10 things in tech you need to know today
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1. Google faces calls to compensate its underpaid temp workers. After reports that the tech giant illegally underpaid thousands of contract workers, more than 140 Google employees signed a petition calling on the company to properly compensate them - calling it a "massive moral failing."
2. Sam Adams will craft beer using hops sent into Earth's orbit on SpaceX's Inspiration4. The first all-civilian crew took 66 pounds of hops - among other oddities - with them on their trip this week. Upon their return, the hops will be given to Sam Adams to concoct a limited-edition "space beer." More on the out-of-this-world brew.
3. Mailchimp employees are furious over the company's deal with Intuit. Staffers say the founders promised to never sell and withheld equity - but then proceeded to sell the company for $12 billion. Here's what they told us about feeling betrayed by a cash windfall that only seemed to benefit those at the top.
4. You might be able to buy your movie tickets with crypto soon. AMC's CEO said the movie chain would be adding ether, litecoin, and bitcoin as payment options for tickets and concessions by year's end. Get the full rundown here.
5. Apple is positioning itself to be the Peloton's more-inclusive sibling. In the company's event this week, Apple spotlighted some of the trainers from its fitness platform, emphasizing its attention to diversity and inclusivity. More on Apple's "All motivation. No intimidation" fitness app.
6. Amazon workers have a bevy of secret code words. From "water spider" to "swag bucks" (or swaggies), we compiled a list of some secretive words used by Amazon workers, and what they mean. Here are 15 secret terms only Amazon workers know.
7. GM said Chevrolet Bolt EV owners should park 50 feet away from other cars in case the battery catches fire. Since 2016, the company has recalled 142,000 Bolts because of the risk of them catching fire, and has encouraged owners to park on the top level of parking garages for the same reason. Here's what you need to know.
8. Facebook spent the equivalent of 319 years labeling or removing false and misleading content. Facebook spent 2.8 million hours - 319 years - looking for false information posted on its sites in the US last year alone. How it spent millions of hours looking for the content.
9. Insiders describe Bret Taylor's rise from startup founder to Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff's likeliest heir. In just five years, Taylor has emerged as a top exec and probable successor to Benioff. We spoke with more than a dozen people close to him, who explained his meteoric rise to the top.
10. Charlie Bell's hiring at Microsoft reignited a debate about AWS' use of noncompete agreements. Microsoft announced he wouldn't start until "a resolution is reached" with AWS, sparking a debate about Amazon's use of the contracts. Why his move is fanning the flames of controversy in the tech world.
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