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Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center in Minnesota Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center in Minnesota

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — If local headlines are to be believed, not much happens in Shakopee. But on Friday evening, this placid town of 40,000 on the outskirts of Minnesota’s Twin Cities became the epicenter of the fight for humane working conditions at one of the world’s most valuable companies.

NYC to Amazon: All This Could Be Yours NYC to Amazon: All This Could Be Yours

Newly released proposal documents reveal the extent to which New York was willing to bend over backwards to win the bid for an Amazon branch office, as well as the sites the retail giant passed on in lieu of a hefty chunk of Long Island City.

Sundar Pichai Tells Congress Google Has No Plans to Launch Censored Search in China 'Right Now' Sundar Pichai Tells Congress Google Has No Plans to Launch Censored Search in China 'Right Now'

Today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing was a clownshow—accurately predicted by Minority Leader Nadler as focusing mainly on the outgoing Republican majority’s apoplectic rage towards imaginary conservative bias on Alphabet’s platforms, and largely a rehash of the browbeating doled out to Twitter and Facebook…

Google+ Execution Date Bumped Up Thanks to Bug Affecting 52 Million Users Google+ Execution Date Bumped Up Thanks to Bug Affecting 52 Million Users

In October, Alphabet announced it would begin shuttering its failed social network, Google+, after internal investigations revealed bugs that could have leaked user info. The proposed 10-month sunsetting period has been cut down to a mere 90 days now that an additional API bug was discovered, affecting some 52.5…

Google Walkout Organizers Demand an End to Forced Arbitration Industry-Wide Google Walkout Organizers Demand an End to Forced Arbitration Industry-Wide

The burgeoning fight to bring tech workers’ employment issues out of the darkness and into the public light grew further on Monday as a group of Google employees demanded the industry eliminate forced arbitration agreements entirely.

Elon Musk: 'I Have No Idea How to Smoke Pot' Elon Musk: 'I Have No Idea How to Smoke Pot'

In a teaser for an upcoming 60 Minutes segment, Elon Musk told veteran CBS journalist Leslie Stahl: Weed? Who? Never heard of him.

Uber's Arbitration Policy Comes Back to Bite It in the Ass Uber's Arbitration Policy Comes Back to Bite It in the Ass

Over 12,000 Uber drivers found a way to weaponize the ridesharing platform’s restrictive contract in what’s possibly the funniest labor strategy of the year.

Mark Zuckerberg Was 'Skeptical' About Risk of Leaks Like Cambridge Analytica, Emails Show Mark Zuckerberg Was 'Skeptical' About Risk of Leaks Like Cambridge Analytica, Emails Show

Internal Facebook documents published today by the British Parliament give us more insight than ever into the mind of the largest social platform’s CEO. Among those revelations: Zuckerberg’s cavalier attitude towards the possibility of data leaks.

New York Adopts Nation's First Pay Floor for Uber, Lyft, and Other Rideshare Drivers New York Adopts Nation's First Pay Floor for Uber, Lyft, and Other Rideshare Drivers

Today, New York’s City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission approved measures to enact minimum pay requirements for app-based for-hire vehicles (FHV) like Uber, Lyft, and Juno. The new pay structure is set to take effect early in the new year.

SEC Informs DJ Khaled That He Has Played Himself SEC Informs DJ Khaled That He Has Played Himself

The past year has seen its fair share of largely indistinguishable cryptocurrency scams. Think of a noun. [Noun]Coin and its founders were probably charged with fraud in the past 16 months. Most of these boneheaded grifts bleed together into one long, libertarian migraine—but only one of them can claim to have cost DJ…

Lawmakers Ask Jeff Bezos for Information on His Facial Recognition Software, Less Nicely This Time Lawmakers Ask Jeff Bezos for Information on His Facial Recognition Software, Less Nicely This Time

Late in July, lawmakers sent a letter seeking details on Rekognition, Amazon’s in-house facial recognition software. Amazon wrote back, blandly, in August, but according to this increasingly impatient group of congresspeople, the company “has failed to provide sufficient answers.”

Google Employees Demand Company Kill Censored Chinese Search Product Google Employees Demand Company Kill Censored Chinese Search Product

Googlers have, over the past few months, been fighting for a louder voice and greater self-determination within a company that’s increasingly gone astray of its bare-minimum unofficial motto, “don’t be evil”—and more often than not, they’re winning. But there’s still one big fly in the ointment.

Google Wants a Refund for Its $5,000 Donation to That Senator Who Sure Seems Super Racist Google Wants a Refund for Its $5,000 Donation to That Senator Who Sure Seems Super Racist

Tech giant Google is on the long list of firms caught donating to a Mississippi senator who has praised the Confederacy, expressed excitement at the prospect of attending a public hanging, and has been called a white supremacist. It seems the company has now, at its own sluggish pace, gone to the trouble of asking if…

Amazon Exposes Customer Email Addresses (Again) Amazon Exposes Customer Email Addresses (Again)

If it feels like just weeks ago that Amazon inadvertently shared the email addresses of some of its customers—it was.

Deplatformed Russian 'News' Site Sues Facebook, Days After Its Accountant Is Charged by Special Counsel   Deplatformed Russian 'News' Site Sues Facebook, Days After Its Accountant Is Charged by Special Counsel  

Earlier today, Evgeniy Lvovich Zubarev, the sole shareholder and General Director of a “domestic and international news” corporation called Federal Agency of News LLC, filed a suit against Facebook for booting his page from its platform this April. In and of itself, the lawsuit is unremarkable. People sue internet…

Bezos Coughs Up $97.5 Million for Charity Bezos Coughs Up $97.5 Million for Charity

Jeff Bezos, the richest man in modern history, finally announced the first recipients of his charitable Day One Fund. The initial round of grants total $97.5 million, representing about 1/20th of his proposed investment in the fund, and about 0.0006 percent of his net worth.

Tumblr Disappeared from the App Store Because of Child Porn Tumblr Disappeared from the App Store Because of Child Porn

On Friday, niche blogging platform Tumblr became suddenly and inexplicably unavailable on Apple’s app store, and since then users posting adult-themed content have claimed their blogs are being deleted by the site without warning despite no official statement from either Tumblr, it’s parent company Oath, or Apple. The…

Amazon Cuomo Is Full of Shit Amazon Cuomo Is Full of Shit

Coinciding with a buck wild, self-published “op-ed,” Governor Andrew Cuomo went on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show this morning to double down on his decision to offer Amazon, one of the largest retailers in the world, a glut of incentives estimated to total $4.6 billion. The interview was a rousing success—if his…

Accenture Employees Demand Their Company Break Ties With U.S. Border Patrol  Accenture Employees Demand Their Company Break Ties With U.S. Border Patrol 

Last year, consulting megafirm Accenture inked a nearly $300 million contract with Customs and Border Protection to help the agency recruit around 7,500 staffers over a period of five years. The tech industry’s complicity with CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—agencies widely criticized as helping…

Mark Zuckerberg: 'I Didn't Know' Mark Zuckerberg: 'I Didn't Know'

Today, Facebook set up a press conference addressing a bombshell report from The New York Times that alleged, among other things, that the company contracted a Republican opposition research firm called Definers to run interference on the company’s image, a job which reportedly included leaning on George Soros…

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