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Study finds that Juul pushed the vape market into more than doubling the concentration of nicotine in a single pod. Experts say a single 5% vape pod delivers the same amount of nicotine to the body as a pack of cigarettes which in turn makes the product h
Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs spurred a “widespread rush” of companies seeking to boost their own nicotine concentrations in order to mirror Juul’s success, according to a paper published Thursday in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control.
8 days ago by joeybaker
Ex-FCC counselor says Verizon 'abdicated' its public safety role in California fires
A former counselor to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman under President Obama said on Monday that the agency under President Trump “abdicated” its role in public safety, citing connectivity issues during last year’s ma
ISP  corporateCorruption  corporateIncompetence 
10 days ago by joeybaker
Schumer, Sanders to introduce bill restricting stock buybacks unless workers paid $15 per hour
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are planning to introduce a bill that would prevent corporations from buying back its own stock and push for employees to be paid at least $15 an hour.
corporateIndemnity  corporateCorruption  kleptocracy  governmentIncompetence  win  casteingTheLowerClass 
10 days ago by joeybaker
Supreme Court of Canada says bankrupt energy companies must clean up old oil, gas wells before paying off creditors
Though centred in Alberta, the decision sets a precedent across Canada, empowering provincial governments to stop defunct companies from off-loading their messes onto other companies or the public.
corporateIndemnity  corporateCorruption  judicialIncompetence  win 
15 days ago by joeybaker
Federal judge unseals trove of internal Facebook documents about how it made money off children
Facebook’s own employees worried they were bamboozling children who racked up hundreds, and sometimes even thousands, of dollars in game charges, documents show.
28 days ago by joeybaker
The more drugmakers wowed doctors with gifts and lunches, the more people died of drug overdoses, study shows
“Our findings suggest that direct-to-physician opioid marketing may counter current national efforts to reduce the number of opioids prescribed.”
healthcareMalfeasance  healthcareCorruption  corporateCorruption 
28 days ago by joeybaker
T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval. The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trump’s hotel.
Such visits raise questions about whether patronizing the president’s private business is viewed as a way to influence public policy, critics said.
trumpCorruption  corporateCorruption  ISP 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Despite promises to stop, US cell carriers are still selling your real-time phone location data
Last year, four of the largest U.S. cell carriers were caught selling and sending real-time location data of their customers to shady companies that sold it on to big spenders, who would use the data to track anyone “within seconds” for whatever reason they wanted. At first, little-know…
ISP  corporateLies  corporateCorruption  informationObscurity  userIsTheProduct 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Carriers can sell your location to bounty hunters because ISP privacy is broken.
Motherboard reports that there is now a black market where you can buy the location of any phone.
ISP  corporateCorruption  surveillanceState  informationObscurity 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Spammers bombarded mobile phones in the US with 48 million robocalls in 2018
Preliminary year-end data is in on the explosive growth in robocalls to cell phones in the US, with more people than ever getting bombarded by calls from spammers and marketers who go to great lengths to trick you into answering their call. Robocall management company YouMail has been tracking the volume of calls and says that 2018 saw 48 million of them harass cell phone owners in the US last year, up 60 percent from 2017. That’s a huge jump in...
advertising  userIsTheProduct  ISP  corporateIncompetence  corporateCorruption 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Former Blackwater guard convicted for 2007 massacre of civilians in Baghdad | World news
Nicholas Slatten, 35, found guilty of murder for his role in the killing of at least 14 unarmed civilians in a bustling square
mesopotamia  militaryOverreach  judicialImpotence  corporateIndemnity  corporateCorruption 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Increased Privatization of the VA Has Led to Longer Waits and Higher Costs for Taxpayers
An analysis of VA claims data shows that sending more vets to private care has not had the positive effects that were long promised by conservatives.
governmentMalfeasance  corporateCorruption 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
FBI Collected Fake Green Cards Allegedly Supplied By Trump Golf Club Managers: Report
Attorney for immigrants also said he turned over fraudulent Social Security numbers provided by managers at the Trump National Golf Club.
trumpCorruption  trumpAristocracy  corporateCorruption  casteingTheLowerClass 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
From $1.50 To $10 Per Month: How Comcast's Bogus Fees Are False Advertising
For several years now cable and broadband providers have been using hidden fees to covertly jack up their advertised rates. These fees, which utilize a rotating crop of bullshit names, help these companies falsely advertise one rate, then sock the...
ISP  corporateLies  corporateCorruption  userIsTheProduct 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
Report: Microsoft’s enterprise products covertly gather personal data on users - Microsoft collects and stores personal data about the behavior of individual users of its enterprise offerings on a large scale, without any public documentation — accord
Microsoft collects and stores personal data about the behavior of individual users of its enterprise offerings on a large scale, without any public documentation — according to a new report by Privacy Company. The data protection impact assessment (DPIA) was commissioned by the Dutch government to guide its institutions — which includes 300,000 workstations in …
userIsTheProduct  corporateCorruption  surveillanceState  informationSecurity  informationObscurity 
12 weeks ago by joeybaker
Facebook employees react to the latest scandals: “Why does our company suck at having a moral compass?”
Employees at the California tech giant are reacting with a mixture of frustration with senior executives and distrust of the media.
ethicalEngineering  corporateCorruption  corporateLies  corporateIndemnity 
12 weeks ago by joeybaker
The average cable bill is now $107 a month, up more than 50% since 2010
The average monthly cost households pay for cable is now up to $107, much of which is due to hidden fees, taxes, and equipment costs.
ISP  corporateConsolidation  corporateCorruption 
november 2018 by joeybaker
Motorola Becomes First Smartphone Company to Sell DIY Repair Kits to Its Customers
As Apple continues to fight independent repair, Motorola partners with iFixit and supports the right to repair movement.
casteingTheLowerClass  casteingTheMiddleClass  corporateCorruption  win 
october 2018 by joeybaker
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