big tech

amazon

We Talked to People Who Are Boycotting Amazon Prime Day

People are claiming that they plan on boycotting Amazon Prime Day. Motherboard spoke with four of these people and asked why they’re boycotting.
Caroline Haskins
7.15.19
amazon

Amazon Provided Police with 'Heat Maps' of Package Theft for Sting Operation

Amazon created package loss data heat maps and performed “data analysis” that helped a police department plan and carry out a package theft sting operation.
Caroline Haskins
7.9.19
moral panic

‘Phones Cause Teens to Grow Horns’ Is a Dumb Tech Moral Panic

Some amount of young people may have tiny bones growing from the base of their skulls. But don’t freak out.
Caroline Haskins
6.20.19
Google

This Artist Is Hacking Google to Create Surreal Street View Art

Brooklyn-based artist Jason Isolini has inserted over 42 immersive pieces of art into Google Maps’s Street View tool.
Caroline Haskins
6.19.19
Facebook

There’s No ‘Correct’ Way to Moderate the Nancy Pelosi Video

When Facebook announced it wouldn’t take down an altered viral video of Nancy Pelosi, experts disagreed as to whether or not the platform made the right call. But there may not be a right call.
Caroline Haskins
5.29.19
YouTube

YouTube Is Ending the Era of the Subscriber Count Beef

Live subscriber count tools like the one offered by Social Blade will be impossible starting in August, when YouTube plans on abbreviating public-facing subscriber counts.
Caroline Haskins
5.24.19
big tech

FCC Ignores History, Plans to Rubber Stamp T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Experts say reducing the number of major wireless competitors will make phone plans more expensive for everyone.
Karl Bode
5.20.19
Facebook

Thousands of Facebook Groups Go Secret in Fear of the Great 'Zuccing'

Mass panic is the reason all of your Facebook groups just went secret.
Jason Koebler
Caroline Haskins
5.16.19
amazon

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition Violates Kids' Rights, Civil Rights Groups Say

Twenty-one groups and coalitions filed a complaint with the FTC alleging that Amazon breaks the law and violates kids’ privacy rights with the Echo Dot Kids Edition.
Caroline Haskins
5.9.19
labor

Google Workers Sit-In to Protest Alleged Retaliation Against Women Who Report Sexual Harassment

The organizers say they've been retaliated against, six months after a massive, worldwide walkout.
Caroline Haskins
5.1.19
big tech

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

The Illinois Keep Internet Devices Safe Act would have empowered average people to sue big companies for recording them without consent, but industry association lobbying defanged it.
Rob Dozier
4.12.19
big tech

If We're Going to Break Up Big Tech, We Shouldn’t Forget Big Telecom

Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed breaking up tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon on Friday—but big telecom is in dire need of the same treatment.
Karl Bode
3.8.19
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