EFF Sues US Postal Office For Records About Covert Social Media Spying Program

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and its inspection agency seeking records about a covert program to secretly comb through online posts of social media users before street protests, raising concerns about chilling the privacy and expressive activity of internet users. From the press release: Under an initiative called Internet Covert Operations Program, analysts at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Dhs, Eff, Telegraph, Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security DHS, U S Postal Service, Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF, U S Postal Inspection Service, Facebook Twitter Parler, Parler Telegram Twitter, Houston Davidson EFF

Maldives resorts are paradise for guests, but some staff say they feel like second-class citizens. One hotel giant is trying to change that.

While the Maldives is paradise for guests, it isn't necessarily a dream for resort staff. MelanieMaya / Getty Images Maldives' resorts are often considered paradise on earth. But for staffers, who live tucked away from guests' sight in the middle of the island, resort life can come with hard realities. Pontiac Land Group is trying to change that by creating a staff campus on an island of its own. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kevin Willis has worked at three ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Singapore, International, Trends, Gm, Resort, Maldives, Hospitality, Pontiac, Ritz Carlton, Willis, Clayton, Capella, Capella Hotel Group, Kevin Willis

Drinking From a Tall Glass

  Anticipation. Seven-hour drive due to stops to play, when we arrived in Barcelona we needed a drink and Gabriel was for it. He wanted to sit in a big chair, so here we were waiting for our drinks to come.     These days his favorite foods are pasta, yogurt, and breastmilk- - a drink in a Tall Glass was coming watching him discover is delightful.   A happy little smile of wonder and awe. Apple juice in a tumbler.       Gabriel took hold of his apple juice in the tall glass and went for ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Barcelona, Chelsea, Gabriel, Yann, French la Vie

Why China is cracking down on Edtech, Healthtech and Real Estate

 Domestically, the Chinese government is cracking down on the “three burdens” of modern middle class Chinese citizens: (1) Education costs (2) Healthcare costs (3) Real estate + pushing for stability in media and finance Cathy Guo The murmurs I’ve heard from tech + political circles within China in the past week has just been incredible. China’s recent moves may be the most important global macro trend in the medium term for the whole world. Some of my thoughts below THREAD 2/ Domes...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, China, US, Tech, Healthcare, Party, Ccp, US Taiwan, Thethreadmill, Edtech Healthtech, Cathy Guo

Garden Pea, Fennel and Apple Soup

Compared to it’s sister “split-pea” soup, it is much lighter, a brighter green and takes less time to prepare. The flavor is very mild. Fennel is very good for digestion. Ingredients: 1-2 tablespoon cooking oil or olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium fennel bulb, sliced 3 cups water 1½ teaspoons vegetable bouillon powder ½ teaspoon ground fennel seeds 16 ounces garden peas (frozen), thawed 1 apple, peeled and cored Directions: Prepare the onions and fennel. Thaw the peas in a colande...
Tags: Apple, Soups, Vegans, Fennel, Apple Salad, Apple Soup, Pea, Garden Pea Fennel

UK Government Backs Scheme For Motorway Cables To Power Lorries

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The government will fund the design of a scheme to install overhead electric cables to power electric lorries on a motorway near Scunthorpe, as part of a series of studies on how to decarbonize road freight. The electric road system -- or e-highway -- study, will draw up plans to install overhead cables on a 20km (12.4 miles) stretch of the M180 near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. If the designs are accepted and building work is funded the tru...
Tags: UK, Sweden, Germany, US, Tech, Siemens, Lincolnshire, Scunthorpe, Department For Transport, Scania, Costain, Motorway Cables To Power Lorries

iOS 15: Apple implementing security verification with selfies to validate ID cards in the Wallet app

9to5Mac has learned that Apple is implementing a new security verification system with selfies to validate ID cards in the Apple Wallet app.
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Greywing launches Crew Change to help shipping companies navigate COVID-19 regulations

For fleet managers, managing shipping crew changes across different countries is an elaborate process even in the best of times—and now is definitely not the best of times. Greywing, a Y Combinator-backed platform for automating maritime operations, launched a new solution today that it describes as an industry-first. Called Crew Change, it is used to help shipping companies manage testing, quarantine and other COVID-19 regulations for their crew members. Crew Change draws on data from S5 Agency...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Clarke, Somalia, Gulf of Guinea, Nick Clarke, Greywing, Hrishi -LSB- Olickel, S5 Agency World

YouTube Punishes Brazil's President For Spreading Lies About COVID

YouTube has removed videos posted by Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro for violating its content policies, in the strongest measure yet that tech giants in the social media-loving country have taken toward censoring the president. VICE News reports: YouTube has said that if Bolsonaro breaks the video-sharing service's rules again, his channel may be suspended for a week and, in case of recurrence, he should be permanently banned. The video platform told the far-right leader last week that 15 of his videos...
Tags: Youtube, Tech, Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro

Activision Blizzard Employees To Walk Out Following Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Activison Blizzard employees are staging a walkout on Wednesday, July 28th in response to the company's handling of sexual harassment allegations brought by the state of California. Employees will meet outside Blizzard's main campus in Irvine at 10AM PST. "We believe that our values as employees are not being accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership," the organizers said in a statement. The news comes after California s...
Tags: Twitter, California, Tech, Irvine, Mike Morhaime, Activison Blizzard

Alphabet Earnings Manage to Beat Big Expectations. The Stock Is Rising

The Google-parent said revenue soared 62% in the latest quarter, well beyond Wall Street's already rosy forecast.
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Daily Crunch: No-code startup Bubble pops with $100 million Series A round

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 27, 2021. Today is a good day not only because the U.S. women’s national soccer team is heading to the Olympics quarter finals (shoutout Gotham’s Carli Lloyd!), but also because Danny Crichton just published an incredibly interesting EC-1 digging into RapidSOS. Danny has previously written extensively about disaster tech, ...
Tags: Google, TC, Pinterest, Instagram, China, Boston, New York City, Africa, America, Startup, Tech, Gotham, EC, Alex, Edtech, Shopify

Lucasfilm Hires Deepfake YouTuber Who Fixed The Mandalorian

Lucasfilm has hired the YouTuber known as Shamook, whose The Mandalorian deepfake, published in December, has earned nearly 2 million views for improving the VFX used to de-age Mark Hamill. CNET reports: "As some of you may already know, I joined ILM/Lucasfilms a few months ago and haven't had the time to work on any new YouTube content," Shamook wrote in the comment section of a recent video. "Now I've settled into my job, uploads should start increasing again. They'll still be slow, but hopefu...
Tags: Tech, Lucasfilm, Mark Hamill, Ilm, Indiewire, Shamook, ILM Lucasfilms

Cassie the bipedal robot runs a 5K

You may well recognize Cassie as the basis of Agility Robotics’ delivery bot, Digit. If you’ve been following the tech’s progression at all, however, you no doubt know that it started life as the ostrich-inspired Cassie. The robot is all legs and not much else. In addition to fueling Agility’s commercial ambitions, the robot has proven a solid platform for exploring bipedal location. Announced by Oregon State University professor Jonathan Hunt in 2017, Cassie was created with the aim of a $1 mil...
Tags: Tech, Robotics, Osu, Oregon State University, Cassie, College of Engineering, Agility, Agility Robotics, Jonathan Hunt, Dynamics Robotics Laboratory, Jeremy Dao, Yesh Godse

Here’s why thousands of Activision-Blizzard employees are planning to strike

The strike is on. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier today reported that Activision-Blizzard employees are planning a work stoppage for Wednesday, 28 July, in protest of the company’s response to a recent lawsuit. On 22 July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed suit against the Santa Monica-based company. The department investigated the company and determined it fostered a “frat boy” culture, paid women less, hired women less, and worked to keep its leadership exclusively whit...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Tech, Bloomberg, Activision Blizzard, Santa Monica, Jason Schreier

'A gag order for life' - How nondisclosure agreements silence and control workers in Silicon Valley

Excerpt of NDA provided to Insider by tech employee Kira isn't allowed to talk about the business trip she took to Texas in 2019, when she says a male colleague drugged and raped her. She awoke the next morning to find his credit card on the floor of her hotel bathroom, her underwear torn, and her body bruised.Kira canceled the second leg of her trip and flew home, where she called her boss to describe what happened. Her boss notified human resources, setting off a chain of events that...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Texas, Enterprise, Media, Law, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, Whistleblowers, NDA, Facebook Google, Kira, Tech Insider, Samantha Lee, Matt Drange

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's One-of-a-Kind Wu-Tang Clan Album Sold By US Government

H_Fisher writes: Only one copy exists of the Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and it was owned by "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli. Now, NPR reports that this album has been sold by the U.S. government to an unnamed buyer in order to pay Shkreli's civil forfeiture judgment following his conviction for securities fraud. The album, which was originally sold for $2 million, exists only as one physical CD copy. It was seized along with other assets in 2018, and while the sale price and buy...
Tags: US, Tech, Wu Tang, Shkreli, Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli, Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli Now NPR

Apple crushes June quarter earnings records

Apple announced Tuesday a new overall June quarter revenue record of $81.4 billion, a 36% year-over-year increase compared to $59.6 billion a year ago. The company posted a quarterly net profit of $21.7 billion, or $1.30 per diluted share, versus a profit of $11.2 billion, or 65 cents per diluted share, a year ago.
Tags: Apple, Finance, Article, FBN, Fbn/markets, FOXBusiness, Fox-business/markets, Fox-business/markets/stocks, Fox-business/markets/earnings, Fox-business/technology, Fox-business/organization/apple, Lucas Manfredi, 29662710-5964-582a-a7aa-ad3bb0a2c7fa

Google Cloud Offers a Model For Fixing Google's Product-Killing Reputation

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Google's reputation for aggressively killing products and services is hurting the company's brand. Any new product launch from Google is no longer a reason for optimism; instead, the company is met with questions about when the product will be shut down. It's a problem entirely of Google's own making, and it's yet another barrier that discourages customers from investing (either time, money, or data) in the latest Google thing. The wide publ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Aws, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Steve Yegge, Yegge, Google Stadia

Tim Cook on Apple Deciding to Manufacture Components: 'We Ask Ourselves If We Can Do Something Better'

During today's earnings call for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 (second calendar quarter), Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked how Apple decides what components to purchase and what components to develop, and Cook said that Apple asks if it can be done better. We ask ourselves if we can do something better. If we can deliver a better product. If we can buy something in the market and it's great and it's as good as what we can do, we're going to buy it. We'll only enter where we have an ability to d...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Intel, Tim Cook, Earnings, Qualcomm, M1

Apple posts a record June quarter thanks to iPhone sales

More than 14 years after they were first introduced, iPhones are still very much in demand.
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3 Tech Giants Report Combined Profits of More Than $50B

Three tech companies — Apple, Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet — reported combined profits of more than $50 billion in the April-June quarter, underscoring their unparalleled influence and success at reshaping the way we live.
Tags: Google, Apple Microsoft, Tech Giants

Apple Expecting iPhone and iPad Supply Constraints in September Quarter

During today's earnings call covering the third fiscal quarter of 2021 (second calendar quarter), Apple CFO Luca Maesteri said that Apple is expecting supply constraints to affect the iPhone and the iPad in the coming quarter. "The supply constraints that we've seen in the June quarter will be higher in the September quarter," said Maestri. The constraints will impact ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ sales in particular. It is not clear if these predicted supply constraints will affect the iPhone 13 mode...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Featured, Tim Cook, Earnings, Maestri, iPhone 13, Luca Maesteri

Apple Saw Double Digit Growth in iPhone Upgraders and Switchers in Q3 2021

Apple experienced "strong double digit growth" in the number of iPhone users who were upgrading an older device or swapping to an ‌iPhone‌ from an Android device, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during today's earnings call covering the third fiscal quarter of 2021. Cook said that it was the largest upgrade quarter for Q3 ever, and that the iPhone 12 upgrade cycle on the whole was "very strong." Sales of the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max were "particularly strong." Going forward, Cook sai...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Tim Cook, Earnings

Google revenue jumps 62%, fueled by demand for online advertising

This time last year, Google was starting to feel the early pandemic slump as large parts of the global economy shut down. On Tuesday, the company showed just how far it's come since.
Tags: Google, Cnn

Apple, Google, Microsoft profits soar in latest quarter

Three tech companies that have amassed unparalleled influence while reshaping the way we live released strong earnings results in a flurry late Tuesday.Although Apple, Microsoft and Google owner Alphabet Inc. make their money in... [Author: [email protected]]
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Tech blowout: Apple profit nearly doubles as iPhone sales surge

News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication
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Apple Q3 2021 Earnings Report Recap

Apple's (AAPL) Q3 earnings and revenue far exceeded analyst estimates. The company's services revenue also came in above forecasts.
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AirPods Pro are once again ridiculously cheap at Staples

Airpods Prod are perfect earbuds for the kind of user looking for quality of sound, and design supremacy.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Trends, Home Theater, Apple deals, Apple AirPods Pro, AirPods Deals, Home Theater Deals, Airpods Pro Deals, Staples 2021, True Wireless Headphone Deals

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