Wednesday, August 21, 2019

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

Amazon's Warehouse Propaganda Project Backfires Completely

Amazon's Warehouse Propaganda Project Backfires Completely

Amazon's "FC Ambassadors" program, designed to spread positive messages about the company on social media, has appeared to backfire on the e-commerce giant as a thread about working conditions at Amazon fulfillment centers went viral.

Microsoft Admits that Human Workers Listen to Skype Calls

Microsoft Admits that Human Workers Listen to Skype Calls

In an update to the company's privacy policy, tech giant Microsoft has noted that human workers may listen to Skype and Cortana recordings. This is an admission by the software giant that media reports in early August based on internal leaks about contractors monitoring Skype calls are correct.

Facebook Contractors Have Been Listening to Your Conversations

Facebook Contractors Have Been Listening to Your Conversations

Despite claims that Facebook was listening in on its users previously being dismissed as "conspiracy theories," Mark Zuckerberg's company recently admitted that it has been doing exactly that — listening to audio recordings of its users, using the excuse that Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft do the same thing.

Report: Tesla Burst into Flames After Accident in Russia

Report: Tesla Burst into Flames After Accident in Russia

A recent report alleges that a Tesla vehicle burst into flames after colliding with a tow truck in Moscow, Russia. Reports indicate that the driver had the Tesla Model 3's autopilot engaged.

Report: Critical Election Systems 'Left Exposed Online'

Report: Critical Election Systems 'Left Exposed Online'

An exclusive report from Vice News claims that researchers have discovered that 35 critical U.S. election systems have been connected to the Internet for months despite manufacturers and election officials claiming that the machines are never online.

Facebook Facial Recognition Lawsuit Moves Forward

Facebook Facial Recognition Lawsuit Moves Forward

Tech giant Facebook is reportedly facing billions of dollars in potential damages as a federal appeals court rejected the firm's argument to halt a class action lawsuit relating to the storing of biometric data of millions of users.

Apple Software Locks iPhone Batteries to Prevent Independent Repair

Apple Software Locks iPhone Batteries to Prevent Independent Repair

Tech giant Apple is reportedly taking further steps to prevent iPhone owners from having their products independently repaired by locking iPhone software so it displays a battery warning message for an independently replaced battery — even if an original Apple battery is used.

Google Parent Alphabet Is America's Richest Company

Google Parent Alphabet Is America's Richest Company

Silicon Valley giant and Google parent company Alphabet recently overtook Apple to become the richest company in America when measured by cash and liquid assets, with more than $117 billion in the bank.

Amazon's Plan to Take Over India

Amazon's Plan to Take Over India

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly in talks to acquire a 26 percent stake in a massive Indian retailer allowing the company to dominate a $200 billion market.

Report: Facebook Wants to Read Your Brain

Report: Facebook Wants to Read Your Brain

According to a recent report, Facebook has become one step closer to developing a working brain-computer interface, capable of reading users' thoughts.

Ford and VW Teaming Up on Electric Vehicles

Ford and VW Teaming Up on Electric Vehicles

Auto manufacturers Ford and the Volkswagen Group have announced plans to strengthen their global alliance and release an electric vehicle by 2023. Much to Elon Musk and Tesla's dismay, VW CEO Herbert Diess explained their goal is to "turn the electric car from a niche product into a mass phenomenon.

Apple Trolls Google with a Giant Billboard - Again

Apple Trolls Google with a Giant Billboard - Again

Apple's anti-Google ad campaign has taken another shot at its Masters of the Universe rival with a huge billboard boasting the company's privacy record — located directly across the street from Google's sister company Sidewalk Labs.

Knitting Site Ravelry Bans Support of President Trump on Platform

Knitting Site Ravelry Bans Support of President Trump on Platform

Popular knitting community website Ravelry has reportedly banned the support of President Donald Trump on its platform. The company says that President Trump promotes "open white supremacy," and states that while users can support Trump, "you just can't talk about it here.

Flashback: Google's History of Dodging Congress

Flashback: Google's History of Dodging Congress

A recent investigation by Project Veritas revealed a number of insights into how executives at Google think about regulation and shed light on lies told by Google CEO Sundar Pichai before Congress.

Report: Tesla Employee Morale Tanks Amid Layoffs, Cost Cutting

Report: Tesla Employee Morale Tanks Amid Layoffs, Cost Cutting

According to a recent report, Tesla's rankings at job websites have dropped significantly following a series of layoffs and cost-cutting measures at the company, indicating a drop in morale amongst Elon Musk's employees.

Twitter Attempts to Clarify Its Rules

Twitter Attempts to Clarify Its Rules

In a series of tweets posted to its own platform, Twitter outlined a number of changes to its rules and policies. Users were skeptical that the company would enforce them fairly.

Report: Google Fights to Maintain Connection to Huawei

Report: Google Fights to Maintain Connection to Huawei

The Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe at Google are reportedly attempting to maintain business ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei despite the company's addition to the entity list by the U.S.

FTC Takes Charge of Investigating Facebook, Amazon

FTC Takes Charge of Investigating Facebook, Amazon

The Masters of the Universe are in for a higher level of scrutiny than they are used to as the DOJ and the FTC prepare to investigate major Silicon Valley tech giants.

Report: Tesla's Cost Cutting Now Includes Not Ordering Toilet Paper

Report: Tesla's Cost Cutting Now Includes Not Ordering Toilet Paper

A recent report claims that electric car manufacturer Tesla's new cost-cutting measures include no longer ordering toilet paper for the company's facilities. Some employees are reportedly bringing their own toilet paper to work with them.

Bloomberg: Facebook Is the New 'Big Tobacco'

Bloomberg: Facebook Is the New 'Big Tobacco'

In a recent article, Bloomberg suggests that the dangers of social media be publicized and discussed openly, rather than antitrust measures being introduced to control social media firms.

Tesla Considering 'Alternative Sources' of Financing

Tesla Considering 'Alternative Sources' of Financing

Tesla recently stated that the company may seek "alternative sources" of financing but believes cash generated from car sales may be enough to fund investments and pay back debts over the next year.

How to Stop Amazon from Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

How to Stop Amazon from Listening to Your Alexa Recordings

Many users of the popular Amazon Alexa voice assistants may not be aware that Amazon employees listen to device recordings — here's how to disable that intrusion by strangers spread around the world.

HUD Charges Facebook with Housing Discrimination

HUD Charges Facebook with Housing Discrimination

Tech giant Facebook has reportedly been charged with housing discrimination by HUD based on ads that allegedly violate the Fair Housing Act. HUD Secretary Ben Carson said,“Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live.

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