Tuesday, February 25, 2020

MixedTimes - Lucas Nolan

Daredevil Dies in Homemade Rocket Crash

Daredevil Dies in Homemade Rocket Crash

Daredevil "Mad" Mike Hughes has died in a crash of a homemade steam-powered rocket during an attempt to leave the earth's atmosphere. Although Hughes has claimed the Earth is flat and that his flight to the edge of space would prove the flat Earth theory, his PR Representative called the theory a "schtick" Hughes used to gain attention.

NLRB: Google Workplace Rules on Speech Are 'Unlawfully Broad'

NLRB: Google Workplace Rules on Speech Are 'Unlawfully Broad'

TheNational Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel has concluded that the actions Google employee Kevin Cernekee, who complained on an internal social networking platform about the company's diversity policies, were protected in the National Labor Relations Act.

Samsung Positioned to Profit from Apple's Coronavirus Production Woes

Samsung Positioned to Profit from Apple's Coronavirus Production Woes

A recent report claims that Samsung Electronics could benefit massively from Apple's manufacturing problems in China caused by the coronavirus spreading throughout the country. Apple's iPhone production relies heavily on China, while Samsung has distributed its production facilities throughout Asia.

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison Hosting Trump Fundraiser

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison Hosting Trump Fundraiser

President Donald Trump will be attending a campaign fundraising event at Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison's Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California, on February 19— less than two weeks before California's Super Tuesday primary election.

Michael Bloomberg Launches Astroturfed Meme Campaign

Michael Bloomberg Launches Astroturfed Meme Campaign

Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg has reportedly contracted internet meme-makers and marketers with more than 60 million followers in total to post sponsored content on Instagram promoting his campaign.

Facebook Will Pay Reuters to Fact-Check the News

Facebook Will Pay Reuters to Fact-Check the News

Social media giant Facebook will reportedly soon be paying news wire Reuters to fact-check and verify news headlines,user-generated videos and photos, and other content in English and Spanish.

Elizabeth Holmes Pushes for Theranos Fraud Case to Be Thrown Out

Elizabeth Holmes Pushes for Theranos Fraud Case to Be Thrown Out

Elizabeth Holmes has reportedly asked a federal judge to throw out the U.S. government's case against the former Theranos CEO who was indicted in 2018 for multiple counts ofwire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud through Theranos, which claimed to be able to conduct a medical blood test from just a single drop of blood.

Tesla Remotely Removes Features from Used Cars Without Warning

Tesla Remotely Removes Features from Used Cars Without Warning

Tesla reportedly removed autopilot features from a customer's used Tesla vehicle without any notice whatsoever. The practice is likely to add more Tesla buyers to the growing chorus of dissatisfaction surrounding Elon Musk's treatment of customers.

Report: Shadow's Iowa Caucuses App Lacked Key Protections Against Hacking

Report: Shadow's Iowa Caucuses App Lacked Key Protections Against Hacking

A recent report alleges that the infamous app used in the Iowa Caucuses lacked key digital safeguards and could have been hacked using basic methods. The app's developer, Shadow, continues to maintain that“the integrity of the vote in Iowa was not compromised in any way.

Report: Amazon Testing Online Lending Marketplace

Report: Amazon Testing Online Lending Marketplace

According to leaked internal screenshots, Amazon is testing a new lending marketplace for third-party merchants on its site which would allow them to receive loans from Amazon's own lending arm as well as Goldman Sachs's Marcus group and regional banks.

NFL Teams Hacked on Twitter Ahead of Super Bowl

NFL Teams Hacked on Twitter Ahead of Super Bowl

The Twitter accounts of 15 NFL teams have been hacked ahead of the Super Bowl this weekend. The accounts were allegedly masterminded by a Saudi Arabia-based hacker group.

DeLoreans to Make Comeback as Red Tape Clears

DeLoreans to Make Comeback as Red Tape Clears

Regulations recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) based on a law passed in 2015 have paved the way for newly built DeLorean cars to hit the streets.

President Trump on Elon Musk: 'One of Our Great Geniuses’

President Trump on Elon Musk: 'One of Our Great Geniuses’

In an interview with CNBC at theWorld Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump praised Tesla CEO Elon Musk stating that he is“one of our very smart people, and we want to cherish those people.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Global Tax System Needs to Be Overhauled

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Global Tax System Needs to Be Overhauled

Tim Cook, the CEO of tech giant Apple, has stated that a global overhaul of tax regulations is needed. Cook supports a current initiative by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to pursue global reforms on where multinational firms should be taxed.

NYT: Facial Recognition Startup Threatens 'Privacy as We Know It'

NYT: Facial Recognition Startup Threatens 'Privacy as We Know It'

TheNew York Times published an investigation recently into a little-known startup thathelps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images using facial recognition, and the privacy issues that are raised by the company and its massive database of photos.

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.