10 things in tech: Nikola founder charges – Uber vax mandate – Tanium lawsuit

Trevor Milton

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1. Nikola founder Trevor Milton has been charged with fraud. Milton has been charged for making false and misleading statements to investors, something Insider had explored in previous reporting, where we found he has a history of bending the truth. Get the latest on his charges.

2. “Black Widow” star Scarlett Johansson is reportedly suing Disney. Because her salary was largely based on box-office performance, she argues Disney violated her contract when it released the film simultaneously on streaming. More on that here.

3. Uber will make vaccinations mandatory for US employees. Following an uptick in COVID-19 cases, the ride-sharing giant will also push back its office reopening date to October. Here’s what you need to know. Plus, you can read the CEO’s email explaining the decision.

4. Worried about your screen time? Some restaurants and hotels will lock your phone up for you. Businesses are pushing back against tech addictions with discounts, phone bans, and boxes for stashing away mobile devices. Here are some businesses with virtual detox discounts.

5. Amazon brought in $US2 ($AU3) billion less than expected in Q2. Even with a second-quarter Prime Day, the company posted mixed earnings, missing Wall Street’s revenue expectations. Take a look at the key numbers.

6. Airbnb will soon tell you if a listing has bad Wi-Fi. As more people look to continue working remotely, Airbnb is launching a tool that lets hosts test their Wi-Fi and upload results to their listing. Here’s how it’ll work.

7. An auction of Steve Jobs’ job application tested what people want more: NFTs or print. Amid a surge of interest in non-fungible tokens, a group of friends auctioned the application to figure out if NFTs are more highly valued than hard copies. The answer was resoundingly clear.

8. Dubai is making it rain. Literally. To cope with its 125-degree heat, Dubai is using laser-beam-shooting drones to shock rainwater out of clouds. Check out how it works.

9. Cisco decided none of its employees ever have to return to the office. Because the firm hasn’t seen a drop in productivity and expects to save money, less than a quarter of Cisco’s workers now plan to return to offices three or more days a week. How it made that decision.

10. $US9 ($AU12) billion Tanium is suing two employees and the firm that poached them. Tanium said the departing workers stole customer lists, and hired a forensics firm to go through a former employee’s texts. A look at what we know about the lawsuit (and the texts they found).


Compiled by Jordan Erb. Tips/comments? Email [email protected] or tweet @JordanParkerErb.

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