Concerns over the economic realities of gig workers have largely focused on more public-facing firms like Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit, and Instacart. A study released yesterday by the International Labour Organization—an agency of the United Nations—suggests pay and work arrangements are as bad or worse for those working…
Just when we thought Twitter was going to be the last one to hold the toxic bag that is Alex Jones, payment processing giant PayPal reminded the internet today that, yup, it was still helping Infowars make money, and that also it’s very sorry and plans to stop. Better late than never!
A voice-activated microwave is a terrible idea and a pointless frivolity, a device which solves a problem almost no one had. Why trust your lying eyes? Amazon’s Basics microwave (with Alexa!) is no such bauble, and as silly a creation as it may appear, it’s the company’s cutthroat business as usual.
In a series of tweets in July, Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk referred to a cave diver involved in the rescue of a Thai soccer team as a “pedo guy.” Now Vernon Unsworth, the diver in question, has filed a lawsuit against Musk in California’s Central District Court alleging defamation.
While Uber spent the summer making drastic cuts to its self-driving vehicle operations—firing 100 drivers in Pittsburgh, then winding down its autonomous trucking division—upstarts have been happy to pick up the slack. Case in point: Udelv, which announced today a fleet of 10 self-driving delivery vans deploying in…
Jeff Bezos, who is both famously uncharitable and the wealthiest man in modern history, announced today via a tweet that he’d be allocating $2 billion—a little over 1 percent of his net worth—to housing and educating underserved communities. So, where’s the catch?
Reddit on Wednesday removed its dedicated community for discussion of the ludicrous Qanon conspiracy. According to a notice that now replaces the subreddit, r/GreatAwakening, the impetus for ban—a last resort Reddit tends to avoid at all costs—lists “inciting violence, harassment, and the dissemination of personal…
In what the agency called an “undercover blitz,” the FDA has taken broad steps to penalize retailers for contributing to teen use of e-cigarettes—and announced today a plan that may have major implications for vape manufacturers.
After weeks of deplatforming efforts by social media companies, Infowars founders Alex Jones has lost his last refuge: Twitter.
The workers of Whole Foods, the health-focused grocery chain purchased by Amazon just over one year ago, are beginning to organize.
Bernie Sanders introduced a bill today that culminates weeks of feuding between the Vermont senator and Amazon, a company he views as indicative of a “rigged economy” that rewards the rich and harms workers.
September 25 will mark five years since Google first launched Shopping Express, the e-commerce offering meant to challenge Amazon’s dominance. But despite Google parent company Alphabet’s staffing brain trust and impressive coffers, Express has done little to reinvent fulfillment—in fact, according to several current…
Amazon took the time this morning to respond to Senator Bernie Sanders in a blog post where the company decried his “misleading statements about pay and benefits.” We can (and will) address the many counter-claims the company makes. But the inescapable question resulting from this response by a usually tight-lipped,…
As disclosed by the Washington Post this morning, Facebook has been ranking users on their trustworthiness in identifying false information—though in a statement to Gizmodo, the platform distanced itself from implications that trust rank is broadly applicable to all facets of the network.
Paul Hansmeier, a Minnesota lawyer who could generously be called enterprising, has plead guilty to charges of money laundering and wire fraud, concluding a bizarre saga of porn, piracy, and extortion.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Thursday moved to discredit a former employee and self-proclaimed whistleblower whose attorneys have accused Musk of authorizing Tesla to allegedly engage in “unauthorized wiretapping and hacking” of another former employee of the electric car manufacturer.
Following similar action against secretive AI drone imaging program for the U.S. military, Project Maven, Googlers are once again organizing internally to push back against their leadership—this time around a project dubbed Dragonfly, the proposed search product the company intends to build for the Chinese market in…
319. That’s the number of discrete advertisements, both online and off, served to me over the course of one Tuesday in July. I know because I counted each and every one.
Embattled electric car manufacturer Tesla racked up its third class-action suit, filed this evening in California’s Northern District Court, stemming from bizarre and potentially unfounded tweets sent last week by CEO Elon Musk.
In what may be a first for the American legal system, Wikileaks—the radical transparency organization turned Russia propaganda cell run—was served a lawsuit today in a tweet by law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.