Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is facing backlash for encouraging people to visit Myanmar, where social media may have helped fuel a mass genocide
- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently visited Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar, for his birthday, to participate in a 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat.
- Since then, he's been posting photos and detailed descriptions of his trip on Twitter, encouraging other people to go there if they can.
- Now, Dorsey is facing backlash against his supposedly ignorant promotion of Myanmar, where social media platforms — including Twitter and Facebook — allegedly helped fuel a mass genocide, SFGate and other outlets reported.
- Twitter has a "Hateful conduct policy," which prohibits "attacking groups of people on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin." However, in August, Reuters reported that such Tweets were still available on the site.
- In November, Reuters reported, Facebook said a human rights report it commissioned showed it had not done enough to prevent its social network from fueling violence.
A 58-story luxury condo skyscraper in San Francisco is tilting and sinking — here's everything that's gone wrong in the past decade
- San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been sinking and tilting for years — but its homeowners may have finally found a solution.
- On December 3, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Millennium Tower Homeowners Association will put forward a $100 million plan to address the tower's instability.
- The agency responsible for the transit center, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, hired a consulting firm to investigate how the excavation could affect the tower.
- Developers contend that construction workers pumped too much water out of the ground while the transit center was being built, causing the sand to compress and the tower to sink.
- Their lawsuit names Millennial Partners, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, and the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection.
- The main case — which involves Millennium Partners, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the homeowners association, and individual tenants — is scheduled to go to trial in June 2019.
Eleven researchers publish sharp critique of EPA fuel economy logic
- In this week's edition of Science, eleven researchers from prominent universities around the US criticized the federal government's justification for rolling back vehicle fuel economy standards.
- One of the first in its crosshairs was the EPA's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) standards for light trucks and passenger vehicles, which paralleled the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Wheeler soon released an EPA report justifying a proposed rule to freeze fuel economy standards at 2020 levels.
- "Although we do not endorse the 2016 TAR [Technical Assessment Report], the 2018 analysis failed to advance our understanding of the true costs and benefits of fuel economy standards," the researchers wrote.
- But oddly, the EPA's 2018 report says that freezing fuel economy standards will shrink the US vehicle fleet.
The three types of Amazon buyers — and how other e-tailers can lure them away
- Business Insider Intelligence fielded the Amazon study to members of its proprietary panel in March 2018, reaching over 1,000 US consumers - primarily hand-picked digital professionals and early-adopters - to gather their insights on Amazon's role in the online shopping experience.
- The pervasiveness of free (and fast) shipping is steadily heightening customer expectations for the online shopping experience — and forcing competitors to offer similar programs and benefits.
- Business Insider Intelligence has compiled the complete survey findings into the four-part Amazon Commerce Competitive Edge Report, which dives deeper into each of these consumer segments to give e-tailers an intricate understanding of Amazon's role in their purchasing processes.
- The report presents actionable strategies for retail strategists and executives to zero in on three individual consumer segments at critical shopping moments, and empower them to win sales in an Amazon-dominated world.
Three untapped opportunities wearables present to health insurers, providers, and employers
- In turn, insurers, providers, and employers are poised to become just as active leveraging these devices - and the data they capture - to abandon the traditional reimbursement model and improve patient outcomes with personalized, value-based care.
- A new report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, follows the growing adoption of wearables and breadth of functions they offer to outline how healthcare organizations and stakeholders can overcome this challenge and add greater value with wearable technology.
- It explores the key drivers behind wearable usage by insurers, healthcare providers, and employers, and the opportunities wearables afford to each of these stakeholders.
- By outlining a successful case study from each stakeholder, the report highlights best practices in implementing wearables to reduce healthcare claims, improve patient outcomes, and drive insurance cost savings, as well as how the evolution of the market will create new, untapped opportunities for businesses.
Trump tries to change the story, but Russia cloud darkens
- On Saturday, Trump announced the exit of chief of staff John Kelly, dismissed new revelations from the Russia probe, slapped familiar foes and promoted violent demonstrations challenging his erstwhile friend, French President Emmanuel Macron.
- A week of legal filings related to the Russia investigation has only increased the President's vulnerability and raised new questions about whether his campaign cooperated with a Russian election meddling effort.
- A series of filings and court action this week by Mueller, federal prosecutors and attorneys for the President's former lawyer Michael Cohen and former national security adviser Michael Flynn appeared to significantly sharpen the threats facing Trump and key associates.
- The depth of the President's legal and political difficulties will only become clear when Mueller files a final report -- and Trump's team will have the chance to challenge his findings and make their defense.
Theresa May's Brexit deal is a worrying 'step into the unknown' say MPs
- LONDON — Theresa May has failed to spell out what Britain's future will look like after Brexit, with her deal with the EU representing a "huge step into the unknown," according to a damning verdict from a cross-party committee of MPs. The Committee on Exiting the European Union's report published on Sunday said the government had "failed to make fundamental choices about the UK's future" and to assess the trade-offs that would result.
- Parliament appears highly likely to reject May's proposed deal when it is put to a vote on Tuesday evening, with all opposition parties resolved to vote against it along with a large number of Tory MPs. Our Brexit Insider Facebook group is the best place for up-to-date news and analysis about Britain's departure from the EU, direct from Business Insider's political reporters.
Jared Kushner's close relationship with Saudi officials is reportedly the result of a 2-year influence mission
- The relationship has cemented the crown prince in Kushner's priorities, as he defended him to the Trump administration after US intelligence agencies concluded he was responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Jared Kushner reportedly developed a close relationship and kept in contact with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after being targeted by Saudi officials in an effort to woo the Trump administration.
- The two men even regularly spoke on the phone — even after US intelligence agencies concluded he was responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a Saturday New York Times report.
- The Times, citing former officials, text messages, and emails, reported that Kushner and the crown prince have been in close contact for nearly two years, despite efforts from the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, to rein in one-on-one communications with foreign leaders.
John Kelly is out — here are all the casualties of the Trump administration so far
- President Donald Trump announced to reporters on Dec. 8 that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job the end of the year, following months of news reports describing heightened tensions and conflict between Trump and Kelly.
- President Donald Trump announced to reporters on Dec. 8 that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave "at the end of the year" and he plans to name his replacement in the next day or two.
- The resignation came just a day after she testified before the House Intelligence Committee, where she reportedly said that she told white lies for the president, but never lied about anything consequential related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump has a thin grasp of trade and science policy
- Yes, manufacturing jobs have been added under Trump, but the sector is nowhere close to its old glory.
- In 1946, the year Trump was born, nearly a third of US workers had manufacturing jobs.
- Trump: "Big Steel is opening and renovating plants all over the country." — tweet Thursday.
- A year ago, the steel industry employed 141,200 people, says the Labor Department.
- But the pace of job gains has slowed considerably since Trump took office, according to the Labor Department.
- The Labor Department found that automakers added 30,600 jobs during Obama's last year in office.
- Despite the job growth in recent years, auto companies employ far fewer workers than they did in 2000.
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on Trump rejecting a dire White House report's conclusion on the economic costs of climate change: "This report is based on the most extreme modeled scenario, which contradicts long-established trends.