DawentsIT: All Things in Technology news you need to know this Thursday-
1.DoorDash scrapped a pilot program to deliver free rape kits to college students. The company was running the program delivering at-home rape kits — but top executives didn’t know about it. Once they discovered it, the program was immediately suspended.
2.The Elizabeth Holmes trial: The prosecution scores a $275 million point. Former Safeway CEO Steven Burd took the stand Tuesday to explain how he fell for Holmes. A US attorney used his testimony to suggest Holmes had criminally withheld that the product didn’t work, while the defense painted Burd as a lazy car buyer.
3.William Shatner cried telling Jeff Bezos about his flight to space. After his journey to the edge of space with Blue Origin, Shatner said seeing space’s blackness was like looking at death: “I hope I never recover from this.”
4.Crowdfunding, once a last resort for startups, has been attracting unicorns.New SEC regulations are making it safer for both startups and investors, and some founders are using crowdfunding platforms to raise millions.
5.Apple will likely have to cut its iPhone 13 production goals for 2021. The global chip shortage may push Apple to slash its target by 10 million iPhones — and that might affect your holiday shopping.
6.Netflix has reinstated three employees. The employees’ suspension came amid controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle’s comedy special, though Netflix said they weren’t suspended because of their criticisms. Now, trans staff are planning a walkout to protest co-CEO’s choice not to remove the special.
7.Elon Musk’s Bay Area mansion is up for sale again. After taking it off the market last month, the mansion is back — and it’s now 15% cheaper at $32 million.
8.Mark Zuckerberg’s stranglehold on Facebook could put the company at risk. With 55% of the company’s voting shares, Zuckerberg has majority power over the company — and experts are saying he’s “the most powerful person who’s ever walked the face of the earth.”
9.Miami’s mayor says the city is moving toward paying public employees in bitcoin. The move is part of Mayor Francis Suarez’s ongoing push to make Miami a major hub for digital assets.
10.In a leaked email, an Amazon exec addressed complaints about “toxic” culture. Amazon’s Fresh grocery employees raised concerns about burnout during all-hands meetings this year, prompting a senior exec to say in an email he’s “extremely concerned.”
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