Shouldn’t We All Have Seamless Micropayments By Now?

Shouldn’t We All Have Seamless Micropayments By Now?

If you buy things directly from small vendors, you’re stuck entering your credit card information, your email, and your billing address on site after site—sinking ever deeper into the surveillance economy as each digital form puts your personal details into someone else’s database, while also giving hackers ever more opportunities to filch your data.

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future

Tesla Cuts 3,000 Jobs as It Braces for an Uncertain Future As much as the Silicon Valley native is disrupting transport, its core business is building and selling cars.

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Taiwan's decision follows Australia's announcement last year that it will ban the country's carriers from buying equipment for next-generation 5G networks from Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies over fears of government ties.

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

The FTC Thinks You Pay Too Much for Smartphones. Here’s Why

Qualcomm charges companies like Apple a set percentage of the total price of a phone in exchange for the right to use its technology, according to the antitrust suit filed by the FTC.

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

Ford Axes its Chariot Shuttles, Proves Mobility Is Hard

When Chariot launched in 2014, it joined a wave of Uber-inspired "microtransit" tech companies hoping to disrupt transportation services by providing faster, more efficient options for riders sick of—and underserved by—traditional public transit.

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

Forget the iPhone Shortfall. Apple's All About Services Now

One Goldman Sachs tech analyst not only slashed Apple’s share price target, but also compared the company’s challenges to those of Nokia in 2007, when that company dominated the global cell phone market and was hit by a sudden shift in how often people upgraded their phones.

Why 2018 Was a Breakout Year for Open Source Deals

Why 2018 Was a Breakout Year for Open Source Deals

Then, in June, Microsoft announced plans to buy GitHub, the platform used by millions of developers and companies, including Google and Walmart, to host popular open source projects, for $7.5 billion.

At a New York Privacy Pop-Up, Facebook Sells Itself

At a New York Privacy Pop-Up, Facebook Sells Itself

On the edge of the annual holiday market in Bryant Park, Facebook erected a narrow kiosk, which looked like a mid-century modern shipping container, and filled it with employees ready to answer questions about privacy, ads, and how the company collects your data.Facebook’s privacy pop-up predictably attracted swarms of journalists.

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

I was part of a small group of volunteers who came together to start a nonprofit organization, Safecast, to design, build, and deploy Geiger counters and a website that would eventually make more than 100 million measurements of radiation levels available to the public.We started in Japan, of course, but eventually people around the world joined the movement, creating an open global data set.

Trump’s Limits on Legal Immigration Could Hit Businesses Hard

Trump’s Limits on Legal Immigration Could Hit Businesses Hard

He also cofounded a company called Boundless, which helps spouses of US workers apply for marriage green cards.Researchers found that more than 91 percent of people who would be affected by the rule are employed, and more than 1.4 million of them have at least some college education.When the rough contours of the Trump administration's public charge proposal first made news this summer, critics condemned the outsized impact the rule change could have on low-income immigrants.

Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Eye Pillowfort and Dreamwidth

Tumblr’s Porn Bloggers Eye Pillowfort and Dreamwidth

“Even those who have their primary hangout elsewhere use us as a permanent redirect to wherever they're socializing most," she says, "because after ten years, people are beginning to trust that we mean it when we say we're planning to be around for the long haul.”Not Ready for PrimetimePillowfort, on the other hand, looks a lot like Tumblr, but it can’t yet handle the traffic that comes along with popularity.Baritz created Pillowfort in 2016 to be exactly what disaffected Tumblr bloggers are now in search of: an open-minded site that can host images and videos; allows reblogging, commenting, and community building; encourages a strong artistic bent; and doesn’t censor NSFW content.

The Truth About Facebook's Fake Quest to Connect the World

The Truth About Facebook's Fake Quest to Connect the World

Facebook’s point is more direct: The business goals of Facebook are simply good for the world.“The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good,” Andrew Bosworth, an outspoken Facebook executive, explained in a 2016 memo circulated within the company that only leaked out this year.“That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified,” the memo continued.

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

An Obscure Concealed Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

The company requires these advertisers to go through an authorization process, which includes submitting their government-issued ID and a residential mailing address.Concealed Online’s owner says he had no choice but to register as a political advertiser when Facebook instituted its new policies.

What Diane Greene's Departure Means for Google Cloud

What Diane Greene's Departure Means for Google Cloud

Snagging her was seen as a good sign for the company’s effort to compete with Amazon and Microsoft in the booming business of providing computing infrastructure for other sites and businesses.Greene’s announcement Friday morning that she will move on in January is being read as the latest evidence that the project hasn’t gone as well as planned.

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

How Google and Amazon Got So Big Without Being Regulated

The new firms were instead devoted to spreading sweetness and light, goodwill toward all men—whether access to information (Google), good books for cheap (Amazon), or the building of a global community (Facebook).Not only did they not charge high prices, sometimes they didn’t even charge at all.

RIP Stan Lee: What 20 Years of Lunches With the Comics Legend Taught Me

RIP Stan Lee: What 20 Years of Lunches With the Comics Legend Taught Me

He also loved to leave the office at about 5:30 pm with the sole purpose of heading home to spend time with his wife, Joan, who passed away last summer.Lunches were one thing, and Stan could justify that as “business”—but beyond that, during many years of what I can accurately describe as a friendship, I got Stan to socialize with me outside of business hours exactly once.

Social business, youth and technology to accelerate climate action to 1.5°C

Social business, youth and technology to accelerate climate action to 1.5°C

Yunus also highlighted the important role of today’s youth during the UNGA Social Business, Youth and Technology event: “You are the most powerful generation in the human history with all technology available, and the most vulnerable if you do not behave right.” This was followed by Connect4Climate presenting the Youth Unstoppable call-to-action video that showcased young voices who don’t want to waste time, who want to be ambitious, and above all, want to act on climate: “We are the next leaders and we are unstoppable.”

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of Cars

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of Cars

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of CarsThe all-electric eCOPO Camaro concept should run the quarter mile in the 9-second range, which just might be fast enough to get Vin Diesel to change his name to Vin Voltage.ChevroletIt was sneakily a big week for driverless cars.

Webinar: Business Continuity Management: Managing Risk and Improving Recovery

Webinar: Business Continuity Management: Managing Risk and Improving Recovery

Business Continuity Management (BCM) enables organizations to manage risk and enable better, faster recovery following a disruption. DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) believes that BCM is the continuous improvement of an organization’s recovery capabilities.

Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars

Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars

Political and business leaders gathering in San Francisco for a major climate change summit have committed to moving towards what was once a fantastical thought – the demise of the internal combustion engine in cars, trucks and other vehicles.

This Week in the Future of Cars: What Happened at Tesla, Uber, and Chevy this week

This Week in the Future of Cars: What Happened at Tesla, Uber, and Chevy this week

Alex chats with Waymo veteran and Aurora CEO Chris Urmson on why the startup will be smarter about machine learning than its competition, and how close its tech is to being able to do everything a human can.One year into his role as CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi reflects—and introduces a new suite of safety features.One Montana startup is using Doppler lidar—the same tech that cops use to catch speeding drivers—to create colorful images that just might give cars a better (and safer) sense of what is gong on around them.As part of a string of electrifying announcement from major automakers, Mercedes-Benz unveils its first fully electric SUV.

Scott Morrison contradicts energy advice, saying Paris targets can be met 'at a canter'

Scott Morrison contradicts energy advice, saying Paris targets can be met 'at a canter'

The prime minister used a radio interview on Wednesday afternoon to declare “the business-as-usual model gets us there in a canter” – which contradicts advice from the Energy Security Board that says business as usual will mean the electricity sector will “fall short of the emissions reduction target of 26% below 2005 levels”.

Congress' Chief Tech Watchdog Is Not Happy With Google

Congress' Chief Tech Watchdog Is Not Happy With Google

That background has served the senator well since news broke that Facebook, Google, and Twitter all enabled foreign influence campaigns during the 2016 election.Warner, who acts as vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has driven much of the conversation around what to do with these giants' unimaginable and unchecked power.

Half of Products to Be Low Carbon in 10 Years

Half of Products to Be Low Carbon in 10 Years

More than half of executives (52%) expect at least 50% of their products and services to be low carbon by 2028,according to a new YouGov survey of global corporations in the Science Based Targets initiative.