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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


To Fight Vaccine Misinformation, US Recruits an 'Influencer Army'

The New York Times tells the story of 17-year-old Ellie Zeiler, a TikTok creator with over 10 million followers, who received an email in June from Village Marketing, an influencer marketing agency. "It said it was reaching out on behalf of another party: the White House." Would Ms. Zeiler, a high school senior who usually posts short fashion and lifestyle videos, be willing, the agency wondered, to participate in a White House-backed campaign encouraging her audience to get vaccinated agains...
Tags: Colorado, White House, Tech, Atlanta, United States, New York Times, Bill Gates, Times, Denver, Phoenix, SAN JOSE Calif, Zeiler, Olivia Rodrigo, Village Marketing, US Recruits an Influencer Army, Ellie Zeiler


White House Touts Broadband Part of New Infrastructure Deal

The White House announced Wednesday that its "once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure" would include a part dedicated to improving Americans' access to the internet. From a report: Later, the Senate passed a critical test vote by 67-32, suggesting possible passage of the entire infrastructure bill in the coming days. "This bipartisan deal is the most important investment in public transit in American history and the most important investment in rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 ...
Tags: Senate, White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Amtrak, Commerce Department


10 Things in Politics: Big Tech boosts vax mandates

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:Senators advanced a bipartisan infrastructure dealBig Tech companies are telling their employees to be vaccinated before returning to the officePfizer is still pushing a booster shotWhat we're watching today: President Joe Biden will speak about the Delta variant and the state of vaccinations.With Phil Rosen...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Hollywood, Congress, Colorado, Washington Post, Cdc, Mexico, Senate, White House, Politico, US, NFL, America, Trends


Facebook warns of ‘headwinds’ to its ad business from regulators and Apple

Facebook posted its second quarter earnings Wednesday, beating expectations with $29 billion in revenue. The world’s biggest social media company was expected to report $27.8 billion in revenue for the quarter, a 50 percent increase from the same period in 2020. Facebook reported earnings per share of $3.61, which also bested expectations. The company’s revenue was $18.6 billion in the same quarter of last year. In the first financial period to really reflect a return to quasi-economic normalcy ...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Congress, White House, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Software, United States, Computing, Earnings, Biden


25% of people who rely on Facebook for news say they won't get a COVID-19 shot - slightly more than Fox News viewers, a survey suggests

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Tobias Hase/picture alliance via Getty Images The Washington Post surveyed people's news sources and vaccine hesitancy. A quarter of people relying on Facebook for their news said they wouldn't get a COVID-19 shot. This was slightly higher than the group who said they got their news from Fox. See more stories on Insider's business page. People who rely on Facebook for their news are slightly more likely to reject the COVID-19 vaccine than people wh...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Washington Post, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fox, Fox News, Vaccines, Biden, District Of Columbia, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham


10 Things in Politics: The 20 millennial Dem operatives to watch

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:These 20 millennial Democratic campaign operatives are reshaping politicsHere's what the CDC's new mask guidance means for youWhat a review of NDAs shows about the lengths Silicon Valley goes to silence employeesWhat we're watching today: President Joe Biden plans to visit Pennsylvania to talk about ...
Tags: Apple, Usa, Texas, Congress, Washington Post, Cdc, Senate, White House, Virginia, Berlin, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ap


Fauci Wants To Make Vaccines for the Next Pandemic Before It Hits

If funded, a government program costing several billion dollars could develop "prototype" vaccines to protect against 20 families of viruses. From a report: In one sense, the world got lucky with the new coronavirus. By sheer chance, scientists just happened to have spent years studying coronaviruses, developing exactly the tools needed to make Covid vaccines as soon as the virus's genetic sequence was published. But what will happen if the next pandemic comes from a virus that causes Lassa feve...
Tags: Congress, White House, Tech, Sudan, National Institutes of Health, Collins, Anthony S Fauci, Fauci, Francis Collins


Trump’s lawsuit brings needed scrutiny to Big Tech

Last month, Facebook’s “oversight board” announced that the company would bar former president Donald Trump from the social media network’s platforms for two years, which by total coincidence is exactly one congressional election cycle. At that point, the board said, it will consider whether the nation has the same levels of “violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly, and other markers of civil unrest.” The board’s evaluation of American society’s stability will determine whether the 45th pres...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Microsoft, California, Opinion, White House, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, United States, Donald Trump, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Trump, Apple Google, House Judiciary Committee


Two of the GOP's most prominent big tech critics previously sought work with Google: 'I dodged a bullet.'

Google's logo seen at its Mountain View campus. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Two of the GOP's fiercest Big Tech critics sought to work with Google in 2019, Politico reports. Mike Davis and Garrett Ventry reportedly offered to mend the firm's relationship with conservatives. Google has faced allegations of anti-conservative bias from a number of GOP lawmakers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two of the GOP's most vocal big tech critics ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York Post, Technology, White House, Politico, Trends, Bloomberg, Gop, Davis, Mountain View, Department Of Justice, Republican Party, Sundar Pichai, Trump, Mike Davis


Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies

Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a new carve-out in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to hold platforms liable for algorithmically-promoted health misinformation and conspiracies. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Medicine, Congress, White House, Articles, Social Media, Tech, President, Reddit, Vaccination, Amy Klobuchar, Department Of Justice, Biden, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


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


Biden tapped a prominent Google foe to head up the Justice Department's antitrust division

Biden's team of tech critics in government has swelled with the appointment of Kanter. Getty Images President Joe Biden has tapped a Google critic to head up the DOJ's antitrust division. Progressive favorite Jonathan Kanter has reportedly represented Microsoft and Yelp in cases against Google. Google is facing a tidal wave of regulatory scrutiny throughout the US and abroad. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden is set to nominate a prominent criti...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Microsoft, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Antitrust, Biden, Doj, Justice Department, Bernie Sanders, Federal Trade Commission


Biden tapped a prominent Google foe head up the Justice Department's antitrust division

Biden's team of tech critics in government has swelled with the appointment of Kanter. Getty Images President Joe Biden has tapped a Google critic to head up the DOJ's antitrust division. Progressive favorite Jonathan Kanter has reportedly represented Microsoft and Yelp in cases against Google. Google is facing a tidal wave of regulatory scrutiny throughout the US and abroad. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden is set to nominate a prominent criti...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Microsoft, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Antitrust, Biden, Doj, Justice Department, Bernie Sanders, Federal Trade Commission


Biden taps Google critic to lead the DOJ’s antitrust division

The Biden administration tripled down on its commitment to reining in powerful tech companies Tuesday, proposing committed Big Tech critic Jonathan Kanter to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Kanter is a lawyer with a long track record of representing smaller companies like Yelp in antitrust cases against Google. He currently practices law at his own firm, which specializes in advocacy for state and federal antitrust enforcement. “Throughout his career, Kanter has also been a lea...
Tags: Google, Amazon, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Biden, Msnbc, Doj, Justice Department, Columbia, Ftc, Trump, Tim Wu, National Economic Council, Kanter, Big Tech


Biden nominates another Big Tech enemy, this time to lead the DOJ’s antitrust division

The Biden administration tripled down on its commitment to reining in powerful tech companies Tuesday, proposing committed Big Tech critic Jonathan Kanter to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Kanter is a lawyer with a long track record of representing smaller companies like Yelp in antitrust cases against Google. He currently practices law at his own firm, which specializes in advocacy for state and federal antitrust enforcement. “Throughout his career, Kanter has also been a lea...
Tags: Google, Amazon, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Biden, Msnbc, Doj, Justice Department, Columbia, Ftc, Trump, Tim Wu, National Economic Council, Kanter, Big Tech


Biden Assembles the Final Member of His Big Tech Nightmare Squad

President Joe Biden has selected attorney and frequent critic of Google parent company Alphabet to lead the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the White House announced Tuesday. If approved, Kanter would join the Biden administration’s robust legal team that’s poised to combat Silicon Valley’s…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, White House, Joe Biden, United States, Silicon Valley, Biden, Alphabet, Tim Wu, Weiss, Kanter, Big Tech, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton Garrison LLP, Competition Law


Chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund arrested on foreign agent charges – live

Tom Barrack charged with acting as unregistered agent for UAEFauci clashes with Rand Paul over ‘gain of function research’Pelosi staffer and White House official test positive for Covid 8.30pm BST Florida congressman Charlie Crist and South Carolina congresswoman Nancy Mace have joined the #FreeBritney movement and introduced bipartisan legislation to protect the rights of those under conservatorship arrangements.Britney Spears shocked the world last month when she delivered impassioned test...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, New York, Technology, Media, Republicans, California, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, United States, US politics, United Arab Emirates


White House official and Pelosi aide test positive for Covid, reports say – live

Pair escorted delegation from Texas around Capitol this weekPresident walks back ‘Facebook is killing people’ comment 4.19pm BST The staffer of House speaker Nancy Pelosi who tested positive for Covid-19 has not been in contact with Pelosi since exposure. A senior aide in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office has tested positive for Covid after being in contact with Texas Democrats last week, @AnnieGrayerCNN confirms. The person has not been in contact w/Pelosi since exposure but Pelosi was se...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Technology, Media, Republicans, Washington, White House, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, House, Nancy Pelosi, Capitol, Pelosi


White House calls for social media firms to be ‘held accountable’ for Covid misinformation – live

President walks back ‘Facebook is killing people’ commentWhite House reiterates: ‘This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated’ 2.23pm BST Ahoy there, liveblog readers. Happy Tuesday. Yesterday Joe Biden walked back some of his criticism of Facebook, saying he never meant to say “Facebook is killing people” when it came to the spread of misinformation around Covid vaccines. President Biden clarifies his statement about Facebook: "My hope is, that Facebook instead of taking it personally, that some...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Republicans, White House, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, House, Biden, Coronavirus


15 free Comic-Con @Home panels to watch during the virtual comic convention July 23-25

With the in-person version of San Diego Comic-Con on pause for the pandemic, the annual celebration of popular culture arrives online again for a second Comic-Con @Home, which runs from Friday to Sunday, July 23-25, with a few early offerings on Wednesday and Thursday, July 21-22. We’ve scoured the program looking for old friends — Hello, Her Universe fashion show at 6 p.m. Friday. It’s also fun to make new discoveries, such as the promising Greatest Geek Year Ever: 1981 Week — Why’d It Have to ...
Tags: Apple, Books, Hbo, John Lewis, Movies, Melissa Mcbride, White House, Amc, Time, Ray Bradbury, Sport, Gotham, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego


US and Global Allies Accuse China of Massive Microsoft Exchange Attack

The U.S. government and its key allies, including the European Union, the U.K., and NATO, formally attributed the massive cyberattack against Microsoft Exchange email servers to state-sponsored hacking crews working affiliated with the People's Republic of China's Ministry of State Security (MSS). In a statement issued by the White House on Monday, the administration said, "with a high degree of [Author: [email protected] (Ravie Lakshmanan)]
Tags: White House, US, Tech, Nato, Republic of China, Microsoft Exchange, European Union the U K, Ravie Lakshmanan, Global Allies Accuse China of Massive Microsoft


34 thoughtful cookbook gifts for any occasion

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon; Gilbert Espinoza/Insider To me, there's no better gift to give or receive than a great cookbook. A cookbook with beautiful photos, thoughtful narratives, and foolproof recipes can feed the imagination, transport your giftee to another city or country, and inspire them to get creative in the kitchen. There are cookbooks out there to suit every type of cook, whether novice or expert, and feed ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Kitchen, Cooking, Gift Guide, London, Instagram, France, White House, China, New York City, Jerusalem, America, Trends, Turkey


US and allies blame China for Microsoft Exchange cyberattacks

The US and several allies have publicly blamed China for an array of “malicious cyber activities,” including the massive attack on Microsoft Exchange email servers earlier this year. The Microsoft Exchange hack, which was identified in January, affected over a quarter of a million servers worldwide. The Biden administration said it had a “high degree of confidence” that the attack was carried out by “malicious cyber actors” affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS). Beijing ha...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, White House, China, US, Tech, Beijing, Biden, Insider, MSS, Microsoft Exchange, Chinese Ministry of State Security MSS


'Facebook Isn't Killing People' -- Biden Walks Back Attack Over Vaccine Lies

President Joe Biden walked back some of his criticism of Facebook, saying Monday he meant to accuse a dozen users, but not the social media platform itself, of spreading deadly lies about Covid vaccines. From a report: "Facebook isn't killing people," Biden said. Biden added that he hopes Facebook will do more to fight "the outrageous misinformation" about coronavirus vaccines being spread on its platform "instead of taking it personally that somehow I'm saying Facebook is killing people." Last ...
Tags: Facebook, White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Biden


White House Formally Blames China's Ministry of State Security for Microsoft Exchange Hack

The U.S. and a coalition of allies on Monday formally attributed the sweeping campaign against Microsoft Exchange email servers to hackers affiliated with China's Ministry of State Security. From a report: The group assessed with "high confidence" that Beijing-linked digital operators carried out the attack that ensnared hundreds of thousands of systems worldwide, a senior Biden administration official told reporters on Sunday. In addition, the partners alleged the ministry -- which oversees the...
Tags: Japan, Microsoft, White House, China, Russia, Tech, European Union, Beijing, Nato, Biden, Ministry of State Security, MSS, Microsoft Exchange, Ministry of State


New Jersey brothers who made 60 million robocalls to sell cesspool cleaners must pay $1.66 million penalty

The FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule requires telemarketers to disclose the seller's identity. Tero Vesalainen / Shutterstock Three New Jersey brothers settled for $1.66 million after making 59.6 million robocalls. "Hello, this is not a sales call or a solicitation," the robocalls began. About 63% of the numbers called were on the National Do-Not-Call Registry. See more stories on Insider's business page. Three New Jersey brothers will pay $1.66 million to settle a federal lawsu...
Tags: News, White House, Sales, Trends, Tech, New Jersey, Carney, Department Of Justice, Doj, George W Bush, Justice Department, Robocalls, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Sean, Carbo


Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds

CCDH finds ‘disinformation dozen’ have combined following of 59 million people across multiple social media platformsThe vast majority of Covid-19 anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories originated from just 12 people, a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) cited by the White House this week found. Related: ‘They’re killing people’: Biden slams Facebook for Covid disinformation Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Internet, White House, Social Media, World news, US news, Biden, Coronavirus, CCDH, Center for Countering Digital Hate CCDH


Biden Says Platforms Like Facebook Are 'Killing People' With COVID-19 Misinformation

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The White House escalated its fight against vaccine misinformation on Friday, with President Biden directly criticizing Facebook and other platforms for allowing vaccine misinformation to spread -- and consequently raising the ongoing death toll from the deadly pandemic. Asked for a message to platforms like Facebook, Biden replied, "They're killing people ... the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they're killing people." The...
Tags: Facebook, White House, Tech, Biden, Facebook Biden, Biden Says Platforms Like Facebook


White House May Work With Carriers To Screen Anti-Vax Messages

According to Politico, "Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are [...] planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages." The White House is also planning to work with social media platforms and traditional media outlets to combat misinformation and ultimately improve vaccination rates. TmoNews reports: The White House could ask carriers like T-Mobile...
Tags: White House, Tech, Biden, Democratic National Committee, T Mobile Verizon, Kevin Munoz



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