Tesla bars staff from anonymous chat app after leaks

first_img Tags Tech Industry Car Tech Mobile Apps Roadshow Elon Musk Tesla Share your voice 0 Post a comment Tesla leaks are reportedly leading to employees being barred from using Blind. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Tesla has blocked employees from using anonymous workplace social network app Blind following leaks about the company, Blind has confirmed.Blind has said Tesla is blocking verification emails from its employees’ addresses so they can’t validate their accounts.  “We first found out about this issue through emails from Tesla employees who were trying to sign up on Blind but were not receiving verification emails from us,” Curie Kim from Blind told CNET in an email Tuesday afternoon. “We looked into the verification rates for Tesla and there was a surge in verification failure on our end starting on May 4th, 2019.” “From these facts, we can confirm that Tesla is preventing employees from accessing Blind,” Kim said. She explained it was similar to when Uber blocked Blind usage by employees back in 2017 after whistleblower Susan Fowler spoke up about the Uber working climate. Kim said more employees from more than 40,000 companies are using Blind, including 55,000 Microsoft staffers, 38,000 from Amazon, 16,000 from Google, 13,000 from Facebook, 11,000 from Uber and 10,000 from Apple. “Tesla is the only company that is blocking its own employees from accessing or signing up on Blind,” she said. As spotted earlier by Verdict, a Tesla employee had posted publicly on Blind in May about being unable to use the app.  “Why is Tesla opposed to their employees using Blind? We can’t access the app on the company network,” the post says. “Have to use phone data instead. And it seems they’re blocking emails from Blind too. I told a couple of co-workers about the app but they haven’t been able to receive a verification code to complete the sign-up process!” Variety said Tesla staff are also unable to use Blind via Tesla’s Wi-Fi network. Blind requires users to verify their account with a company email address but then keeps their identity anonymous in order to give “an equitable voice to everyone.” “Through anonymity and community, we aim to flatten corporate hierarchy and remove professional barriers in order to initiate open conversations and create transparency,” Blind says. The app features multiple channels for users: topics channels, private company channels, Tech Lounge and Startup Lounge. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has meanwhile been trying to psyche his employees up to hit delivery targets, reportedly sending out an email last week top push hard while demand is high. Reports say Tesla’s current quarter could eclipse its 90,700 deliveries record. Originally published June 4, 2:18 p.m. PT.   Update, 3:49 p.m.: Adds confirmation from Blind. last_img read more

Another Blow To TRSCare Retired Teachers Are Leaving The System In Droves

first_img Share Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT NewsEarlier this year there were fears that the 32-year old health care system that covers hundreds of thousands of retired teachers was approaching a death spiral. The Teacher’s Retirement System’s TRS-Care was expected to experience a shortfall in excess of $1 billion.Lawmakers came to the rescue with an infusion of cash – a temporary patch intended to shrink the system’s deficit to $700 million. But now, the Austin American-Statesman reports on another threat to the program – retired teachers are leaving it in droves.Statesman Reporter Julie Chang says some 7,800 retired teachers have requested to withdraw from the program’s health insurance coverage. She says more participants leaving could increase health care costs for those who remain, because fewer members would be sharing the cost of health insurance.“Because TRS has such a high unfunded liability, the Texas Legislature, through TRS, has had to make some difficult financial decisions, including making plans that are not as attractive to retired teachers anymore,” Chang says.Chang spoke with a retired Austin teacher whose health premium has gone up 31 percent, to $271 per month. The teacher’s pension of $2,200 per month makes absorbing the increase difficult, Chang says. That’s why the teacher, and others, have sought insurance on the open market.Chang says the situation at TRS-Care is worrying, but that the system is unlikely to collapse anytime soon because legislators are likely to step in to make up the shortfall.“But that’s not to say that in subsequent years, there couldn’t be changes to their health care plans in order to save the state some money,” Chang says.last_img read more

Party Politics National Edition Ep 39 What Will Trump Do In 2018

first_imgEvan Vucci, Wong Maye-E/APPresident Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to continue to square off in 2018. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /18:34 Trump declares war on former adviser Steve Bannon And finally, Brandon and Jay unpack what 2018 will look like during President Trump’s second year in office. We do a weekly Texas-centered episode too which you can subscribe to on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus catch you up on what’s been happening in Washington and around the world since the end of 2017:My button is bigger than yours – President Trump comparing nuclear button sizes to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un President Trump dissolves controversial voting commission to look into voter fraudNew York state sues the Feds on tax changes  This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Listen Xlast_img read more

Swaraj Thapa files nomination after resigning from GJM Bimal faction

first_imgDarjeeling: Swaraj Thapa, who had resigned from the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal Gurung faction), filed his nomination from the Darjeeling constituency on Tuesday.Incidentally, GJM (Bimal faction) and the GNLF have extended support to the BJP. Following the announcement of the name of Raju Bista as the BJP candidate for the Darjeeling constituency, Thapa had tendered his resignation from GJM (Bimal faction). Following the filing of nomination, Thapa told media persons: “Niraj Zimba, the GNLF Spokesperson, had called me up and told me that the GNLF had recommended my name to the BJP for the Darjeeling constituency as the fittest candidate. I have decided to contest the election so that people get a strong alternative.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThapa, who was a close confidant of Gurung and served as an Advisor at the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, stated: “BJP has fielded a candidate from outside. People are unhappy with the choice. I am sure I will be able to do more than him.” The Gorkhaland issue would be Thapa’s poll plank. “In an electoral process, people should be given a choice of candidates. I am sure I can do much more for the issue than the previous BJP MPs who have won from this constituency,” said Thapa. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHarka Bahadur Chettri, the Jan Andolan Party president, also filed his nomination on Tuesday. “We had tried to bring the regional parties from the Hills together and field a consensus candidate. When this fizzled out, we decided to contest,” Chettri said. Though the main agenda for Chettri’s party is the Gorkhaland issue, he stated that other issues like drinking water and minimum wage for tea garden workers will also be taken up by the party. “I will carry the voice of North Bengal to the Parliament,” added Chettri. 21 candidates have filed nominations from the Darjeeling constituency. Tuesday was the last day of filing nomination. The constituency will go to polls on April 18.last_img read more

Caliber Home Loans Launches Mobile Platform

first_img Coppell, Texas-headquartered Caliber Home Loans, Inc. (Caliber), has announced the launch of a new mobile platform. Featuring three mobile phone apps customized for three user groups–borrowers, the Caliber sales force, and their business associates–all users receive real-time information and the ability to respond from virtually anywhere. Caliber processes data from all three apps on the back end, which enables efficient and effective communication across the loan process.“We customized each of these new mobile apps to provide user-friendly access to all touchpoints in the mortgage system,” said Sanjiv Das, CEO, Caliber. “This greatly increases the efficiency of the process and will help us close loans even faster. We’re well-aware that today’s consumers prefer to manage their finances via cell phone whenever possible.”While digital technology is essential to keep up with the pace of the ever-evolving mortgage business, Caliber continues to offer high-touch service and personalized guidance from a distributed network of more than 1500 Loan Consultants around the country.“Caliber’s investment in technology extends beyond our customers to our own loan professionals and business partners. Now each group has their own apps that plug them into an interconnected digital platform that includes secure sharing of data with customers,” Das said.While the Caliber Home Loans app for borrowers helps customers connect during originations and manage their loans after closing, CaliberH2O for sales and brokers enables their business networks to communicate and respond in real time. Caliber MyPipeline for real estate agents and builders provides access to shared borrowers’ loan pipelines, keeping them in the loop during underwriting.The new apps are available to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Share March 19, 2018 486 Views in journal, News, Originationcenter_img Caliber Home Loans Launches Mobile Platform App Borrowers Caliber Home Loans Lenders Servicers technology 2018-03-19 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

LaFave will help lead key House committee for natural resources

first_img Categories: LaFave News,News 26Jan LaFave will help lead key House committee for natural resources  State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, will help lead a key House committee safeguarding Michigan’s natural resources, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.LaFave will be vice chair of the House Natural Resources Committee during the 2017-18 session of the Legislature. He also will serve as a member of House committees for Energy Policy, Insurance and the Judiciary.“I’m a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula, and Michigan’s natural resources are our treasures,” LaFave said. “Michigan’s outdoors are where I grew up, hunting and fishing. I’m excited to have a voice for residents of the 108th District, with respect for the most beautiful land on God’s green earth.”LaFave is serving his first term in the Michigan House.“All of these committees are important, because it’s where a lot of the work of government gets done,” LaFave said. “I can’t wait to get started.”###last_img read more