Tesla and Elon Musk broke the law in labor dispute, judge rules

Tesla and Elon Musk broke the law in labor dispute, judge rules

October 6, 2019 workapp 1

In 2017, Tesla violated the National Labor Relations Act several times, Bloomberg reports, by threatening employees and retaliating against them, an administrative judge ruled today in California. Also, a May 2018 Elon Musk tweet — where Musk said that joining a union meant giving up Tesla stock options — was also illegal, the judge found.…

Logitech is buying Streamlabs for $89 million

Logitech is buying Streamlabs for $89 million

October 4, 2019 workapp 0

Logitech has agreed to acquire Streamlabs, which makes the popular live streaming app Streamlabs OBS, for approximately $89 million in cash. The pairing seems like a natural fit, as Logitech already makes widely-used gaming peripherals and streaming gear. Streamlabs OBS already helps streamers set up their streams, track donation alerts, set up stream overlays, follow…

Former Siri chief is leaving Apple to join Microsoft’s AI division

Former Siri chief is leaving Apple to join Microsoft’s AI division

October 3, 2019 workapp 0

Bill Stasior, the former head of Apple’s Siri division, is leaving the company after nearly a decade to join Microsoft’s artificial intelligence division, reports The Information. Although Stasior left Apple in May, he’s only joining Microsoft later this month as a corporate vice president, reporting to Chief Technology Officer Kevin Scott. Stassior worked at Apple…

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part-time workers

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part-time workers

October 2, 2019 workapp 0

National grocery chain Whole Foods, which is owned by multibillion-dollar corporation Amazon, is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time employees, Business Insider reported today. The decision, according to the company, is designed “to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model,” a Whole Foods spokesperson told…

Apple TV Plus will reportedly cost $9.99 per month and launch in November

Apple TV Plus will reportedly cost $9.99 per month and launch in November

October 2, 2019 workapp 0

Apple’s forthcoming streaming video service is scheduled to launch in November and come priced at $9.99 a month, according to a new report this evening from Bloomberg. The company has yet to talk pricing or a release date for the service, despite announcing it back in March of this year. But this window puts Apple’s…

MoviePass is shutting down September 14th

MoviePass is shutting down September 14th

October 1, 2019 workapp 0

MoviePass, the subscription service that spent enormous amounts of venture capitalists’ money subsidizing movie tickets in a bid to upend the theater business model, is officially shutting down on September 14th. The news was announced today via emails to subscribers and separately in a press release issued by parent company Helios and Matheson. It marks…

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part-time workers

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for part-time workers

October 1, 2019 workapp 0

National grocery chain Whole Foods, which is owned by multibillion-dollar corporation Amazon, is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time employees, Business Insider reported today. The decision, according to the company, is designed “to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model,” a Whole Foods spokesperson told…

PayPal reinstates controversial policy of pocketing fees from refunds

PayPal reinstates controversial policy of pocketing fees from refunds

September 30, 2019 workapp 0

PayPal is reinstating a controversial policy around its handling of fees in the event of a refund. Starting next month, PayPal will begin pocketing the initial 2.9 percent commission fee sellers forfeit during a transaction even when the seller is refunding a customer in full. The company initially rolled out this policy back in April,…

Byton founder says he quit because of Chinese government interference

Byton founder says he quit because of Chinese government interference

September 30, 2019 workapp 0

Carsten Breitfeld, a founder and former CEO of EV startup Byton, says he left the company earlier this year because the Chinese government exerted too much influence after an investment from the country’s oldest state-owned automaker, First Auto Works (FAW). He said that while the deal with FAW lent the credibility he sought for Byton…