Reddit channel posts stories of anti-vaxxers dying of Covid, scaring fence-sitters into getting the shot

Sarah Ostrowski was convinced to finally get vaccinated after reading numerous stories on Reddit’s r/HermanCainAward of unvaccinated people dying from Covid-19. Courtesy of Sarah Ostrowski For most of the pandemic, Sarah Ostrowski went to her full-time gas station job in Indiana, accepting the risk of being unvaccinated. Many times a day she interacted with customers …

Biggest tech companies face US Bills on liability and competition

The biggest US tech companies would face new constraints under two Bills announced on Thursday after a month of revelations from a Facebook whistle-blower sparked fresh calls to rein in an industry that has largely escaped regulation so far. A measure from Energy and Commerce Chair Frank Pallone and other leading House Democrats …

Klobuchar, Grassley to lead antitrust bill barring Big Tech from disadvantaging rivals

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, speaks during a hearing on “Big Data, Big Questions: Implications for Competition and Consumers” in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 21, 2021. Ting Shen | Pool | Reuters Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., the chair of the Senate Judiciary …

Facebook captured more than 2,000 hours of first-person video to train next-generation A.I.

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Facebook on Thursday announced a research project in which it collected 2,200 hours of first-person footage from around the world …

Another Facebook whistleblower is set to testify in UK Parliament

Olivier Douliery | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — A second Facebook whistleblower has agreed to testify in U.K. Parliament. Sophie Zhang, a former data scientist at Facebook, says she was fired by the company after highlighting its alleged failure to combat election interference in Honduras and various other countries. At the time of her …

Facebook expands harassment policy to protect public figures

Facebook will expand its policies on harassment to remove more harmful content, the company said on Wednesday in its latest change following congressional testimony from a whistleblower who faulted the social media giant for not doing enough to stop harmful content. Under the new, more detailed harassment policy, Facebook will bar …

Australia is preparing for another showdown with Big Tech — this time over defamatory posts

Minister for Communications and the Arts Paul Fletcher addresses media in the Press Gallery at Parliament House on June 23, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. Sam Mooy | Getty Images Australia is preparing for another showdown with Big Tech — this time over abusive, defamatory posts published on their platforms. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher told CNBC …

Joe Montana prepares for biggest windfall as a venture capitalist ahead of GitLab’s $10 billion IPO

Joseph “Joe” Montana, co-founder of iMFL and retired National Football League (NFL) quarterback, speaks during an interview in San Francisco, California, U.S. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Joe Montana won his first Super Bowl as an NFL quarterback in 1982. Almost four decades later, he’s about to …

Luxury watch shortage drives growth of $20 billion secondhand market as start-ups rush to cash in

A rush of companies are vying to become the eBay of high-end horology — including the storied online marketplace itself. Demand for high-end watches exploded during the Covid-19 pandemic. But the Big Four watch brands — Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille — are holding firm on the limited production runs that make …

Prominent Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz embarks on major crypto policy push in Washington

Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz will send several executives to Washington, D.C. this week to tell leaders on Capitol Hill and in the White House why they should regulate the next generation of the internet. The firm, commonly known as a16z, is a major investor in crypto and other technologies that rely on decentralized models …