10 things in tech: Amazon employees spill, Bill Gates’ other side, SpaceX launch

Jeff Bezos and Andy Jassy surrounded by images of workers and robots in Amazon warehouses

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1. Employees reveal what it’s really like working at Amazon. We’ve been investigating what the company is like when it comes to hiring, firing, performance reviews, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about working there.

2. SpaceX had to reschedule yesterday’s rocket launch. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the launch was called off because an aircraft entered the so-called “keep out zone.” Here’s what that means – and why Musk isn’t too thrilled about it.

3. Insiders say Bill Gates’ squeaky-clean image was merely good PR. People who worked with Gates told us that he was a hot-tempered office bully who pursued sexual affairs with older women. Here’s what else they said about Gates’ other side.

4. Facebook is worth $1 trillion after a US court’s dismissal of two antitrust lawsuits. The company’s court victory spurred a jump in stock – making it the youngest US company to reach the trillion-dollar milestone. More on that here.

5. Some Amazon warehouse workers in Seattle are struggling to cope with the heatwave. While the company gave iced scarves to workers at some facilities, others said Amazon had been “ill-prepared” for the weather. A look at working conditions amid the record heat.

6. A modified Tesla Model S Plaid sped 1,036.32m up Pikes Peak in less than seven minutes. The drive was part of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which the modified Tesla won. Watch it rip up Pikes Peak here.

7. Trump reportedly would have joined social-media site Parler – if it banned his critics. According to an excerpt from an upcoming Michael Wolff book, Parler balked at the suggestion, which was made by Trump’s reps. Read more from the excerpt.

8. You can still buy a new Windows 10 laptop – but Windows 11 requires specific hardware. The system requirements for Windows 11 are steeper than 10, but most laptops sold in the past four years will meet them. Here’s what you’ll need to keep in mind.

9. Amazon is building out its influencer program. As part of the e-commerce giant’s push toward working directly with creators, it’s now recruiting YouTube and Instagram stars to join its livestreaming platform and sell products. How the program works.

10. Tech companies are revamping their return-to-office plans. Uber decided to replace its initial plan to send employees back to the office with something a bit more flexible. Plus, a leaked memo shows that Google employees can return to the office in July – and won’t have to wear masks if they’re vaccinated.


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