Sunday, January 19, 2020

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

Amazon Promises 1 Million New Jobs in India by 2025

Amazon Promises 1 Million New Jobs in India by 2025

E-commerce giant Amazon has attempted to address the Indian government's issues with the company's plans to set up shop in the country by promising to create 1 million new jobs in India by 2025.

Feds Will Review Tesla 'Sudden Unintended Acceleration' Complaints

Feds Will Review Tesla 'Sudden Unintended Acceleration' Complaints

TheNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced plans to review a petition requesting that the administration investigate 500,000 Tesla vehicles over reports of sudden unintended acceleration, in which vehicles suddenly accelerate without human control — complainants often report their foot wasn't even on the gas pedal when incidents occur.

Tesla Owners Are 'Butt Dialing' $4,000 Software Upgrades - and Having Refunds Refused

Tesla Owners Are 'Butt Dialing' $4,000 Software Upgrades - and Having Refunds Refused

According to recent reports, Tesla owners are unintentionally purchasing software upgrades for their vehicles which range from $4,000 to almost $10,000. Despite the fact that the purchases were unintentional and compared by one Tesla owner to a "butt dial," Elon Musk's company initially refused to refund the purchases.

Bose Will Close All Retail Stores in America

Bose Will Close All Retail Stores in America

Audio giant Bose is reportedly closing all of its retail stores in America and Canada, along with Europe, Japan, and Australia in a move towards an entirely digital sales plan.

Report: Massive Porn Site Breach Exposes Personal Information of Cam Models

Report: Massive Porn Site Breach Exposes Personal Information of Cam Models

A recent report from the cybersecurity team at vpnMentor has revealed that a porn site has suffered a massive data breach, exposing the personal data of 4,000 adult cam models — including scans of passports and driver's licenses, and model releases disclosing addresses, phone numbers, and other private information.

Facebook Bug Undermines Greta Thunberg's Dad Claiming She's Not Scripted

Facebook Bug Undermines Greta Thunberg's Dad Claiming She's Not Scripted

A recent bad code update on Facebook allowed anyone to see which accounts posted Facebook Pages, including those of celebrities and politicians. Among the pages exposed by the bug was teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, whose posts are often authored by her father Svante Thunberg or Adarsh Prathap, an Indian climate change activist.

Mark Hamill Deletes Facebook Account over Refusal to Censor Political Ads

Mark Hamill Deletes Facebook Account over Refusal to Censor Political Ads

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has deleted his Facebook account over the social media site's refusal to fact check political ads on its platform. According to Hamill, Mark Zuckerberg "values profit more than truthfulness" as demonstrated by his decision not to censor political ads.

Big Tech Remains Divided on Plans for Political Ads

Big Tech Remains Divided on Plans for Political Ads

A recent report outlines how social media services and search engines such as Facebook and Google handle political advertising on their platforms. The Masters of the Universe remain divided on how they believe political ads should be presented.

Tesla Becomes Most Valuable U.S. Car Maker with $81 Billion Valuation

Tesla Becomes Most Valuable U.S. Car Maker with $81 Billion Valuation

Elon Musk's Tesla has become the most valuable carmaker in America with a market value of $81.39 billion. Analysts foresee trouble in the future, with one writing ""We think questions remain about first half 2020 results and gross margin sustainability.

Lawsuit: Google Stole Smart Speaker Tech from Sonos

Lawsuit: Google Stole Smart Speaker Tech from Sonos

Speaker manufacturer Sonos has reportedly sued tech giant Google over the alleged theft of smart speaker technology. According to Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, "Despite our repeated and extensive efforts over the last few years, Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a mutually beneficial solution.

Chinese App TikTok Bans 'Misleading Information'

Chinese App TikTok Bans 'Misleading Information'

Chinese-owned video social media app TikTok is reportedly banning "misleading information" from its platform. According to the app hugely popular with young people,“We remove misinformation that could cause harm to an individual’s health or wider public safety.

Report: Tesla Solar Customers Waiting Months for Repairs

Report: Tesla Solar Customers Waiting Months for Repairs

According to a recent report, Tesla solar panel owners across Massachusetts have had issues receiving customer support for their panels, with some left waiting almost a full year without any help from Elon Musk's company.

NYT: Big Tech Is Invading the Big Apple

NYT: Big Tech Is Invading the Big Apple

A recent report from theNew York Times claims that Silicon Valley's reputation as the home of major tech firms may soon be threatened as many companies open offices in New York City.

Report: Big Tech Will Expand Further into Finance in 2020

Report: Big Tech Will Expand Further into Finance in 2020

According to a recent report, the Masters of the Universe in Silicon Valley have plans to further expand into the world of finance in the new year— falling just short of opening their own banks.

Former Google Exec Blasts Company's Bizarre Cult of Diversity

Former Google Exec Blasts Company's Bizarre Cult of Diversity

Google's former Head of International Relations, who left the tech giant last year, blasted the company's diversity initiatives in a recent blog post. He described one diversity training that split employees into groups like "brown people" and "homos" and encouraged the participants to yell stereotypes at each other, such as "Promiscuous! Love to party!"

Feds Investigate Tesla Crash that Killed Two

Feds Investigate Tesla Crash that Killed Two

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reportedly set to investigate a recent Tesla crash in Los Angeles which took the lives of two people. The NHTSA has sent a special crash team to investigate the incident, which may have involved Elon Musk's "Autopilot" software.

2019: The Year of Massive Big Tech Data Breaches

2019: The Year of Massive Big Tech Data Breaches

2019 will go into the books as a bad year for data privacy, as sensitive personal details of many millions of users were leaked, breached, or left wide open by the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe.

Report: Amazon Execs Shot Down Worker Safety Initiative Costing 4 Cents a Package

Report: Amazon Execs Shot Down Worker Safety Initiative Costing 4 Cents a Package

A new report from BuzzFeed News and ProPublica investigates the human costs of Amazon's extremely fast delivery system. According to the report, the e-commerce giant has sacrificed worker and contractor safety in the name of profit and efficiency, including denying one executive's safety plan including initiatives like providing more driver breaks, because it would cost Jeff Bezos' empire 4 cents a package to implement.

Report: Some 'Smart Toys' Have Huge Security Vulnerabilities

Report: Some 'Smart Toys' Have Huge Security Vulnerabilities

A recent report alleges that a number of "smart toys" have glaring security vulnerabilities that could place children at risk. In some cases, weak bluetooth security could allow strangers to digitally eavesdrop on children as they play.

Tech Guru: Amazon and Google Will Replace Your Doctor

Tech Guru: Amazon and Google Will Replace Your Doctor

In a recent interview, tech guru Peter Diamandis made the case for the big tech Masters of the Universe becoming America's healthcare providers. Diamandis believes that if companies like Google and Amazon can gather even more information about every detail of your life, they will be better able to manage your health than traditional doctors and hospitals.

Jeff Bezos: Big Tech Bosses Need 'to Say No' to Activist Employees

Jeff Bezos: Big Tech Bosses Need 'to Say No' to Activist Employees

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos criticized employee activists recently, stating that Silicon Valley tech firms should be free to do business with the U.S. Military. According to Bezos, it is up to senior management to tell employees "no" when they become activists against their own employers and their government contracts.

Analyst: Apple Will Introduce Phone with No Charging Port in 2021

Analyst: Apple Will Introduce Phone with No Charging Port in 2021

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in a new investor note that Apple plans to introduce four new OLED iPhone models in 2020 and a new iPhone with no lightning port in 2021, which will “provide the completely wireless experience.

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.