Tech companies have an obligation to join the fight against poverty, says Tipping Point CEO Daniel Lurie

The homeless situation in major U.S. cities is unacceptable, he says — and it is

Tech companies bear responsibility for addressing homelessness, especially in wealthy regions such as San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles, said Tipping Point Community CEO and founder Daniel Lurie.

“What we’re seeing around the homeless situation here in San Francisco is unacceptable. We have 7,000 people that are homeless every night here in this city,” said Lurie, whose nonprofit organization pledged $ 100 million last May to reduce homelessness in that city over the next five years. “We can no longer just rely on government. We actually need the leadership of the Googles and the Amazons and the Apples.”

Lurie’s comments were part of “Revolution,” an ongoing televised town hall series examining tech’s impact on the future of work. The first episode with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was taped recently in San Francisco.

But not everyone made it into the final show that was aired on Sunday with Recode partner MSNBC, so watch Lurie’s comments below:

And watch the entire episode of “Revolution” here:

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Apple Strikes Deal with WeChat to Enable Tipping Feature

Chinese iPhone owners are now able to send money through instant messaging service WeChat as part of a new agreement between Apple and the app’s developer.  

According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant has just signed a deal with Tencent, which owns WeChat. The companies are said to be on a “mutual understanding” after a bitter battle over App Store rules.

Last year, Apple banned the app’s financial tipping feature on the grounds that it apparently violated the terms of the App Store. However, the company has since changed its position on the situation. The tipping feature is popular among users of the app because it gives them an easy way to make payments to content creators and their peers.

The deal will also see the company improve the feature so that individuals can send money to each other through WeChat. Other firms are likely to benefit from these changes, too.

Alan Zhang, an executive at Tencent, confirmed Apple’s change of heart on Monday. He said: “In the past, companies like Apple might have had a difficult time understanding China-specific features.

He explained that the two companies are now on good terms. “We now all share a mutual understanding and we’ll soon bring back the ‘tip’ function,” added Zhang.

But Apple has become tough with third-party payment apps in recent years. It’s previously argued that they clash with a payment mechanism in the App Store.  

However, the company has since amended this policy to allow tip-based functionalities. In-app purchases work in a similar way and have been popular among iOS developers for years.

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Apple and Tencent strike deal to let WeChat users resume tipping

Apple and Tencent have reached an agreement to allow tip-style gifts to again be sent through WeChat, a messaging application that boasts nearly 1 billion users. While the specific date for reintroduction of tipping was not given, the “feature with Chinese characteristics” has been the subject of discussions between the companies for months.

Tencent previously allowed WeChat users on iOS to send gifts to WeChat public account holders, a Chinese way of rewarding stars and video content producers directly for entertaining people. In April 2017, Apple attempted to treat the tips as in-app purchases, subject to the company’s standard 30 percent cut of the transaction amount. Tencent responded by disabling the feature, claiming that it passed the gifts directly to the recipient, and was providing the service for free.

At a WeChat developers conference in Guangzhou, WeChat creator Allen Zhang said that the platform will be tweaked to pay the tip directly to recipients without WeChat serving as an intermediary, suggesting that Apple has been removed from the tipping loop. Further details have not been disclosed; we have reached out to both companies and will update this article if we hear back.

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Periscope’s stream tipping is available outside the US

Periscope's livestream tipping system is no longer a US-only affair — the Twitter-owned service has expanded its Super Broadcaster program to Canada, Ireland and the UK. As before, livestreamers who've received enough Super Hearts (which viewers pa…
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Periscope expands virtual tipping via Super Hearts beyond the U.S.

 Twitter’s big push to draw in more live video stars to its Periscope streaming service is now expanding beyond the U.S. The company announced today the Periscope Super Broadcaster program, which allows video stars to earn revenue from their streams through a virtual tipping mechanism, is now available in Canada, Ireland, and the U.K. Other countries will be added to the program soon,… Read More
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