DawentsIT: All Things in Technology news you need to know this Friday-
1.Top tech and finance CEOs said George Floyd’s death changed their perspective on business leadership.Next week marks one year since Floyd’s murder. Execs from JPMorgan Chase, Chipotle, and SurveyMonkey say the killing forced them to address racial injustice and double down on diversity.
2.Want a blue check mark? Now’s your chance — Twitter has reopened its verification process. For the first time in four years, Twitter users can apply for verification.
3.Bill Gates and Warren Buffett got billionaires to give away half their wealth, but some are falling short.211 billionaires, including Mark Zuckerberg, agreed to the Giving Pledge, but some haven’t yet fulfilled their promise — and are still getting massive tax breaks.
4.We spoke to 14 Tesla Energy customers about the firm’s poor customer service.They say the company agreed to install solar roofs, hiked up prices as much as $75,000 ahead of installation, then ghosted them when they complained of issues.
5. Bill Gates’ controversies could help Melinda during — and after — the couple’s split.Divorce and PR experts say reports of Bill’s previous inappropriate workplace behavior could give Melinda the upper hand when negotiating for more assets.
6.Bids for a seat on Blue Origin’s 11-minute flight to space have reached $2.8 million.More than 5,200 applicants across 136 countries have bid on the ticket to go to space with Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company.
7.Ford received 20,000 F-150 Lightning reservations within hours of its debut.Reservations only require a $100 refundable deposit, so it’s unclear how many will translate into purchases.
8.Elon Musk says he isn’t selling his dogecoin.Despite the meme-based currency’s volatility, the Tesla CEO said in a tweet that he doesn’t plan on giving up his holdings.
9.Salesforce’s new chief product officer explains how it plans to compete with the likes of Microsoft.The gamebook? Focus on product integration and Salesforce’s “Holy Grail” data product.
10.A former Google employee says the company rejected her complaints of sexual harassment against a colleague, because it happened outside the office.Google said the incidents were outside of the department’s remit — despite the fact she had been working remotely on Google’s instruction.