Dr. Robert Epstein, the senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and a veteran of Breitbart News’ “Masters of the Universe” town hall on Internet freedom, joined SiriusXM hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on Monday’s Breitbart News Tonight to discuss the simultaneous banning of Infowars host Alex Jones by most major social media platforms. Epstein stressed that he is not a political conservative and “certainly no fan of Alex Jones,” but he saw the Jones’ banning as a disturbing threat to the free speech and vibrant democracy he loves. “I think the big issue here is not even a free speech issue. The issue is: Who should be making these decisions about what people see and don’t see? That’s the question.”LISTEN: “In some ways, the problem [for Jones] is better than you think. It’s not as bad as you think,” he qualified. “For example, Alex … [Read more...] about Exclusive — Robert Epstein: Who Gave Private Big Tech Companies the Power to Decide What We Can See?
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Is it possible to shop online without allowing any major tech company to track the purchase back to you? There are a few ways, but with hidden trackers on most websites -- and with companies making billions off our information -- trying to hide is easier said than done. CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil put it to the test with Kevin Mitnick. "Now, you're best known as a hacker," Dokoupil said. "Well, a security expert," Mitnick said with a laugh. Mitnick spent five years behind bars after stealing information from major companies like Motorola and Nokia. During a nationwide manhunt in the mid-1990s, he eluded capture for more than two years. He now focuses on protecting corporate security, sharing tips for avoiding surveillance in his book, "The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data." Kevin Mitnick: Cyberthief For Hacker Kevin Mitnick, Staying Legal is Job One "People want to protect their … [Read more...] about How to shop online without being tracked by big tech companies
When ClassPass was looking to open a third office outside of its New York and San Francisco locations, it decided on Missoula, Montana — a location that doesn’t usually top the lists of the best cities for tech startups. “We wanted to choose a place where big tech companies weren’t already in. No Googles, no Facebooks, no Microsofts, no Amazons,” CEO Fritz Lanman said. He added that the company also wanted to choose a city that afforded opportunities for its employees to live an active lifestyle — a must-have for a fitness startup. ClassPass didn’t have to go all the way to Montana to avoid being in the same place as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. But the options aren’t as plentiful as they used to be — tech giants are starting to slow their pace of growth in the Bay Area as they look for other cities to add jobs. “Last year in the U.S. we grew faster outside the Bay Area than in the Bay Area,” Google CEO Sundar … [Read more...] about How startups are changing their approach to distributed teams as big tech looks outside the Valley
Employees are without a doubt the single most important capital a company has, but how long can the big tech companies keep their employees? Turns out that some companies keep their workers longer, much longer than others, and the names might actually come as a surprise.Now, you might not be surprised to see average retention at IBM is 6.4 years, after all people working there are often employed on long term projects and are experts in fields that are not all that common.However, what’s surprising is that some of the biggest names in tech, known for their great working conditions actually retain employees a fairly short amount of time. Google for instance, a company that has won awards for being the best place to work on Earth multiple times, retains its employees just a 1.1 year, less than all other major tech companies save for one.Surprisingly yet again, Amazon is the company with the lowest employee retention of exactly one year. Microsoft in comparison keeps its workers for … [Read more...] about Here is how long tech companies retain their employees
Bill Gates warns that big tech companies aren’t worried enough about government regulation, in a new interview with Axios today. Calling out “Apple and other tech giants,” Gates argues that companies are inviting government intervention by flaunting hubris, saying they need to be “careful that they’re not trying to think their view is more important than the government’s view, or than the government being able to function in some key areas.” When Axios asked Gates for an example, he said, “enthusiasm about making financial transactions anonymous and invisible, and their view that even a clear mass-murdering criminal’s communication should never be available to the government.” When pressed on whether Gates meant being able to unlock an iPhone, he replied, “There’s no question of ability; it’s the question of willingness.” This response appears to reference the dispute between the FBI and Apple over … [Read more...] about Bill Gates says big tech companies are inviting government regulation