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Isobel Asher Hamilton

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Recent articles by Isobel:

Mark Zuckerberg hasn't yet decided on Facebook's new name despite a 'metaverse' rebrand looming, a report says

Facebook is leaning away from using "meta" in a new name, journalist Casey Newton reported. Zuckerberg wants Facebook to become a "metaverse" company. → Read More

An attorney general added Mark Zuckerberg to a lawsuit against Facebook. It means Zuckerberg could personally be on the hook for up to $1.7 billion.

The lawsuit was filed against Facebook in 2018 on behalf of Washington DC residents affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. → Read More

Jack Dorsey mocks Mark Zuckerberg's metaverse plan, saying it's dystopian

Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be a "metaverse company," and Dorsey responded to a tweet about the metaverse being "a dystopian corporate dictatorship." → Read More

Elon Musk said the Tesla Cybertruck's side mirrors will be 'easy to remove'

Musk tweeted after footage appeared to show a Tesla Cybertruck prototype with side mirrors. When he unveiled the vehicle, it had no side mirrors. → Read More

An animal-rights charity is suing YouTube, claiming the site doesn't enforce its ban on animal-abuse videos, a report says

Animal rights charity Lady Freethinker told The New York Times it had alerted YouTube to 2,000 animal cruelty videos, but 70% of them stayed live. → Read More

Amazon's Zoox is testing self-driving cars in Seattle so they can learn to cope with lots of rain

Seattle is also the home-town of Zoox's parent company Amazon, which bought Zoox in June 2020 for a reported $1.2 billion. → Read More

5 lawmakers accuse Amazon executives, including Jeff Bezos, of either misleading or lying to Congress

Recent reporting on third-party sellers "contradicts the sworn testimony" of Amazon executives, including Jeff Bezos, lawmakers wrote. → Read More

Facebook says its hiring 10,000 people to help build Mark Zuckerberg's 'metaverse'

A "metaverse" is a theoretical virtual space where people can access the internet, for example using virtual-reality or augmented-reality headsets. → Read More

Two Facebook whistleblowers have publicly attacked the company this year. Here's how their claims overlap.

Speaking to Insider, Sophie Zhang said although she and Frances Haugen saw completely different sides of Facebook, Haugen's testimony felt familiar. → Read More

Apple took down a Quran app and a Bible app in China on the request of Chinese officials

Apple told the BBC that Chinese officials had complained that the Quran and Bible apps broke laws on hosting illegal religious texts. → Read More

Facebook told staff it would seal off some internal message boards to prevent leaking. The change was immediately leaked.

Facebook is making some discussion groups private, per the NYT. It comes a week after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress. → Read More

3,000 Amazon drivers could be owed a combined $191 million in compensation, says a law firm that won employee rights for Uber drivers

UK law firm Leigh Day argues that Amazon drivers should have employee rights, given the amount of control Amazon exerts over them. → Read More

William Shatner will launch into space with paper 'Star Trek' toys that Jeff Bezos made when he was 9

Jeff Bezos said his mother kept his home-made "Star Trek" toys safe for 48 years, and that William Shatner would take them on Blue Origin's rocket. → Read More

Twitter now lets you 'soft block' followers to stop them seeing your tweets. Here's how to do it.

Twitter says it won't notify the person who you've soft-blocked, which removes as a follower without blocking them outright. → Read More

California is banning gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and weed trimmers — and offering rebates for switching to zero-emission tools

The state has set aside $30 million to help professional gardeners and landscapers switch to electric equipment, the bill's author told The LA Times. → Read More

A second Facebook whistleblower says she's willing to testify before Congress, and that she's shared documents with a US law agency

Former Facebook employee Sophie Zhang has criticized what she believed was Facebook's failure to stop authoritarian regimes from abusing its platform. → Read More

Apple is appealing its own 'resounding victory' over Epic Games. It wants to delay a judge's order to change its App Store rules.

In the Apple vs Epic Games case, the judge ruled that Apple should let developers steer users off an app for payments. Apple is appealing that. → Read More

Facebook permanently banned a developer after he made an app to let users delete their news feed

Developer Louis Barclay, who created "Unfollow Everything," told Insider he was scared and anxious after receiving Facebook's cease-and-desist letter. → Read More

Facebook coached employees on how to talk to their friends and family following the whistleblower hearing, a report says

Facebook execs gave staff a list of talking points, including telling friends and family the company doesn't put profits over people, per the NYT. → Read More

Tesla probably won't have to pay the full $137 million to an ex-worker who won a racial harassment case, but it's still a big blow to the company

One attorney said Tesla's response to the racial harassment verdict — publishing a blog post outlining flaws in the decision — was "very unusual." → Read More