3 Former Tesla Workers Claim They Were Fired After Becoming Pregnant, Taking Childcare Leave and Making a Phone Call

Tesla disputes the employees’ claims, saying they were terminated for performance-related issues. July 10, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Three former Tesla workers have told The Guardian in on the record interviews that they were unfairly dismissed for matters concerning pregnancy and time off for childcare. Devon Beccera worked for Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada for 11 months from February 2018. She found out she was pregnant in July of that year, and informed the company of her plans to take maternity leave in February 2019. However, she was fired in December 2018. “Nevada is a right-to-work state, so they didn’t need any sort of reason for firing me, but it was very convenient to fire me two weeks before Christmas, and about 50 days before my maternity leave started,” she told The Guardian. A Tesla spokeswoman told Business Insider that the company terminated Becerra’s employment due […]

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Uber Drivers Are Sleeping in Their Cars to Make Enough Money. Now, They’re Going on Strike.

The strikes come ahead of Uber’s initial public offering, which one union leader said promised to be an ‘orgy of greed.’ May 8, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Uber and Lyft drivers in a dozen cities were preparing to go on strike Wednesday, some of whom have been sleeping in their cars just to make ends meet, The Guardian reports. The Guardian spoke with multiple drivers who it said regularly slept in their cars in parking lots around San Francisco to avoid commuting home. “Drivers are the main source of profit for these companies,” one of the drivers, named Sultan Arifi, told The Guardian. “They are not losing money, we are losing money. We are losing time — working into late nights, sleeping in places like this, because you have to, you have to do it to make money.” At the heart of Wednesday’s strike is […]

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Elon Musk Just Trolled Jeff Bezos on Twitter and It Could Reignite a Years-Old Feud Between the Billionaires

The tweet was in response to a story about Amazon’s plans to launch thousands of satellites, bringing high-speed internet to remote parts of the world. April 10, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Elon Musk is trolling Jeff Bezos on Twitter. Elon Musk tweeted on Tuesday night about Amazon’s plans to launch 3,236 satellites into orbit with the intention of bringing high-speed internet to the globe’s more remote regions. The plan is codenamed “Project Kuiper.” Musk tweeted under MIT Tech Report’s story about Project Kuiper, tagging Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and writing “copy” followed by the cat emoji. Now Amazon plans to launch a massive constellation of more than 3,000 internet satellites https://t.co/PIbvYqcoqW — MIT Technology Review (@techreview) April 9, 2019 Musk’s privately owned space exploration company SpaceX has been working on a similar project. SpaceX’s Starlink division got approval from the FCC in November to launch a […]

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Apple Says It Does Not Want to be an ‘Elitist’ Company as iPhone Prices Continue to Rise

Apple COO Jeff Williams also said analysts ‘don’t really understand the cost of what we do.’ February 25, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Apple’s COO Jeff Williams told students in North Carolina on Friday that Apple does not want to be an “elitist” company. As reported by Apple Insider, Williams gave a short speech at Elon University followed by a Q&A session. A student asked Williams about Apple’s plans to lower iPhone prices, citing a recent report which claimed the iPhone costs significantly less to manufacture than its sale price. “The stories that come out about the cost of our products [have been] the bane of my existence from the beginning of time, including our early days,” said Williams. “Analysts don’t really understand the cost of what we do and how much care we put into making our products.” Williams said he’s cognizant of the iPhone’s […]

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A Jeff Bezos Letter From 1997 About ‘Reversible Decisions’ Sheds Some Light on the Shock Amazon HQ2 U-Turn

Bezos said that big companies have a tendency to think all big decisions are irreversible. February 15, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider This week Amazon made the shock announcement that it was abandoning its plan to move half of its new HQ2 campus to Queens, Long Island City in New York. The decision came after hefty political opposition to the plans from politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Michael Gianaris, who represents Long Island City. The political opponents of New York’s HQ2 celebrated the news, and Sen. Bernie Sanders congratulated the city on “standing up” to Amazon. However, other politicians viewed the decision as a major loss, including New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Some have described Amazon’s sudden change of heart as the multi-billion dollar company throwing its toys out of the pram. Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted that Amazon had walked away, “all because some […]

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Jack Dorsey Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is ‘Mastering’ Twitter, but Elon Musk Is His Favorite Tweeter

Dorsey said he respects the ‘ups and downs’ that come with Musk’s Twitter usage, which has famously landed him in hot water. February 13, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was interviewed by Recode’s Kara Swisher on Tuesday over — you guessed it — Twitter. Swisher pressed Dorsey to give specific answers to her questions. After quizzing him on tech responsibility, Donald Trump, and abuse on his platform, Swisher asked Dorsey who he thinks the most “exciting influential” person on Twitter is. Dorsey’s answer: Elon Musk. To me personally? I like how @elonmusk uses Twitter. He’s focused on solving existential problems and sharing his thinking openly. I respect that a lot, and all the ups and downs that come with it #karajack — jack (@jack) February 12, 2019 Musk himself chimed in, evidently flattered. “Thanks Jack, Twitter rocks!” Musk tweeted, followed by a […]

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