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California accuses Cisco of job discrimination based on Indian employee's caste

California accuses Cisco of job discrimination based on Indian employee's caste

United States OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - California regulators sued Cisco Systems Inc () on Tuesday, accusing it of discriminating against an Indian-American employee and allowing him to be harassed by two managers because he was from a lower Indian caste than them. U.S. employment law does not specifically bar caste-based discrimination, but California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing contends in the lawsuit that the Hindu faith’s lingering caste system is based on protected classes such as religion. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Jose, does not name the alleged...

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California accuses Cisco of job discrimination based on Indian employee's caste

California accuses Cisco of job discrimination based on Indian employee's caste

United States OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - California regulators sued Cisco Systems Inc () on Tuesday, accusing it of discriminating against an Indian-American employee and allowing him to be harassed by two managers because he was from a lower Indian caste than them. U.S. employment law does not specifically bar caste-based discrimination, but California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing contends in the lawsuit that the Hindu faith’s lingering caste system is based on protected classes such as religion. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Jose, does not name the alleged...

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Google stymies media companies from chipping away at its data dominance

Google stymies media companies from chipping away at its data dominance

United Kingdom OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s () Google upended plans by European media companies to block it from harvesting data about their readers and slash some of its dominance in online advertising, seven people involved in the talks said this month. Publishers had expected to use data privacy measures going into effect Aug. 15 to bar Google from storing insights about readers, sapping the data advantage that has enabled it to dominate a market filled with advertisers hungry for information to target potential customers. But Google said it will cut off publishers from a...

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Google stymies media companies from chipping away at its data dominance

Google stymies media companies from chipping away at its data dominance

United States OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s () Google upended plans by European media companies to block it from harvesting data about their readers and slash some of its dominance in online advertising, seven people involved in the talks said this month. Publishers had expected to use data privacy measures going into effect Aug. 15 to bar Google from storing insights about readers, sapping the data advantage that has enabled it to dominate a market filled with advertisers hungry for information to target potential customers. But Google said it will cut off publishers from a...

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Google's new rules clamp down on discriminatory housing, job ads

Google's new rules clamp down on discriminatory housing, job ads

United States OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s () Google said on Thursday it was tackling unlawful discrimination by barring housing, employment and credit ads from being targeted to its users based on their postal code, gender, age, parental status or marital status. The new policy, which will take effect by the end of the year in the United States and Canada, comes more than a year after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sued Facebook Inc () for selling discriminatory housing ads and said that it was looking into similar concerns about Google and Twitter...

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Elderly home turns to wearables for contact tracing, sidestepping Apple-Google limits

Elderly home turns to wearables for contact tracing, sidestepping Apple-Google limits

India OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - When a senior living facility in Amarillo, Texas suspected a nurse may have caught the novel coronavirus this month, it had a list within five minutes of staff and residents the nurse could have infected. High-tech wristbands worn by The Legacy at Town Square’s 35 workers and 49 residents expedited contact tracing, the otherwise pain-staking process of interviewing patients to determine who crossed paths with them. The nurse tested negative an hour later and Legacy did not have to isolate or test others. But its experience shows how wristbands and other...

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Google's fast-growing Meet video tool getting Zoom-like layout, Gmail link

Google's fast-growing Meet video tool getting Zoom-like layout, Gmail link

United States OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - Google will allow business and education users on Gmail.com to directly take calls on its video conferencing tool Meet starting Thursday, a new feature being offered as the Alphabet Inc () unit seeks to capitalize on security and other concerns with rival services. The integration of Meet with e-mail is the first of several features being launched ahead of schedule because of a surge in demand for video conferencing, Google vice president Javier Soltero told Reuters. Meet, which is available only to schools, businesses and governments and is...

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Social media giants warn of AI moderation errors as coronavirus empties offices

Social media giants warn of AI moderation errors as coronavirus empties offices

United States SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Facebook Inc () and Twitter Inc () warned on Monday that more videos and other content could be erroneously removed for policy violations, as the companies empty offices and rely on automated takedown software during the coronavirus pandemic. In a blog post, Google said that to reduce the need for people to come into offices, YouTube and other business divisions are temporarily relying more on artificial intelligence and automated tools to find problematic content. Such software is not always as accurate as humans, which leads...

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