Google Your Next Parking Spot

Driving around the block over and over to find a free parking spot wastes everything: time, gas, space on city streets, patience. It would be great if we could know when parking spaces were freed up so we could head right to an empty one.

That's the idea behind Google's new Open Spot app. When you're leaving a parking space in the city, you can use Open Spot to record its location on a map. Fellow Open Spot users looking for parking can then look up recently vacated spaces in their area. The freshest spots show up as red pins; older ones show up as orange or yellow pins. To encourage people to get in the spirit of pay-it-forward information sharing, Open Spot rewards frequent users with "karma points." For now, the app is available in the United States, Canada, and, oddly, the Netherlands, for phones that run Android 2.0 or higher.

via Barry Schapiro / Twitter

The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

Keep Reading

The Free the Nipple movement is trying to remove the stigma on women's breasts by making it culturally acceptable and legal for women to go topless in public. But it turns out, Free the Nipple might be fighting on the wrong front and should be focusing on freeing the nipple in a place you'd never expect. Your own home.

A woman in Utah is facing criminal charges for not wearing a shirt in her house, with prosecutors arguing that women's chests are culturally considered lewd.

Keep Reading

In August, the Recording Academy hired their first female CEO, Deborah Dugan. Ten days before the Grammys, Dugan was placed on administrative leave for misconduct allegations after a female employee said Dugan was "abusive" and created a "toxic and intolerable" work environment. However, Dugan says she was actually removed from her position for complaining to human resources about sexual harassment, pay disparities, and conflicts of interest in the award show's nomination process.

Just five days before the Grammys, Dugan filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and her claims are many. Dugan says she was paid less than former CEO Neil Portnow. In 2018, Portnow received criticism for saying women need to "step up" when only two female acts won Grammys. Portnow decided to not renew his contract shortly after. Dugan says she was also asked to hire Portnow as a consultant for $750,000 a year, which she refused to do.

Keep Reading