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10 things in tech: Amazon turnover, Airbnb payouts, Intel salaries

Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Amazon burns through workers so quickly that execs worry they'll run out of people to employ. The company has been on a massive hiring spree, but those employees are quitting almost as fast as they can be hired, according to The New York Times. More on Amazon's 150% turnover rate.2. Pink Floyd's Roger Waters said he won't ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Spain, Intel, Pink Floyd, Hawaii, Tennessee, New York Times, Larry Ellison, Airbnb


BookClub checks out a shiny new $20 million Series A

Serial edtech entrepreneur David Blake, who co-founded Degreed and launched LearnIn, is living the dream of any book worm. He reads at least one book a week, talks to the authors behind it and unpacks his biggest questions around the subtlest of passages. And it’s all thanks to his latest startup, BookClub, which first launched in September to bring author-led book clubs to readers. “With Degreed, it’s big, it’s enterprise and it’s structural. It brought a deep sense of fulfillment, it felt rigo...
Tags: Startups, TC, America, Tech, New York Times, Oprah, Edtech, Emily Chang, Blake, Barbara Corcoran, David Blake, Signal Peak Ventures, Aaron Rasmussen, Degreed, Otis Chandler, Bookclub


Creatd Launches New 'Fiction' Community on Vocal

Creatd, Inc., the parent company of Vocal, today announced the launch of 'Fiction,' Vocal's newest community.  'Fiction'  was launched with the goal of showcasing creators' imaginative work, housing fiction stories of any genre or format. In conjunction with the launch, the Company has also named Unbound as the official supporter of the 'Fiction' community.  Unbound  is the world's first crowdfunding book publisher, whose platform empowers authors with the tools, support, and community to bring...
Tags: New York, Technology, London, Washington, Neil Gaiman, Advertising, New York Times, Times, Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street Journal, Harper, Economist, New Statesman, Waterstones, Cormac Mccarthy, Wagner


Microsoft's Smith Says Secret Subpoenas Hurt US Tech Companies

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith criticized secret data subpoenas sent by the government to cloud providers like his company and Apple, saying gag orders on requests for personal information undermine freedoms and are hurting U.S. technology companies in Europe. From a report: Last week the New York Times reported that during the administration of former President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Justice demanded records from Apple relating to two Democrats on the U.S. ...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Microsoft, Tech, New York Times, Smith, Donald Trump, Doj, U S Department of Justice, Brad Smith, Congressional, US Tech Companies, U S House Intelligence Committee CNBC, Bloomberg Television Microsoft


The Station: Robotaxi apps on the rise, an AI pioneer’s new startup and mobility event highlights

Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Welp, the mobility event is over and we had loads of interesting interviews and anyone with an Extra Crunch subscription can access the videos. For instance, Rita Liao moderated a panel with executives from three Chinese robotaxi companies — WeRide, AutoX and Momenta — that also test and develop in Europe and the United States. One inter...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Indonesia, California, Senate, White House, China, Russia, Softbank, America, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg


Top Democrats say it's 'beyond belief' that Trump DOJ leaders didn't know about the secret subpoenas targeting their party's lawmakers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Win McNamee/Getty Images Trumps attorneys general denied knowledge of the DOJ's subpoenas of Dem. lawmakers' phone records. Nancy Pelosi said it was "beyond belief" they didn't know about it. Rep. Eric Swalwell, one of the lawmakers targeted, said the order would've required sign-off from AGs. See more stories on Insider's business page. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was "beyond belief" that Justice Department leaders under former Presid...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, White House, Russia, Trends, Cnn, House, New York Times, News UK, Nancy Pelosi, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Trump


'Dozens' of Companies are Now Trying to Build Flying Cars

The New York Times shares footage from a flying car's test flight in California — "a single-person aircraft for use in rural areas — essentially a private flying car for the rich — that could start selling this year." (You can read the text of the article here.) "It may look like a strange beast, but it will change the way transportation happens," they're told by Marcus Leng, the Canadian inventor who designed the aircraft (which he named BlackFly): BlackFly is what is often called a flying c...
Tags: Google, California, Tech, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Stanford University, Sebastian Thrun, Kitty Hawk, Thrun, Leng, Marcus Leng


G7 Nations Promise Decarbonization, 870 Million Covid-19 Vaccines

Slashdot reader Charlotte Web writes: The "Group of Seven" (or G7) nations are some of the world's largest economies — the U.S. and Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, and Italy, and Japan. On Sunday they pledged $2 billion to help developing countries pivot away from fossil fuels and pledged an "overwhelmingly decarbonized" electricity sector by 2030. The New York Times calls these "major steps in what leaders hope will be a global transition to wind, solar and other energy that does not produce...
Tags: Japan, China, Politico, Tech, Canada, New York Times, Italy, Who, Boris Johnson, State, Antony Blinken, Ryan Heath, Charlotte Web, U K France Germany, The Group of Seven


Apple told former White House counsel Don McGahn that his and his wife's records were subpoenaed by Trump DOJ in 2018: NYT

Donald McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016. Reuters/Brendan McDermid Apple told Don McGahn last month that the DOJ subpoenaed information on an account in February 2018, according to the NYT. The action occurred while McGahn was still serving under then-President Donald Trump. According to the NYT, it is unclear what FBI a...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, California, White House, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Times, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj


Apple told former White House counsel Don McGahn that his records were subpoenaed by DOJ in 2018: NYT

Donald McGahn, lawyer and Trump advisor, exits following a meeting of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's national finance team at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City, U.S., June 9, 2016. Reuters/Brendan McDermid Apple told Don McGahn last month that the DOJ subpoenaed information on an account in February 2018, according to the NYT. The action occurred while McGahn was still serving under then-President Donald Trump. According to the NYT, it is unclear what FBI a...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, California, White House, Russia, New York City, US, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Times, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj


Top Justice Department officials Sessions, Barr and Rosenstein all deny knowledge of secret subpoenas targeting Democratic lawmakers

Attorney General William Barr, left, stands with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, right, following a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2019. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Former attorney generals Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr have denied knowledge of secret DoJ subpoenas. The subpoenas targeted Democratic lawmakers as part of a leaks probe. The DoJ has not revealed who authorized the ph...
Tags: Apple, Politics, California, Washington, Politico, Russia, Trends, Cnn, House, New York Times, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department


Is Bitcoin More Traceable Than Cash?

The New York Times argues that this week changed Bitcoin's reputation as "secure, decentralized and anonymous" (adding "Criminals, often operating in hidden reaches of the internet, flocked to Bitcoin to do illicit business without revealing their names or locations. The digital currency quickly became as popular with drug dealers and tax evaders as it was with contrarian libertarians.") "But this week's revelation that federal officials had recovered most of the Bitcoin ransom paid in the rec...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Times, Justice Department, Start, Treasury Department, Haun, Marc Raimondi, Kathryn Haun, Bitwise Asset Management, Jesse Proudman, Hunter Horsley, TRM Labs, Andreessen Horowitz There, Ari Redbord


Dartmouth Abandons Controversial Online Cheating Investigation at Medical School

Dartmouth's Geisel medical school is dropping its investigation into alleged online cheating, the New York Times reports: In March, Dartmouth charged 17 students with cheating based on a review of certain online-activity data on Canvas — a popular learning-management system where professors post assignments and students submit their work — during remote exams. The school quickly dropped seven of the cases after at least two students argued that administrators had mistaken automated Canvas activ...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Dartmouth, Times, Duane Compton, Geisel


Watergate figure John Dean described the Trump DOJ's surveillance of House Democrats as 'Nixon on stilts and steroids'

John Dean is seen testifying before the House Judiciary Committee hearing about Lessons from the Mueller Report on June 10, 2019. Saul Loeb/AFP John Dean described the Trump DOJ's surveillance of Democrats as "Nixon on stilts and steroids." Dean criticized Bill Barr, alleging that the former attorney general was committed to serving Trump. Rep. Adam Schiff of California has called for "a full accounting of the Trump DOJ's abuse of power." See more stories on Insider's business ...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, California, White House, US, Trends, Cnn, House, New York Times, Arizona, Department Of Justice, Vietnam, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj


Why the Music Industry Doesn't Hate YouTube Any More

Today is Record Store Day, an annual event celebrating the culture of independently-owned record stores. And music industry players have said they actually got more money from the sale of vinyl records than they do from YouTube. But is that changing? The New York Times reports those figures are from a time when YouTube was only selling ads on (or beside) music videos and then sharing that cash with the record labels and performs: Fast forward to last week, when YouTube disclosed that it paid ...
Tags: Spotify, Youtube, Tech, Pandora, New York Times, Bloomberg News, Spotify YouTube, Lucas Shaw


How Apple, Google, and Microsoft reacted to Trump-era DOJ subpoenas and requests for data on political rivals and journalists

Apple CEO Tim Cook with former President Donald Trump in 2019. Tom Brenner/Reuters The Trump-era Justice Department requested data from Apple, Google, and Microsoft on his rivals. Rep. Eric Swalwell, whose data was sought, said Trump acted like the "most despicable dictators." Here's how each company responded to the legal requests. See more stories on Insider's business page. During President Donald Trump's years in the White House, the Department of Justice requested informat...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Congress, White House, Trends, Daily Mail, New York Times, Tim Cook, Department Of Justice, Times, Donald Trump, Doj, Cnbc, Trump, Reuters


Opinion: Will Trump be held accountable -- this time?

It looks like former President Donald Trump was willing to go even further than we knew in his war against leaks. According to the New York Times, prosecutors in the Justice Department obtained, via subpoena from Apple, information from the accounts of at least two members of the House Intelligence Committee--Representatives Adam Schiff of California and Eric Swalwell of California-- and also looked into the metadata of their aides and family members (including at least one minor).
Tags: Apple, News, California, New York Times, Stories, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell


Apple Admits It Ranked Its Files App Ahead of Competitor Dropbox

During the Epic v. Apple trial, an email chain surfaced that reveals Apple seemingly admitted "it manually boosted the ranking of its own Files app ahead of the competition for 11 entire months," reports The Verge. This comes after two monstrous reports by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times showed Apple's App Store clearly and consistently ranking its own apps ahead of competitors. Apple claimed it had done nothing wrong. The Verge reports: "We are removing the manual boost and the s...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Epic, New York Times, App Store, Wall Street Journal, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Naskar, Matt Fischer, Debankur Naskar


Apple says it didn't share pictures or emails from lawmakers' phones with Trump DOJ under subpoenas seeking to unmask leakers

President Donald Trump meets with members of his American Technology Council, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, on June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Apple revealed new details about the Trump DOJ's subpoena targeting House Intel Committee lawmakers. It told TechCrunch the subpoena included a gag order and "no information" on the DOJ's inquiry. Apple said it gave "account subscriber information" and no content, "such as emails or pictures." See more stories ...
Tags: Apple, Politics, News, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Russia, Trends, House, New York Times, Tim Cook, The Times, Department Of Justice, Biden, Times, House Intelligence Committee


Trump Justice Department Subpoenaed Apple for Data From House Intelligence Committee Democrats

Prosecutors in the Trump administration Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats -- including Chairman Adam Schiff -- along with their staff and family members as part of a leak investigation, an Intelligence Committee official and a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. From a report: Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, another Democrat on the committee, told CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday evening that he was notified that h...
Tags: Apple, California, Russia, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, New York Times, Don Lemon, House Intelligence Committee, Justice Department, James Comey, Trump, Adam Schiff, Schiff, Intelligence Committee, Eric Swalwell


Michael Cohen says DOJ acted like 'mafia' under the 'corrupt arm of the Trump administration' after the revelation it secretly obtained data from Democratic lawmakers

Michael Cohen pauses while speaking with members of the media after leaving the Manhattan district attorney’s office on March 19, 2021 in New York City. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Michael Cohen told Insider the Justice Department was corrupted by former President Donald Trump. The ex-president's former personal attorney was reacting to news the department spied on lawmakers. The department had subpoenaed Apple for data on Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, among others. See mor...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Law, Russia, Trends, Surveillance, New York Times, Manhattan, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Charles Davis, Justice Department, Trump, Democratic, Cohen


YouTube has blocked Sen. Ron Johnson for 7 days after it removed a video of him spreading coronavirus misinformation

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Drew Angerer/Getty Images YouTube has suspended Sen. Ron Johnson's account for spreading medical misinformation. The company specifically prohibits content that contradicts public-health guidance. The Republican routinely holds Senate hearings where he promotes baseless conspiracy theories. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sen. Ron Johnson has been suspended from YouTube for a week after his account uploaded a video of him spreading medical ...
Tags: Google, Florida, Politics, Youtube, Senate, Trends, Social Media, New York Times, Wisconsin, Republican Party, Johnson, Politicians, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Ron Johnson, Misinformation


YouTube has blocked Senator Ron Johnson for 7 days after it removed a video of him spreading coronavirus treatment misinformation

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) speaks to reporters and tells them why he is against a January 6 commission. Drew Angerer/Getty Images YouTube has suspended Senator Ron Johnson's account for spreading medical misinformation. The company specifically prohibits content that contradicts public health guidance. The Republican routinely holds Senate hearings where he promotes baseless conspiracy theories. See more stories on Insider's business page. Senator Ron Johnson has been suspended from Y...
Tags: Google, Florida, Politics, Youtube, Senate, US, Trends, Social Media, New York Times, Wisconsin, Republican Party, Johnson, Politicians, Times, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal


Trump Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from House Intelligence Committee Democrats, sources say

By Manu Raju, Evan Perez, Katie Bo Williams and Paul LeBlanc | CNN Prosecutors in the Trump administration Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats — including Chairman Adam Schiff — along with their staff and family members as part of a leak investigation, an Intelligence Committee official and a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, another Democrat on the committee, told CNN’s Don Le...
Tags: Apple, Florida, UK, California, Washington Post, Senate, Russia, Sport, Cnn, Fbi, Soccer, Tennessee, House, New York Times, New Jersey, Marco Rubio


10 Things in Politics: Manchin is the VIP for Biden's agenda

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:Progressives are peeved at Joe Manchin while West Virginia basks in Biden's loveBiden is said to have ordered a scathing private rebuke of the UK before the G7Bill Gates' farmland reportedly grows potatoes for McDonald's friesOne thing to watch for: President Joe Biden will attend the first day of th...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Florida, UK, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, US, America, West Virginia, Trends


DOJ Forced Apple to Reveal Data from Two House Democrats as Part of Trump's Leaker Crusade

It recently came to light that the Trump-era Department of Justice quietly seized phone records of journalists at the Washington Post, CNN, and the New York Times to suss out their sources as part of the administration’s rabid crackdown on leakers. Well, apparently the witch hunt didn’t stop there: In 2017 and 2018, a…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Science, Rachel Maddow, California, Joe Biden, Companies, New York Times, Apple Inc, Trump, Adam Schiff, Washington Post CNN, Trumpukraine Scandal, Science And Technology In The United States, DOJ Forced Apple, Trump era Department of Justice


Trump's Justice Department targeted Democrats in Congress in search for source of leaks related to the Russia investigation, New York Times reports

Rep. Adam Schiff chairs the House intelligence committee. Saul Loeb/Getty Images Trump's Justice Department seized records from Apple that belonged to Democrats in Congress. Members of the House Intel Committee, including Rep. Adam Schiff, were targeted, along with their families and staffers. The DOJ was looking for the source of leaks regarding the Russia investigation. See more stories on Insider's business page. While searching for the source of leaked intelligence regarding th...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Congress, California, Russia, Trends, Cnn, House, New York Times, The Times, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, Times, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Doj


Improving Search to better protect people from harassment

Over the past two decades of building Google Search, we’ve continued to improve and refine our ability to provide the highest quality results for the billions of queries we see every day. Our core principles guide every improvement, as we constantly update Search to work better for you. One area we’d like to shed more light on is how we balance maximizing access to information with the responsibility to protect people from online harassment.We design our ranking systems to surface high quality r...
Tags: Google, Search, New York Times, Pandu Nayak


Here are 9 fascinating facts to know about BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager

BlackRock Chief Executive Larry Fink. AP BlackRock, the largest money manager, is an increasingly influential player in Washington, DC. Insider has rounded up a rundown of fast facts to know about BlackRock. Sign up for the Insider Finance daily newsletter. BlackRock, the world's largest investment manager, has become an increasingly influential Wall Street player in Washington, DC as a poster child of the revolving door between finance and politics.The firm has hired notable policy...
Tags: Google, Japan, New York, Obama, California, China, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Linkedin, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Aig, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc, New York Times


Google Seeks To Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

Google is changing its algorithm as part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content. From a report: For many years, the vicious cycle has spun: Websites solicit lurid, unverified complaints about supposed cheaters, sexual predators, deadbeats and scammers. People slander their enemies. The anonymous posts appear high in Google results for the names of victims. Then the websites charge the victims thousands of dollars to take the posts down. This circle of slander has been lucrative f...
Tags: Google, Tech, New York Times



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