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The Station: The script for Elon Musk’s Loop drivers, Redwood snags $700M and a chat with Kodiak Robotics’ co-founder

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. In case you missed it, our scoop machine Mark Harris was at it again. This time, he found some interesting and entertaining documents related to Elon Musk’s underground Loop system in Las Vega...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Twitter, Elon Musk, Minnesota, Microsoft, Indonesia, California, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Milwaukee, Singapore


A ‘safe space for racists’: antisemitism report criticises social media giants

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and TikTok failing to act on most reported anti-Jewish posts, says studyThere has been a serious and systemic failure to tackle antisemitism across the five biggest social media platforms, resulting in a “safe space for racists”, according to a new report.Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok failed to act on 84% of posts spreading anti-Jewish hatred and propaganda reported via the platforms’ official complaints system. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Youtube, Race, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, Holocaust, Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube, Antisemitism, Tiktok


Twitter offers up to $3,500 to people who can help fix apparent racial and gender bias in its image-cropping algorithm

Twitter has announced a bug bounty challenge. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter announced a new competition for computer researchers and hackers. The competition tasks entrants with helping to solve apparent bias in its image-cropping algorithm. Winners of the challenge will receive cash rewards of up to $3,500. See more stories on Insider's business page. Twitter has introduced a new competition for researchers and hackers to spot...
Tags: Twitter, News, Trends, Tech, Diversity, Racial Discrimination, Racial Bias, Getty Images Twitter, Big Tech, Tech Insider, Diversity In Tech, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Rafael Henrique SOPA Images LightRocket, Twitter accounts, Colin Madland, Weekend BI UK


Twitter offers $3,500 reward to people who can help fix apparent racial and gender bias in its image-cropping algorithm

Twitter has announced a bug bounty challenge. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter announced a new competition for computer researchers and hackers. The competition tasks entrants with helping to solve apparent bias in its image-cropping algorithm. Winners of the challenge will receive cash rewards of up to $3,500. See more stories on Insider's business page. Twitter has introduced a new competition for researchers and hackers to spot...
Tags: Twitter, News, Trends, Tech, Diversity, Racial Discrimination, Racial Bias, Getty Images Twitter, Big Tech, Tech Insider, Diversity In Tech, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Rafael Henrique SOPA Images LightRocket, Twitter accounts, Colin Madland, Weekend BI UK


Google, Facebook Say Employees Must Be Vaccinated Before Returning to the Office

No vax, no entry: Google and Facebook, two of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, have both mandated that staffers have received COVID vaccines before they can return to the office. Google is requiring employees be vaccinated before coming back to the internet giant’s offices in the U.S. in the next few weeks, and in other countries […]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Silicon Valley, Google Facebook


CEOs told to ‘think before they tweet’ after Just Eat spat with Uber

Boss’s Twitter rant against Uber Eats risks backfiring, as experts warn online outbursts can damage companies’ reputationChief executives are being warned to “think twice before they tweet” after the boss of takeaway company Just Eat Takeaway was told his Twitter spat with Uber threatened to undermine the firm’s reputation.Jitse Groen this week became the latest in a growing list of chief executives to be rebuked by customers, investors and even regulators over ill-judged tweets. Continue readin...
Tags: Apple, Uber, Twitter, Elon Musk, Media, Internet, Tesla, Blogging, Tim Cook, Jitse Groen


Twitter shuttering NY, SF offices in response to new CDC guidelines

Just two weeks after reopening its New York and San Francisco offices, social media giant Twitter said Wednesday that it will be closing those offices “immediately.” The decision came “after careful consideration of the CDC’s updated guidelines, and in light of current conditions,” a spokesperson said. “Twitter has made the decision to close our opened offices in New York and San Francisco as well as pause future office reopenings, effective immediately. We’re continuing to closely monitor local...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Twitter, New York, Cdc, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, Software, Delta, Sundar Pichai, Google Alphabet, Lori Goler, TechCrunch Facebook


Daily Crunch: $150M Series D vaults search-as-a-service provider Algolia to $2.25B valuation

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 28, 2021. What a day. Duolingo went public. Algolia raised an epic round. Crypto prices rose. And we’re being treated to a raft of earnings reports from tech’s biggest names. If you like tech news, boy do we have a post for you. Let’s go! — Alex P.S. Super cheap Disrupt tickets end in two days, so snag yours now. All the c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Twitter, Spotify, Etsy, China, Tech, Walmart, Crypto, Alex, Branson, Shopify, Alphabet, Bezos


48-hour countdown to early bird savings on passes to TC Disrupt 2021

What’s big enough, bold enough and influential enough to inspire more than 10,000 people around the world to carve out three days from their intensely busy schedules? If you said TechCrunch Disrupt 2021, the grand matriarch of startup tech conferences, well friend, you’d be right on the money. And speaking of money, you have just 48 hours left to score the early-bird price on TC Disrupt Innovator, Founder and Investor passes. Buy any of these passes and attend all three days of Disrupt for less ...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Hollywood, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Software, United States, Private Equity, Seth Rogen, Andreessen Horowitz, Operating Systems, TechCrunch, Coo, Startup Company, Calendly


Twitter launches US e-commerce pilot that lets users shop from profiles

Twitter this morning will launch a pilot in the U.S. aimed at testing the potential for e-commerce on its platform. The company is introducing a new “Shop Module” that offers brands, businesses and other retailers the ability to showcase their products to Twitter users directly on the business’ profile. Users will then be able to scroll through a carousel of product images in the module and tap through on a product they’re interested in purchasing. This opens up the business’s website inside the...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Twitter, Social Networks, US, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Online Shopping, Retail, Shopify, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Page


Twitter launches U.S. e-commerce pilot that lets users shop from profiles

Twitter this morning will launch a pilot in the U.S. aimed at testing the potential for e-commerce on its platform. The company is introducing a new “Shop Module” that offers brands, businesses and other retailers the ability to showcase their products to Twitter users directly on their profile. Users will then be able to scroll through a carousel of product images, and tap through on a product they’re interested in purchasing. This opens up the business’s website inside the Twitter app itself, ...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Twitter, Tech, Shopify, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Page, Bruce Falck, Ned Segal, Falck, Facebook TikTok, Merchant Advisory Board, Morgan Technology Media and Communications


‘Please explain what OG means’: delight as Fiji politician discovers Twitter

Pio Tikoduadua, president of the opposition National Federation Party, has won praise and followers with his faltering attempts to understand social mediaA leading opposition MP from Fiji is delighting new social media followers with his wide-eyed discovery of Twitter, even as the country is experiencing heightened political tensions.Pio Tikoduadua, who is the president of the National Federation Party, announced on Monday that while his Twitter account had been created a while ago, it had been ...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, World news, Blogging, Asia Pacific, Fiji, Pacific Islands, Pio Tikoduadua, National Federation Party


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


Twitter ‘acqui-hires’ the team from subscription news app, Brief

Twitter’s recent acquisition spree continues today as the company announces it has acqui-hired the team from news aggregator and summary app Brief. The startup from former Google engineers launched last year to offer a subscription-based news summary app that aimed to tackle many of the problems with today’s news cycle, including information overload, burnout, media bias, and algorithms that promoted engagement over news accuracy. Twitter declined to share deal terms. Before starting Brief, co-f...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Twitter, Technology, News, Media, Microsoft, India, Tech, New York Times, M&a, Hobbs, Acquisition


How much top tech companies pay marketers in the US

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Roy Rochlin/WireImage/Getty Images Tech companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber, and Airbnb have become top destinations for marketers. Insider analyzed public data to get a sense of what the industry is paying. Google paid a product marketer up to $315,000, for example, while Facebook paid about $222,000 for a similar role. See more stories on Insider's business page. With their perks and high pay, tech companies have become top destinations for marketers. ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Advertising, Marketing, US, Trends, Strategy, Airbnb, Salaries, Nordic, Advertising Agencies, Tech Insider, Facebook Google Amazon Uber


Strava Needs To Start Backing Up Its Inclusive Marketing Claims

Last week, a sponsored Strava Instagram post with adaptive athletes caught my eye. It’s a pitch for the company’s new Group Challenges feature, and powerfully highlights how the service can eliminate barriers between athletes, regardless of differences in sport, geographic location, or physical ability. The post’s message is one of inclusivity, something that’s been present in Strava’s marketing work since at least 2014. The company began adding adaptive activity types in 2017, an...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, General, Instagram, Sport, Web, Accessibility, Cycling, Strava, Inclusivity, A11y, Adaptive Athletics, Strava Instagram, Social Media Blackout Strava, Mary Kate Callahan


Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft are cracking down on white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys and 3 Percenters

White supremacists stand behind their shields at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts A non-profit formed by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter is cracking down on white supremacist groups. Groups like the Proud Boys will be added to a shared database that also tracks known terrorist organizations. That database is used by the tech giants to identify content for removal across their services. Visit the Business section of Insider for more ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Crime, Microsoft, Law, Internet, Youtube, Trends, Social Media, Linkedin, Regulation, Al Qaeda, Hamas, White Supremacists, Reuters


Facebook, Twitter and Other Tech Giants To Target Attacker Manifestos, Far-right Militias in Database

A counterterrorism organization formed by some of the biggest U.S. tech companies including Facebook and Microsoft is significantly expanding the types of extremist content shared between firms in a key database, aiming to crack down on material from white supremacists and far-right militias, the group told Reuters. From the report: Until now, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism's (GIFCT) database has focused on videos and images from terrorist groups on a United Nations list and so h...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Tech, United Nations, Islamic State al Qaeda, Facebook Twitter, GIFCT, Reuters From


Tennessee man died from heart attack after ‘Swatting’ over Twitter handle

Man pleads guilty to conspiracy after British caller sent heavily armed police to the house of Mark Herring, 60A 60-year-old man in Tennessee had a heart attack and died after being “Swatted” over control of a Twitter handle. Related: The terror of swatting: how the law is tracking down high-tech prank callers Continue reading...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, World news, US news, Digital Media, Tennessee, US crime, Mark Herring


US stocks close at record highs as investors cheer blockbuster earnings

Xinhua/Wang Ying/ Getty Images US stocks finished the week at record highs after a blockbuster week of earnings. Shares of tech giants including Snap and Twitter soared after earnings came in above expectations. Bitcoin hovered just above $32,000, gold was little changed, and oil edged higher. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. US stocks finished the week strong with all three major indexes closing at records Friday as investors cheered blockbuster t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Twitter, China, US, Trends, Markets, Bank Of America, Bloomberg, Bitcoin, US Treasury, Stock Market, Nasdaq, Dow, Uae


Duolingo’s bellwether IPO

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We were smaller team this week, with Natasha and Alex together with Chris to sort through yet another summer frenzy of a week. This time around we actually recorded live on Twitter Spaces, which was a first for the podcast. If you missed it, it’s probably because we didn’t promote the taping since it was just an experiment. Good news, though, is that it went well, ...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Twitter, Europe, Tech, Eu, Venture Capital, Crypto, Bolt, Equity, Alex, Edtech, Duolingo, Clubhouse, Chris


Jack Dorsey says bitcoin will be a big part of Twitter’s future

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed to investors that bitcoin will be a “big part” of the company’s future, as he sees opportunities to integrate the cryptocurrency into existing Twitter products and services, including commerce, subscriptions, and other new additions like the Twitter Tip Jar and Super Follows. Dorsey has been a staunch bitcoin advocate for years, but how it would be put into action on Twitter’s platform had not yet been spelled out in detail. However, Dorsey has often publicly to...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Jay Z, Tech, Square, Jack Dorsey, Cnbc, Cryptocurrency, Dorsey, Alex Weprin, Overall Twitter, Bitcoin Square


Trouble in fandom paradise: Tumblr users lash out against its beta subscription feature

The Tumblr community often refers to itself as the Wild West of the internet, and they’re not wrong. A text post with over 70,000 notes puts it best: “Tumblr is my favorite social media site because this place is literally uninhabitable for celebrities. No verification system, no algorithm that boosts their posts, it’s a completely lawless wasteland for them.” But like any social media company, Tumblr needs to keep itself afloat in order for its users to continue sharing esoteric fan art, incomp...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Post, Instagram, Youtube, Wordpress, Neil Gaiman, Social Media, Tech, Spokesperson, Mit, Software, Reddit, Tumblr


Twitter Beta for iOS Gains 'Sign in With Apple' Option

Twitter's beta for iOS has gained "Sign in With Apple" functionality, with the end goal of allowing users to create Twitter accounts using their Apple ID, but still in beta, the feature is still not fully functioning properly. Twitter researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered earlier this month that Twitter was working to port over Sign in With Apple to its service. Wong's report was based on code found within Twitter's website. With its beta app for iOS, Twitter is now properly testing the fun...
Tags: Apple, Google, Twitter, Wong, Twitter Sign, Jane Manchun Wong, Sign in with Apple, Twitter Beta


A DNS outage just took down a large chunk of the internet

A large chunk of the internet dropped offline on Thursday. Some of the most popular sites, apps and services on the internet were down, including UPS and FedEx (which have since come back online), Airbnb, Fidelity, and others are reporting Steam, LastPass, and the PlayStation Network are all experiencing downtime. Many other websites around the world are also affected, including media outlets in Europe. What appears to be the cause is an outage at Akamai, an internet security giant that provides...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Twitter, Europe, Technology, Internet, Tech, Spokesperson, UPS, Computing, Airbnb, Cloudflare, Lastpass, Dns, Shopify, Notion


The wild life of billionaire Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who eats one meal a day, evangelizes about bitcoin, and had to defend his company in front of Congress

Jack Dorsey onstage at a bitcoin convention on June 4, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Jack Dorsey cofounded Twitter in 2006, and the company has made him a billionaire. He is famous for his unusual life of luxury, including a daily fasting routine and regular ice baths. Dorsey holds two CEO jobs at Twitter and his payment company Square. Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories. From fighting armies of bots to quashing rumors about sending his beard hair to ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, Twitter, New York Post, Japan, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Obama, Congress, Washington, Cbs News, Life, Senate, White House


Twitter tests Reddit-style upvote and downvote buttons

Twitter will test the use of Reddit-like upvote and downvote buttons as a way to better highlight the more interesting and relevant replies in a longer conversation thread. The company announced this afternoon it would begin what it’s calling a “small research experiment” that will add upvote and downvote buttons to replies, or even replace the “Like” button entirely. In some cases, the upvote and downvote buttons may be up arrows and down arrows, while in other cases they may be thumbs up and t...
Tags: Social, TC, Twitter, Tweets, Social Media, Tech, Reddit, Conversations, Social Software, Elam, Like Button, Downvote, Upvote, Like Twitter, Cody Elam


Briton arrested over high-profile Twitter account hacks

22-year-old faces multiple charges in connection with attacks on accounts of politicians and celebritiesA 22-year-old British citizen has been arrested in Spain in connection with a July 2020 Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of high-profile politicians and celebrities, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday.It named the British man as Joseph James O’Connor and said he faced multiple charges. He was also accused in a criminal complaint of computer intrusions related to takeovers of...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Spain, UK News, US news, Hacking, US Justice Department, Joseph James O'Connor


Digital audiences swell, but there may be trouble ahead

Social media user growth continues, but policy changes may impact marketers’ ability to take full advantage. Despite the rapid increases in digital adoption and use that we’ve seen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than a year ago, the latest update in the Global Digital Reports series reveals that digital growth rates remain elevated as we move into the second half of 2021. Our Digital 2021 July Global Statshot Report – published in partnership with Hootsuite and We A...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Japan, Usa, UK, Instagram, Internet, Youtube, Mexico, China, Germany, Singapore


Twitter tests a TweetDeck revamp it hopes to make a subscription product

Twitter announced today it will begin testing a new set of features for TweetDeck, the company’s often-ignored social media dashboard aimed at Twitter’s power users, which Twitter may soon turn into a new subscription service. According to a post from Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour, the revamped version of the Twitter client will include a full tweet composer, new advanced search features, new column types, and a new ways to group columns into clean workspaces. We’re testing new feature...
Tags: Social, Apps, Twitter, Australia, Tweet, Social Media, Tech, Canada, Kayvon Beykpour, Tweetdeck, Jane Manchun Wong, Eric Zuckerman, Angelo Tomasco



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