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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 13, 2019 at 04:22. 2 comments

Kickstarter's Sleazy Union-Busting Campaign Is Playing All the Hits [Updated]

Kickstarter's Sleazy Union-Busting Campaign Is Playing All the Hits [Updated]

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has been the springboard for countless original products over the years, but an apparent attempt by the company’s management to bust up an ongoing union drive is dismally old-fashioned.

Clarissa Redwine, Kickstarter’s former East Coast senior design and tech outreach lead, publicized her ouster from the company and continued hostilities from leadership this...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 12, 2019 at 00:55. 7 comments

Lyft Still Desperately Wants Its Own Drivers to Oppose AB5

Lyft Still Desperately Wants Its Own Drivers to Oppose AB5

A contentious bill that puts a stake into the heart of the worker misclassification schemes buoying Uber, Lyft, Doordash, and other overvalued gig work platforms, has passed the California Senate . As predicted, this hasn’t stopped these companies from continuing to undermine this threatening legislation in any way they can.

Gig Workers Win in California

After the better part of year,...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 11, 2019 at 11:34. 24 comments

Gig Workers Win in California

Gig Workers Win in California

After the better part of year, California’s Senate today passed AB5, legislation that is expected to unravel the contractor business model of companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash. In a historic victory, workers for those companies and others like them are now likely to be considered employees, entitled to the benefits and protections that status conveys.

Gig work platforms have faced...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 11, 2019 at 03:13. 10 comments

Uber Ruthlessly Prioritizes 435 People Out of a Job

Uber Ruthlessly Prioritizes 435 People Out of a Job

Uber has laid off 265 engineers and 170 members of its product team because it is a successful company based on sound financials that is not badly in need of a drastic overhaul.

It’s so far from needing a corporate mulligan that the layoffs, representing about 8 percent of each team, came after CEO Dara Khosrowshahi “asked everyone on our management team a simple but important question: if we...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 10, 2019 at 01:19. 7 comments

50 Attorneys General Target Google With Sweeping Antitrust Investigation

50 Attorneys General Target Google With Sweeping Antitrust Investigation

Yet another investigation has formally begun into Google’s possible monopoly power, this time lead by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

“They dominate the buyer side, the sellers’ side, and even the video side with YouTube,” Paxton said at a press conference this afternoon on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. As an anonymous source told Politico prior to the official announcement, nearly...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 05, 2019. 7 comments

Exclusive: The Letter Travis Kalanick Never Sent

Exclusive: The Letter Travis Kalanick Never Sent

Things could not have been much worse for Uber in the summer of 2017.

That may be difficult to believe given the company’s tumbling reputation and stock price, and the imminent threat California lawmakers present to its business model. But within and without, that summer was one of the darkest moments in the company’s history, according to Mike Isaac, the New York Times reporter and author of...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 05, 2019. 6 comments

Facebook to Users: Get Fucked

Facebook to Users: Get Fucked

Facebook—a company that knows everything about you—is a dating platform now. Seemingly it’s deeply invested in getting you to fuck your friends! You can start screaming now, or in unison with me as I read through their announcement post.

Today, we’re launching Facebook Dating in the US. We’re also giving people the ability to integrate their Instagram posts directly into their Facebook Dating...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Sep 05, 2019. 4 comments

Chloë Grace Moretz's Twitter Hacked, Apparently by Same Group That Took Over Jack Dorsey's

Chloë Grace Moretz's Twitter Hacked, Apparently by Same Group That Took Over Jack Dorsey's

Less than a week after CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account was compromised by hackers, actress Chloë Grace Moretz—the 22-year-old actress of Kick-Ass fame—briefly lost control of her account as well.

Moretz’s hackers posted the hashtag “#chucklingSquad” in one of the dozen or so tweets it sent from her account, along with other puerile nonsense. The same hashtag was sent out from Dorsey’s...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 31, 2019. 12 comments

The Bill That Could Undo Uber Passes California's Senate Appropriations Committee, 5-2

The Bill That Could Undo Uber Passes California's Senate Appropriations Committee, 5-2

AB5, the contentious California bill that would upend the gig economy model of Uber, Lyft and other tech companies, moved a step closer to becoming a law.

First introduced into the state Assembly in January (and passing some months later, 53 to 11), AB5 would likely force gig companies to reclassify their workers as employees rather than independent contractors—something those companies have...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 31, 2019. 12 comments

Jack Dorsey's Twitter Account Was Hacked

Jack Dorsey's Twitter Account Was Hacked

Starting around 3:45pm Eastern, the account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent out approximately 20 out-of-character tweets, which included the apparent names of a hacking crew, as well as racial slurs.

Among the tweets were allusions to a bomb threat, a link to the Discord chat server of the hacking crew, and a retweet reading “nazi germany did nothing wrong.” While it’s bad optics for the CEO...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 31, 2019. 8 comments

YouTube, Which Remains Exhaustingly Inconsistent, Reinstates Several Banned Far-Right Channels

YouTube, Which Remains Exhaustingly Inconsistent, Reinstates Several Banned Far-Right Channels

YouTube is absolutely capable of keeping white nationalists from hijacking its platform, but is it even remotely interested in doing so? Sigh along with me as we review the site’s latest exploits.

YouTube’s most recent policy clusterfuck was kicked off earlier this week by none other than its own CEO, Susan Wojcicki, who committed to keeping “controversial or even offensive” videos on the...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 29, 2019. 6 comments

Amazon Really Filled Its Diaper Trying to Build HQ2 in New York

Amazon Really Filled Its Diaper Trying to Build HQ2 in New York

Amazon, a trillion-dollar firm that employs some of the brightest minds in engineering and logistics and has the power to upend entire industries just by announcing its possible encroachment into them, just wants to be liked. And like any well-adjusted people-pleaser, it keeps copious notes on the haters who just can’t stand to see it succeed.

Specifically, the Wall Street Journal reports that...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 28, 2019. 3 comments

Joined by Pete Buttigieg, Drivers Blockade Roadway Outside Uber Headquarters

Joined by Pete Buttigieg, Drivers Blockade Roadway Outside Uber Headquarters

To a steady beat of whistles, car horns, and “AB5 and a union!” hundreds of rideshare drivers amassed outside Uber’s corporate headquarters in San Fransisco this afternoon. For over an hour, Market Street has slowed to a crawl, choked by the cars of for-hire vehicle drivers.

The Market Street shutdown is just the latest stop in a three-day protest caravan across California advocating for the...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 27, 2019. 13 comments

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Role in Opiate Crisis

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Role in Opiate Crisis

In a landmark ruling, Oklahoma judge Thad Balkman ruled against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson today in the first trial meant to extract retribution from drugmakers for fueling the unprecedented wave of opiate-related overdoses and deaths in the U.S.

The case, opened by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter, originally targeted Purdue Pharma and Teva Pharmaceuticals in addition to...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 24, 2019. 5 comments

Amazon Sells Everything, Including Tons of Unsafe Products: Report

Amazon Sells Everything, Including Tons of Unsafe Products: Report

Amazon, as a consumer-facing brand, is one of the most trusted institutions in America (second only to the military), which drives home how well the company’s e-commerce scheme works. Amazon is not a singular institution. Not really. The overwhelming majority of items for sale on the site aren’t sold by Amazon at all, but by thousands of third-party, often near-anonymous sellers.

And as it...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 23, 2019. 12 comments

Overstock CEO Resigns to Focus on Career as Deep State Intelligence Asset, One Assumes

Overstock CEO Resigns to Focus on Career as Deep State Intelligence Asset, One Assumes

Online furniture salesman Patrick Byrne stunned investors and anyone who’s ever tried to buy a cheap mid-century modern couch by publicly claiming in a cryptic statement about the “deep state” to have repeatedly assisted the “Men in Black” in government investigations.

Okay.

He is now resigning his CEO and board positions at Overstock, which he’s held for the past 20 years.

Byrne, earlier this...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 22, 2019. 9 comments

Taking Aim at Amazon and Uber, Sanders Campaign Promises Sweeping Pro-Union Legislation

Taking Aim at Amazon and Uber, Sanders Campaign Promises Sweeping Pro-Union Legislation

Bernie Sanders hasn’t won his seat in the Oval Office just yet, but, ahead of a planned speech before America’s largest union federation, the AFL-CIO, the Vermont senator’s campaign released a broad plan to bolster the country’s badly depleted union membership. Tech companies that have expressed anti-union views or that rely on gig-work labor have every reason to be worried, should he win the...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 21, 2019. 18 comments

Walmart Sues Tesla, Alleging Faulty Solar Panels Started Multiple Fires on Store Rooftops

Walmart Sues Tesla, Alleging Faulty Solar Panels Started Multiple Fires on Store Rooftops

In a new blow to floundering Tesla subsidiary SolarCity, Walmart is taking the renewable energy company to court, alleging hardware it installed on the roofs of some stores led to fires at least seven of the retail giant’s locations.

According to the lawsuit, filed today in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, “Walmart had leased or licensed its roof space to Tesla for the installation,...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 20, 2019. 16 comments

Mark Zuckerberg Is a Slumlord

Mark Zuckerberg Is a Slumlord
Alternate InternetThis week, we look at the ways the internet could have been—and could be—different.  

Tech giants, and social media ones in particular, are, well, giant. But they’re also dense, and certain problems tend to arise when a very large number of people occupy the same space.

Sites like Facebook rely on the so-called network effect, the concept that a service exponentially improves,...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Aug 16, 2019. 10 comments

What's an Amazon 'FC Ambassador' and Are They Okay?

What's an Amazon 'FC Ambassador' and Are They Okay?

Amazon employees seem to be taking to Twitter in especially high numbers lately, specifically to dispute talk about how the company is an exhausting, dangerous place to work. It’s creepy. It’s a piss-poor PR strategy. Worst of all, it’s something Amazon already took heat for doing last year.

Thus we took it upon ourselves to shed light on this situation and dispel any confusion reasonable...

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