Are your smart devices smartphones listening to you, explained

Facebook was listening to you. Then it wasnt. Now its listening again. Google, Apple, and Amazon are listening too, but its not all as pernicious as it sounds. Facebook told Bloomberg this week that it collects and stores audio from its smart speaker, Por… [+6806 chars]

Amazon employees are walking out of work in a historic protest on climate change

On Friday, over 1,500 Amazon workers plan to walk out of work to protest their companys environmental impact. It will be the first time in Amazons 25-year history that its corporate employees have participated in a walkout demonstration. Employees are calling… [+8647 chars]

Startups still love Slack but big companies prefer Microsoft Teams

Slack is still king at startups. Nearly 60 percent of funded startups pay for Slacks workplace communications software, according to new data from Kruze Consulting, an accounting firm that analyzed anonymized spending of its nearly 200 venture capital-funded… [+2892 chars]

Amazon shoppers can now pay with cash in appeal to Walmart shoppers

When Amazon announced a new pay-with-cash option for its online shoppers on Wednesday, the name Walmart didnt appear anywhere in its press release. But the introduction of the new service in the US called Amazon PayCode is just the companys latest attempt to… [+3223 chars]

Facebook is selling Portal devices that watch and listen to you at home

A year ago, when Facebook launched its own video chat device, it seemed like a clueless move by an out-of-touch tech giant: Under fire for abusing its users privacy, Facebook was still stumbling forward with a video camera that would surveil its users in thei… [+5039 chars]

Steve Dowling, Apple’s VP of communications, is leaving the company

Steve Dowling, who has headed Apples communications for the last five years, is leaving the company. Dowling previously was Apples head of corporate public relations for 10 years. During his tenure, the tech giant has dealt with everything from Tim Cooks fi… [+4355 chars]

Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman on Kara Swisher podcast Recode Decode

Much of the world is transitioning to a knowledge economy, but far too few Americans have had enough education to prepare them for that shift, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman says. Most people dont know that two-thirds of the workforce in the United States… [+2776 chars]

Donald Trump is quietly fundraising in Silicon Valley

On most days, they are what President Donald Trump calls the nerds, the totally biased, the geniuses in Silicon Valley that walk around in undershirts and theyre worth $2 billion apiece. On Tuesday, they are his donors. When Trump shows up in Palo Alto for … [+10203 chars]

Uber’s AB 5 defense that its drivers aren’t core to its business is “preposterous,” experts say

Last week, California lawmakers passed AB 5, a bill thats expected to upend the business models of gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft that depend on the cheap, relatively unregulated labor of a contractor workforce. Experts predict that the law could co… [+9765 chars]

California passes AB5 bill to regulate Uber, Lyft and the gig economy

California just disrupted the gig economy. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a controversial bill Wednesday, known as AB 5, after months of uproar from businesses and gig companies like Uber and Lyft. The bill will require businesses to hire workers as employees, not… [+8886 chars]