Thursday, December 5, 2019

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

Elon Musk 'Pedo Guy' Defamation Trial Begins

Elon Musk 'Pedo Guy' Defamation Trial Begins

The Defamation lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk begins today in Los Angeles. The case is based on Musk's social media posts calling British cave rescuer Vern Unsworth, who was instrumental in the rescue of a trapped Thai youth soccer team, a 'Pedo Guy.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Limits Her Kids Time on YouTube

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Limits Her Kids Time on YouTube

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki stated in a recent interview with 60 Minutesthat she limits the amount of time her children spend on YouTube. She also limits them to using the YouTube Kids app, which has repeatedly had trouble with inappropriate content in the past few years.

Google Faces Another EU Probe Months After $1.7 Billion Fine

Google Faces Another EU Probe Months After $1.7 Billion Fine

Tech giant Google is facing yet another E.U. antitrust investigation just months after being fined $1.7 billion for violations. This investigation focuses on the company's "collection and use of data" from users.

Mozilla: Smart Home Devices Still Bad for Privacy and Security

Mozilla: Smart Home Devices Still Bad for Privacy and Security

The editor of the Mozilla Foundation’s Internet Health Report recently published a blog post on the website of the UK consumer association Which? that questions how privacy-focused the smart devices being pushed by the Masters of the Universe are.

Lego Piles on Mockery of Tesla's Cybertruck

Lego Piles on Mockery of Tesla's Cybertruck

Toy giant LEGO has taken a jab at Tesla and Elon Musk in a social media post adding to the widespread mockery ofMusk's recently unveiled "Cybertruck." LEGO claims its version of the truck of the future is "guaranteed shatterproof," a reference to Musk's failed product demo.

Ford VP Challenges Elon Musk to Tesla Cybertruck Tow Battle

Ford VP Challenges Elon Musk to Tesla Cybertruck Tow Battle

Ford X VP Sunny Madra challenged Tesla CEO Elon Musk to a tow battle with Ford's F-150 truck following a publicity stunt by Tesla which featured the electric car makers "Cybertruck" appearing to pull a Ford truck up a hill.

Apple Wants Your Three-Year-Old Child to Code

Apple Wants Your Three-Year-Old Child to Code

Apple is expanding its "Everyone Can Code" initiative with coding sessions for kids offered in Apple Stores including colorful characters designed to introduce preschoolers to programming.

'Oh My F*cking God': Tesla ‘Cybertruck' Fractures During Demo

'Oh My F*cking God': Tesla ‘Cybertruck' Fractures During Demo

Elon Musk's Tesla has unveiled its latest vehicle, a bizarre pickup truck, to a largely skeptical public. The truck was touted as having "impact-resistant windows" that were promptly smashed inwards with a small metal ball during a live demonstration on Thursday.

Ford Unveils 'Mach-E' Electric SUV

Ford Unveils 'Mach-E' Electric SUV

Auto manufacturer Ford revealed its Mach-E electric SUV this week, which boasts a range of up to 300 miles. The cars are expected to hit the street in late 2020.

Elon Musk Claims Neural AI Technology Could 'Cure' Autism, Schizophrenia

Elon Musk Claims Neural AI Technology Could 'Cure' Autism, Schizophrenia

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk claimed during a recent appearance on an artificial intelligence podcast that his AI tech startup Neuralink could implant chips into human brains which could "solve a lot of brain-related diseases," listing schizophrenia and autism as examples.

USA Today: Accidents and Chemical Spills Plague Tesla Factory

USA Today: Accidents and Chemical Spills Plague Tesla Factory

A recent report from USA Today outlines the working conditions at Elon Musk's Tesla Gigafactory. In one instance, firefighters responding to a chemical spill were met with "resistance" by Tesla supervisors, who wouldn't help account for evacuated employees.

Steve Wozniak Claims Apple Card Gave Wife Lower Credit Limit

Steve Wozniak Claims Apple Card Gave Wife Lower Credit Limit

Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley legend Steve Wozniak claimed recently that the algorithm of Apple's new credit card gave his wife a much lower credit limit than him, piling on to criticism of Apple and Goldman Sachs' new credit offering.

Report: Facebook Gave Tinder Special Access to User Data

Report: Facebook Gave Tinder Special Access to User Data

According to a recent report, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg considered moving the company into the online dating world in 2014, but instead chose to give Tinder and similar dating apps special access to Facebook user data.

New York State Takes $900 Million Write Down on Tesla Plant Value

New York State Takes $900 Million Write Down on Tesla Plant Value

New York state officials have written down more than $1 billion in economic development investments in multiple tech projects across upstate New York, including nearly $900 million on Tesla's troubled solar panel production factory in Buffalo.

Airbnb to Ban "Party Houses' Following Halloween Party Shooting

Airbnb to Ban "Party Houses' Following Halloween Party Shooting

Airbnb has announced that the firm will be banning"party houses" and getting rid "of abusive host and guest conduct" following a shooting at a Halloween party in Orinda, California, in which five people were killed.

Report: Google Employees Are 'Madder Than Ever'

Report: Google Employees Are 'Madder Than Ever'

One year after 20,000 Google workers walked out of offices to protest the treatment of employees that have made accusations of sexual harassment, employees at the Internet giant, known as "Googlers" have begun to grow more confident about criticizing their employer.

Google Rival: The Web Is a Mass Surveillance Machine

Google Rival: The Web Is a Mass Surveillance Machine

A recent report from security and privacy experts Tutanota, which bills itself as a Google alternative, outlines how mass surveillance has become commonplace online and the effect it has on free speech.

Apple Begins to Manufacture iPhones in India

Apple Begins to Manufacture iPhones in India

Tech giant Apple has reportedly begun manufacturing some of its iPhones in India, a first for the company which previously manufactured the majority of its products in China.

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.

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