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Apple just made it harder for thieves to make money from stolen iPhones, and you can now add a Tesla to your growing list of monthly subscriptions.
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1.Apple just made it harder for thieves to make money from stolen iPhones. Apple technicians have been instructed not to repair iPhones that have been listed as missing on a global database.
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2.A Tesla subscription service is coming to select US cities. Rental car startup Kyte is launching a Tesla Model 3 subscription service, which, starting at $995 per month, will let customers drive a Tesla for three-month, six-month, or 12-month terms.
3.Two Amazon warehouses that voted on unionization are counting votes. The vote at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, is still too close to call, but an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island may be the first in the country to unionize, with a decision as early as today.
*In Bessemer, an initial tally last night showed workers were poised to reject unionization for a second time (the first vote took place last April, but the US labor board rejected it, citing misbehavior from Amazon), with a count of 993 against the union and 875 in favor of it.
*Meanwhile, a similar effort by the newly formed Amazon Labor Union showed pro-union votes ahead at a warehouse in Staten Island. There, as the first day of counting closed yesterday, the union was leading with 1,518 votes in favor and 1,154 opposed.
*Hundreds more ballots are challenged and remain to be counted, with the vote in Bessemer potentially taking weeks to finalize. Previous reporting found Amazon is all but sure to win again in Alabama.
4.A Twitter account translating Chinese propaganda about the Ukraine war built 60,000 followers — and set off an international firestorm. The Great Translation Movement, which translates Chinese-language posts into English, has attracted both thousands of followers and criticism from state media calling it a “smear campaign.”
5.We’ve got a quick guide to Spotify’s Car Thing. The Car Thing (yes, that’s its actual name) is a small touchscreen device that can effectively replace your car’s built-in stereo.
6.For six months, a Facebook bug reportedly amplified misinformation instead of stifling it. According to The Verge, a “massive ranking failure” on Facebook’s News Feed heavily distributed posts containing nudity, violence, and false information.
7.These former Shopify employees have launched their own startups. Embracing the e-commerce giant’s mantra of being “a company for entrepreneurs, built by entrepreneurs,” 34 former employees have created their own startups, from snack brands to software companies.
8.Employees share the companies with the best engineering, product, and design teams. Using employee responses, Comparably released its list of firms with some of the best departments. According to workers, UiPath boasts the best engineering team, while HubSpot has the best product and design teams.
9.Gopuff cut more than 400 employees as part of a restructuring. An email sent to employees and obtained by Insider shows the ultrafast delivery company laid off 3% of its global workforce, including corporate and warehouse employees, on Thursday.
10.What went wrong at Fridge No More? Insiders and a company cofounder revealed how the ultrafast delivery player went from $17 million in funding and a DoorDash deal to a sudden and “devastating” end.
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