coronavirus
“My Friend Died From This. How Can You Take This So Lightly?”

Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? How are you coping with reopening? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and provide as much detail as you’re comfortable with. Read More >>

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Uber Is Running Out of Ideas on How to Save Its Own Arse

Even for regular schmucks with no background in economics or labour law, one of the glaring problems with Uber’s claim that its drivers are independent contractors rather than employees is that Uber sets the price of rides. Without the ability to set their own rates, or a contract drivers have any power to negotiate the terms of, the whole argument sort of falls apart, doesn’t it? Read More >>

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Reddit’s Solution to the Stress of Moderating 2020 Is a Mindfulness App Subscription

It’s been a very hard year, for a lot of reasons. If you’re one of the thousands of unpaid moderators of Reddit, you’ve likely had to deal with misinformation, harassment, conspiracy theories, hate speech: all the stuff that makes being online an intolerable nightmare. By means of showing gratitude, the site appears to be offering an unknown number of one-year subscriptions to... mindfulness and meditation app Calm, according to a private message Gizmodo received. Read More >>

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OK, Let’s Just Add Some Bubonic Plague to the Mix

On Sunday, officials in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, recorded a case of bubonic plague, otherwise known as the Black Death, while another case was reportedly detected in neighbouring Mongolia. Thankfully there’s no need to freak out about a pandemic yet – other than the one we are currently facing, of course. Read More >>

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Facebook Axes TikTok Clone to Focus on Its Other TikTok Clone

Cue up “Mad World” and reflect on the folly of having more money than sense: Facebook confirmed today that it’s abandoning Lasso and Hobbi, two sad products you’ve probably never heard of. Read More >>

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Microsoft is Closing All of its Microsoft Stores

Dearly beloved, we are gathered to mourn the loss, and celebrate the memory, of all 82 of Microsoft’s retail locations. They became incapacitated as a result of complications due to the current coronavirus pandemic in mid-March; their parent company, Microsoft, opted to take the ailing stores off life support today. Read More >>

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“Why Not Just Be a Total Jerk? It’s the End of the World as We Know It”

Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? How are you coping with reopening? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and provide as much detail as you’re comfortable with. Read More >>

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“My Dad Rewrote His Will in Case He Dies Alone”

Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? How are you coping with reopening? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and provide as much detail as you’re comfortable with. Read More >>

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Fired eBay Execs Charged in Bizarre Cyberstalking Plot Against Company’s Critics

An unfortunate reality of journalism is that, while anyone in the industry for long enough has gotten their share of death threats, some coverage – reporting on white supremacists, taking photos in a war zone, exposing deep-pocketed oil companies – simply tends to be more emotionally, physically, financially dangerous to pursue. Not to be outdone by the other various bastards of the world, a handful of former eBay workers have now been charged with an elaborate harassment campaign against the husband-and-wife team behind a newsletter they simply didn’t like. Read More >>

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“I Came Home, Emptied My Grocery Bags, and Violently Wept”

Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? How are you coping with reopening? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and provide as much detail as you’re comfortable with. Read More >>

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Amazon Takes Bold Stance Against Momentary Bad Optics

For the second time in a week, Amazon is trying to score PR brownie points for doing next to nothing in the wake of global anti-racist protests – this time for the weakest possible concession around some of its most dangerous software. And so intones our humble refrain: Fuck off! Read More >>

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New York City’s Department of Health Appears to Endorse Glory Holes to Fight Coronavirus

The moment we’re living in is so strange that even the phrase “unprecedented times” is seeing unprecedented usage. Fear is a natural response to such uncertainty, but it’s worth remembering that this time also makes great change possible. For instance: The New York City Department of Health seems to have quietly endorsed the use of glory holes on Monday. Read More >>

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Tell Us, Jeff Bezos, Precisely Which Customers You’re ‘Happy to Lose’

“Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose,” Jeff Bezos captioned a recent Instagram post showing a customer email laden with expletives and racial slurs. As you might expect, Dave (his last name redacted) claimed to be speaking on behalf of “White America” against Amazon’s recently announced support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More >>

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“I’ve Worked in Customer Service Long Enough to Know That People Generally Look Down on You”

Have you been laid off or furloughed? Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and provide as much detail as you’re comfortable with. Read More >>

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Alexis Ohanian Is Done With Reddit

Alexis Ohanian has stepped down from his seat on the board of Reddit, the website he cofounded just shy of 15 years ago, in an apparent act of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More >>