Ben Gilbert, Business Insider

Ben Gilbert

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  • World Economic Forum
  • Tech Insider
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Recent articles by Ben:

Microsoft is buying 'Call of Duty' publisher Activision for nearly $70 billion

Microsoft just made the biggest video game acquisition of all time: Activision, the mega-publisher behind "Call of Duty." → Read More

Yes, your company can still require you to be vaccinated despite the Supreme Court's ruling

The Supreme Court shot down President Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large businesses, but that doesn't mean your company can't enforce its own. → Read More

Bill Gates says 'COVID can be treated more like seasonal flu' after Omicron surge peaks

With COVID cases spiking and hospitals stretched to the limit, Gates said the Omicron variant brings some hope: A potential end to the pandemic. → Read More

The latest game to go viral is a surprisingly simple, yet wildly difficult, word puzzler called Wordle — here's how to play

Wordle got so popular by early January that it spawned copycats on the iPhone App Store, one of which even used the name "Wordle" directly. → Read More

A major promise of 'the metaverse' is the ability to take stuff from one video game to another. Game makers say that's an unrealistic fantasy.

"You bought a Big Mac in McDonald's, but you can't just go over to Burger King and be like, 'Now make me a Big Mac,'" one developer told Insider. → Read More

The gaming giant behind 'Grand Theft Auto' is buying Zynga in a nearly $13 billion deal

The mobile gaming giant that owns "Words with Friends" and "Farmville" is being purchased in cash and stock deal worth $12.7 billion. → Read More

Mark Zuckerberg is creating a future that looks like a worse version of the world we already have

Silicon Valley is buying into the hype for "the metaverse" Zuckerberg ushered in when he announced Facebook's name change to Meta. → Read More

Calling workers 'unskilled' reveals a major misconception about labor

New York City's new mayor, Eric Adams, faced backlash after he said that service workers "don't have the academic skills to sit in the corner office." → Read More

Tesla is recalling nearly 500,000 cars due to hoods that could fly open while driving and faulty backup cameras

Tesla will offer free repairs on the nearly half million cars involved in the two recalls. → Read More

After the Facebook whistleblower came forward, the company reportedly tried to discredit her reputation among politicians

In October, Frances Haugen exposed major issues at the social media giant. Then, company lobbyists smeared her name on Capitol Hill, the Wall Street Journal reports. → Read More

A California video game giant was ordered to pay $100 million in a gender discrimination suit, more than 10x what it originally agreed to pay

Women at Riot Games in California won a $100 million settlement after outing the company's "bro culture." → Read More

Microsoft's Xbox is beating the PlayStation 5 this holiday season for 3 key reasons

With a huge new "Halo" game and a $300 Xbox that you can actually find in stores, Microsoft is outselling Sony's wildly popular PlayStation 5. → Read More

A new video game project pulled in over $55 million in less than 1 week entirely through NFT sales of virtual land

In less than a week, makers of the upcoming game "Legacy" pulled in over $55 million in sales of virtual land tied to NFTs. → Read More

Amazon created 599 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2020, 23.5 million pounds of which ended up in the world's oceans, watchdog report says

So much Amazon packaging ends up in the ocean, it's like "dumping a delivery van payload of plastic into the oceans every 67 minutes," Oceana said. → Read More

Wine and liquor prices are increasing just in time for the holidays

Don't be surprised if your favorite whiskey costs more than ever this holiday season, as the ongoing supply chain crisis is helping drive up prices. → Read More

Nintendo's Switch and Microsoft's Xbox outsold the PlayStation 5 during the year's most important sales month

Nintendo's Switch was the big winner and Xbox took second place as the best-selling game consoles of the 2021 holiday season. → Read More

Why everything from Netflix to Nintendo goes offline when Amazon's servers have issues

When Amazon's web hosting servers had issues on Tuesday, it caused dozens of major services to go dark. → Read More

AWS appears to be down, and it's taken popular services like Ring smart-home systems, Netflix, and Disney+ with it

People on social media said their smart-home products like Ring doorbells and video-enabled baby monitors weren't working because of an AWS outage. → Read More

Elon Musk reportedly demanded cameras over radar in self-driving cars because human eyes don't rely on radar

Since humans only use their eyes to navigate, Tesla CEO Elon Musk demanded his company's self-driving cars use only cameras, the New York Times reported. → Read More

Elon Musk compared the new Twitter CEO to Joseph Stalin in an odd meme that also compared Jack Dorsey to Stalin's offed henchman

Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk went after the new CEO of Twitter with a meme involving Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. → Read More