Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them

Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them

My office life resembled that of any full-time employee: I snacked on charcuterie boards and fresh ahi poke bowls, rejiggered my calendar to accommodate conflicting meetings, and cheered for employees on their work anniversaries (a peculiar Silicon Valley ritual that celebrates equity accruing).Unlike full-time employees, contract workers aren’t entitled to Airbnb’s premium health care, generous 401(k), unlimited paid vacation time, transportation coverage, and stock options.

The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?

The World Is Still Producing More Oil Than It Needs. Why?

Van Oort says the amount of time a well is closed doesn’t really affect how much damage the shut-in inflicts on the reservoir.If producers have to repeatedly shut the well, the damage can compound over time and reduce productivity even more.

Lady Gaga’s Together at Home Raised $128 Million for Covid-19 Relief

Lady Gaga’s Together at Home Raised $128 Million for Covid-19 Relief

This time around we have a few more updates on how the coronavirus is impacting the culture landscape, from Netflix to Comic-Con International.

Is It OK to Make Coronavirus Memes and Jokes?

Is It OK to Make Coronavirus Memes and Jokes?

“I visited my daughter at Dartmouth, and in the bathroom someone had written, ‘A lot of people are dealing with anxiety, so it would be better to think twice before joking about coronavirus,’” says Paul Lewis, author of Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict.

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Even when a New York Times health reporter followed up on Trump’s claim about tests, it was framed as a conflict between the president and his advisers, rather than between truth and falsehood.

Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran?

Did Twitter Help Stop War With Iran?

The “MOLINK” communication system, as it’s known in military parlance, was used for the first time during another Middle Eastern crisis, the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, when President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin exchanged 19 messages, explaining each of their respective actions to ensure that the two superpowers didn’t get drawn into the regional conflict.

Netflix Re-Ups the Puppetry—and Perturbations—of Dark Crystal

Netflix Re-Ups the Puppetry—and Perturbations—of Dark Crystal

“Everybody who grew up at a certain time has a story of being really scared by something they saw in The Dark Crystal,” says Javier Grillo-Marxuach, a stalwart writer of genre television and executive coproducer on a new Netflix series premiering this week, based on that 1982 movie.

I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too

I Replaced My Oven With a Waffle Maker, and You Should Too

But it's as good a time as any to tell you how I feel about my waffle maker, which can make everything from burgers to hash browns to chocolate chip cookies.If you want to upgrade your waffling experience, Shumski likes the very fancy Breville BWM620XL Waffle Maker ($199).

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

The Biomechanical Perfection of Simone Biles in Flight

And then, pow pow, Biles is in the air, a möbius loop of motion 10 feet off the ground at the apex, more than a second in the air, twisting around her head-to-toe axis three times and flipping over her side-to-side axis twice before, bang!

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

How to Land a Plane in 'Non-Normal' Situations

Now it’s time to navigate a safe flight path (in relation to mountains, storms, air traffic zones, and other aircraft) and communicate with the folks who need to know what you’re doing, or who can help you to achieve a safe outcome.

With 'Homecoming', Beyoncé Fully Leverages Her Internet Dominance

With 'Homecoming', Beyoncé Fully Leverages Her Internet Dominance

This time around, though, the megastar is out to make sure everyone who wants and needs to experience Homecoming can do so, releasing the concert film on Netflix and an accompanying 40-song, two-hour-long album on—deep breath—Apple Music, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Tidal, all at once.

The 25 Movies We Already Can’t Wait to See in 2019

The 25 Movies We Already Can’t Wait to See in 2019

The 25 Movies We Already Can’t Wait to See in 2019 By the time X-Men showdown Dark Phoenix comes out in June, theaters will have shown a glut of genre fare that ranges from manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel to Jordan Peele's horror flick Us. It's gonna be a fun year.

How Would NYC's Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

How Would NYC's Anti-AirDrop Dick Pic Law Even Work?

"Cyber flashing," a type of digital harassment where creeps use Apple's AirDrop feature to send dick pics and other lewd images straight to the home screens of unsuspecting strangers via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.The bill’s co-sponsors, council members Joseph Borelli and Donovan Richards, say it's about time cyber flashers faced the same consequences as their offline counterparts.

10 Great Shows You Can Binge-Watch in a Single Weekend

10 Great Shows You Can Binge-Watch in a Single Weekend

The show, which is written and directed by Crook (best known as Gareth from The Office, which you can also watch in a single weekend), won a BAFTA for Best Scripted Comedy yet also manages to be surprisingly moving… even if it moves at a delightfully glacial pace.Time Requirement: 9.5 hoursWhere to Stream It: Acorn TV, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix,One MississippiTig Notaro can’t be stopped.