10 Things in Tech: Long-awaited Insta update
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1. Instagram's chronological feed is back. After dropping its chronological feed in favor of a controversial engagement-based ranking in 2016, Instagram is finally giving users an option to see newest posts first.
- Instagram's engagement-based algorithm orders content based on how likely users are to interact with posts. But it's become contentious, based on its tendency to prioritize violent, toxic, false, and politically divisive content.
- There will be two new ways to view your feed: "Favorites," which shows you posts from specific accounts you choose, and "Following," which shows you posts from people you follow. Here's an explainer on how to update your feed.
- There is a catch, though: You can't make your choice permanent. When you close the app, it will revert back to its algorithmic feed.
In other news:
2. Dozens of former Tesla employees say they faced catcalls, groping, slurs, and harassment on the job. In 46 lawsuits over the past five years, former and current employees allege they were targeted and harassed while working for the electric-car maker. Insider spoke with seven experts, who said the number of lawsuits should be a cause for concern for Tesla.
3. Instacart is launching 15-minute delivery. Using nano-warehouses, the e-commerce giant will fulfill rapid grocery deliveries, starting with Publix customers in Atlanta and Miami. More on Instacart's entrance into the rapid-delivery game.
4. Uber internally announced April 25 as its return-to-office date. Employees will be expected to return to the office at least a few days a week, in stark contrast to the company's main rival, Lyft, which last week embraced a "fully flexible" model. What we learned from Uber's internal memo.
5. Marc Andreessen's seat on Facebook's board may be in jeopardy. As Andreessen — one of Facebook's most well-known and influential boosters — pushes further into the emerging Web3 space, his position on the board is coming under increased scrutiny among those close to the company. Here's what insiders are saying.
6. Amazon warehouse workers suffer muscle and joint injuries at a rate four times higher than industry peers. Difficult-to-treat musculoskeletal disorders like strains, sprains, and carpal tunnel are Amazon's most common injuries — and data show they're more common in Amazon workers than in non-Amazon employees. What we learned from the data.
7. Netflix has built up the noisiest awards campaign operation in Hollywood. The streaming service is on a quest for a best picture Oscar, and has a team of 40 full-time strategists and 15 consultants (and a string of billboards) working to make it happen. Here's every Netflix film that's been nominated for an Oscar, and every Apple TV film in the running.
8. Researchers believe a teenager may be behind the Lapsus$ hacks. According to Bloomberg, cybersecurity researchers have connected the attacks, which include Nvidia and Microsoft, to a 16-year-old living with his mother near Oxford, England. Here's what they found.
Odds and ends:
9. Lamborghini isn't planning an all-electric supercar. We spoke with Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, who said people associate Lambos with big, loud, powerful V10s and V12s — and they're not likely to give that up overnight. Why you won't see an electric Lambo anytime soon.
10. Apple added driver's licenses and IDs to Wallet in Arizona. The new feature will let Arizonans tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to present their IDs at certain TSA security checkpoints. Here's how to do it — and which states are next.
What we're watching today:
- The 2022 START Summit begins today both in person and online.
- Goldman Sachs is hosting its Digital Evolution of Global Gaming Conference.
- POLITICO is holding an event on "Regulating the Digital Gold Rush" at 5 p.m. ET.
- The TV adaptation of video game "Halo" premieres on Paramount+.
- Xiaomi is worried that investigations in India might affect it cash flows, operating results
- Delhi and Kolkata are the two most polluted cities in the world: Report
- There is a yawning gap between the confidence of consumers and businesses
- TikTok’s in-app browser on iOS includes code that can monitor your keystrokes and taps
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