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Google Maps Workers Say They Can’t Afford the Trip Back to the Office

Google Maps contract employees who are required to return to their office in Washington State recently circulated a petition to keep working from home since some cannot afford their commutes, presenting another challenge to Google’s plan to refill offices and restore campus life. The issue affects more than 200 workers who are employed by the …

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Workers at an Activision studio vote to unionize, a first for the gaming industry.

A group of workers at a video game studio that is part of Activision Blizzard has voted to form a union, a first for a major North American video game company. The vote, which passed 19 to 3, affects 28 quality-assurance employees at Raven Software, the Wisconsin studio that helps develop the popular Call of …

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Meta Will Give Researchers More Information on Political Ad Targeting

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said it plans to give outside researchers more detailed information on how political ads are targeted across its platform, providing insight into the ways that politicians, campaign operatives and political strategists buy and use ads ahead of the midterm elections. Starting on Monday, academics and researchers who are registered …

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Even Among Corporate Raiders, Elon Musk Is a Pirate

The history of mergers and acquisitions is filled with ruthless corporate raiders, bruising wars of words and people trying to stiff each other. T. Boone Pickens, the oil tycoon who rampaged through the 1980s, took small stakes in energy companies, attacked management and forced sales of the firms. Carl Icahn, the activist investor, amassed shares …

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Facebook Has Been Monetizing Searches for the Buffalo Shooting Video

People searching on Facebook for footage of Saturday’s racist shooting rampage in Buffalo, NY, may have come across posts with footage of the attack or links to websites promising the gunman’s full video. Interspersed between those posts, they may have also seen a variety of ads. The social network has sometimes served ads next to …

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WhatsApp Adds Commercial Services as Meta Seeks More Revenue

More than eight years after agreeing to buy one of the world’s largest messaging apps, the company formerly known as Facebook has decided to start making money from it. WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Meta, the parent company of Facebook, said on Thursday that it was opening up commercial services to those who …

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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

Under China’s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, Beijing has refined its approach to cyberspying, transforming over the past decade into a far more sophisticated actor. China’s premier spy agency, borrowing a page from Russia, has recruited beyond its ranks, pulling from the country’s growing pool of tech workers. The strategy has made its attacks more scattershot …

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DHS Suspends Its New Disinformation Board, Following Criticism

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday that it was suspending the work of an internal advisory board intended to combat disinformation after what the department described as a deliberate disinformation campaign. The creation of the panel, called the Disinformation Governance Board, set off a firestorm of criticism when it was announced last month. …

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