Tax filing websites have been sending users’ financial information to Facebook

Major tax filing services such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have been quietly transmitting sensitive financial information to Facebook when Americans file their taxes online, The Markup has learned. via Technology and News Today

Time’s up: the Leap Second is being scrapped

A global panel of scientists and government representatives have voted to scrap leap seconds by 2035. The ad-hoc time adjustment is occasionally inserted to account for the gradual slowdown of the Earth’s rotation, and has caused headaches for numerous tech companies over the years. via Technology and News Today

Elon Musk begins reinstating banned Twitter accounts, starting with Jordan Peterson and the Babylon Bee

Elon Musk has begun reinstating Twitter accounts that were previously subject to lifetime bans, taking the first steps toward his promise of lighter moderation on the platform. via Technology and News Today

Lab-Grown Meat Gets FDA Approval for the First Time Ever

Lab-grown meat has officially received the FDA’s safety stamp of approval for the first time ever. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the FDA stated that it has “evaluated the information submitted to the agency and has no further questions at this time about the firm’s safety conclusion. via Technology and News Today

iPhone 14 Pro’s A16 Bionic Outperforms Latest Snapdragon 8 Chip Coming to Android Phones Later This Year

Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced its latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile chip and platform, promising to “revolutionize flagship smartphones” with “groundbreaking” experiences. via Technology and News Today

What’s wrong with US broadband?

The state of US broadband is bad. We already know huge portions of the country aren’t getting broadband speeds — but even where they are, those connections are often bogged down by limited options, predatory billing practices, and a general lack of choice. via Technology and News Today

Amazon’s hardware chief confirms layoffs have started

The head of Amazon’s hardware division has confirmed that the tech giant is cutting jobs. Dave Limp, who leads the company’s Devices & Services organization, told his team that Amazon would “consolidate some teams and programs” and that “some roles will no longer be required.” via Technology and News Today

Teens don’t seem super concerned about social media’s effects on their lives

With widespread misinformation, echo chambers and dubious fact-checking — not to mention Twitter appearing on the verge of collapse — you might expect today’s teenagers to view social media as a cesspool. via Technology and News Today

Google Fi’s throwing in a free year of YouTube Premium for Unlimited Plus subscribers

If you’re subscribed to Google Fi’s Unlimited Plus plan, you can now enjoy an extra perk in addition to unlimited data: one year free of YouTube Premium. Starting today, new and existing members enrolled in Google Fi’s premium plan won’t have to pay the $119. via Technology and News Today

Elon Musk is firing Twitter employees even when they criticize him in private

After purging half of Twitter’s staff with a snap of his fingers and firing as many as 5,500 additional contract employees without so much as a goodbye, “free speech” maximalist Elon Musk is now additionally getting rid of anyone who dares criticize him, both on Twitter and even in the company via Technology and News Today

Consumer Reports finds hybrid cars are more reliable than gas-only models

Hybrid cars aren’t just valuable for their fuel efficiency, apparently. Consumer Reports has published annual reliability survey data indicating that hybrids are generally more reliable than their gas-only equivalents. via Technology and News Today

Amazon mass layoffs will reportedly ax 10,000 people this week

Amazon could lay off as many as 10,000 employees this week, according to a new report from The New York Times. The move would follow wide-reaching firings at Twitter and Meta; last week, the latter announced it would lay off 11,000 employees. via Technology and News Today

Splatoon 3’s chill December update adds more of everything

Splatoon 3 is getting a big update, splashing down on December 1st. Dubbed Chill Season 2022, the update’s adding new weapons, stages, game modes, and a lot more cool clothes and gear to zhuzh up your octolings. The Salmon Run game mode is also getting a fish-lift with the new Big Run game mode. via Technology and News Today

Tesla opens up its charging connector in a bid to become the North American standard

Tesla is opening up its charging system, but not in the way that helps people who own electric vehicles that aren’t Teslas. The automaker is renaming its Tesla connector the “North American Charging Standard” (NACS) and is pitting it against the current CCS combo charging standard. via Technology and News Today