10 things in tech you need to know today
In Tesla World, there’s a lot going on. The Fresh York Times published a new piece that delves into Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s drive for an automated driving system in his automobiles.
The allegation comes during a probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into 12 accidents involving Teslas that used Autopilot.
The following are some of the revelations made in the report:
Musk said that self-driving cars should use cameras instead of radars to navigate the world, stating that automobiles should use the same senses as human drivers. It’s a change from Tesla’s rivals, who almost all rely on radar.
While recording a promotional video for Tesla’s self-driving technology, a Tesla on Autopilot crashed. The Tesla hit a roadblock and had to be repaired, but the film was nevertheless used by the firm.
Elon Musk reportedly chastised the employee who proposed a system that would monitor Autopilot faults. There’s more on that here.
In other Tesla news, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating claims that Tesla withheld information about the fire risks of its panels. What we know about the investigation so far.
Better.com’s CEO accused hundreds of employees of “stealing” by working only two hours daily.
The digital mortgage company’s CEO laid off 900 employees over Zoom last week and accused at least 250 of them of working only two hours a day.
DoorDash is rolling out ultrafast delivery in New York City. DoorDash is the latest rapid-grocery-delivery service to launch in Manhattan, and is promising delivery in 10-15 minutes for residents of the Big Apple.
A new report sheds more light on how TikTok keeps users hooked.
According to a document viewed by The New York Times, TikTok keeps the videos on users’ home pages diverse because it doesn’t want them to “get bored and close the app.” Get the latest on the app’s addictive algorithm.
A software engineer left a six-figure job that was ruining her mental health. Debbie Ly quit her job in tech to become a consultant and find a work-life balance. She explains how she knew it was time to quit.
Rohingya refugees have sued Facebook for over $150 billion. Refugees living in the UK and the US allege Facebook helped foster genocide in Myanmar. The suit cites a UN investigation that said Facebook played a “determining role” in the genocide of 24,000 Rohingya people.
Leaked documents show a shift in Meta’s priorities. Facebook’s parent company, Meta, is pivoting to focus on selling more products directly on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, according to a document obtained by Insider.
WhatsApp will now let users set all chats to disappear by default. According to the Verge, WhatsApp has changed its disappearing messages feature to give users more options for the length of time before a message is deleted, including after 24 hours and 90 days.
An Amazon Flex delivery driver in his 60s shared what it’s like to work independently for the retail giant. The driver, who’s retired from the military, makes about $120 a day, and said he recommends it to others looking for work. This is what he told us about his gig.
A new flying car can stay airborne for 20 minutes. Jetson’s first flying car, the $92,000 Jetson One, is already on sale. Available globally, the car can reach speeds of 63mph — but it only comes partially assembled, and you have to finish building it at home.