Teen on space flight told Bezos he had never ordered from Amazon

The Dutch teenager who became the world’s youngest space traveler this week surprised billionaire Jeff Bezos on the flight by telling him he’d never ordered anything on Amazon. Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics student, accompanied Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and 82-year-old female aviator Wally Funk – the oldest person to go to space – …

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Larry Page’s Wisk Aero takes hit in legal fight with Archer Aviation

A federal judge in San Francisco has rejected air taxi startup Wisk Aero’s request for a preliminary injunction against rival Archer Aviation, the latest development in a bizarre legal dogfight between the two deep-pocketed startups. Wisk Aero, backed by Boeing and Google co-founder Larry Page’s company Kitty Hawk, wanted to keep its rival Archer from using …

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Snap surges, Twitter gains as stocks rise on strong earnings

Wall Street’s main indexes rose Friday, helped by megacap technology stocks and strong earnings from social media companies, while a weak sales forecast from Intel hit chipmakers amid increasing supply-chain constraints. Twitter gained 1.3 percent after it reported higher quarterly revenue growth, while Snapchat owner Snap Inc. surged 22.9 percent on beating estimates for user …

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Twitter is testing ‘downvote’ and ‘upvote’ buttons

Twitter is testing a Reddit-style feature that allows users to “downvote” and “upvote” replies, the company said Wednesday. The feature — which the company described as “just a test for research” — is available to an unspecified number of users, according to Twitter. Upvotes will be displayed as likes, while downvotes will not be shown …

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Couple cyberstalked by eBay workers sue company, ex-officials

A Massachusetts couple subjected to threats and other bizarre harassment from former eBay employees filed a civil lawsuit against the Silicon Valley giant on Wednesday. David and Ina Steiner say in their lawsuit filed in Boston federal court that the company engaged in a conspiracy to “intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence them” in …

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Zoom stock tanks on news of $14.7 billion Five9 deal

Zoom’s stock tanked Monday morning after the video conferencing company revealed plans to buy call center software company Five9 for $14.7 billion. An hour after markets opened, Zoom shares were trading down 3.9 percent at $348.00, according to MarketWatch data, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index was down just 1.5 percent.  Meanwhile, shares of Five9 …

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Robot that can ‘read emotions’ keeps getting fired from jobs

These are not the droids you’re looking for. Japanese-based Softbank Group announced last week it was pressing pause on “Pepper”, an artificial intelligent robot it started producing in 2014, after multiple “firings.” Pepper, which was supposed to be able to “read emotions” and converse with people, has been axed by multiple companies around the world …

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Lordstown Motors discloses Justice Department probe, SEC subpoenas

Lordstown Motors, an Ohio company under scrutiny over the number of orders it claimed it had for the electric trucks that it wants to produce, acknowledged receiving two subpoenas from federal regulators and that prosecutors in New York have opened an investigation. The Securities and Exchange Commission asked in a pair of subpoenas for documents …

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Chinese company Xiaomi now sells more smartphones than Apple

A Chinese smartphone maker just took a big bite out of Apple.  Beijing-based Xiaomi shipped more smartphones worldwide than Apple during the second quarter of this year — edging past the iPhone maker for the first time, according to a report.  Xiaomi was responsible for 17 percent of all smartphone shipments during the April through …

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