Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, Californian appeals court affirms

The battle over Uber and Lyft drivers’ status saw a significant development Thursday. A Californian appeals court has unanimously upheld a ruling that the ride-hailing companies’ drivers must be classified as employees, meaning they’re eligible for healthcare, paid sick leave, … Read more…

Watch Nancy Pelosi struggle to explain to Wolf Blitzer why she won’t allow a stimulus vote

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got into a tense exchange with CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday over her resistance to allowing a Trump administration stimulus bill to come up for a vote in the House. Pelosi wants an all-encompassing, multi-trillion-dollar … Read more…

Washington State emergency teams use SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet

Emergency teams in Washington State have been harnessing SpaceX’s Starlink internet technology to provide connectivity in areas devastated by wildfires. “Happy to have the support of @SpaceX’s Starlink internet as emergency responders look to help residents rebuild the town of … Read more…

Twitter scraps foreign accounts for attempting to ‘disrupt’ debate conversation

Twitter on Wednesday said it had removed 130 foreign accounts that tried to “disrupt the public conversation” during the first 2020 presidential election debate. The social media giant trashed the accounts — which appeared to originate in Iran — “based … Read more…

10 deals you don’t want to miss on Sunday: Best Purell sale of 2020, portable projector, NIOSH N95 masks, bed sheets, more

Of all the great daily deals out there on Sunday, there are 10 in particular that you really shouldn’t miss. Today’s roundup includes the biggest discount we’ve seen all year on 12-packs of Purell 16oz bottles plus 12-packs of Purell … Read more…

Facebook reveals its impotence as Trump sows confusion about voting twice

In the friendly face-off between Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump, Zuckerberg just blinked. Again. On Thursday, mere hours after the Facebook CEO announced “additional steps” to “fight misinformation” ahead of the U.S. presidential election, Trump used the platform to spread … Read more…

Senate bans federal employees from using TikTok on government devices

The US Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill banning federal employees from using the social media app TikTok on government-issued devices. Authorities have raised security concerns about the video-sharing platform because it’s owned by the Chinese-based company ByteDance. The … Read more…

Booze delivery app Drizly hit by massive data breach affecting 2.5 million accounts

Alcohol delivery app Drizly has been hit with a huge data breach, revealing customers’ email addresses, birthdays, encrypted passwords, and even delivery addresses. You’d hope hackers would at least have the decency to leave our liquor alone amidst this incredibly … Read more…

Face masks often aren’t enough to defeat facial recognition, study finds

Well, there goes the tiniest privacy silver lining on that otherwise dark coronavirus cloud.  A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that many commercially available facial-recognition systems are still able to correctly identify people … Read more…

Most Americans accept they’ll probably only attend virtual parties for the rest of 2020

Six in 10 Americans only feel comfortable attending virtual parties for the rest of 2020, according to new research. The survey of 2,000 Americans found the majority are eschewing in-person events and parties — but there’s always an exception to … Read more…

Google’s chief compliance officer Andy Hinton left in March, advising start-up for reporting workplace issues

Andy Hinton left Google in late March and is becoming an advisor to a start-up called #NotMe, which allows employees to make anonymous complaints about workplace issues, including the types of complaints Google has faced in recent years. Tech BEST … Read more…

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Facebook gave user data to third-party developers, even after specifically telling users it wouldn’t.  In a Wednesday blog post, Facebook announced that (oops!) thousands of developers continued to receive updates to users’ … Read more…

Amazon memo reveals Covid-19 was more prevalent in Minnesota warehouse than surrounding areas

Top Amazon executives including Dave Clark, the company’s senior vice president of global operations, have said infection rates at warehouses match or are lower than the cities they’re in. A newly revealed May memo shows this wasn’t the case in … Read more…

CERN wants to build massive super-collider to unlock secrets about fabric of reality

When CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, built the Large Hadron Collider it was a monumental undertaking. The super-collider was unlike anything that had ever been built for the purpose of scientific research into particle physics. Now, over a … Read more…

The first coronavirus vaccines could be approved before the November election

Several coronavirus vaccine candidates have reached advanced testing phases, showing promising results on volunteers who have received immunizations. Final research results might be ready at some point this fall for some of the potential COVID-19 prophylactics, and they may be … Read more…