Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan is an Irish conservative journalist, regularly writing on topics such as freedom of speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan_

Nevada Authorities Consider Legal Action Against Facebook over Area 51 Event

Nevada authorities are reportedly considering taking legal action against Facebook over the “Storm Area 51” event taking place this week that was organized on the social media platform. One event producer said, “Good luck with that. Facebook—I mean you might as well go after the Queen of England.”

A bar near Area 51

Apple Attempts to Trademark ‘Slofie’

Tech giant Apple is attempting to trademark the term “slofie” to describe the slow-motion selfies that the iPhone 11 is capable of recording.

Tim Cook CEO of Apple laughing

Elon Musk’s Defamation Defense: ‘Pedo Guy’ Doesn’t Mean Pedophile

Elon Musk stated in a recent court filing that his use of the term “pedo guy” to describe Vern Unsworth, the British cave rescuer critical of Musk’s plans during efforts to save a Thai soccer team from an underwater cave, was not meant to imply that Unsworth was a pedophile.

Elon Musk shrugs

Business Owners: Google ‘Killing’ Companies Using ‘Shakedown’ Ad Tactics

As antitrust investigations into Google heat up, business owners are speaking out against one of the company’s ad practices, known as “conquesting.” Edible Arrangements CEO Tariq Farid says the practice is “killing” business for his franchisees, and Basecamp CEO Jason Fried called the tactic “a shakedown” and “ransom.”

Google CEO spars with lawmakers on bias, privacy

Elon Musk Deposed in Tesla Lawsuit over SolarCity Merger

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been deposed in a class-action lawsuit relating to Tesla Inc’s $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity in 2016. As part of the deposition, Musk claimed he could not be recused from discussions about acquiring SolarCity, which he was both chairman and the largest shareholder of, because “I needed to voice my opinion, obviously.”

Elon Musk,CEO of Tesla

DOJ: Global Sweep Nets 281 Email Scammers

A worldwide sweep spearheaded by the DOJ has arrested 281 alleged email scammers, including 167 in Nigeria and 74 in the United States. This represents the largest coordinated action against online scammers yet undertaken.

The Associated Press

Report: FTC Opens Antitrust Probe on Amazon

A group of FTC investigators has reportedly begun interviewing small businesses that sell products on Amazon to determine if the e-commerce giant is purposefully manipulating its market to hurt competitors, according to Bloomberg.

The Associated Press

Daimler Testing Self-Driving Trucks on Virginia Roads

Daimler has reportedly begun testing self-driving trucks on Virginia highways in a partnership with startup firm Torc Robotics. The self-driving trucks will still have humans on board capable of taking over the wheel in case of emergency.

Daimler self-driving truck on Virginia roads

Russia Accuses Facebook, Google of Election Meddling

The Russian government is accusing tech giants Facebook and Google of having defied a government order to ban the distribution of political advertising during Russian regional elections. According to communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, “Such actions can be seen as interference in Russia’s sovereign affairs and hindering the conduct of democratic elections in the Russian Federation.”

The Associated Press

WSJ: The Next Growth Industry Is in Pretending to Be Robots

A recent report from the Wall Street Journal outlines how pretending to be a robot may be the next big job industry. Humans regularly take control of robotic delivery drones and other autonomous bots to add the “human touch” robots are incapable of.

robotic science