AT&T’s surveillance and Amazon’s bruising culture

Over the weekend, we learned that telecommunications giant AT&T provided extensive assistance to the NSA, while the agency conducted surveillance on any and all internet traffic passing through the US. We already know that AT&T, just like many other telecommunications companies, have worked with the agency, but now we’re learning about the extent to which the company may have shown, as one document put it, “extreme willingness to help” the government. Ameera David weighs in.

Ameera and Erin Ade talk about a recent report in the New York Times about what it’s like to work at Amazon. The article highlights instances of employee abuse, which many claim were systemic there. It also prompted a public response from founder Jeff Bezos.

Afterwards, Bianca Facchinei takes a look at why a non-profit filed a notice of intent to bring a lawsuit against Soylent, the venture-backed meal replacement company. The group claims that Soylent failed to notify customers about dangerous levels of lead and cadmium.

After the break, Ameera is joined by Marshall Auerback – research associate at the Levy Economics Institute and fellow at Economists for Peace and Security. Marshall gives us his take on China’s currency devaluation and tells us if it will boost economic growth.

And in The Big Deal, Ameera and Edward Harrison discuss tech startup funding. While the boom may continue for industry leaders, some are fearful economic bust is just around the corner.

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