Coronavirus

There Are Two Types of People Now: Online Shoppers and the People Who Serve Them

New cases of coronavirus at Amazon and FreshDirect warehouses show the human toll of shopping online.
Jason Koebler
3.19.20
Right to Repair

Hospitals Need to Repair Ventilators. Manufacturers Are Making That Impossible

We are seeing how the monopolistic repair and lobbying practices of medical device companies are making our response to the coronavirus pandemic harder.
Jason Koebler
3.18.20
Coronavirus

Amazon's Supply Chain Is Breaking and Small Businesses Are Screwed

Amazon Prime is breaking amid the coronavirus panic and independent sellers who rely on its services are getting locked out.
Edward Ongweso Jr
Jason Koebler
3.17.20
piracy

Legendary Piracy App Popcorn Time Comes Back From the Dead During Coronavirus Pandemic

Popcorn Time, the 'Netflix for piracy,' has suddenly come back online while much of the world locks themselves in their homes.
Jason Koebler
3.17.20
Coronavirus

The Gig Economy Is a Public Health Risk

The gig economy's plan for workers: Keep working until you get the deadly pandemic with an unknown death rate. Then self-isolate and hope you don't die.
Edward Ongweso Jr
Jason Koebler
3.16.20
Election Security

A Mobile Voting App That's Already in Use Is Filled With Critical Flaws

Voatz, a mobile voting app that's already been piloted in some elections, is filled with 'severe' security vulnerabilities. Voatz's CEO isn't worried about it.
Emanuel Maiberg
Jason Koebler
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.13.20
Tech news

Amazon Is Out of Toilet Paper and It Wont Answer Our Emails

Thanks to the coronavirus, the world’s largest retailer is having trouble delivering the basics.
Jason Koebler
Matthew Gault
Lauren Kaori Gurley
3.13.20
CAPITALISM

Crisis Capitalism: How to Use the Coronavirus Pandemic to Sell Your Product

A nonexhaustive sample of the hundreds of coronavirus press releases we've gotten in the last week.
Jason Koebler
3.12.20
banjo

Utah Spent $250k on a Surveillance Startup Instead of Life-Saving Drugs

The Utah Department of Health wanted to buy naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. The state gave it to an AI company instead.
Jason Koebler
Emanuel Maiberg
3.10.20
data abuse

Surveillance Firm Banjo Used a Secret Company and Fake Apps to Scrape Social Media

One former employee said the secret company called Pink Unicorn Labs was doing the same thing as Cambridge Analytica, "but more nefariously, arguably."
Joseph Cox
Jason Koebler
3.9.20
SURVEILLANCE

This Small Company Is Turning Utah Into a Surveillance Panopticon

Banjo is applying artificial intelligence to government-owned surveillance and traffic cameras across the entire state of Utah to tell police about "anomalies."
Jason Koebler
Emanuel Maiberg
Joseph Cox
3.4.20
Coronavirus

Facebook Has Canceled Its Massive Developer Conference Because of Coronavirus

Facebook's huge conference is no longer happening over Covid-19 fears.
Jason Koebler
2.27.20
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