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Google’s Eric Schmidt: Breaking up Big Tech would be ‘illegal’ and harmful to consumers

The former chairman and chief executive of Google said that calls for breaking up the tech giant have “no basis in law” and would harm consumers by pushing up prices and decreasing transparency.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Eric Schmidt, who is stepping down next month from the board of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, pushed back on growing calls from lawmakers in the United States and the European Union to bring Big Tech to heel by forcing companies to unwind mergers and break themselves up into smaller entities.

“I don’t see a basis in law for a breakup. The various proposals for breaking up would [mean] prices increase, which would be a negative consumer harm for sure,” he said.

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As concerns around privacy and the spread of hate speech or misinformation continue to plague Facebook and Google, calls to break them up have increased. Most notably, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has a wide-ranging proposal for the breakup of several major tech companies on antitrust grounds.

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Eric Schmidt, former chairman and chief executive of Google, is seen above. (Photo by Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)

Google was hit with a $57 million fine by France’s privacy watchdog in January for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent” regarding ad personalization for users. Google was also fined an addition $1.7 billion by the EU for abusive advertising practices.

“These platforms are enormously powerful, and they are free to consumers…I would be very careful about directly affecting the structure of the industry because the benefit of broad access to these platforms has brought innumerable benefits,” Schmidt continued in the Telegraph interview.

The billionaire also reportedly expressed concerns about “regulatory bias” in the U.S. and EU as potentially damaging to the competitiveness of Western firms in favor of Chinese tech companies.

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Schmidt’s comments echo recent statements from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who said that breaking up Facebook or other tech giants would not address any of the underlying problems with privacy, security and content moderation.

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New Amazon machines can pack 600 orders per hour, could replace thousands of jobs

Amazon is using new machines that would automate jobs held by thousands of workers — boxing up orders inside the company’s cavernous warehouses worldwide.

The machines, which were being tested in a few warehouses in recent years, are able to scan goods coming down a conveyor belt and put them in custom-built boxes a few seconds later.

The machines can pack up boxes at a rate of 600 to 700 per hour, or four to five times as fast as human workers, according to Reuters, which first reported the development.

The Jeff Bezos-led retail giant is now considering adding them to dozens of additional warehouses, which would mean removing at least 24 jobs at each facility. That would add up to more than 1,300 cuts at 55 U.S. fulfillment centers.

A spokesperson from Amazon provided Fox News with the following statement on Monday:

“We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times, and adding efficiency across our network. We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created.”

Like most corporations, Amazon is looking to reduce labor costs and increase profits by introducing new efficiencies into its systems.

However, Amazon is still in the process of fully vetting the new machines, which are known as CartonWrap and produced by the firm CMC Srl, so the changes are not yet finalized.

The sources told Reuters that each machine requires one person to load the customer orders, one to stock cardboard and glue, and a technician to fix jams if they happen.

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A 6-axis robotic arm picks up sorting containers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore, Maryland.

A goal of Amazon’s leaner workforce, according to the Reuters source, is attrition. Instead of eliminating warehouse packing roles, the company will one day simply leave those roles unfilled. Employees that remain with the company could be retrained for more technical roles.

Amazon recently announced its plans to make one-day shipping the standard for Prime members, but the source told Reuters that these new machines are focused on efficiency and savings, rather than speed.

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Royal baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s first Instagram garners massive reaction

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Smile!

Royal baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor’s Instagram debut prompted a social media outpouring.

The post that revealed the name chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their newborn son quickly garnered 1.3 million likes and over 26,000 comments in less than two hours.

“Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family, ” the post reads.

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“Everything is just beautiful. Beautiful name, baby, family. Just everything in this picture! Even Queen Elizabeth is beaming over the baby too!!! 😊 Love it! ❤️” said one commenter.

Another person wrote: “I absolutely love the name! Little Archie is a lucky boy to have 2 such amazing parents. Enjoy him!”

A previous post sharing the family’s first “public moment” was also a big hit and garnered 1.5 million likes and thousands of comments.

“Doesn’t she look stunning ❤️ well done Meghan, welcome to the wild world of parenthood,” said one commenter.

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On Twitter, variations of Archie or Baby Sussex accounted for four of the top five trends worldwide.

No word yet on when or if Archie Harrison will have his own Facebook account.

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Tech bros drink ‘Liquid Death’ instead of booze

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In Silicon Valley, tech workers who are apparently too cool for actual beer have taken to something called Liquid Death.

The product, which is the brainchild of former Netflix creative director Mike Cessario, is a non-carbonated, unflavored water sourced and canned in the Alps and packaged in tallboy cans.

According to Liquid Death’s site, the beverage lets you “murder your thirst.” It also has natural electrolytes and minerals and sells for $21.96 for a 12-pack.

On Tuesday, the company announced an additional $1.6 million in funding from other tech-world types, including Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and Away co-founder Jen Rubio.

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“Our proprietary Thirst Murdering™ process begins with Liquid Death forming a rope of veins that will wrap around your Thirst’s head and strangle it. Once Liquid Death reaches your Thirst’s brain, all of your Thirst’s memories will be replaced with repeating loops of its own head imploding. Which is exactly what happens next by it causing your Thirst’s head to implode and its brain to squirt out of its ears,” the website explains.

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Liquid Death — also known as water.

The tech world is known for its eccentric executives. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was mocked for his fasting and ice bath habits.

Liquid Death is basically marketing itself as “punk” water.

“If you think about it, it makes sense, everything metal and punk is extreme,” Cessario told Business Insider. “Being vegan is extreme, protesting the deforestation is extreme. There are more vegans at a heavy metal show than Taylor Swift show. We are by far the most sustainable option for packaged water, which is a big driver for why people want to buy from us.”

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According to The Washington Post, bottled water was the most successful mass-market beverage category in 2018, with nearly 14 billion gallons sold.

As of now, you can only buy Liquid Death online.

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1,000-year-old psychedelic drug kit contains traces of cocaine, ayahuasca

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You never know when your stash might be found.

Archaeologists discovered a 1,000-year-old leather bundle in a cave in Bolivia containing traces of ayahuasca, the powerful hallucinogenic, and other drugs like cocaine.

Researchers led by the University of Berkeley, California archaeologist Melanie Miller analyzed a pouch made from three fox snouts sewn together and found that it tested positive for at least five plant-based psychoactive substances — including dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and harmine, key active compounds in ayahuasca.

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The preserved ritual bundle was found at 13,000-foot elevations in the Lipez Altiplano region of southwestern Bolivia and it dates back to the pre-Inca Tiwanaku civilization, according to researchers.

Although using ayahuasca is currently popular among Silicon Valley tech workers and celebrities, researchers say these findings are a testament to mind-altering brew’s ancient history.

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The 1,000-year-old ritual bundle discovered by researchers in a Bolivian cave. (Photos courtesy of Juan Albarracín-Jordán and José Capriles.)

“This is the first evidence of ancient South Americans potentially combining different medicinal plants to produce a powerful substance like ayahuasca,” said Miller, a researcher with UC Berkeley’s Archaeological Research Facility, in a published statement.

The discovery adds to increasing evidence that psychotropic plants were consumed as drugs going back many thousands of years.

“Our findings support the idea that people have been using these powerful plants for at least 1,000 years, combining them to go on a psychedelic journey, and that ayahuasca use may have roots in antiquity,” said Miller.

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The drug is made by brewing the vines of the Banisteriopsis Caapi and the leaves of the chacruna (Psychotria viridis) shrub. The leaves can release DMT and the vines release harmine — a combination that increases the drug’s effect.

“The tryptamine DMT produces strong, vivid hallucinations that can last from minutes to an hour, but combined with harmine, you can have prolonged out-of-body altered states of consciousness with altered perceptions of time and of the self,” Miller said in a statement.

She also described the pouch made of three fox snouts as “the most amazing artifact I’ve had the privilege to work with.”

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The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg under fire as shareholders are urged to remove him as board chair

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Two nonprofits are mobilizing to push shareholders to remove Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from his post as chair of the tech giant’s board.

Ahead of Facebook’s shareholder meeting at the end of May, the civil rights group Color of Change is harnessing the power of its 1.5 million members in partnership with investor advocacy organization Majority Action to educate the company’s independent shareholders and urge them to vote ‘no’ on Zuckerberg remaining as board chair.

“Facebook’s governance structure is a threat to the civil rights of its Black users and to the financial interests of its shareholders,” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, in a statement provided to Fox News. “Lasting change to address the misinformation, discrimination, violent movements and data breaches that put users, especially Black users, at risk cannot be subject to the whims of a single person….Shareholder value is threatened by the company’s failure to make fixing civil rights violations an operational priority.”

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Zuckerberg, who has recently said the social network is moving toward a focus on encrypted, private communication, wields enormous power at the company he founded. Since his Class B shares have 10 votes per share compared with Class A shares that only have one vote, the mogul controls nearly 60 percent of the company’s stock, giving him enormous control over Facebook’s board of directors. The two groups pushing for shareholders to vote against his board chair appointment are in essence calling for more checks and balances.

Last year, a similar proposal to vote no on his continued appointment as board chair was supported by 35 percent of independent shareholders — including New York City Pension Funds, Wells Fargo Funds Management LLC, OppenheimerFunds, Inc., and the Ohio School Employees Retirement System.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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At the shareholder meeting on May 30, the two nonprofits will aim to get that number to 50 percent plus one vote, which would ensure its passage. Other Silicon Valley companies, including Google and Apple, have separate people filling the roles of CEO and board chair.

Color of Change has been at the forefront of pushing Facebook’s leadership to reckon with internal and external critiques about the platform’s safety and privacy practices – in particular as they relate to African-Americans and people of color – for several years now. The social network, which has been hit for not moving fast enough to rid the platform of white nationalists, recently took the step of permanently banning several high-profile white nationalist and anti-Semitic individuals. The social network has also dramatically increased its staffing around issues of safety and security to 30,000 while using the power of AI and machine learning to flag and take down accounts or posts in violation of its policies.

Besides urging shareholders to withhold support for Zuckerberg, Color of Change and Majority Action are calling for an independent board chair, expanded holders with equal voting power, requiring directors in uncontested elections to be chosen by holders of a majority of votes cast and expanded transparency through annual reports on risks of content governance and gender pay inequity.

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Julie Goodridge, CEO of NorthStar Asset Management, which owns 23,500 Facebook shares, has said she believes the company’s share structure will have to be equalized in order to prompt major policy changes.

“It’s simply not possible for Mark Zuckerberg to dig himself and the company out of this mess without help,” Goodridge told Fox News in December. “But because he is apparently not capable of understanding why holding all the power, in this case, is problematic. The only thing that will work is if the share structure is changed such that he does not have a majority vote.”

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Fox News reached out to Facebook for comment and will update this story as needed.

“Facebook exemplifies irresponsible corporate governance, and the results have harmed shareholders, vulnerable communities, and public trust alike,” said Eli Kasargod-Staub, executive director of Majority Action, in a statement provided to Fox News.

The tech giant is also facing the possibility of a major fine and new regulatory oversight from the FTC, pending an official announcement from the agency.

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Apple exaggerating iPhone battery life by up to 51 percent, report says

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Apple is exaggerating the maximum battery life for several of its iPhones, a new consumer advocacy report concludes.

According to U.K. consumer group Which?, in tests of nine iPhone models, all of them fell short of Apple’s battery life claims by between 18 and 51 percent.

The group carried out tests to determine average talk time for a range of models, including the iPhone XR, which had the biggest overestimation for talk time on a full charge. In Which? tests, it lasted for 16 hours and 32 minutes — whereas Apple said it would last 25 hours.

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“With mobile phones now an essential part of everyday life, we should be able to count on our handsets living up to the manufacturer’s claims,” said Natalie Hitchins, Which? head of home products and services, in a statement.

“There are clearly questions here around how long some mobile phone batteries will last and so it’s important to make sure you find an independent source of reliable information when buying your next phone,” Hitchins added.

Which?, a consumer advocacy group that tests a wide range of products regularly, is seen as the British version of America’s Consumer Reports.

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Apple disputed the results in a statement to Business Insider.

“We rigorously test our products and stand behind our battery life claims. With tight integration between hardware and software, iPhone is engineered to intelligently manage power usage to maximize battery life. Our testing methodology reflects that intelligence. Which? haven’t shared their methodology with us so we can’t compare their results to ours. We share our methodology for testing which we publish in detail here.”

In order to complete its testing, Which? examined over 50 mobile phones from five popular brands. It purchased the phones at full battery strength and timed how long they lasted when making continuous calls. It also ran other tests before making a ruling on battery life.

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Fox News reached out to Apple for comment on the study.

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Killer asteroid destroys New York in simulation exercise

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A massive killer asteroid is headed straight for New York.

An exercise set up by “planetary defense” experts is reportedly meant to gauge what would happen if authorities were unable to deflect a giant space rock hurtling toward America’s most populous city at 43,000 miles per hour.

The asteroid, about 330 to 1,000 feet in diameter, would explode 9.3 miles above Central Park on April 29, 2027, with 1,000 times the energy of the nuclear bomb that decimated Hiroshima, according to AFP.

In the simulation, Manhattan is destroyed, and the damage extends as far out as 42 miles from the epicenter, ensuring destruction across the heavily-developed metropolitan area.

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The horrifying scenario is meant to provoke questions, such as: How do authorities evacuate 10 million people? How would ruined urban areas be rebuilt?

“Two months may not be enough time to really evacuate, because you’re evacuating people who are stuck, who have to rebuild their lives where they’re going. You’re going to have fleets of U-hauls,” Brandy Johnson, who plays the role of an “angry citizen” in the exercise, referring to the rental moving trucks, told AFP.

A major unknown is how Americans would actually behave in the face of this doomsday scenario.

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“If you knew your home was going to be destroyed six months from now, and that you weren’t going back again, would you keep paying your mortgage?” Victoria Andrews, NASA’s deputy planetary defense officer, asked

Fortunately, the fictional killer asteroid is “highly unlikely,” Paul Chodas, the NASA engineer who is the game’s designer, told AFP.

“But we wanted the issues to be exposed and discussed,” he added.

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‘Transformative changes’ are needed to save nature and ourselves, major climate report claims

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A range of “transformative changes” — like a revamped food production system and reworked financial sector — are needed to save nature and humanity from climate change and other threats, according to a soon-to-be-released report.

The report’s findings, detailed in a draft obtained by AFP, represent the first United Nations assessment on the state of nature in 15 years and the work of 400 scientists:

One million of Earth’s estimated 8 million species face extinction, many within decades. All but 7 percent of major marine fish stocks are in decline or exploited. Humans are dumping up to 400 million tons of heavy metals, toxic sludge and other waste into oceans and rivers each year. Since 1990, Earth has lost 7.1 million acres — an area more than eight times the size of Germany or Vietnam — of forests that help to absorb CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.

According to the forthcoming report, shrinking habitats, land-use change and climate change are some of the main causes of nature’s degradation.

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“There are also two big indirect drivers of biodiversity loss and climate change — the number of people in the world and their growing ability to consume,” Robert Watson, chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), told AFP.

The 1,800-page report, discussed during week-long negotiations in Paris, is set to be publicly unveiled May 6.

“Feeding the world in a sustainable manner entails the transformation of food systems,” the report notes.

Although the report makes for upsetting reading and does not offer specific policy recommendations, it does map out several different scenarios for the future.

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Hundreds of students took part in the School Strike for Climate in New York City, joining over 500 events worldwide. The students held a rally and perform a die in outside City Hall to bring attention to Mayor De Blasio’s inaction to declare a climate emergency. (Photo by Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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One, labeled “reformed markets,” would provide for more programs aimed at eliminating poverty and protecting the environment, with consumer demand remaining at its current level. Another, called “global sustainable development,” would see politicians and the general public prioritize environmental issues and stringent regulations to promote more sustainable consumption and a way to measure progress based on well-being, not just GDP.

“There is no question we are losing biodiversity at a truly unsustainable rate that will affect human wellbeing both for current and future generations,” Watson told The Guardian. “We are in trouble if we don’t act, but there are a range of actions that can be taken to protect nature and meet human goals for health and development.”

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‘Save us from the Satans’: Survivors of Sri Lanka church attack pray

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Two weeks after suicide bombers killed 250 and wounded 500 in coordinated attacks at Sri Lankan churches and hotels, worshippers filed slowly and peacefully into a community hall in the town of Batticaloa on Sunday.

This week, a dozen gun-toting soldiers reportedly stood guard outside the building as survivors of the horrific terrorist attack were joined by several hundred other Christian worshippers.

Some walked in on crutches, others clutched Bibles.

“Come to our protection in this world where we are being hit by waves,” their voices sang out in Tamil, reports Reuters.

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Zion Church members pray at a community hall in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, May 5, 2019. Their church was bombed on Easter Sunday.

The terrorist attacks were perpetrated by Islamist militants, according to Sri Lankan officials. But Islamic State claimed responsibility without providing any evidence.

Reuters reports that the evangelical Zion Church would need more repairs before it could be used again. There were also no services at St Sebastian’s Church in Negambo, where at least 102 people perished.

However, a Mass was held behind closed doors at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, the third church bombed that day.

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“Save us from the Satans who are trying to destroy our nation,” the Christian worshippers in Batticaloa reportedly chanted.

Witnesses have said that the suicide bomber in Zion Church stood close to a generator to maximize the force of the blast, which killed 14 children and several dozen worshippers at the low-income church.

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An injured member of Zion Church, which was bombed on Easter Sunday, cries as she prays at a community hall on May 5, 2019.

“Why does the Lord take us through this fire?” Reverend Roshan Mahesan said, his voice breaking, after about an hour of singing.

Worshippers said prayers for the injured and tried to make sense of the unspeakable attack.

Sumathi Karunakaran, a 52-year-old homemaker, received a volley of shrapnel on the upper left side of her body before she escaped by climbing over a wall. Her eye was bandaged and her arm was in a sling, but she still attended.

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Members of Zion Church, which was bombed on Easter Sunday, pray at a community hall in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka, May 5, 2019. (Reuters)

“I will keep on coming,” Karunakaran, whose 22-year-old daughter Uma Shankari was still undergoing emergency care from injuries sustained in the blast, told Reuters.

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