Google employees reportedly came up with a way to deluge the company's top lawyer with emails as a protest against restrictive new document policies
- A group of Googlers unhappy with the company's expanding 'need to know' restrictions on internal documents have come up with a clever form of protest: A new tool that sends auto alerts to Google's top lawyer every time an employee opens a company document.
- The tool, which is detailed in a report on Friday by Bloomberg's Ryan Gallagher and Mark Bergen, is the latest example of employee unrest at the internet company.
- Many employees are openly unhappy with Google's conscious efforts to change its corporate culture.
- As Google grows larger, the company appears to be making a conscious effort to change its famously transparent corporate culture.
- The employees deny Google's charges, and say the company fired them for protected labor organizing.
Amazon warehouse workers say they’re doing “back-breaking” work without paid time off
- In July, delivery station workers in Chicago filed a labor complaint after they said Amazon cheated them out of overtime pay during Prime Week, when they worked extra shifts during a record heat wave.
- Now a group of delivery station workers called Amazonians United Sacramento has made a public petition for paid time off, which now has nearly 400 signatures in support.
- The new public letter also calls for Amazon’s local management team to meet with representatives from Amazonians United Sacramento, which has turned into the de facto organizing group for workers at the warehouse.
- It’s also one of several worker-led groups that have organized in recent months at Amazon’s delivery stations, and it has had some recent successes in petitioning for better working conditions.
- Delivery station worker organizers in Eagan, Minnesota, walked out of work until their manager agreed to talk to his boss about demands related to time off.
Huang Xiangmo's $65m gambling spree
- When he finally cashed out at 10:51pm, Huang had won $4.97 million while his account balance at the Star was double that amount, according to documents tendered to The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption on Thursday.
- The commission alleges Huang personally carried the money into Labor Sydney headquarters in an Aldi shopping bag on the first working day after Easter and handed it to the party's NSW General Secretary, Jamie Clements.
- The ICAC documents indicated after being up about $7 million that Easter, Huang finished around even, before transferring his money to an account at the National Australia Bank.
- The inquiry laid out how Huang courted the likes of former opposition leader Bill Shorten and party apparatchik like Clements with political donations, expensive meals and gifts.
The Mortals Behind China’s ‘God Songs’
- On major music streaming platforms like Kugou, god songs often outperform releases from big-name pop stars when it comes to listens and downloads in the long run.
- “When more people give their attention to god songs, it seriously impacts us indie musicians who use real soul to make music,” the 30-year-old says.
- Despite having a simple refrain — “Let’s all learn to meow, all together meow, meow, meow, meow, meow” — sung by relatively unknown performers Xiao Feng Feng and Xiao Pan Pan, it quickly won the hearts of millions of Chinese netizens, making it to Billboard Radio China’s top 10 list of the year’s most popular music, as well as finding many fans overseas.
- Strong rhythms are more important for Douyin — a 15-second video platform that is more popular with worldly, well-off millennials and is known for memes such as beauty transformations and pranks — while Kuaishou, with more rural working-class users, favors songs that tell a story.
Krispy Kreme owners donate $5 million to Holocaust survivors over family's Nazi past
- New York (CNN Business) - The family that owns well-known food brands like Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread announced a multi-million dollar charity donation after an investigation revealed that their Nazi ancestors used slave labor during World War II.
- The Reimann family, which owns a controlling stake in JAB Holdings, announced Thursday it's donating more than $5.5 million to Claims Conference, an organization that provides compensation payments to Holocaust survivors.
- The Reimann family said they discovered in March that family members had strong anti-Semitic ties following a three-year investigation.
- A family spokesperson said Albert Reimann Sr., who died in 1954, and Albert Reimann Jr., who died in 1984, used Russian civilian prisoners and French prisoners of war as forced labor in their factories during World War II and that they were anti-Semites and avowed supporters of Adolf Hitler.
US jobless claims hit 2-year high
- More comprehensive measures have pointed to a solid labor market in recent weeks.Â Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits jumped by the most in two years last week, but the sharp increase likely reflected seasonal volatility.Â The Labor Department said Thursday that initial jobless claims rose 49,000 to a seasonally adjusted 252,000 in the week that ended December 7.
- The less volatile four-week moving average rose by 6,250 to 224,000 in early December.Â "Claims are likely to remain erratic over the holiday," said Ian Shepherdson, the chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.
- "It's hard to enough to adjust monthly data, but weekly data around holidays which fall on different days of the week each year are impossible to adjust reliably." More comprehensive measures have pointed to a solid labor market in recent weeks.
- More comprehensive measures have pointed to a solid labor market in recent weeks.
Climate politics are truly bizarre
- As Sydney choked in bushfire smoke, the Labor party headed to the coal belt and the Coalition fell over itself as it stampeded rhetorically in the other direction.
- This week, as Brown basked in his pyrrhic victory and much of the east coast was either aflame or shrouded in smoke, all due to climate change, Anthony Albanese headed to the Queensland coal belt to reassure the locals Labor was now on their side.
- In a paper released 16 days before the election - which was rubbished by Labor as dodgy and praised by the Coalition as holy writ - Fisher noted he had not modelled the economic effects caused by not tackling climate change, such as worsening droughts, fires and floods.
Huang Xiangmo's big night of gambling
- The $100,000 allegedly donated to the NSW Labor Party by Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo was withdrawn from his account at Sydney’s Star casino after an evening of heavy gambling.
- Mr Huang has denied making the donation and the how the money was delivered to the ALP’s headquarters has been highly contested during the six week public inquiry.
- The Commission heard Gary Wong was responsible for organising the billionaire’s gambling activities and was a registered junket operator at The Star.
- Evidence tendered to the Commission showed that on April 3, 2015 Mr Wong’s account at the Star received a $5 million deposit from Mr Huang.
- On Monday the ICAC heard evidence of Mr Huang’s close ties to Beijing when it was revealed he had sought to broker an agreement between the Victorian Labor Government and the Chinese Communist Party, at a time when he was among the ALP’s biggest political donors.