Uber’s IPO Means You’ll Be Paying Higher Fares for Your Rides – This Week in Tech – 06/02/2019

Uber’s IPO Means You’ll Be Paying Higher Fares for Your Rides

Uber’s first-quarter earnings report released Thursday — its first since the ride-sharing company went public on May 10 — disclosed more than the financial condition of the company…


Amazon Removes Books Promoting Dangerous Bleach ‘Cures’ for Autism and Other Conditions

Amazon has removed more than a dozen books that unscientifically claim a homemade bleach, chlorine dioxide, can cure conditions ranging from malaria to childhood autism. The books include directions for making and ingesting the concoction, which doctors and federal regulators have warned is dangerous…


This Doctor Is Recruiting an Army of Medical Experts to Drown Out Fake Health News on Instagram and Twitter

The antidote to fake health news? According to Austin Chiang, the first chief medical social media officer at a top hospital, it’s to drown out untrustworthy content with tweets, pics and posts from medical experts that the average American can relate to…


California Assembly Just Passed a Bill That Could Give Uber and Lyft Drivers Basic Labor Protections for the First Time

California just took a major step in rewriting the rules of the gig economy…


Russia Deployed Its Trolls to Cover Up the Murder of 298 People on MH17

The bodies had hardly stopped falling from the sky on July 17, 2014, when the trolls of Russia’s Internet Research Agency went into action. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had just been shot down over eastern Ukraine, and the same IRA operation Vladimir Putin would use to influence the U.S. presidential election two years later went into overdrive, pumping out conspiracy theories to exculpate Moscow’s murderous clients…


Mark Zuckerberg Will Be Served a Summons If He Sets Foot In Canada

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg will be served a summons to appear before Canadian parliament the next time either of the tech executives step foot in Canada, politicians voted on Tuesday…


Google’s Shadow Work Force: Temps Who Outnumber Full-Time Employees

SAN FRANCISCO — Mindy Cruz had an offer for a full-time position at another big tech company when she accepted a temporary job as a recruiter at Google in 2017. The pay was less and the benefits were not as good, but it was one step closer to her dream of becoming a Google employee…

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