10 things in Tech you need to know today, Monday, December 13

Hello, readers. At least six Amazon employees were killed when a warehouse collapsed in a tornado on Friday. In addition, the CEO of Better takes off on time, effective immediately.

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Emergency vehicles surround the site of an Amazon distribution warehouse in Edwardsville, Ill., With a collapsed roof, after storms hit the Midwest.  December 10, 2021.

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1. A tornado swept through an Amazon warehouse, killing at least six employees. The warehouse in Edwardsville, Ill. Collapsed on Friday due to inclement weather. In addition to six confirmed deaths, an unknown number of people remain missing. Here’s what we know so far:

  • Officials said the collapse was caused by severe tornadoes and storms which has passed through Arkansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri.
  • The victims include a new mother and a 29-year-old US Navy veteran. What we know about each worker.
  • In the aftermath, employees are opposing a controversial phone ban on Amazon warehouses, Bloomberg reported. Despite being relaxed during the pandemic, the ban is being reinstated across the country – and workers are expressing concerns for their safety.
  • Jeff Bezos is under fire. As the situation unfolded, the Amazon founder was celebrating a Blue Origin human space flight, which launched six people, including “Good Morning America” ​​anchors Michael Strahan in space. Bezos acknowledged the disaster hours later, describing it as “tragic.”

In other news:


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2. Why does everything go off when Amazon’s servers are having problems? Last week, Amazon Web Services suffered an outage that not only affected its own operations, but also brought down major sites like


and Tinder, which rely on AWS for its web hosting and cloud infrastructure. We explain why everything pauses when AWS goes down.

3. Inside the NFT and Crypto Art Basel Miami invasion parties. While partying on a $ 40 million superyacht, our correspondent experienced the collision of the crypto revolution and the art world – and learned that even some art collectors are expressing an interest in NFTs. Here’s what she experienced at the glitzy week-long art fair.

4. The CEO of Better “is taking immediate leave. ” As CEO Vishal Garg takes his leave, Better has hired an independent third party to “do a leadership and culture assessment,” according to an internal memo seen by Insider. What we know about Garg’s leave so far.

5. Amazon Music wants to overhaul the company’s controversial performance review system. Documents show the Leaked Amazon Music team wants to remove the company’s wide “unregretted attrition rate” or the percentage of employees the company doesn’t mind losing, which some people unfairly say fires employees. What we learned from the leaked documents.

6. Tesla was the subject of a second sexual harassment lawsuit in a month. An assembly line worker at a Tesla factory in California accused the company of retaliation and failing to prevent “a pattern of ongoing and pervasive sexual harassment” at the factory. More information on the trial here.

7. Leaked emails and photos show complaints that ghost cooking startup Reef sent raw meat. In more than 100 complaints, customers repeatedly say they have received raw chicken or undercooked burger patties – some even claiming to have had food poisoning from the meat. See what else customers have said about the food.

8. A group of Apple Watch customers have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit claims that a defect in the Apple Watch caused watch batteries to swell, crack screens and expose “sharp” edges. Get the full recap here.

9. Microsoft has offered to bring top Xbox games like “Halo” to iPhones. Court documents show that if Apple relaxes its rules on the App Store, Microsoft would have brought major Xbox games to the Apple App Store. Why Apple won’t budge.

10. MGM Resorts allows job seekers to try out roles using virtual reality. In an effort to reduce employee churn rates, the casino and hotel company is allowing applicants to test a job using virtual reality before hiring. Here is how it will work.

What we’re watching this week:

Jordan Parker hosted by Erb in New York. (Comments or tips? Email [email protected] or tweet @jordanparkererb.) Edited by Michael cogley in London.

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