DawentsIT: All Things Technology News you need to know this Thursday-
1.The US has blacklisted Israeli firm NSO Group. American companies are now restricted from selling their products to NSO Group — the firm that built Pegasus spyware — as well as three other organizations from Israel, Russia, and Singapore.
*The Department of Commerce said NSO was placed on the “Entity List” because it sold software to repressive governments that used it to target journalists, government officials, activists, and more — threatening “the rules-based international order.”
*NSO’s Pegasus is a spyware that can hack into phones with “zero-click” attacks, a sneaky way of turning phones into 24-hour surveillance devices without users ever noticing.
2.Allbirds’ co-CEOs are multimillionaires. The footware company soared as much as 116% after going public on Wednesday, giving the company a valuation of about $4 billion.
3.Peloton’s Black employees are hammering the company with questions about pay disparities. Black employees at the “anti-racist” fitness company say Peloton has a pattern of underpaying certain workers.
4.A longtime Facebook investor called for criminal investigations into the company. While speaking at Web Summit, Roger McNamee called for six different criminal investigations and prison sentences for any executive found responsible — a sentiment that was echoed by others at the conference.
5.Nike tapped a new leader to steer it into the metaverse. Eric Redmond will oversee the Metaverse Studio, part of Nike’s efforts to establish a foothold in the new digital reality. In a new book, Redmond describes himself as a gadget nerd who leads meetings in virtual reality.
6.Ford is selling a new Bronco SUV — but you can only drive it off-road. With 400 horsepower, no air conditioning, no windows, and a $250,000 price tag, the Ford Bronco DR isn’t street legal and is built for desert racing. Check out the rugged SUV here. Ford also announced its electric F-150 Lightning has topped 160,000 reservations.
7.New internal documents show a Facebook exec blaming the platform’s hate speech problem on “demand” for such content. Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s CTO, has been tapped to lead the company’s push into the metaverse. Leaked documents show him deflecting blame for hate speech on Facebook, sparking a heated debate on the company’s internal message board.
8.Another fired Apple employee has filed a complaint with the NLRB. In her complaint, Janneke Parrish claims the company retaliated after she tried to highlight problems of discrimination and harassment. Parrish was one of 15 employees who created #AppleToo, a website for employees to share experiences of discrimination.
9.Google is trying to lure young workers with caterpillars, birds, and bees. Young people love house plants — so Google is hoping to lure them to its new Manhattan office, which is replete with outdoor open spaces and one “resident praying mantis.”
10. Live from Web Summit 2021 in Lisbon: Insider’s Global Editor-in-Chief Nich Carlson spoke with Chris Cox, the CPO of Meta (formerly Facebook), about the company’s rough few weeks and its recent rebranding.
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