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Apple pledges $100 million to improve racial equality

Apple announced a $100 million "Racial Equity and Justice Initiative" today that will see it support various initiatives at historically Black colleges and universities.

The funding includes $25 million for the Propel Center, a new learning space in Atlanta where students at local HBCUs will all be able to register for classes. "Experts from Apple will help develop curricula," according to the company's release. It's also funding a series of grants for engineering programs at HBCUs, including 100 new scholarships for students from underrepresented communities.

Apple is also launching a Developer Academy — a kind of yearlong coding bootcamp it's offered elsewhere in the world — in Detroit. It's further pledging $10 million to invest in founders from diverse backgrounds with New York's Harlem Capital over the next 20 years.

Apple has previously invested hundreds of millions of dollars in developers in China and about $1 billion into U.S.-based manufacturers. Today's investment equates to roughly 0.78% of Apple's fourth-quarter profits. The company's leadership is predominantly white, leading some to suggest Apple invest as heavily in its own offices as well as elsewhere.

Twitter’s future is newsletters and podcasts, not tweets

With Revue and a slew of other new products, Twitter is trying hard to move past texting.

We started with 140 characters. What now?

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Twitter was once a home for 140-character missives about your lunch. Now, it's something like the real-time nerve center of the internet. But as for what Twitter wants to be going forward? It's slightly more complicated.

In just the last few months, Twitter has rolled out Fleets, a Stories-like feature; started testing an audio-only experience called Spaces; and acquired the podcast app Breaker and the video chat app Squad. And on Tuesday, Twitter announced it was acquiring Revue, a newsletter platform. The whole 140-characters thing (which is now 280 characters, by the way) is certainly not Twitter's organizing principle anymore. So what is?

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David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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Tesla vs. Mustang: The future of Ford is here

The new electric Mustang is a delight to drive, but highlights the heavy investment in electrification that's needed to bring EVs into the mainstream.

Charging the Mustang at a slow charger. At least the view is good.

Photo: Mike Murphy

No one's ever had to worry if the gas pump they're standing at will fit into their car's fuel tank.

Standing outside a Dunkin' Donuts somewhere in New Haven, Connecticut, I'm confronted by the fact that I do not know the difference between a CHAdeMO and a CCS electric charger. I don't want to spend an hour waiting for this to charge. It's cold and I just want to go home.

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Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy ( @mcwm) is the director of special projects at Protocol, focusing on the industries being rapidly upended by technology and the companies disrupting incumbents. Previously, Mike was the technology editor at Quartz, where he frequently wrote on robotics, artificial intelligence, and consumer electronics.

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