Monday, September 16, 2019

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

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.

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.

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