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Amazon employees listen to customers through Echo products, report finds

Amazon employees listen to customers through Echo products, report findsEmployees listen to Echo recordings, transcribe and annotate them and feed them back to the software so that Alexa can better grasp human speech.



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Google compensates 'underpaid' male employees

Google compensates 'underpaid' male employeesGoogle has compensated many of its male workers after finding they received comparatively fewer bonuses and pay rises than women last year. The company, which has faced many accusations of failing its female employees, said it had automatically topped up men's pay to address a gender gap within its ranks of software developers. An analysis of pay across the company revealed that more women software engineers at a certain level had been handed bonuses or raises from managers throughout the year. Google said it paid $ 9.7m (£7.4m) to 10,667 employees to address last year's pay disparities. It did not disclose how much was spent topping up male software engineer salaries. The company uses algorithms to define an employee’s compensation based on the market rate, location, level and performance rating, but managers are given an extra budget which they can use for raises and bonuses if they believe a particular employee has excelled. The company's review found at a particular lower-level software engineering position - these had been disproportionately handed out to women, although it did not find a reason why. Google has repeatedly faced accusations of an unfair work environment. In 2017 it fired an employee who had written a viral "anti-diversity" memo arguing that a lack of women in senior positions was partially due to biological reasons. Former employees have sued the company claiming a pay bias against women, while a separate lawsuit claims its video website YouTube stopped hiring white men. Last year thousands of employees protested the company's alleged failures to deal with sexual harassment. To keep tabs on salaries, Google has conducted yearly pay equity reviews since 2012. If it finds any discrepancies, it will automatically pay adjustments. It said that it would be undertaking “a comprehensive review” of the system based on last years’ results. Lauren Barbato, Google’s human resources analytics chief said: “Our pay equity analysis ensures that compensation is fair for employees in the same job, at the same level, location and performance. But we know that’s only part of the story. "Because leveling, performance ratings, and promotion impact pay, this year, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of these processes to make sure the outcomes are fair and equitable for all employees.” Liz Fong-Jones, a former Google employee who recently quit the company, said the analysis "failed to control for under-promoting and under-levelling women". "If you have a group of women who are outperforming at level, of course they'll get given more manager discretion. This is not 'sexism against men'," Fong-Jones added.



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Google Study: Male Employees Are Underpaid More Often Than Females

Google Study: Male Employees Are Underpaid More Often Than FemalesGoogle released an internal analysis on Monday that indicates its male employees received less pay than other employees for doing the same work more often than their female counterparts.As a result of the findings, which were first reported by the New York Times, Google provided an additional $ 9.7 million to 10,677 employees, the majority of whom are men, to compensate them for unexplained discrepancies between their 2018 pay and that of co-workers who have the same responsibilities.Google conducts a pay-equity analysis on an annual basis in order to “look for unexplained differences in total compensation (salary, bonus, and equity) across demographic groups,” according to a blog post published Monday on the company website. The analysis included 91 percent of the company's total workforce, and excluded only those employees who work in a role with fewer than 30 other employees or employees representing fewer than five demographic groups.The study did not take into account other factors that might result in a gender-pay disparity, such as discrimination that leads to fewer women receiving promotions, or a phenomenon known as “leveling,” in which women may receive a lower starting salary than equally qualified men.“Our pay equity analysis ensures that compensation is fair for employees in the same job, at the same level, location and performance,” the blog post read. “But we know that’s only part of the story. Because leveling, performance ratings and promotion impact pay, this year, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of these processes to make sure the outcomes are fair and equitable for all employees.”Google is currently facing a class-action lawsuit in California that alleges widespread discrimination against female employees. The company is also facing a class-action lawsuit initially filed in 2017 by James Damore, a software engineer who was fired for circulating a memo that argued the disparity in gender representation and pay within the company may reflect biological differences between men and women that affect inherent interest levels in various fields.The Department of Labor opened an investigation into the company in April 2017 after finding “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.”



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Trump Fears Schiff Is Recruiting White House Employees for Probe

Trump Fears Schiff Is Recruiting White House Employees for ProbeSchiff has hired one former career official at the National Security Council, Abigail Grace, who left the White House last year, the people said. A second career employee detailed to the Trump White House is also considering joining Schiff’s staff, according to people familiar with the matter.



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'Alleluia! … Time to go back to work': Federal employees return Monday, will get back pay

'Alleluia! ... Time to go back to work': Federal employees return Monday, will get back payAbout 800,000 federal employees who went without paychecks during the government shutdown should almost all get their back pay by week's end.



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Shutdown hits national security employees across government

Shutdown hits national security employees across governmentOfficials serving in intelligence and national security roles in the FBI; the departments of Homeland Security, State and Justice; and other agencies have large numbers of employees either furloughed or working but not being paid.



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PayPal offers up to $500 credit for U.S. federal employees affected by shutdown

PayPal offers up to $  500 credit for U.S. federal employees affected by shutdownEmployees who use PayPal Credit will be able to avail an advance of up to $ 500 each, without having to pay any interest, and the program will last until the government reopens and employees receive their first paycheck, the company said on its website bit.ly/2Cs7xAY. The partial shutdown, which hit the four-week mark on Friday, is the longest in U.S. history. The shutdown means 800,000 federal workers nationwide would continue to go unpaid and some government functions would remain impaired.



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U.S. State Department recalls furloughed employees amid shutdown

U.S. State Department recalls furloughed employees amid shutdownThe U.S. State Department said on Thursday it was calling its furloughed employees back to work next week as it takes steps to pay salaries despite a partial shutdown of the government. “As a national security agency, it is imperative that the Department of State carries out its mission,” Deputy Under Secretary of State Bill Todd said in a statement posted on the department’s website. “Although most personnel operations can resume, bureaus and posts are expected to adhere to strict budget constraints with regard to new spending for contracts, travel, and other needs” given a lapse in congressionally appropriated funds, Todd added.



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Palestinian Authority pulls employees from Egypt-Gaza crossing

Palestinian Authority pulls employees from Egypt-Gaza crossingThe dispute over the border stems from a rift between the PA, based in the occupied West Bank and headed by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Islamist militant group Hamas, which took control of Gaza more than a decade ago in a civil war. Re-opening the Rafeh crossing, which according to human rights groups is the sole exit point from Gaza for an estimated 95 percent of its 2 million population, will require Egypt to agree on a new operator. It is unclear whether it will allow Hamas to run the passage.



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It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’

It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’As China continues to suffer an economic slowdown as trade-related tensions with the US drag on, the CEO of what is essentially the Google of China has sent out a letter to his employees with an ominous warning drawn from pop culture: Winter is coming.

Baidu CEO Robin Li wrote in his letter that the Beijing-based search engine company earned 100 billion yuan (the US equivalent of $ 14.6 billion) in revenue last year. But analysts, according to The South China Morning Post, had forecast 101.45 billion yuan, with the revenue miss coming as the second-largest economy in the world continues to be saddled with its slowest growth in decades, blamed in large measure on the US trade war, which has spurred hiring freezes and job cuts in China.

Apple CEO Tim Cook released a letter of his own to investors Wednesday that landed like a bombshell, thanks to its revision downward of the company's revenue forecast for the typically busy holiday quarter. Analysts spent the subsequent news cycle pondering whether this was an Apple-specific problem or emblematic of a larger issue — with the letter from Baidu's chief executive arguably answering that question.

Following up on his warning, Li wrote that the inevitability of economic slowdowns is "as cold and real as winter to every company," and then shifted toward a more optimistic note: "Only when the year grows cold do we see the qualities of the pine and the cypress … It's high time that Baidu stepped forward as a platform company."

In his letter, Li in addition to prodding employees to step up their game also praised the potential of artificial intelligence, saying its benefits include helping bring down costs among Baidu's customers. And that the "historical transformation of AI is penetrating various industries, unleashing enormous growth potential and room for upgrade."

According to a CNBC report today, the trade war between the US and China is the reason growth estimates for China for 2019 have been cut from 6.5 percent to 6.3 percent already. And companies ranging from Apple to Ford have publicly expressed concern about the country's economy over the near term.

Baidu was founded by Li in 2000 and, like Google, makes most of its money from advertising.



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