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Google to Stop Paying Salaries And Eventually Fire Unvaccinated Employees ?

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Tech giant Google has told its employees that they may face salary cuts and be put on forced leave & ultimately be fired from the company if they fail to get themselves fully vaccinated and follow coronavirus rules as directed by the U.S. administration.

According to an internal memo, the company had given its employees time till December 3 to upload proof of vaccination or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption.

Any employee failing to do either of those things by January 13 will be placed on a 30-day paid administrative leave.

If the employees still fail to comply after the 30 days period, they could face an unpaid leave for up to six months and then will be eventually terminated.

The US administration has mandated companies with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees are fully vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 by January 18.

Although Google hasn’t decided when its employees will return to the offices following the emergence of the omicron variant, the tech giant does expect that much of its staff will be doing at least some in-person work soon.

Microsoft Teams Bringing End-To-End Encryption to One to One Calls ?

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Microsoft has announced that it is bringing end-to-end encryption (E2EE) support for one-on-one calls on its Microsoft Teams platform.

The feature which was announced earlier this year was in the test phase and is now generally available to all users.

Announcing the news John Gruszczyk, a technical product manager at Microsoft said, “Multiple enterprise customers in the US and Europe across industries such as aerospace, manufacturing, telecommunications, and professional services are in the process of rolling out E2EE for Teams calls.”

Currently, Microsoft Teams encrypts data in transit and at rest, allowing authorized services to decrypt content for data retention record purposes. But the new feature intends to improve the security and privacy of calls.

While the new feature will add to the security of one-to-one calls, some features will get disabled if it is enabled.

Users will not be allowed to transfer calls to another device, or record their calls with live captions, or add participants to one-to-one calls.

In addition, features like call transferring, parking, and merging will be unavailable.

California Judge Denies DFEH’s Attempt to Intervene in $18 Million Activision Blizzard Settlement ⚖

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According to a report from Bloomberg, a judge from the Central District of California has denied intervention of the DFEH in the $18 million settlement between Activision Blizzard and the EEOC.

In the protracted legal battle against Activision Blizzard, two agencies- the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) have come into conflict with one another.

In October, the DFEH filed an objection saying that the consent decree would harm the state’s case against Activision Blizzard, claiming the decree could, among other adverse outcomes, allow for potentially destructing the necessary evidence to the state’s case or release the company from state claims.

The judge’s denial to intervene prevents the DFEH from joining the lawsuit of EEOC against Activision Blizzard to oppose the consent decree that accompanies the creation of an $18 million settlement fund.

In January, Activision Blizzard and EEOC will provide clarifications on the consent decree to the court.

Later, the California state will get the opportunity to submit comments, and a formal ruling on the case should come shortly after.

New York-based Bitcoin Company NYDIG Raises $1 Billion ?

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New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG) has announced that it has closed a $1 billion funding round led by WestCap, taking the company’s valuation at $7 billion.

The round also saw participation from Bessemer Venture Partners and FinTech Collective. In addition, existing investors Affirm, MassMutual, FIS, Fiserv, Morgan Stanley, and New York Life also participated in the funding round.

Founded in 2017 by Robert Gutmann and Ross Stevens, NYDIG is a subsidiary of holding company Stone Ridge Asset Management. It is a bitcoin company that’s fusing high tech with institutional-grade finance to usher in a new era of financial products.

The company is a key player in the bitcoin services market as it allows businesses to gain exposure to the top digital assets in a fully regulated manner. It offers a proprietary full-stack solution for banks, corporations, and high net worth investors.

NYDIG will use the fresh funds to develop its Bitcoin platform further and add new upgrades to the bitcoin protocol and support for quick payments. In addition, the company also seeks to expand its team with new hires.

Around the Web ?

Pony.ai’s Driverless Test Permit Suspended in California: Autonomous vehicle company Pony.ai’s driverless vehicle test permit has been canceled by the California Department of Motor Vehicles after it reported an accident in Fermont, California. However, the startup is still authorized to test vehicles with a safety driver behind the steering wheel.

Android Go Hits 200 Million Daily Users: The lightweight version of the full-featured OS Android Go edition of Google has reached over 200 million daily users. The OS was first launched in 2017 to offer a smoother Android experience for users on entry-level devices with 2GB of RAM or less.


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