Day: October 6, 2020

U.S. government scrutinizes Microsoft’s hiring practices as tech giant looks to boost diversity

Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)

Microsoft in June announced a sweeping racial justice plan, including an initiative to spend $150 million on diversity and inclusion programs, and double its number of Black and African American managers and senior employees by 2025 in the U.S.

Now the United States Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is taking a closer look at the company’s hiring and whether it constitutes unlawful discrimination on the basis of race.

“We have every confidence that Microsoft’s diversity initiative complies fully with all U.S. employment laws,” Dev Stahlkopf, corporate vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday. “We look forward to providing the OFCCP with this information and, if necessary, defending our approach.”

The OFCCP asks Microsoft to “prove that the actions we are taking to improve opportunities are not illegal race-based

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Lawmakers Slam Big Tech ‘Monopolies’ In New Report

A House of Representatives panel said in a report Tuesday that four Big Tech firms are “monopolies” which abuse their market dominance and called for sweeping changes to antitrust laws and enforcement, which could potentially lead to breakups of the giant firms.

But the report by the staff of the House Judiciary Committee failed to win the endorsement of Republican members, highlighting a partisan divide despite widespread criticism of the tech giants.

The 449-page document concluded that Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google “engage in a form of their own private quasi regulation that is unaccountable to anyone but themselves.”

“To put it simply, companies that once were scrappy, underdog startups that challenged the status quo have become the kinds of monopolies we last saw in the era of oil barons and railroad tycoons,” the report said.

The report comes after an investigation of more than 15 months and hearings this

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SpaceX Wins Contract to Make US Missile Tracking Satellites

They might be based on Starlink.

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SpaceX continues to get cozier with the US military. The private spaceflight outfit has won a Space Development Agency contract (via Space News and The Verge) to build missile warning and tracking satellites for the Defense Department. The roughly $149.2 million deal will have SpaceX build low Earth orbit vehicles with “wide field of view” infrared sensors that can monitor potential threats and help cue missile defense systems.

SDA director Derek Tournear told Space News the satellites in SpaceX’s bid were a new design, but based on the existing bus from Starlink broadband models. It’s obtaining the infrared sensor from an unnamed supplier.

L3 Harris won a similar contract for about $193.6 million. The SDA hopes to

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What the workforce will look like in 2025 as it morphs due to pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has radically altered the way we work, and companies of all sizes are experimenting with new ways to manage their far-flung virtual organizations. According to experts, remote work is here to stay and even when the health crisis ends, a good portion of the workforce will remain working from home. The challenge is how to keep employees connected, drive innovation and collaboration, and keep a steady talent pipeline when people are geographically dispersed.

Companies are prototyping new HR models to keep up with this rapid pace of change. Some are embracing artificial intelligence and automation to keep operations on an even keel, gather data-driven insights about their employees, improve the talent search and manage global risk.

It’s a daunting task and it’s happening at a time when business leaders are already wrestling with economic shutdowns, health-care concerns, an upcoming

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Facebook’s Portal TV device finally gets the Netflix app

Facebook’s Portal TV, its screen-less camera device you plug into a big screen, is getting Netflix. The company announced the update today, further rounding out what streaming apps are available through its family of video chat devices and making the Portal platform even more of a streaming stick competitor. (The Portal TV already supports Amazon Prime Video, Showtime, and Sling TV.)

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Along with the Netflix news, Facebook says it’s introducing a new remote for Portal TV that includes quick-launch buttons for Prime Video, Facebook Watch, and Netflix, so people can immediately sit down and begin streaming. That remote will start shipping with Portal TV devices today and will be in stores in the “coming weeks.”


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Netflix doesn’t appear to be available on the regular Portal just yet, although Facebook also says today it’s bringing Zoom to the Portal Mini, Portal, and Portal Plus to give people

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Big tech weighs on U.S., world equities, capping gains on Trump’s improving health

* Big tech caps index gains on antitrust threat

* Fed Chair Powell speaks

* Crude extends gains on Trump’s recovery, supply pressures

* Stimulus talks ongoing

* Graphic: 2020 asset performance

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 (Updates to U.S. markets open, changes dateline from LONDON to NEW YORK, changes byline)

NEW YORK, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Large-cap tech stocks weighed on U.S. and European equities on Tuesday despite reassurances about President Donald Trump’s improving health and progress toward a stimulus deal.

President Trump said he felt “real good” upon returning to the White House after a three-day hospital stay where he received an experimental treatment for COVID-19.

“The view that Trump appears to be on the road of recovery is benefiting the global markets because it indicates that there is stability in the White House,” said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in

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FIS – Worldnews – Multi-trophic aquaculture: A feasible option for the future of aquaculture

Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)

Multi-trophic aquaculture: A feasible option for the future of aquaculture

Wednesday, October 07, 2020, 04:00 (GMT + 9)

A group of European experts has been working for more than three years on the definition of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture and the appropriate framework for its development, the validation of technology and production processes specific to this type of aquaculture, the study of its environmental impact, and the strengthening of collaboration networks between the scientific community, business and government. All of this is done with the aim of putting to good use all the knowledge acquired and making this innovative sustainable aquaculture solution a reality in Europe.

Co-cultivating aquatic species from different trophic levels, such as fish, algae or filter feeders, generates balanced systems that contribute significantly to the environmental and socio-economic efficiency of this industry. This is the objective of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), a

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Facebook, Twitter block Trump post over COVID-19 misinformation

Oct. 6 (UPI) — Facebook and Twitter blocked a post Tuesday from President Donald Trump for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

Trump’s post falsely claimed that the COVID-19 is less deadly than the seasonal flu, prompting Twitter to hide the post on its platform and Facebook to remove the post altogether.

The United States had “learned to live with,” the flu season “just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!,” Trump’s post reads.

Doctors and scientists are working to estimate the mortality rate of COVID-19, but it is thought to be substantially higher — possibly 10 times or more — than that of most strains of the flu, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Trump’s post is hidden behind a warning label on Twitter and users must click on “View” to see it.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information

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PyroGenesis Files Application to Uplist to TSX as a Technology Company

MONTREAL, Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PyroGenesis Canada Inc. ( (TSX-V: PYR) (OTCQB: PYRNF) (FRA: 8PY), a high-tech company, (the “Company”, the “Corporation” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma atomized metal powder, plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products,  is pleased to announce that it has applied to have its common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”), as a technology Company.

Listing is subject to the approval of the TSX in accordance with its original listing requirements for technology companies. The TSX has not conditionally approved the company’s listing application and there is no assurance that the TSX will approve the listing application. Without limitation, the original listing requirements of the TSX provide that a company must have a minimum of $10,000,000 in the treasury, the majority of which has been raised by the issuance of securities qualified for distribution by a prospectus, which

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Apple’s iPhone Event Is Oct. 13, for Real This Time

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Back in September, which seems like years ago but was actually just last month, we thought Apple’s Time Flies event might feature some new iPhones, though rumors had long swirled they would go on sale later in the fall due to coronavirus-related production delays. But the September event came and went without nary an iPhone, so the world turned its sights to October. And now we know the exact date: Apple just announced that another fall event is Oct. 13, and we’re betting the iPhone 12 will make its debut (seriously, fingers crossed for this one).

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Things have been a little different on the Apple event front—in addition to literally every other front—this year due to the covid-19 pandemic. Instead of showing off new phones to press in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, Apple CEO Tim Cook will present what could be up

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