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Bits: The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism

Supported by Bits The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism ImageShoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” says digital services like Google and Facebook claim private human behavior “as something to be bought and sold in the marketplace.”CreditCreditMark Lennihan/Associated Press By Natasha Singer Jan. 18, 2019 Each week, technology […]

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Pinterest misses 2018 hiring goal for underrepresented minorities in tech roles, hits other targets

In its annual diversity report, Pinterest continues to hit its hiring goals for women in engineering and underrepresented minorities in non-technical roles, while struggling to reach its goals for underrepresented minorities in engineering roles. At the end of 2018, Pinterest’s employee base was 47 percent female, compared to 45 percent female last year. Also, 47 […]

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The organizers of the Google Walkout are calling on the tech industry to end forced arbitration employment agreements completely

Troy Wolverton/Business Insider Organizers of last year’s Google Walkout, where thousands of employees left their desks to protest the company’s handling of executive sexual misconduct cases, are launching a social media campaign called “End Forced Arbitration.” Forced arbitration is an employment practice whereby workers are required to settle any disputes with management out of court, […]

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Amazon's Alexa Attempts To Fact-Check Tech Executive During CES Demonstration

Perhaps Amazon’s Alexa didn’t believe the hype. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, the digital assistant interrupted a demonstration being given by a representative of chipmaker Qualcomm. “No, that’s not true,” Alexa quipped, midway through a presentation showcasing “artificial-intelligence intuitive in-vehicle experiences for next-generation vehicles,” per Qualcomm’s press release. It’s unclear […]