Oh, and let’s not forget that the judge referred the case to the United States Attorney’s Office, which could mean eventual criminal charges for someone. That’s a bad look for any tech exec.
Farhad: In other Uber news: the company said that its long-awaited report on its workplace culture will be released sometime in early June. I hope you’re bracing yourself.
Mike: It’s like tech’s version of the Starr Report: Hotly anticipated and most likely lascivious. I will report on it dutifully, and also haven’t left my house without my laptop strapped to my back for months in case it drops in the meantime. I think my family is going to have an intervention for me soon.
Farhad: There was another big cyberattack this week. Britain’s National Health Service reported that 16 of its facilities, including hospitals, had been hit with a “ransomware” attack — meaning that the hackers were demanding payments in order to let doctors and others get access to patient files. I’m not really sure what to say about this other than: This is probably just a preview of the next Bond movie.
Mike: I hope it stars Dave Bautista — he’s dreamy.
Seriously though, this attack seems superbad. Imagine if the doctor in charge of all your … ailments … was no longer able to see your patient history file, which by all measures must be extensive and detailed? I would be worried, for all of us.
Farhad: Um, thank you. Speaking of worrying, remember how earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security banned laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East? Well, get ready for an expansion. Homeland Security now says that it will most likely expand the ban to flights from Europe, too. The original ban was in response to the threat that the Islamic State might hide some kind of bomb in portable electronics devices, the government says, and apparently that threat may extend to European flights as well.
I’m really glad that I decided not to fly with the kids to Europe this summer. Kids on a plane with no iPad — it’s madness, man.
Mike: I dunno. While my first reaction is, “This seems like an egregious invasion of civil liberties,” my second reaction is “No work during international flights? Sign me up!”
For real, though, I do wonder to what degree technology has advanced that we’re worried about hard drive bombs and the like. Pretty soon we won’t be able to take foil-wrapped burritos on board. And that day, my friend, is when I will shed a tear for America.
Farhad: Finally, Snap. The company that makes Snapchat went public earlier this year, and this week it had to issue its first earnings report. It was not pretty. The company reported a loss of $2.2 billion. Most of that involved a technicality — the company paid about $2 billion in stock-based compensation to employees….