GM's Hidden Defect; Pig Activists Acquitted; 'Ghost Cattle' Rancher Sentenced | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 89

Also on the podcast, ExxonMobil ordered to reinstate workers, Amazon kills Scout program, Tesla Autopilot drivers have FSD confusion, Uber security chief guilty in cover-up and Rivian recalls nearly all vehicles.

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ExxonMobil Ordered to Reinstate Workers Accused of Leaking Information - @2:28

In late 2020, ExxonMobil fired a pair of computational scientists suspected of leaking information to the Wall Street Journal.

Amazon Shuts Down Autonomous Delivery Robots - @13:48

Scout is out. Amazon is killing its autonomous delivery robot pilot program.

Rancher Gets 11 Years in 'Ghost Cattle' Scheme - @21:42

Cody Allen Easterday, the ghost cattle rancher, was sentenced to more than ten years in prison for defrauding Tyson Foods.

Activists Acquitted in Smithfield Pig Heist - @32:36

A jury has unanimously agreed that two men should be acquitted for their actions at Circle Four Farms, a Utah-based factory farm owned by Smithfield Foods.

GM Owes $100M+ After Jury Finds it Hid Defect - @45:22

Just one day after GM unveiled its 3rd quarter earnings and sales that were up 24%, the law firm DiCello Levitt issued a press release revealing a massive judgment against the automaker.

In Case You Missed It

42% of Tesla Autopilot Users Treat Their Cars as Fully Self Driving - @56:14

Regular drivers of Cadillac Super Cruise, Nissan/Infiniti ProPILOT Assist and Tesla Autopilot are more likely to engage in non-driving activities while using semi-automated features, including texting or eating.

Former Uber Security Chief Guilty of Data Breach Cover Up - @1:01:09

The former chief security officer for Uber was convicted Wednesday of trying to cover up a 2016 data breach in which hackers accessed tens of millions of customer records from the ride-hailing service.

Rivian Recalling Nearly All its Vehicles Over Loose Fastener - @1:06:55

As if Rivian didn't have enough problems. Now, more quality issues.

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