Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News based in Ireland covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or contact him via secure email at the address lucasnolan@protonmail.com

Articles by Lucas Nolan

Amazon Shuts Down ‘Sold by Amazon’ Program Following Antitrust Investigation

Amazon has reportedly shut down its “Sold by Amazon” program following an investigation from Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson which found that the program violated antitrust laws. The program involved Amazon setting minimum prices for certain sellers’ products and the Masters of the Universe taking a cut of anything sold at prices above the minimum. One Amazon seller commented on the program, “Almost everyone I talked to said this doesn’t seem right. Normally, when you let the foxes run the hen house, the hens get eaten.”

Investigator says Amazon chief's phone hacked by Saudis

Multiple States Sue Google over ‘Deceptive’ Location Tracking

Google is facing yet another lawsuit, with the latest multistate suit alleging that the company is engaging in “deceptive” location tracking. Washington DC Attorney General Karl Racine said: “Google falsely led consumers to believe that changing their account and device settings would allow customers to protect their privacy and control what personal data the company could access. The truth is that contrary to Google’s representations it continues to systematically surveil customers and profit from customer data.”

Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Chrome, speaks at Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on 28 June 2012

Amazon’s Next Target for Retail Conquest: the Burbs

Tech giant Amazon is reportedly bringing its cashierless convenience stores to the suburbs. Areas outside of major American cities can soon expect to see “Amazon Go” stores pop up as Amazon continues its assault on the bricks and mortar retail industry.o

Amazon Go store

‘Silicon Heartland:’ Intel Chooses Ohio to Build Largest Chip Factory ‘on the Planet’

Computer chip maker Intel will reportedly be investing $20 billion to develop a new chip manufacturing site in New Albany, Ohio. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told TIME in an interview that the chipmaker expects the location to become “the largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet,” adding that the plant could expand to 2,000 acres. Gelsinger said that the new site could become the “Silicon Heartland.”

employees working in a microchip factory

Shakeup: Twitter Fires Head of Security

Twitter has restructured its internal security team this week, terminating its head of security. The social media platform’s chief information security officer is also exiting the company in the coming weeks. New CEO Parag Agrawal continues to make his mark on the Silicon Valley company.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal

Peloton to Halt Production of Exercise Equipment Amid Demand Slowdown

Peloton has reportedly halted the production of its bikes and treadmills due to poor demand for its connected home fitness machines. The premium brand ran hot and heavy during the coronavirus lockdown but has admitted a “significant reduction” in demand due to factors including competition and inflation.

Woman riding Peloton bike

WSJ: Microsoft Is Preparing to Fight Facebook in Metaverse Turf War

The Wall Street Journal states in a recent article that Microsoft’s latest moves in the gaming and online community space show that while Facebook is attempting to shape the future of the online metaverse, Microsoft isn’t going to allow the social media giant to control it so easily.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Snapchat Claims It Is Making It Harder for Drug Dealers to Find Your Kids

Snapchat, the social media platform particularly popular with teens, has claimed that it is working to make it tougher for drug dealers to connect with children on its platform. The parent of one teen who overdosed on fentanyl-laced pills he bought from a dealer on Snapchat said in response: “What I find with Snap Inc. is that they publicize one Band-Aid after another, but at the end of the day, you can still go online and get drugs in seconds.”

The Associated Press

Communist Cash Bonanza: Consumer Spending on China’s TikTok Jumped 77% in 2021

Users reportedly spent around $2.3 billion on the popular Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok last year, according to a recent report. This represents an astounding 77 percent increase from the previous year. TikTok also surpassed 3 billion global installations, the first app to do so since Facebook.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution which overthrew the Qing Dynasty and led to the founding of the Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 9, 2021. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

FTC Investigates Facebook’s VR Business

Facebook (now Meta) has found its VR division under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and multiple U.S. states over renewed antitrust violation allegations.

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the second day of testimony before Congress by Zuckerberg, 33, after it was reported that 87 million Facebook …

Bidenflation: Peloton to Hike Prices on Exercise Equipment Citing Rising Costs

Exercise equipment maker Peloton reportedly plans to increase the price of its original Bike and Tread products, citing rising inflation and heightened supply chain costs. One executive explained:  “Right now, people are raising prices. Ikea just raised prices. We want to go in the middle of the pack.”

Woman riding Peloton bike

Vaporware: Tesla Delays Cybertruck to 2023

Tesla has once again delayed one of its products, with the latest reports indicating that the company’s Cybertruck will be delayed until 2023. The Company initially promised production would begin in 2021.

Elon Musk and Cybertruck

Facebook Facing $3.2 Billion Class Action Lawsuit over Treatment of UK Users

Facebook (now called Meta) is facing a $3.2 billion lawsuit over the alleged exploitation of its UK users. One expert involved in the lawsuit said: “They are exploiting users by taking their personal data without properly compensating them for taking that data. I don’t think the users are entirely clear when they click on the terms and conditions how unfair that deal is.”

Mark Zuckerberg deep in thought (Drew Angerer /Getty)

Lawsuit: Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Tricked Followers in Alleged Cryptocurrency Scam

A class action lawsuit is accusing Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather of artificially inflating the price of the cryptocurrency “EthereumMax” and making “false or misleading statements” about the token. The cryptocurrency has crashed 97 percent since June, leading investors to accuse the team behind the token and their celebrity partners of engaging in a “pump and dump” operation.

Instagram/@kimkardashian

Mozilla Launches ‘Facebook Pixel Hunt’ to Analyze How Mark Zuckerberg Tracks Us Online

Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, is conducting a study to analyze Facebook’s “tracking pixels” that track user actions across the internet. The “Facebook Pixel Hunt” aims to understand how Facebook pulls data about users from millions of websites that contain its tracking pixels even when they aren’t using the Facebook platform.

UK MPs pressure Zuckerberg to testify on Facebook data breach

Tough Luck Zuck: Judge Rejects Facebook’s Request to Dismiss FTC Antitrust Lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that the FTC can move forward with its revised antitrust case against Facebook. The judge rejected Facebook’s request to dismiss the case, writing: “Although the agency may well face a tall task down the road in proving its allegations, the court believes that it has now cleared the pleading bar and may proceed to discovery.”

Mark Zuckerberg looking perturbed