We all know that the gig economy is just a terrifying innovation that makes it easier for the moneyed class to exploit workers. But one Fiverr drone recently found out that it's also a perfect way to get framed for doing crimes.
If you've ever signed up to Freelancer.com to make a quick buck farming out your skills, you might have an unexpected benefit: the tech team at Freelancer has reached out to users whose credentials they've found on public lists of third-party data breaches, both to prompt them to reset their passwords and to check which other sites they'd been compromised on.
And why the hell should they? In the past three months, US President Trump's favourite social network has grown by zero (0) users, according to Twitter's latest earnings report. That's 66 million fewer new users than Facebook added in the same time period, and 9 million fewer than Twitter itself added during the first quarter of the year.
In 2010, Google's then-VP of Search Products Marissa Mayer called Instant Search a "fundamental shift in search," and the media marveled at this new time-saving feat of engineering. Now that shit is dead, because technology has a fundamentally shifted once again.
Commercial space tourism company Blue Origin, and its overlord Jeff Bezos, have been pretty quiet over the last few months. But last week, the Amazon founder made his first Instagram post, which appears to show the billionaire stranded on the roof of his own rocket facility in Florida. Because he is Fun. Haha.
Kris Duggan looms large in Silicon Valley, serving as an adjunct professor at the Ray Kurzweil-founded Singularity University, and according to his Crunchbase profile, holds advisory positions with nine different companies including the secretive Palantir Technologies. Duggan is best known for co-founding BetterWorks in 2013, which has since sopped up a generous $44 million in venture capital funding from, amongdt others, Kleiner-Perkins. And like an increasing number of rich, powerful executives, Duggan is now stepping down as CEO of his company after being accused of inappropriate workplace conduct by a female employee — the bitter irony being that BetterWorks makes software for — wait for it — Human Resources.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has pledged to get tough on any Internet Service Providers that mislead consumers about National Broadband Network speeds.
But how do you know if you’re getting a good deal when you connect to the NBN? How do you know if you’ll be getting the high-speed connection you were promised?
Less than a week ago, headlines declared that a market-shaking fork in Bitcoin had been averted. But the people backing a new cryptocurrency called Bitcoin Cash have now announced that the expected compromise between warring factions is dead. Next week, the huge Bitcoin fork will begin, and here's what it's all about.
Tech giants Elon Musk and Mark Zuckeberg have been engaged in a very public, somewhat silly and self-indulgent battle over artificial intelligence lately. Musk has warned AI-powered robots could usher in some form of automated war to give humanity its richly deserved demise, while Zuckerberg responded by saying he is "really optimistic" it could usher a golden age of lifesaving technology.
Well, this is ugly: International secret-sharing website WikiLeaks, whose founder Julian Assange's behaviour of late has been slightly concerning, tweeted out what certainly looks like an Amazon burner account journalist Kurt Eichenwald used to write positive reviews of his own books back in the aughts.
In a parallel universe, there's a planet where it rains only Italian cured meats. It appears that somehow, a wormhole has ripped through the space-time continuum and connected that world to ours, as evidenced by an assemblage of Italian sausage recently found on a family's roof in Deerfield Beach, Florida. It's a mystery meat whodunnit that raises more questions than answers; a cold case that has shaken a community to its core.
In his recent adventures beyond the valley, Mark Zuckerberg has made a point of hammering on the issue of income inequality, saying the US should "explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things." But Zuckerberg needs to look no further than his own workers who live just miles from Facebook's Frank Gehry-designed campus to find striking examples of appalling income disparity.
One of the former bosses behind the original build of the National Broadband Network has said that if the government-owned company is going to upgrade from the current fibre to the node tech to a more future-proof fibre to the curb, it may as well go all the way and connect fibre to everyone's homes — without spending significantly more money.