Daily Briefing: September 20

The stat, the quote, and the read you need to start your day right.


This week's economy-upending rail strike was averted, but picket lines are still crowded in 2022. In the first six months of this year, 180 strikes have been staged by approximately 78,000 employees. According to the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, that is up from 102 strikes by 26,000 workers in the first half of 2021. Many tense contract negotiations remain unresolved as employees seek for better working conditions and higher salaries to keep up with inflation.


“Sorry to be a stick in the mud, but I think IT would appreciate less memes while they handle the breach.”

A hack is a serious matter, but many Uber employees thought it was a joke when the hacker broke into the company's systems on Thursday and announced it on the firm's own Slack. Even after real corporate officials instructed them to log off, they reacted with their own jokes. Despite the confusion, Uber said its systems were up and running and that vital user data hadn't been accessed.


The strange tale of Queen Elizabeth II & the golden Nintendo Wii. (Ars Technica)

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