Tech Hangover: Google’s founders are stepping down from Alphabet
Will anyone miss them?
We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.
There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover.
Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).
Larry Page steps down as CEO of Alphabet, Sundar Pichai to take over
Alphabet CEO Larry Page announced Tuesday that he will step down from the position. Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take over as CEO of the parent company in addition to his current role. – CNBC
Fired Google Organizers Accuse Tech Giant of Acting Unlawfully
A rash and highly publicized personnel decision has put Google in the crosshairs of its own workers—and soon, the National Labor Relations Board, which may well find the company broke the law. – Gizmodo
Chinese scientists are using DNA samples to recreate faces
In totally normal news…..
Chinese scientists are reconstructing human faces using seized DNA, according to an investigation by the New York Times. The research comes after they harvested blood samples from Muslims being held in some of the nation’s “brainwashing” prison camps. – NYPost
How Ring Went From ‘Shark Tank’ Reject to America’s Scariest Surveillance Company
Amazon’s Ring started from humble roots as a smart doorbell company called “DoorBot.” Now it’s surveilling the suburbs and partnering with police. – Motherboard
Ring reportedly outed camera owners to police with a heat map
Ready for some more totally normal news?
Amazon-owned home surveillance company Ring gave law enforcement a heat map that let police see all devices installed in an area, allowing them to view users down to the street level, according to a new report from CNET.
The ‘Amazon effect’ is flooding a struggling recycling system with cardboard
Humans truly don’t deserve this planet.
This holiday season, the popularity of online shopping collides with upheaval in cardboard recycling. China’s 2017 decision to turn away America’s trash has left the recycling industry reeling as it figures out what to do with all the packaging online shoppers leave behind. – The Verge
FBI Asked Sony for Data on User Who Allegedly Used PlayStation Network to Sell Cocaine
I don’t know what I’m more mad at. Someone selling coke on PSN or the cops asking Sony for data. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
In October, the FBI applied for a search warrant compelling Sony to provide data on a PlayStation 4 user who was allegedly part of a cocaine distribution network, according to court records reviewed by Motherboard. The application even asks for what games the alleged drug dealer played, and his progress in them. – Motherboard
And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- The DHS wants to expand airport facial recognition scans to US citizens – Yikes
- Pablo Escobar’s brother just launched a $350 folding phone – yes, that Pablo Escobar
- Spam calls are growing at an alarming rate – up 18% in 2019
- Amazon cleaned up on Cyber Monday – Here are all the best-selling items
- Sony PlayStation is the best-selling console brand according to Guinness World Records
- Review: The Targus CityLine Premium is the best backpack under $100
- These were the most downloaded iOS and iPadOS apps of 2019
- These insanely popular Anker SoundBuds Slim earbuds are just $17 right now
- The best iPhone 11 screen protectors
- Facebook created a chatbot to help employees answer tricky questions from friends and family
- 4 party games that will make you hate your friends this holiday season
- These were the most downloaded iPhone games of 2019
- How the Internet has changed in the past 10 years
Google Photos adds a chat feature to its app
Cord-Cutting Pushed to ‘Tipping Point’ as Video Streaming Grows
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