Jeff Bezos seems to be reckoning with his legacy in the wake of the Amazon union drive

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The outgoing CEO is vowing to make Amazon “Earth’s Best Employer.”

In his final letter to Amazon shareholders before stepping aside as CEO, Jeff Bezos offered a vigorous defense of the company’s treatment of its warehouse employees. But the billionaire also admitted that the retail giant needs to get its act together in the wake of a historic union drive at a company warehouse in Alabama.

“I think we need to do a better job for our employees,” Bezos wrote in the letter. “While the voting results were lopsided and our direct relationship with employees is strong, it’s clear to me that we need a better vision for how we create value for employees — a vision for their success.”

While much of Bezos’s final shareholder letter focused on all the good and … Read the rest

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The Swampfox Trihawk – Small Optic With A Wide FOV

The Swampfox Trihawk – Small Optic With A Wide FOV

U.S.A. –-( I have a thing for prism optics. Is it a bias from my days as a Marine? Likely so, but I think prism optics get a bad rap on the modern carbine. LPVOs rule, I get it, but you have to give prisms consideration. There are lots out there, and one worthy of your attention is the Swampfox TriHawk.

Swampfox is relatively new to the optics realm but seems to be doing an outstanding job producing optics that fulfill a wide variety of roles. Red dots, LPVOs, mini red dots, and more are shipping from Swampfox. They are priced to compete with companies like Holosun, Primary Arms, and certain Vortex products.

The Trihawk is one of two prisms Swampfox produces, and I’ve been shooting with it for a little over a year now. Instead of just being an … Read the rest

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NASA has selected SpaceX’s Starship as the lander to take astronauts to the moon

Later this decade, NASA astronauts are expected to touch down on the lunar surface for the first time in decades. When they do, according to an announcement made by the agency, they’ll be riding inside SpaceX’s Starship vehicle.

NASA’s award of a $2.9 billion contract to build Starship, first reported by the Washington Post on April 16 and later confirmed by NASA, is a huge achievement for the space company founded and run by billionaire Elon Musk, as well as a massive blow to the hopes of its rivals. 

The lander: SpaceX bills Starship as a next-generation spacecraft meant to take humans to the moon and, one day, Mars. Measuring around 160 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, Starship is a reusable vehicle that’s designed to take off and land on the ground vertically. The plan is for it to launch separately and station itself in lunar orbit until … Read the rest

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Andrew Cuomo and Google’s former CEO push to cap internet prices for low-income New Yorkers

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is a longtime ally of Andrew Cuomo. | Alejandra Villa/Getty Images

The law limits the cost of broadband access to $15 a month for needy families.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tapped former Google CEO Eric Schmidt to help him pivot New York to the digital age.

A year later, Cuomo and Schmidt have unveiled the first major change to state policy: A new law signed Friday to expand internet access to low-income New Yorkers.

Cuomo took the recommendation from Schmidt’s reform commission, Reimagine New York, and signed a bill that requires internet providers like Verizon to offer lower-income families basic broadband access for no more than $15 a month, a cap that Cuomo says is the first of its kind in the nation. High-speed plans will be capped at $20 a month.

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Regina Lombardo Acting Director of ATF Retires as of May 31st 2021

Regina Lombardo Acting ATF Director Retires

WASHINGTON D.C. –-( Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Regina Lombardo today announced her retirement from the federal agency.

Lombardo began her career at the ATF in 1992 as a special agent from the Miami Field Office. She quickly raised through the ranks in Miami, eventually serving as the Group Supervisor for the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Lombardo left Miami for Toronto, Canada, where Lombardo served as the Assistant ATF Country Attaché. After that, she returned to the States and served as the Chief of the ATF Leadership Institute.

Lombardo would return to the field and serve at the New York City Field Division as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAIC). She would return to Florida and finally rise to the position of Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the Tampa Field Division.

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The $1 billion Russian cyber company that the US says hacks for Moscow

The hackers at Positive Technologies are undeniably good at what they do. The Russian cybersecurity firm regularly publishes highly-regarded research, looks at cutting edge computer security flaws, and has spotted vulnerabilities in networking equipment, telephone signals, and electric car technology. 

But American intelligence agencies have concluded that this $1 billion company—which is headquartered in Moscow, but has offices around the world— does much more than that. 

Positive was one of a number of technology businesses sanctioned by the US on Thursday for its role in supporting Russian intelligence agencies. President Joe Biden declared a national emergency to deal with the threat he says Moscow poses to the United States. But the details of the sanctions released by the Treasury Department only cover a small fraction of what the Americans now believe about Positive’s role in Russia.

MIT Technology Review understands that US officials have privately concluded that the company is … Read the rest

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Biden makes good on his promise to punish Russia for the massive SolarWinds hack

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America has officially blamed the Russian government for the hack of multiple federal agencies.

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The Biden administration has officially blamed and sanctioned Russia for its role in the massive SolarWinds hack that compromised computer systems in multiple government agencies as well as private companies.

In an executive order issued April 15, President Biden levied a variety of economic sanctions against several Russian financial institutions, technology companies, and individuals designated as having participated in “harmful foreign activities,” including but not limited to the hack.

In a short speech addressing today’s actions, Biden said his administration concluded that the Russian government “interfered in our elections” and was behind the “totally inappropriate” SolarWinds hack.

Biden said he spoke with Russian president Putin on Wednesday to tell him about the measures, but also hoped that the countries would have a stable and productive relationship moving forward, possibly with the two leaders … Read the rest

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Colt Buntline by Master Engraver Howard Dove – VIDEO

U.S.A. –-( Colt’s Single Action Army (SAA) revolver is one of the most well-known guns of all time. Known colloquially as the Peacemaker, this revolver and the Winchester 1873 lever-action rifle are often regarded as the “Guns that Won the West.”

Many people often attribute the saying, “God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal” to be a reference to the SAA, but Sam had been dead for more than a decade before the gun was introduced. While the overall design of the gun has stayed relatively the same since it was first introduced in 1873, there have been three distinct periods of manufacture. They are referred to as First Generation (1873-1941), Second Generation (1956-1974), and Third Generation (1976-today).

The SAA is, by far, one of the most popular canvases for the art of engraving, and examples from all skill levels can be seen at practically any local gun … Read the rest

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Podcast: What’s AI doing in your wallet?

Our entire financial system is built on trust. We can exchange otherwise worthless paper bills for fresh groceries, or swipe a piece of plastic for new clothes. But this trust—typically in a central-government-backed bank—is changing. As our financial lives are rapidly digitized, the resulting data turns into fodder for AI. Companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google see it as an opportunity to disrupt the entire experience of how people think about and engage with their money. But will we as consumers really get more control over our finances? In this first of a series on automation and our wallets, we explore a digital revolution in how we pay for things.

We meet:

  • Umar Farooq, CEO of Onyx by J.P. Morgan Chase
  • Josh Woodward, director of product management for Google Pay
  • Ed McLaughlin, president of operations and technology for Mastercard
  • Craig Vosburg, chief product officer for Mastercard


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