Google union claims workers muzzled on pay

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Google and a Google contractor broke federal law by forbidding workers from discussing their wages with each other, a newly formed union claimed in its first complaint to the National Labor Relations Board.

Adecco Group, the contractor, also suspended a worker for complaining about the claimed prohibition, the complaint filed Thursday alleged. The National Labor Relations Act protects the right of workers to discuss pay.

Google and Adecco did not immediately answer questions about the complaint, which identifies them together as the workers’ employer.

The Alphabet Workers Union, named for Google’s parent firm, claims in its complaint that at

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Kuaishou Surges 161% In Biggest Technology IPO Since Uber

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(Bloomberg) — Kuaishou Technology, the operator of China’s most popular short-video service after ByteDance Ltd.’s Douyin, jumped 161% in its Hong Kong debut after a $5.4 billion initial public offering that attracted hundreds of billions of dollars of orders.

The shares closed at HK$300 after rising to as high as HK$345, compared with the IPO price of HK$115, valuing the Tencent Holdings Ltd.-backed firm at $159 billion. The company sold shares at the top of its price range in a deal that ranks as the world’s biggest internet IPO since Uber Technologies Inc.’s $8.1 billion U.S. share sale in May

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Alphabet Union Files Labor Board Complaint Alleging Subcontractor Banned Workers From Talking About Pay

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In its first-ever legal complaint, the Alphabet Workers Union alleged Thursday that a Google subcontractor banned workers from talking about pay and retaliated against an employee for publicly supporting the union on Facebook, signaling what type of issues the unconventional union will seek to address in the future.

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According to the union, Modis Engineering, a subsidiary of staffing company Adecco, suspended Google contractor Shannon Waits after she complained to her managers about a rule prohibiting workers from discussing their

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SpaceX could serve Australian external islands with satellite broadband by 2022

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The Elon Musk-fronted SpaceX has told an Australian parliamentary committee that it could begin to offer its Starlink broadband services to the nations external territories as early as 2022, while much of Australia will be covered in “early 2021”.

“Certain more proximate islands within the external territories, notably the Ashmore, Cartier, and Coral Sea Islands, could be served by early 2022, when SpaceX has more fully populated its satellite constellation with ongoing launches and with the establishment of gateway earth stations at proximate mainland locations,” the company said in a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on

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New online platform ‘Nearby’ wants to help small businesses compete with Amazon

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As the pandemic drags on, retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target are raking in digital sales, while thousands of small businesses struggle to keep the lights on. With Main Street falling far behind, one company has come up with a solution to help local stores compete with the online giants.

“Nearby” is an online storefront that handles marketing, orders, fulfillment, and shipping for local businesses. The company’s founder, April Underwood, used her experience leading product design at tech giants like Slack and Twitter — and hopes Nearby will help beloved neighborhood businesses keep up.

More than 160,000 businesses have closed

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Google Fit to measure heart and respiratory rates using phone camera

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Google has announced from March, Google Fit will allow users to measure their heart and respiratory rates using their phone’s camera.

The feature will be available in the Google Fit app initially for Pixel phones, with plans to expand to more Android devices.

Users who wish to measure their respiratory rate, they just need to place their head and upper torso in view of the front-facing phone camera. To measure heart rate, users place their finger on the rear-facing camera lens.

Once the measurements are taken, users have the choice to save them in the Google Fit app

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