New York sues Amazon over claims it failed to protect workers from pandemic | Amazon

New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses in the state as Covid-19 infections surged nationwide. The suit from Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, landed just days after Amazon preemptively sued to block the suit over its coronavirus Continue Reading

Samuel Paty: French security services failed to act over incendiary social media campaign | World news- Tempemail

French security services failed to appreciate the gravity of the defamatory campaign on social media against the teacher Samuel Paty before his murder, an inspectors’ report has found. Despite the school’s headteacher reporting concerns about increasingly incendiary posts targeting the history and geography teacher on Facebook and Twitter, intelligence officials Continue Reading

Cory Doctorow: ‘Technologists have failed to listen to non-technologists’ | Media

Cory Doctorow, 49, is a British-Canadian blogger, science fiction author and tech activist. He has worked for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and helped found the Open Rights Group – he is an advocate of liberalising copyright law. He has held various academic posts and is a visiting professor of the Continue Reading

Telkom Kenya and Airtel Subscribers Fall Over Failed Merger, says CA – Tempemail

Image sourced from Bandwidth Blog Telkom Kenya and Airtel have recorded a 16% fall in mobile Internet subscribers after consumers grew uncertain over a proposed merger of the telcos, according to Gadgets Africa. A report by the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) reveals that there were only 38.85 million Internet Continue Reading

Home Affairs spent $92 million on failed visa platform outsourcing – Strategy- Tempemail

The Department of Home Affairs spent almost $92 million on the government’s controversial billion-dollar visa processing platform outsourcing before the plan was dumped in March. The department revealed the final cost of the failed project in recent answers to questions on notice from senate estimates. It said a total of Continue Reading

Valve explains why it tried and failed to make multiple Half-Life 3s

In context: Yesterday’s launch of Half-Life: Alyx was something of a turning point for Valve. After years of not making any actual games (except for ill-fated card game Artifact), some grew concerned that not only was the Half-Life franchise dead, but that Valve’s interest in game development as a whole Continue Reading

Microsoft-contracted transcriptionists reportedly failed to properly secure Cortana, Skype voice recordings

(Lack of) privacy: In late 2019, the world learned that Microsoft had been allowing both third-party contractors and employees to listen to and transcribe user Cortana and Skype voice recordings. Though the news was troubling for privacy activists, at the time, Microsoft made it clear that it would not be Continue Reading

Bill Gates: Windows Phone failed because I was too distracted by an antitrust case

Big quote: Bill Gates thinks one of the main reasons why Microsoft was unable to build the world’s most popular mobile operating system is that he got too personally involved with the company’s antitrust battle. However, he’s not too concerned for Microsoft’s future, as the company has adapted to a Continue Reading