Tech News Roundup Feb 25-Mar 3


by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

On Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018, GitHub experienced the most powerful distributed denial of service attack ever recorded. Traffic shot as high as 1.35 terabits per second. The previous record was set by the DDoS that hit Dyn in 2016, which was 1.2 Tbps. This time, however, no botnet was involved. Instead, the attackers pinged memcached servers with spoofed IPs.

Google accused of excluding Asians, whites for some positions

by Steven Musil, Cnet

Arne Wilberg, a former 9-year Google employee, filed a lawsuit in California’s San Mateo County Superior Court alleging Google had a documented company policy favoring African American and Hispanic females over Asian and Caucasian men. He also alleges to have been fired in retaliation for complaining to HR about the hiring practices. It’s the second recent lawsuit against Google for anti-white man practices.

Drunk man accidentally takes $1,600 Uber from West Virginia to New Jersey

by Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica

Kenny Bachman was drunk when he accidentally ordered an Uber to take him from West Virginia to New Jersey. Adding to the problem, he ordered an upscale Uber XL during surge pricing. He didn’t remember doing any of this, but still gave the driver a five-star rating and cash for the tolls home.

Amazon faces criticism for being ‘complicit’ with counterfeiters

by Steve Dent, Engadget

Elevation Labs Founder Casey Hopkins is upset with Amazon. In a blog post on the company website, he details how his company’s products are being counterfeited for lower quality then sold on the site. Amazon and the scammers profit, Hopkins says, while his company and brand takes a reputation hit. It’s not the first time Amazon’s been in hot water over this, Birkenstock took issue with the company in 2016 and even filed suit in Germany in 2017 to stop typo scammers.

Jack calls in reinforcements to measure Twitter’s toxicity

Rachel Kaser, The Next Web

Long-time Twitter users are aware the platform is filled with trolls. Everything from Russian bots trying to sway American sentiment to fake news reports plague the social network. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted a call-to-action to help come up with “conversational health metrics” that can help fix the problem. Quantifying and fixing human behavior through algorithms may prove to be tricky though.

After Costs, Uber and Lyft Drivers Average Less Than $4 an Hour, Depressing New Study Claims

by Rhett Jones, Gizmodo

Researchers at MIT say 74 percent of Uber and Lyft rideshare drivers are making less than minimum wage. This includes 30 percent of drivers who are actually losing money. In fact, the median profit for drivers (after taking out costs of insurance, maintenance, gas, and depreciation) is only $3.37 per hour, $0.29 per mile, or $661 per month.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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