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Amazon and Facebook Listed Among the Dozen Most Dangerous Workplaces Amazon and Facebook Listed Among the Dozen Most Dangerous Workplaces

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) today released its annual “dirty dozen” list of employers operating some of the most dangerous workplaces in America, and Amazon topped the list for the second year running. Among the newcomers, Facebook has now earned a spot on the list.

Philip Morris Has an Incredible Scheme to Promote the Juicero of Vapes Philip Morris Has an Incredible Scheme to Promote the Juicero of Vapes

Cigarette smoking has been on a historic decline in the US. This leaves slightly less profitable tobacco conglomerates with another opportunity to prove yet again that they’re evil and stupid in equal measure. “What’s something all smokers—the people we are slowly making sick and then eventually dead—need” you can…

Gimlet Gets a Union Gimlet Gets a Union

After over a month of private and not-so-private squabbling, the management of podcasting firm Gimlet has recognized a union composed of staffers at the company. With Spotify’s purchase of the network in February, this makes Gimlet Union one of the first organized workforces under the umbrella of a major tech firm.

The New Vine Is in Closed Beta, Only Needs 499,999,901 More Users The New Vine Is in Closed Beta, Only Needs 499,999,901 More Users

The death of short-form video platform Vine—a wonderful, barely functional and totally unmonetizable comedy playground, may she forever RIP in peace—was the mile marker that ended fun internet and began the era of chore internet.

Microsoft and GitHub Workers Take a Stand Against Grueling, Inhumane '996' Culture in China Microsoft and GitHub Workers Take a Stand Against Grueling, Inhumane '996' Culture in China

For tech workers in China, a brutal work schedule of 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week (usually just called “996") is not only commonplace, it’s been hailed as “a huge blessing” by the likes of Alibaba’s eccentric and fantastically wealthy taskmaster, Jack Ma.

Amazon Will Force Its Flex Delivery Drivers to Snap Selfies for Face-Recognition Authentication Amazon Will Force Its Flex Delivery Drivers to Snap Selfies for Face-Recognition Authentication

Amazon’s internal delivery service, Amazon Flex, will require its drivers to take photos of themselves to be validated with facial recognition.

The Criterion Channel Should Be My Favorite Streaming Platform The Criterion Channel Should Be My Favorite Streaming Platform

It wasn’t so long ago that Netflix’s focus was on developing a curated library of titles rather than its own original, largely episodic content—and the nostalgics among us still pine for those days. With Filmstruck now deceased, the recently-launched Criterion Channel is close to being the ideal streaming platform for…

A Tech Company That Actually Makes Money Just IPO'd A Tech Company That Actually Makes Money Just IPO'd

Zoom is a conference platform business people use to do business. It’s just like Skype, or Lifesize, or Google Hangouts, UberConference, or Bluejeans, but different!

Over 1,000 Counterfeit Juul Pods Containing Questionable Substances Seized by Border Protection Over 1,000 Counterfeit Juul Pods Containing Questionable Substances Seized by Border Protection

A parcel from China was confiscated in Philadelphia earlier this week containing 36 cartons of knock-off pods fitted for the popular Juul vaping system. Had they been sold as the genuine article, their estimated street value was close to $5,000.

Fair Warning: Facebook Is Reportedly Building Its Own Voice Assistant Fair Warning: Facebook Is Reportedly Building Its Own Voice Assistant

What we can all agree on is that of the heavy hitters operating in the voice assistant market—Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and I guess Cortana and Bixby if we’re being generous—exactly none are made by Facebook. We can probably also agree things ought to stay that way, but then, when in recent memory has humanity…

UK Legislation Could Create a Parallel Internet for Kids UK Legislation Could Create a Parallel Internet for Kids

Internet privacy laws are coming fast and furious in the EU. For those who also feel Online has impaired their sense of time or ability to form new memories, GDPR passed less than a year ago, widely-protested copyright directives passed a vote last month, and the UK put forth broad measures to regulate social media…

'Big Brother is Watching': Facebook Accidentally Left Hidden Jokes in Thousands of Oculus Controllers 'Big Brother is Watching': Facebook Accidentally Left Hidden Jokes in Thousands of Oculus Controllers

Facebook—a company that is equally known for surveilling an enormous swath of people, and for accidentally exposing their data in one way or another—shipped “tens of thousands” of its Oculus Touch controllers with some fun hidden messages written inside them, like “Big Brother is Watching.” Haha. It’s a joke. About…

Here's What Could Sink Uber, According to Uber Here's What Could Sink Uber, According to Uber

Uber, the money-losing ridehailing platform which by its own admission in its S-1 filing claims it has “incurred significant losses since inception” and “may not achieve profitability,” has overcome a lot on the road to today’s initial public offering. It’s entire business model however—which involves cost-cutting by…

Apple Cops Another Anti-Trust Investigation (Congrats!) Apple Cops Another Anti-Trust Investigation (Congrats!)

Apple is renowned for its ability to amass thousands of talented engineers, millions of users, and billions in cash-on-hand. While nowhere near prolific in this particular growth sector, it’s also gotten pretty good at attracting anti-trust complaints.

3,500 Amazon Employees Challenge Jeff Bezos to Take Real Action on Climate Change 3,500 Amazon Employees Challenge Jeff Bezos to Take Real Action on Climate Change

In the latest in a string of protests from inside major tech firms, thousands of Amazon employees have signed their names to an open letter calling on their employer to do more to combat its carbon emissions and to end its relationships with oil and gas giants.

Amazon's Cashless Stores to Begin Accepting Cash Amazon's Cashless Stores to Begin Accepting Cash

Amazon’s cashless convenience stores may be undergoing a significant conceptual overhaul. Specifically, an Amazon spokesperson told Gizmodo, “We are working to accept cash at Amazon Go.”

It Still Takes Almost No Effort to Find White Nationalists on Facebook It Still Takes Almost No Effort to Find White Nationalists on Facebook

To weary enthusiasm, Facebook announced last month it would ban white nationalists and white separatists from the social network, dissolving the company’s bizarre distinction between those ideologies and white supremacism. The policy change, first reported by Motherboard, felt like progress. But as with all things…

Here's 40 Pages of Facebook Trying to Figure Out What to Do About White Nationalism Here's 40 Pages of Facebook Trying to Figure Out What to Do About White Nationalism

In the process of reporting a related story, a Facebook spokesperson provided Gizmodo with the company’s internal slides discussing its position on white nationalism and white separatism, adopted in late March. What follows is a glimpse into the confusing, often contradictory thinking of one of the most powerful and…

'I Will Nuke You', Elon Musk Allegedly Tells Former Employee 'I Will Nuke You', Elon Musk Allegedly Tells Former Employee

Elon Musk is, if nothing else, an innovator. He finds new ways to recover rockets from space; new useless holes to drill into the earth; new reasons to get fined by the SEC, and according to a report by Bloomberg, new ways of threatening his subordinates. Mostly you could say he’s guilty of having too many good ideas.

Google Gives Up on AI Ethics (Board) Google Gives Up on AI Ethics (Board)

Less than a week after it was announced, Google is pulling the plug on its controversial AI ethics advisory board—an about-face attributable to Googlers themselves.

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