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SAN FRANCISCO | Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

SAN FRANCISCO  — Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters’ main demands by dropping mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. That … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

SAN FRANCISCO | Google reforms sexual misconduct rules

SAN FRANCISCO— Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. CEO Sundar Pichai spelled out the concessions in an email sent Thursday to Google employees. The note of contrition came a week … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google reforms sexual misconduct rules

ATLANTA | Midterm voting exposes growing problem of aging machines

ATLANTA — Election experts have long warned about the nation’s aging fleet of voting equipment. This week’s elections underscored just how badly upgrades are needed. Across the country, reports poured in Tuesday amid heavy voter turnout of equipment failing or malfunctioning, triggering frustration among voters and long lines at polling places. Scanners used to record … Continue reading ATLANTA | Midterm voting exposes growing problem of aging machines

SAN FRANCISCO | Google employees leave work to protest treatment of women

SAN FRANCISCO  — Carrying signs that included a mocking use of the company’s original “Don’t be evil” motto, thousands of Google employees around the world briefly walked off the job Thursday to protest what they said was the tech giant’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. From Tokyo, Singapore and London to New York, … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google employees leave work to protest treatment of women

SAN FRANCISCO | Apple’s fiscal 4Q results disappoint amid tech jitters

SAN FRANCISCO  — Apple’s faithful customers aren’t snapping up iPhones quite as enthusiastically as anticipated heading into the crucial holiday shopping season. But the latest models costing $1,000 and more are popular enough to keep propelling profits ever higher for the world’s most prosperous company. The mixed bag emerged in the quarterly results that Apple … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Apple’s fiscal 4Q results disappoint amid tech jitters

SAN FRANCISCO | Google spinoff to test truly driverless cars in Califo

SAN FRANCISCO — The robotic car company created by Google is poised to attempt a major technological leap in California, where its vehicles will hit the roads without a human on hand to take control in emergencies. The regulatory approval announced Tuesday allows Waymo’s driverless cars to cruise through California at speeds up to 65 … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google spinoff to test truly driverless cars in Califo

SAN FRANCISCO | Wall Street sours on Silicon Valley, battering tech stocks

SAN FRANCISCO — Investors for years have seemingly adored technology stocks as much as most people love their smartphones. But Wall Street has suddenly soured on Silicon Valley and the rest of tech, triggering a stomach-churning downturn in a turbulent October. Some of the hardest hit stocks belong to five companies — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Wall Street sours on Silicon Valley, battering tech stocks

SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook removes Iran-linked accounts spreading false info

SAN FRANCISCO  — Facebook has purged 82 pages, accounts and groups tied to an Iranian effort to exploit its social network and Instagram service to provoke social strife in the U.S. and the U.K. The housecleaning announced Friday is part of the countermeasures that Facebook put in place in an attempt to prevent abuses similar … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Facebook removes Iran-linked accounts spreading false info