Elon Musk accuses Tesla employee of 'extensive and damaging sabotage'

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Elon Musk has discovered a saboteur.

At least, that’s what he told Tesla employees in an email sent Sunday night, according to CNBC

“I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations,” wrote Musk, who’s under an immense amount of pressure to ramp up production of the Tesla Model 3 sedan. 

The email was sent the same night a fire shut down operations at a Tesla plant in Fremont, California, for several hours. 

Musk claimed an employee who was upset he didn’t get a promotion altered Tesla code and sent “large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties.”  Read more…

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Android Messages now lets users send text messages from their computers

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Google is closing the gap between Android and iOS.

In an update rolling out today, Google is (finally!) releasing desktop support for the texting service, Android Messages. The update will allow Android smartphone owners to send and receive text messages straight from their laptops or desktops. Text, images, and stickers will be supported in the web version of the service.

Android users can get started by visiting the new Android Messages website. From there, they’ll be presented with a QR code that they’ll then scan with the Android Messages app. Read more…

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ACLU petitions Amazon to stop selling surveillance technology to the government

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The American Civil Liberties Union is delivering a petition to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters today with more than 150,000 signatures. They are requesting for Amazon to stop providing the government with facial recognition technology.

“Amazon has entered the surveillance business, and they’re selling to the government,” reads the online ACLU petition, which has nearly 60,000 signatures of the 75,000 they want. Other organizations like Demand Progress and Fight for the Future acted in conjunction with the ACLU and collected more than 90,000 signatures elsewhere.

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Instagram will shame you when you've wasted too much time in the app

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If Instagram is the main cause of your phone addiction, the app may soon be able to help.

We’ve now gotten another look at how Instagram’s upcoming “usage insights” feature will help users curb their Instagram addiction.

In addition to stats showing just how long you’ve spent in the app, Instagram will soon add a feature that can alert you after you’ve reached a pre-determined time limit in the app, according to new screenshots. The images were shared by developer Jane Manchun Wong, who’s made a hobby out of digging through Instagram’s code for unlaunched features. The photos show a feature that looks similar to the new app limits feature in iOS 12.  Read more…

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Amazon Prime members save an extra 20% on pre-orders for the new 'Super Smash Bros.' and 'Mario Party' Switch games

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Thanks to E3 2018, we’ve finally received the official confirmation for a ton of new games that we’ve been waiting slash dying for.

As expected, Nintendo completely blew it out of the water with numerous huge announcements: Our favorites consisted of new Nintendo Switch versions of Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros. (Or as we like to call them, the two very best drinking video games of all time).

And both are already available for pre-order on Amazon. Okay, so they don’t come out until October (Mario Party) and December (Smash Bros.), but that’s not that far off — it’s already June and it feels like the holidays were just last month. Both pre-orders are running at $59.99, but if you’re a Prime member, you can save an extra 20% and get them for $47.99 each. Amazing. Read more…

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Nextdoor descends into chaos over e-scooter drama

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Is there any greater joy than petty internet forum arguments that escalate quickly? You’re right, what a silly question — of course there isn’t! 

For months, the battle over dockless e-scooters has been playing out in city council meetings and legal spats across the country. Now, in cities such as San Francisco and Santa Monica, e-scooter companies like Bird and Lime are starting to come to some agreements with local governments — some with better deals than others.

But in the more personal, online neighborhood forum Nextdoor, the fight wages on — and it has gotten intense, personal, and downright dirty. Read more…

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