Wednesday, November 13, 2019

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

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.

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.

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