DawentsIT: All Things in Technology news you need to know this Wednesday:
1.Apple’s push to reinvent healthcare is crumbling. Employees from Apple’s healthcare organization told us its attempt to make health its “greatest contribution to mankind” has been marred by leaders who mislead executives and punish workers who express concerns.
2.Facebook’s whistleblower testified that “the buck stops with Mark.” Frances Haugen told a Senate committee that there’s no one currently holding Zuckerberg accountable — but that a federal oversight board could keep Facebook in check.
But Haugen isn’t in favor of breaking up the tech giant. Even split up, she testified, it will continue to “exist and be dangerous.”
Facebook responded in real-time. After her comments about child safety on the platform, Facebook’s comms team said she “did not work on child safety or Instagram.”
Senators slammed the platform. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said its inaction on Instagram’s effect on teen girls will “haunt a generation.”
Zuckerberg has strongly rebuffed the “false narrative” around the company. In a post to staff he said that many of the claims made against the company “don’t make any sense.”
3.Tesla must pay $137 million to a Black man who brought forward a racial-harassment case. The man, who worked as an elevator operator, said he was subjected to racist abuse, like colleagues telling him to “go back to Africa.”
4.Fifteen of America’s billionaires are under 40. In this year’s Forbes 400, 15 of the world’s wealthiest people were under the age of 40. But the list revealed another fact: billionaires are getting less generous. Of all the people listed, a record 156 — including Bezos and Musk — have given less than 1%.
5.Amazon has already started offering Black Friday-style deals. The company joins Target in offering holiday discounts weeks in advance, hoping to lure shoppers early as supply chain issues drag on.
6.Influencers share their experiences from Facebook’s hours-long outage. For some, having social media sites crash for hours on Monday felt like a sigh of relief (or a “snow day”). Others described losing thousands of dollars in brand deals.
7.Evergrande’s EV division wanted to beat Tesla — but still hasn’t sold a single car. The Chinese property developer (in the news recently for its $305 billion debt crisis) even unveiled six EV models. But it’s ambitions aren’t looking bright, as it’s taken $740 million in losses so far this year.
8.Stripe reported an enormous jump in revenue during the pandemic. The payments giant recorded sales of $1.4 billion outside of the US, according to accounts seen by Insider.
9.Amazon wants to sell you a smart fridge. The company is working on a refrigerator that can scan for items you’re about to run out of (or that are about to expire), then make a refill order and have them delivered to you.
10.Uber insiders are divided over Dara Khosrowshahi’s leadership. In the years since he took the helm, insiders say Khosrowshahi has made the company kinder and more disciplined — but also, some argue, weaker and less ambitious. Some even said the company has become “boring” under his control.
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