Others

Alibaba Founder Defends Overtime Work Culture as ‘Huge Blessing’

Alibaba Group founder and billionaire Jack Ma has defended the gruelling overtime work culture at many of China’s tech companies, calling it a “huge blessing” for young workers. The e-commerce magnate weighed into a debate about work-life balance and the overtime hours demanded by some companies as the sector slows after years of breakneck growth. In a speech to Alibaba …

Read More »

Google Diversity Chief Danielle Brown Leaves Amid Controversies

Google’s Chief Diversity Officer, Danielle Brown is leaving the company amid a series of controversies, including unrest over workplace issues. Brown would be replaced by Melonie Parker, who’s been serving as the company’s head of diversity, equity and inclusion. Following a year full of controversy — including the Google Walkout, where employees protested the company’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations …

Read More »

Rare Overtime Protest by China Tech Workers Goes Viral

Chinese technology workers are protesting online against gruelling overtime hours at some companies, a rare push back against the work culture in the country’s tech industry. The posts on Microsoft’s GitHub, which calls itself the world’s largest code host, and other programming tools have gone viral amid large-scale layoffs in the sector. The protest is aimed at the industry’s “996” …

Read More »

GPS Receivers Worldwide Get Ready for Week Roll Over Issue on April 6

Remember Y2K, the system date bug that threatened to crash all digital infrastructure back in 1999? Well, we are on the cusp of a mini Y2K that will impact Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. GPS devices are getting ready for what is called GPS Week Roll Over (WNRO) on April 6, when the GPS satellites will reset the onboard week …

Read More »

Apple Employee Detained by US Customs Agents After Declining to Unlock Phone, Laptop

When Andreas Gal returned from a business trip in Sweden last fall, he was carrying two company-owned devices: an iPhone XS that flashed “Confidential and Proprietary” on its lock screen and a MacBook Pro bearing a sticker that read “PROPERTY OF APPLE. PROPRIETARY.” The three US Customs and Border Protection officers who stopped Gal at San Francisco International Airport ordered him …

Read More »

Google to Require Benefits, Minimum Wage for Contractors

Google said Tuesday it will require staffing companies it works with to pay workers at least $15 (roughly Rs. 1,000) an hour and give them health benefits. The company has faced pushback from employees and contract workers for paying contractors less than full-time employees. Google did not say how many contractors and temporary workers it has, but reports say it …

Read More »

Earth Hour: Time, Theme for 2019, and Everything You Need to Know

Earth Hour returns today as people, communities, and businesses around the world turn off the non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, to show their commitment to the planet. Like every year, Earth Hour 2019 falls on the last Saturday of the March. It is not a simultaneous event and the Earth Hour time depends on your …

Read More »

Earth Hour 2019: Time, Theme and Everything You Need to Know

Earth Hour returns today as people, communities, and businesses around the world turn off the non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, to show their commitment to the planet. Like every year, Earth Hour 2019 falls on the last Saturday of the March. It is not a simultaneous event and the Earth Hour time depends on your …

Read More »

China Prepares to Skewer Brands in Annual Consumer Day Gala

China is gearing up to skewer companies it accuses of treating consumers badly in a yearly event that has previously named and shamed firms from Apple to Nike. The state-run China Central Television (CCTV) will on Friday evening broadcast its annual consumer rights show, similar to CBS network’s “60 Minutes” in the United States, that tends to be a mix …

Read More »

Google Workers Support Proposed U.S. Laws to Curb Mandatory Arbitration

Six Google employees on Thursday joined U.S. lawmakers to support bills that would ban mandatory arbitration in employment and consumer contracts, as the workers seek to build on recent success in getting the Alphabet Inc company to drop some arbitration provisions. Mandatory arbitration, which prevents people from taking disputes to court, has become a big target for workers’ rights activists …

Read More »