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UN Study Finds Average American Crowdworker Earns Less Than $5 an Hour UN Study Finds Average American Crowdworker Earns Less Than $5 an Hour

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…

Infowars and Prison Planet Belatedly Banned From PayPal for Obvious Reasons Infowars and Prison Planet Belatedly Banned From PayPal for Obvious Reasons

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!

Amazon's Alexa Microwave Is as Dumb as It Is Brilliant Amazon's Alexa Microwave Is as Dumb as It Is Brilliant

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.

Elon Musk Sued for Defamation by Cave Diver Over 'Pedo' Remarks Elon Musk Sued for Defamation by Cave Diver Over 'Pedo' Remarks

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.

Oklahoma to Host Fleet of Udelv Autonomous Delivery Vehicles Oklahoma to Host Fleet of Udelv Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

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 Now Has a $2 Billion Charity Fund—I Have Some Questions Jeff Bezos Now Has a $2 Billion Charity Fund—I Have Some Questions

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?

Qanon Conspiracy Communities Banned From Reddit Qanon Conspiracy Communities Banned From Reddit

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…

FDA Moves to End 'Epidemic' of Teen Vaping FDA Moves to End 'Epidemic' of Teen Vaping

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.

Alex Jones Permanently Suspended From Twitter Alex Jones Permanently Suspended From Twitter

After weeks of deplatforming efforts by social media companies, Infowars founders Alex Jones has lost his last refuge: Twitter.

Whole Foods Takes First Step Toward Unionizing Whole Foods Takes First Step Toward Unionizing

The workers of Whole Foods, the health-focused grocery chain purchased by Amazon just over one year ago, are beginning to organize.

Bernie Sanders Introduces 'Stop BEZOS Act' to End Corporate Welfare to Amazon, Walmart Bernie Sanders Introduces 'Stop BEZOS Act' to End Corporate Welfare to Amazon, Walmart

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.

Five Years Later, Google Express Is No Closer to Beating Amazon Five Years Later, Google Express Is No Closer to Beating Amazon

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…

Why Is Amazon Scared of Bernie Sanders? Why Is Amazon Scared of Bernie Sanders?

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,…

Facebook Pushes Back on Reporting About its User Trust Ranking Facebook Pushes Back on Reporting About its User Trust Ranking

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.

Second Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bizarre Scheme to Extort Millions From Porn Pirates Second Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Bizarre Scheme to Extort Millions From Porn Pirates

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.

'This Guy Is Super [Nuts Emoji]': Elon Musk on Whistleblower Accusing Tesla of Illegally Spying on Employee 'This Guy Is Super [Nuts Emoji]': Elon Musk on Whistleblower Accusing Tesla of Illegally Spying on Employee

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.

Here's the Letter 1,400 Google Workers Sent Leadership in Protest of Censored Search Engine for China Here's the Letter 1,400 Google Workers Sent Leadership in Protest of Censored Search Engine for China

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…

What Am I Worth to Advertisers? My Obsessive Quest to Put a Price on My Attention What Am I Worth to Advertisers? My Obsessive Quest to Put a Price on My Attention

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.

Tesla Hit With Third Class-Action Suit Over Musk's Stock Tweets Tesla Hit With Third Class-Action Suit Over Musk's Stock Tweets

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.

Wikileaks Served With DNC Lawsuit Over Twitter Wikileaks Served With DNC Lawsuit Over Twitter

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.

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