Sunday, June 7, 2020

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

Elon Musk: It's 'Time to Break Up Amazon'

Elon Musk: It's 'Time to Break Up Amazon'

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter recently to state that it is "time to break up Amazon" escalating an ongoing rivalry between Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Twitter Says It Won't Censor All Misinformation, Only Tweets with 'the Highest Potential Harm'

Twitter Says It Won't Censor All Misinformation, Only Tweets with 'the Highest Potential Harm'

Social media giant Twitter recently claimed that it's not attempting to take down all misinformation on the platform, only that with "the highest potential for harm." Breitbart News has documented numerous examples of misinformation that did not receive a "fact check" by Twitter, as well as for threats of violence that remained on the platform for extended periods.

Facebook Employees Speak Out: Mark Zuckerberg Should Censor Trump

Facebook Employees Speak Out: Mark Zuckerberg Should Censor Trump

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is facing criticism from employees for failing to censor comments made on the platform by President Donald Trump. Ryan Freitas, a director of product design for the Facebook News Feed, says: "Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind.

Tim Cook: Apple Employees Feel Afraid in Their 'Own Skin'

Tim Cook: Apple Employees Feel Afraid in Their 'Own Skin'

On Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a memo to employees addressing the recent killing of George Floyd which has sparked protests across the United States. According to Cook's letter, Apple employees have told himthey "feel afraid — afraid in your communities, afraid in your daily lives, and, most cruelly of all, afraid in your own skin.

Tesla Gives Elon Musk a $775 Million Payday

Tesla Gives Elon Musk a $775 Million Payday

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has cashed in the first portion of an incentive-based stock options payout for keeping the company's market capitalization at $100 billion along with hitting revenue milestones.

Twitter Finally 'Fact Checks' Chinese Government Account's Coronavirus Misinformation

Twitter Finally 'Fact Checks' Chinese Government Account's Coronavirus Misinformation

Just one day after Breitbart News reported that Twitter had failed to "fact check" Chinese accounts promoting conspiracy theories about the Wuhan coronavirus, Twitter has applied a "fact check" label to two posts byChina Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian that were included in Breitbart's report on the platform's failure to hold the communist nation to account for its misinformation on the Chinese virus.

Flashback: Jack Dorsey Told Congress Twitter 'Failed Our Intended Impartiality'

Flashback: Jack Dorsey Told Congress Twitter 'Failed Our Intended Impartiality'

In 2018, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appeared before Congress where he made a number of claims, such as stating that Twitter is a "public square" and that the platform had unfairly filtered 600,000 accounts from search results, something Dorsey described as a failure of the company's "intended impartiality.

Arizona AG Sues Google, Claims Illegal Collection of Phones' Location Data

Arizona AG Sues Google, Claims Illegal Collection of Phones' Location Data

Arizona's attorney general has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Google accusing the firm of illegally collecting smartphone users' location data. According to Attorney General Mark Brnovich, "It's nearly impossible to stop Google from tracking your movements without your knowledge or consent.

Flashback: How Twitter Began Labeling 'Misinformation'

Flashback: How Twitter Began Labeling 'Misinformation'

Twitter recently added a "fact check" to President Trump's tweets relating to his concerns about mail-in voting fraud. Here is how Twitter made the decision to suddenly start fact-checking public figures on its platform.

Twitter Fact Checks President Trump - But Not Communist China

Twitter Fact Checks President Trump - But Not Communist China

RecentlyTwitteraddeda “fact check” label to President Donald Trump’s tweets about the concerns surrounding mail-in voting fraud, but the social media site has failed to apply those same fact-checking measures to verified Chinese government accounts that spread coronavirus misinformation on the platform.

Coronavirus Vampires: Teens Stay Up All Night, Sleep All Day During Lockdown

Coronavirus Vampires: Teens Stay Up All Night, Sleep All Day During Lockdown

According to a recent report from theWall Street Journal, teens across the United States are becoming almost nocturnal during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Teenagers have adopted "vampire schedules" of staying up all night gaming and watching videos, then sleeping well into the day as they aren't required to attend school in the morning.

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Employees That Move Out of Silicon Valley May Face Pay Cuts

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Employees That Move Out of Silicon Valley May Face Pay Cuts

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated during a recent livestream that employees considering leaving Silicon Valley for areas with cheaper cost-of-living could be subject to pay cuts. Many Facebook employees are working from home during the Chinese virus pandemic and questioning the need to live in the extremely costly San Francisco Bay area.

Google Temporarily Suspends Popular Podcast App for Cataloging Chinese Content

Google Temporarily Suspends Popular Podcast App for Cataloging Chinese Content

Tech giant Google temporarily suspended a popular podcast app from the Google Play Store over the weekend for cataloging Chinese virus-related content. The app didn't seek out or highlight podcasts on the Wuhan coronavirus, but merely offered all public podcasts like any other podcast app.

Twitch Appoints ADL-Linked 'Trans Deer-Girl' to Safety Advisory Council

Twitch Appoints ADL-Linked 'Trans Deer-Girl' to Safety Advisory Council

Amazon-owned live-streaming site Twitch has reportedly appointed a transgender "deer-girl" with links to the ADL to its "Safety Advisory Council." The streamer, known as "FerociouslySteph" on the site, argues that voice chat in video games is a tool of oppression and that "a lot of you gamers are actually white supremacists.

Amazon Refuses to Commit Jeff Bezos to Congressional Hearing

Amazon Refuses to Commit Jeff Bezos to Congressional Hearing

E-commerce giant Amazon reportedly refuses to make company CEO Jeff Bezos available for testimony in Congress, instead stating that it would“make the appropriate executive available” in response to requests from the House Judiciary Committee.

Chipmaker TSMC Halts Huawei Orders Following U.S. Restrictions

Chipmaker TSMC Halts Huawei Orders Following U.S. Restrictions

TheTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has reportedly halted new orders from Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies following the Trump administration's move to further limit chip supplies to the Chinese company.

Apple Reopens 25 More Stores in the United States

Apple Reopens 25 More Stores in the United States

Tech giant Apple is reportedly planning to reopen 25 more stores in the United States after initially opening five stores as a test. Apple will now have 100 stores open worldwide, after closing all Apple stores outside of China in response to the Wuhan coronavirus.

Amazon Will Roll Back Warehouse Pay Increases in June

Amazon Will Roll Back Warehouse Pay Increases in June

E-commerce giant Amazon will reportedly stop paying its warehouse workers an extra $2 per hour at the end of this month. One Amazon employee called the move "disgraceful," claiming, "It just shows how very little regard Amazon has for its overworked employees.

Elon Musk's Tesla Ramps Up Production in China

Elon Musk's Tesla Ramps Up Production in China

Elon Musk'sTesla has reportedly expanded production at its Shanghai, China, plant. The company added production lines for theLong Range Model 3 car to the recently reopened factory.

Elon Musk Tells Joe Rogan: Lockdowns Are 'Unconstitutional'

Elon Musk Tells Joe Rogan: Lockdowns Are 'Unconstitutional'

During a recent interview on the Joe Rogan Experience, Tesla CEO Elon Musk called recent Wuhan coronavirus shelter-in-place orders "unconstitutional" just days after reports appeared implying that Tesla's Fremont plant may begin production again soon in violation of lockdown orders.

Walmart Rolls Out 2-Hour Grocery Delivery Service

Walmart Rolls Out 2-Hour Grocery Delivery Service

Retail giant Walmart is reportedly testing a new 'express' grocery delivery service promising two-hour deliveries as record usage of third-party delivery services during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has led to delayed orders, fewer open delivery windows, and more stress for customers not willing to visit brick and mortar shops.

Coronavirus: Uber Lays Off 14 Percent of Workforce

Coronavirus: Uber Lays Off 14 Percent of Workforce

Ride-sharing giant Uber has announced that it will be laying off 3,700 employees, or around 14 percent of its workforce, due to the drop in its business suffered during the Chinese virus pandemic.

Airbnb Cuts 25% of Workforce Due to Declining Revenue

Airbnb Cuts 25% of Workforce Due to Declining Revenue

Silicon valley rental giant Airbnb has reportedly cut 1,900 jobs, or around 25 percent of its global workforce, due to a decline in revenue the company has suffered during the Chinese virus pandemic.

Report: Adult Cam Site Suffers Massive Security Breach

Report: Adult Cam Site Suffers Massive Security Breach

According to a recent report, adult cam website Cam4.com left almost seven terabytes of private data exposed on the internet. The massive leak contained nearly 11 billion records including payment history, email and conversation logs, and IP addresses.

New York Times: We Should 'Fear' Big Tech's Consolidating Power

New York Times: We Should 'Fear' Big Tech's Consolidating Power

In a recent op-ed for theNew York Times, Recode founderKara Swisher outlines how the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe will use the Chinese virus pandemic to further consolidate their power, a development we should all "fear.

Elon Musk Slams 'Fascist' Lockdowns During Tesla Investor Call

Elon Musk Slams 'Fascist' Lockdowns During Tesla Investor Call

Tesla CEO Elon Musk referred to government lockdowns as "fascist" during what has been described as an "expletive-laced rant" on Tesla's quarterly earnings call. Musk alsopraised China for having "much better" infrastructure than the United States.

Elon Musk: 'FREE AMERICA NOW'

Elon Musk: 'FREE AMERICA NOW'

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted recently calling on states to "reopen" America in order to revitalize the economy. In one post, Musk simply stated: "FREE AMERICA NOW.

Report: Amazon Sourced Thermal Cameras from Blacklisted Chinese Company

Report: Amazon Sourced Thermal Cameras from Blacklisted Chinese Company

E-commerce giant Amazon reportedly purchased thermal cameras to monitor workers' temperatures during the Chinese virus pandemic from a Chinese firm blacklisted by the United States over allegations that it helped China detain and monitor Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

DHS Report: Zoom Could be Vulnerable to Foreign Spying

DHS Report: Zoom Could be Vulnerable to Foreign Spying

A recent joint report from the Department of HomelandSecurity’s Cyber Mission and Counterintelligence Mission centers alleged that video-conferencing app Zoom could be vulnerable to foreign surveillance.

Bill Gates Praises China's Response to Coronavirus

Bill Gates Praises China's Response to Coronavirus

Billionaire Bill Gates has stated that his foundation, the world's wealthiest charity, will be giving its "total attention" to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Gates also defended China's handling of the Wuhan coronavirus, calling discussion of the communist government's misdeeds a "distraction.

Facebook Removes 'Pseudoscience' Ad Category

Facebook Removes 'Pseudoscience' Ad Category

Social media giant Facebook has claimed for months it was fighting against Chinese virus "misinformation," but only this week removed its "pseudoscience" ad-targeting category.

Jeff Bezos Is Again Calling the Shots at Amazon

Jeff Bezos Is Again Calling the Shots at Amazon

In a recent report, theNew York Times outlines how Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has become increasingly involved in the company's response to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic despite previously distancing himself from day-to-day operations.

Zoom Reaches 300 Million Users Despite Security Flaws

Zoom Reaches 300 Million Users Despite Security Flaws

Video conferencing service Zoom has reportedly reached 300 million users despite its growing number of security and privacy issues. The company's userbase has surged 50% in just the last month based on the economy and education system relying on the service.