Friday, October 18, 2019

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

Burned-Out Flash Memory Is Breaking Tesla Cars

Burned-Out Flash Memory Is Breaking Tesla Cars

According to recent reports, some Tesla cars are spontaneously "bricking," Silicon Valley slang for being left completely useless, due to embedded flash memory burning out. The problem leaves the cars unable to charge and has appeared in vehicles that are four years old.

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff: It's Time to Break Up Facebook

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff: It's Time to Break Up Facebook

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff has called for Facebook to be broken up in a recent interview with CNN. Benioff took specific issue with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), the law that shields Facebook and other social media platforms from legal liability.

Marco Rubio Warns Parents About Chinese-Owned TikTok App

Marco Rubio Warns Parents About Chinese-Owned TikTok App

Sen. Marco Rubio(R-FL) recently advised parents to check if their children are using the extremely popular social media app TikTok, warning that the app is Chinese-owned and sends the user data of their children back to the communist country.

Amazon Moves into the Business of Elections

Amazon Moves into the Business of Elections

Amazon is reportedly making an aggressive push into the business side of state and local elections. Since the 2016 election, more than 40 states are using one or more of Amazon's services for elections.

Apple Under Fire for Sending User Data to Chinese Company

Apple Under Fire for Sending User Data to Chinese Company

Tech giant Apple is once again under fire for its operations relating to China, this time due to sending user data to Chinese company Tencent as part of its fraudulent website warning feature in its Safari web browser.

Whistleblower: Google Partners with China on 'AI Manhattan Project'

Whistleblower: Google Partners with China on 'AI Manhattan Project'

Former Google employee and whistleblower Zachary Voorhees appeared on SiriusXM's Breitbart News Tonight with host Rebecca Mansour Friday to discuss Google's relationship with Communist China in DeepMind, which has been called the "AI Manhattan Project.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Blacklisting Hong Kong Protest Tracking App

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Blacklisting Hong Kong Protest Tracking App

Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended the company's decision to blacklist an app tracking Hong Kong protest and police activity. One Hong Kong legislative counselor commented, "We Hongkongers will definitely look closely at whether Apple chooses to uphold its commitment to free expression and other basic human rights, or become an accomplice for Chinese censorship and oppression.

Apple Removes Hong Kong Protest App - Again

Apple Removes Hong Kong Protest App - Again

Tech giant Apple has once again decided to remove the app used by Hong Kong protestors to track police activity from the iPhone app store following criticism from communist China.

China Accuses Apple of 'Guiding Hong Kong Thugs'

China Accuses Apple of 'Guiding Hong Kong Thugs'

China has criticized tech giant Apple for allowing an app that tracks Hong Kong police and protests on the iPhone app store. The Chinese Communist Party newspaper accused Apple of "guiding Hong Kong thugs" by making the app available.

Alabama Hospitals System Pays Scammers Behind Ransomware Attack

Alabama Hospitals System Pays Scammers Behind Ransomware Attack

The Alabama-based DCH Health System has reportedly paid off hackers that took three local hospitals computer systems hostage using ransomware. One cybersecurity expert called such payouts "the fuel that drive ransomware attacks.

Facebook's Definition of Privacy: Tracking Everything You Do

Facebook's Definition of Privacy: Tracking Everything You Do

Facebook's new private messaging app requests 24/7 access to users' location, battery, workout data, and more, demonstrating that Mark Zuckerberg and the Masters of the Universe have a very different definition of privacy than their users.

BBC Investigation: Communist China Is Manipulating Wikipedia

BBC Investigation: Communist China Is Manipulating Wikipedia

A BBC investigation of Wikipedia found that communist China is manipulating the supposed "online encyclopedia" using techniques such as "mass edits." The investigation found more than 1,600 edits on 22 "politically sensitive" topics such as the Hong Kong protests.

Report: Investigators Turn to Google Arch-Enemy Oracle for Leads

Report: Investigators Turn to Google Arch-Enemy Oracle for Leads

Oracle, considered one of Google's biggest enemies in Silicon Valley, has reportedly received requests for information on its rival from congressional and state investigators looking into possible antitrust violations by the Masters of the Universe.

Sony Teams Up with the UN to Fight Climate Change with Video Games

Sony Teams Up with the UN to Fight Climate Change with Video Games

The CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment announced a new partnership with the United Nations environment committee called the Playing for the Planet alliance. Sony vows its upcoming Playstation 5 gaming platform will focus on lower power consumption to save the Earth.

Facebook Won't Delete Posts from Politicians that Break Site Rules

Facebook Won't Delete Posts from Politicians that Break Site Rules

Facebook recently stated that the site will not remove politicians' posts that break the site's rules for fear of "censoring or stifling political discourse." According to one executive,"Freedom of expression is an absolute founding principle for Facebook.

Lawsuit: Tesla, Elon Musk Hid Facts About SolarCity Ties to SpaceX

Lawsuit: Tesla, Elon Musk Hid Facts About SolarCity Ties to SpaceX

Unsealed court documents show that Tesla shareholders are claiming that Elon Musk and Tesla withheld critical details about SolarCity and its relationship with SpaceX during Musk's push to convince Tesla's board and shareholders to acquire his cousin's struggling solar power company, which Musk himself was the largest shareholder of.

Elon Musk's Defamation Defense: 'Pedo Guy' Doesn't Mean Pedophile

Elon Musk's Defamation Defense: 'Pedo Guy' Doesn't Mean Pedophile

Elon Musk stated in a recent court filing that his use of the term "pedo guy" to describe Vern Unsworth, the British cave rescuer critical of Musk's plans during efforts to save a Thai soccer team from an underwater cave, was not meant to imply that Unsworth was a pedophile.

Business Owners: Google 'Killing' Companies Using 'Shakedown' Ad Tactics

Business Owners: Google 'Killing' Companies Using 'Shakedown' Ad Tactics

As antitrust investigations into Google heat up, business owners are speaking out against one of the company's ad practices, known as "conquesting." Edible Arrangements CEO Tariq Farid says the practice is "killing" business for his franchisees, and Basecamp CEO Jason Fried called the tactic "a shakedown" and "ransom.

Federal Judge: Facebook's View on Privacy Is 'So Wrong'

Federal Judge: Facebook's View on Privacy Is 'So Wrong'

A federal judge has ordered Facebook to face a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for allowing third parties to access users' private data, calling Facebook's views on privacy "so wrong.

Daimler Testing Self-Driving Trucks on Virginia Roads

Daimler Testing Self-Driving Trucks on Virginia Roads

Daimler has reportedly begun testing self-driving trucks on Virginia highways in a partnership with startup firm Torc Robotics. The self-driving trucks will still have humans on board capable of taking over the wheel in case of emergency.

Russia Accuses Facebook, Google of Election Meddling

Russia Accuses Facebook, Google of Election Meddling

The Russian government is accusing tech giants Facebook and Google of having defied a government order to ban the distribution of political advertising during Russian regional elections.

WSJ: The Next Growth Industry Is in Pretending to Be Robots

WSJ: The Next Growth Industry Is in Pretending to Be Robots

A recent report from theWall Street Journal outlines how pretending to be a robot may be the next big job industry. Humans regularly take control of robotic delivery drones and other autonomous bots to add the "human touch" robots are incapable of.

Elon Musk Roasted for Taking Swipe at Tesla Rival Porsche

Elon Musk Roasted for Taking Swipe at Tesla Rival Porsche

Twitter users mocked Tesla CEO Elon Musk this week after he attempted to criticize Porsche's new electric sports car. After Musk criticized Porsche's usage of the term "turbo" with electric vehicles, users were quick to point out Musk's own loose usage of language both in tweets and Tesla's business, such as the infamous "funding secured" tweet.

NTSB Cites Tesla Autopilot as Factor in 2018 California Crash

NTSB Cites Tesla Autopilot as Factor in 2018 California Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has found that Tesla's Autopilot feature played a major factor in a Model S car crash in 2018 in which the Tesla, with autopilot engaged, crashed into a stationary fire truck.

Facebook Rolls Out Facial Recognition to All Users Despite Lawsuit

Facebook Rolls Out Facial Recognition to All Users Despite Lawsuit

Social media giant Facebook is now opening up its facial recognition technology to all users and will be discontinuing the "tag suggestions" feature on pictures, despite a lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg's company over intrusive use of facial recognition without user consent.

Tesla App Failure Locks Owners Out of Cars

Tesla App Failure Locks Owners Out of Cars

Following problems with Tesla's car app, many owners found themselves "locked out" of their vehicles. Although Tesla offers key fobs and cards for its vehicles, many owners are in the habit of accessing their vehicle only using the smartphone app instead of carrying the physical key.

NC State: Electric Scooters Are Not Climate-Friendly After All

NC State: Electric Scooters Are Not Climate-Friendly After All

According to researchers at North Carolina State University, electric scooters such as Bird and Lime scooters are not as eco-friendly as previously believed. According to researchers, only 34 percent of scooter users would have otherwise used a car, while the majority would have used environment-friendly bicycles or public transportation.

Facebook Considers Hiding 'Likes' to Protect Fragile Egos

Facebook Considers Hiding 'Likes' to Protect Fragile Egos

Following Facebook's removal of like counts on Instagram photos, the company is considering removing likes from posts on its main social media platform, to protect the feelings of its userbase.

15 Apps to Look Out For on Your Child's Phone

15 Apps to Look Out For on Your Child's Phone

Police departments across the United States are warning parents about potentially dangerous apps on their children's smartphones, here are 15 of the top apps to watch out for.

Alphabet's Legal Chief Accused of Emotionally Abusing Google Mistress

Alphabet's Legal Chief Accused of Emotionally Abusing Google Mistress

Google parent company Alphabet Inc's Chief Legal Officer has responded to allegations that he had a child with a subordinate and subsequently emotionally abused her. Executive David Drummond says "there are two sides to all of the conversations and details.

Women in Tech Conference Drops Palantir for Working with ICE

Women in Tech Conference Drops Palantir for Working with ICE

Women in tech organization AnitaB.org stated that it has dropped Peter Thiel's Palantir as a sponsor of the largest conference for women in computing, the Grace Hopper Celebration, over the company's work with ICE.

Elon Musk: 'China Is the Future'

Elon Musk: 'China Is the Future'

Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented that "China is the future" at the2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on Thursday.

Elon Musk to Appear at AI Conference - in China

Elon Musk to Appear at AI Conference - in China

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma are set to debate the concept of artificial intelligence at the World AI Conference in Shanghai, China, this week.

Google Falls to Third Place in Race to Install Surveillance Devices in Homes

Google Falls to Third Place in Race to Install Surveillance Devices in Homes

Tech giant Google has reportedly dropped to third place in the worldwide smart speaker market. Although Amazon rules the market for devices always listening to their customers, Chinese tech giant Baidu has now overtaken Google in the race to install speakers in homes.

Report: Uber and Lyft Take a Larger Share of Revenue than They Tell Drivers

Report: Uber and Lyft Take a Larger Share of Revenue than They Tell Drivers

A recent investigation by automotive website Jalopnik claims that Uber and Lyft are not paying drivers as much as they claim to. After studying nearly 15,000 fares submitted by drivers, the rideshare companies were pocketing between 8.5 and 10.6 percent more of revenues than they claim.

Amazon Joins Walmart in Claiming Tesla Solar Panels Caught Fire

Amazon Joins Walmart in Claiming Tesla Solar Panels Caught Fire

E-commerce giant Amazon has backed up claims by retailer Walmart that Tesla solar panels caught fire at multiple Walmart locations across the United States by claiming that it experienced its own fire related to the solar panels at a warehouse in California.

CDC: More Than 100 Vaping Youth Have Contracted Severe Lung Diseases

CDC: More Than 100 Vaping Youth Have Contracted Severe Lung Diseases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly investigation 153 possible cases of lung disease that may be associated with e-cigarettes and vaping. The sudden lung problems are primarily occuring amongstadolescents and young adults.

Google Stays Quiet on China After Dismantling Disinformation Campaign

Google Stays Quiet on China After Dismantling Disinformation Campaign

Tech giant Google's close relationship with China is being called into question once again after the firm failed to join Twitter and Facebook in criticizing the country's communist government even after being forced to crack down on a disinformation campaign aiming to discredit the current protests in Hong Kong.

Microsoft Contractors Listened in on Children Playing Xbox

Microsoft Contractors Listened in on Children Playing Xbox

Contractors for Microsoft listened in on the audio of Xbox gamers speaking in their homes in order to improve the console's voice command abilities. One contractor claims most of the recordings they reviewed were children.

Amazon Opens Biggest Campus Yet - in India

Amazon Opens Biggest Campus Yet - in India

E-commerce giant Amazon has opened its largest campus yet, but it is not its American HQ2, it is located in Hyderabad, India, as the firm prepares for aggressive expansion in the country.

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