lin will lead US venture team  —  Sequoia Capital on Tuesday told investors that partner Jim Goetz will be stepping back as the firm’s “steward” and head of U.S. venture capital …

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Law students barred from using MacBook’s Touch Bar at bar exams

If you’ve been struggling to find any practical uses for the Touch Bar on your new MacBook Pro, your options might be even more limited if you happen to be a law student getting ready for the upcoming state bar exams in the US. Assessment software firm ExamSoft notifies numerous states across the country will be asking students with the new MacBook to disable the Touch Bar – or leave their device at home altogether – in case they want to rely on their laptops during the bar exam. The reason for the ban has to do with the predictive text feature built…

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10 smart locks that let you ditch your house keys forever

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House keys are relics of the past and right now, we’re living in the future. There’s simply no reason to keep fumbling with house keys that you have to dig out of your bag or your pocket every time you get home. It’s annoying and it’s completely unnecessary. Instead, there are a wide variety of smart lock solutions out there that fit any door, and they complete remove the need to use your keys. There are more conventional options like the Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Deadbolt that let you enter your home by keying in a PIN code, and there are Bluetooth connected models like the Kwikset Kevo that let you unlock the door with your phone. There’s even the August Smart Lock, which can be configured to automatically unlock your door as you approach it, so you don’t even need to touch your phone.

We’ve rounded up 10 great smart locks for you to check out, and they’re all listed below.

August Smart Lock – Latest Generation (Silver): $228.89

Kwikset Kevo (2nd Gen) Touch-to-Open Bluetooth Smart Lock in Satin Nickel: $229.00

Schlage Connect BE469NX CAM 619 Touchscreen Deadbolt with alarm & Camelot Trim, Satin Nickel: $198.99

Samsung Ezon SHS-3321 Keyless Smart Universial Deadbolt Digital Door Lock, Black: $184.99

Kwikset Premis Touchscreen Smart Lock in Satin Nickel: $229.00

Samsung Digital Door Lock SHS-1321 security EZON keyless: $124.99

Yale Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt in Oil Rubbed Bronze (Standalone) (YRD246): $150.00

Yale Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave in Satin Nickel (YRD246): $192.99

Yale Assure Lock Touchscreen Deadbolt in Satin Nickel (Standalone) (YRD226): $175.00

Yale Real Living Keyless Push Button Deadbolt in Satin Nickel (Standalone) (YRD210-NR-619): $118.95

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Google launches API for its mobile-friendly test tool

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Google’s big push to promote and reward mobile-friendly websites continues today with the news that it’s opening up its mobile-friendly test tool to developers via an application programming interface (API).

Google first launched the tool back in 2014, as an easy way to help businesses, bloggers, and developers figure out whether their website fitted Google’s “mobile friendly” criteria — these include whether the site avoids software such as Flash, uses text that can be easily read on a small screen, and has content that adapts to suit a screen without requiring the user to “scroll” horizontally or zoom. With the mobile-friendly test tool, all you need to do is plug your web address into the search box, and Google then tells you if it passes.

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The testing tool is a useful way to manually check whether a specific URL played nice with mobile phones, but by introducing an API, Google is enabling webmasters and developers to integrate the tool with automated software. So, for example, this could be used to automatically track specific pages on a website to avert accidental changes that make a page not-so-suitable for small screens

“The API method runs all tests, and returns the same information – including a list of the blocked URLs – as the manual test,” explained Google’s webmaster trends analyst John Mueller, in a blog post. “The documentation includes simple samples to help get you started quickly.”

The API launch fits in with the broader push made by Google to treat websites more favorably if they’ve been built with mobile users in mind. Last year, the search giant revealed it would begin ranking ‘mobile-friendly’ sites even higher in search results, though it had been labeling sites as mobile-friendly for some time already. And back in November, Google announced it would “eventually” switch to using the mobile versions of websites, rather than desktop versions, in search result rankings.

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Twitter chief promises “completely new approach” to crackdown on abuse

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For years now, Twitter has been peppered by criticism for its failure to combat or—some would argue—even fully acknowledge the scale of the racism, sexism, and homophobia on its micro-blogging service. On Monday, the struggling company’s vice-president of engineering, Ed Ho, said that “long overdue” changes to Twitter would be coming that will supposedly help to tackle harassment, with progress promised “in days and hours, not weeks and months.”

Feminists, minority groups, and activists have complained for years that they aren’t afforded due tools and protection from hate speech being spewed on the site, and it’s not unknown for prominent figures to be temporarily or permanently hounded from Twitter by hordes of trolls acting during, for example, the GamerGate controversy, or more recently in support of Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency.

After several half-hearted and unsuccessful attempts to allow victims of online abuse to report hate speech, and seemingly with no end in sight to what appears to be a growing problem with neonazi abuse, Twitter says it is finally throwing its weight behind the problem.

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