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_

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison Hosting Trump Fundraiser

President Donald Trump will be attending a campaign fundraising event at Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison’s Rancho Mirage in Palm Springs, California, on February 19 — less than two weeks before California’s Super Tuesday primary election. Ellison’s Trump fundraiser flies in the face of Silicon Valley’s progressive political culture.

Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison

Michael Bloomberg Launches Astroturfed Meme Campaign

Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg has reportedly contracted internet meme-makers and marketers with more than 60 million followers in total to post sponsored content on Instagram promoting his campaign. According to one of the marketers involved, the memes’ engagement “came from people being confused whether or not it was real.”

Mike Bloomberg smiles

Whistleblower: Tesla Worker Trafficked ‘Significant Quantities’ of Cartel Drugs

A former Tesla employee has filed a formal whistleblower complaint with the SEC alleging that Tesla failed to disclose that authorities had discovered an alleged drug trafficking scheme involving an employee at the firm’s “Gigafactory” plant in Nevada. Among the other claims in the complaint, the whistleblower also describes the theft of more than $37 million worth of copper from Elon Musk’s Nevada facility.

Elon Musk of Tesla confused

Justin Danhof: Google Is the Biggest Bully in Silicon Valley

In a recent article for Issues & Insights, Justin Danhof examines the power that search giant Google wields and how it could be used to influence elections. According to Danhof, “It is hard to fathom a greater bully than Google.”

Google train

Facebook Will Pay Reuters to Fact-Check the News

Social media giant Facebook will reportedly soon be paying news wire Reuters to fact-check and verify news headlines, user-generated videos and photos, and other content in English and Spanish.

Mark Zuckerberg at Georgetown

Elizabeth Holmes Pushes for Theranos Fraud Case to Be Thrown Out

Elizabeth Holmes has reportedly asked a federal judge to throw out the U.S. government’s case against the former Theranos CEO who was indicted in 2018 for multiple counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud through Theranos, which claimed to be able to conduct a medical blood test from just a single drop of blood.

Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, participates in the closing plenary session of the Clinton Global Initiative 2015 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Report: Las Vegas Left in the Dark on Elon Musk’s Boring Company Tunnel Project

A recent article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal calls for Elon Musk’s Boring Company to provide more information on the $52.5 million tunnel its been constructing under the Las Vegas Convention Center. Up to this point, the public has been given very little information about the project, and sources will only talk to the Review-Journal off the record.

The Associated Press

Tesla Remotely Removes Features from Used Cars Without Warning

Tesla reportedly removed autopilot features from a customer’s used Tesla vehicle without any notice whatsoever. The practice is likely to add more Tesla buyers to the growing chorus of dissatisfaction surrounding Elon Musk’s treatment of customers.

Elon Musk CEO of Tesla

Uber Loses $8.5 Billion in 2019, Expects Profitability in 2020

According to Uber’s fourth-quarter earnings released on Thursday, the company lost $1.1 billion for the three-month period but expects to be profitable by the end of 2020. Overall, the ridesharing company lost $8.5 billion in 2019.

The Associated Press

Jeff Bezos Takes ‘Passive-Aggressive’ Swipe at White House Economist Peter Navarro

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly took a swipe at White House Assistant to the President and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro in a recent post to Instagram. Navarro called the swipe “A wonderfully banal passive aggressive post from the would-be author of ‘Zen and the Art of Counterfeit Trafficking.” 

Jeff Bezos of Amazon laughing

Report: Shadow’s Iowa Caucuses App Lacked Key Protections Against Hacking

A recent report alleges that the infamous app used in the Iowa Caucuses lacked key digital safeguards and could have been hacked using basic methods. The app’s developer, Shadow, continues to maintain that “the integrity of the vote in Iowa was not compromised in any way.”

Illustration of cybercrime (Photo credit should read "HELMUT FOHRINGER/APA-PictureDesk via AFP") Helmut Fohringer / APA-PictureDesk / APA

Meme Crackdown: Twitter Bans ‘Synthetic and Manipulated’ Photos, Videos

Social media network Twitter has announced that it will be banning any media that the site deems to be “synthetic or manipulated” and is “likely to cause harm.” Users responded with mockery and speculation about Twitter’s motivation in potentially cracking down on memes ahead of the 2020 election.

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Report: Amazon Testing Online Lending Marketplace

According to leaked internal screenshots, Amazon is testing a new lending marketplace for third-party merchants on its site which would allow them to receive loans from Amazon’s own lending arm as well as Goldman Sachs’s Marcus group and regional banks.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos saw his fortune swell to over $100 billion thanks to an online holiday shopping spree

Tesla Partner Panasonic Teams Up with Toyota

Toyota and Panasonic recently announced a joint venture to develop electric vehicle batteries starting in April as the companies expect a surge in demand for electric vehicles. Panasonic has previously been a close partner of Tesla’s efforts to build electric cars and solar systems.

Elon Musk of Tesla confused

Mark Zuckerberg: Free Expression on Facebook Will ‘Piss Off a Lot of People’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated during a recent speech that the company is going to “piss off a lot of people” as Facebook focuses on free expression over censorship. According to Zuckerberg, it “feels like the list of things that you’re not allowed to say socially keeps on growing.”

Mark Zuckerberg at Georgetown