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Google terminated 48 staff for sexual harassment within the final two years

Earlier right this moment, The New York Instances revealed a bombshell story about Google’s payout to Andy Rubin following studies of sexual miscon...

 

Earlier right this moment, The New York Instances revealed a bombshell story about Google’s payout to Andy Rubin following studies of sexual misconduct by the Android creator.

Within the wake of the piece, CEO Sundar Pichai and VP Individuals Operations Eileen Naughton co-signed a memo despatched to Google employees detailing what it deems “an more and more laborious line on inappropriate conduct by folks in positions of authority.”

The observe, which was obtained by Exadrive through a Google spokesperson, notes that 48 folks have been terminated on the firm for sexual harassment prior to now two years alone. That listing contains 13 people in a senior administration place or larger.

The letter notes that “none of those people acquired an exit bundle,” a transparent reference to the $ 90 million reportedly paid to Rubin in $ 2 million month-to-month installments. Rubin left Google in 2014. We’ve made the total letter accessible under.

We’ve additionally reached out to Playground — the incubator Rubin launched in 2015 — for remark. We are going to replace the story after we hear again.

From: Sundar

Hello everybody,

In the present day’s story within the New York Instances was tough to learn.

We’re lifeless critical about ensuring we offer a protected and inclusive office. We wish to guarantee you that we overview each single criticism about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we examine and we take motion.

In recent times, we’ve made plenty of modifications, together with taking an more and more laborious line on inappropriate conduct by folks in positions of authority: within the final two years, 48 folks have been terminated for sexual harassment, together with 13 who have been senior managers and above. None of those people acquired an exit bundle.

In 2015, we launched Respect@ and our annual Inside Investigations Report to supply transparency about some of these investigations at Google.  As a result of we all know that reporting harassment will be traumatic, we offer confidential channels to share any inappropriate conduct you expertise or see. We help and respect those that have spoken out. Yow will discover some ways to do that at go/saysomething. You may make a report anonymously if you want.
We’ve additionally up to date our coverage to require all VPs and SVPs to reveal any relationship with a co-worker no matter reporting line or presence of battle.

We’re dedicated to making sure that Google is a office the place you possibly can really feel protected to do your greatest work, and the place there are critical penalties for anybody who behaves inappropriately.

Sundar and Eileen

Twitter’s efforts to droop pretend accounts have doubled since final 12 months

 

Bots, your days of tweeting politically divisive nonsense could be numbered. The Washington Publish reported Friday that in the previous few months the corporate has aggressively suspended accounts in an effort to stem the unfold of disinformation operating rampant on its platform.

The Washington Publish reviews that Twitter suspended as many as 70 million accounts between Might and June of this 12 months, with no indicators of slowing down in July. In accordance with knowledge obtained by the Publish, the platform suspended 13 million accounts throughout a weeklong spike of bot banning exercise in mid-Might.

Sources inform the Publish that the uptick in suspensions is tied to the corporate’s efforts to adjust to scrutiny from the Congressional investigation into Russian disinformation on social platforms. The report provides that Twitter investigates bots and different pretend accounts by an inside undertaking generally known as “Operation Megaphone” by which it buys suspicious accounts after which investigates their connections.

Twitter declined to supply extra details about the Washington Publish report however pointed us to a weblog put up from final week by which it disclosed different numbers associated to its bot looking efforts. In Might of 2018, Twitter recognized greater than 9.9 million suspicious accounts — triple its efforts in late 2017.

Chart through Twitter

Final march of the Penryns: Intel cuts Spectre fixes for some older chips

 

As a part of its ongoing efforts to patch its programs in opposition to the Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws, Intel indicated final month that it will be issuing fixes way back to 2005’s Yorkfield processors. However in a brand new steerage doc the corporate broadcasts that many of those older platforms is not going to obtain fixes in any case.

Particularly, work has been stopped on Spectre Variant 2 mitigations for the chip generations often known as Bloomfield, Clarksfield, Gulftown, Harpertown, Jasper Forest, Penryn, SoFIA 3GR, Wolfdale, and Yorkfield. (You could find extra specifics at this nice checklist of Intel codenames on Wikipedia.)

Variant 2 is the hardest of the chip flaws to dam or work round, so the creation of fixes is nontrivial — Intel isn’t simply copying and pasting stuff right into a microcode replace for every of those.

Within the steerage doc (PDF), Intel cited a number of causes for stopping improvement on the fixes:

  • Micro-architectural traits that preclude a sensible implementation of options mitigating Variant 2
  • Restricted Commercially Obtainable System Software program help
  • Primarily based on Buyer inputs, most of those merchandise are carried out as “closed programs” and subsequently are anticipated to have a decrease chance of publicity to those vulnerabilities.

In different phrases: it’s tremendous exhausting, they’re barely supported, and few individuals are utilizing them the place the bugs may very well be exploited.

It’s an inexpensive walkback of the scope of Intel’s mitigation efforts, particularly if you take a look at the scale of the checklist of platforms that are having the issues addressed. Nonetheless, system directors could need to forged an eye fixed over their stock to ensure no chips of those generations get uncovered to the untamed wilds of userland.

And for customers, the Penryns (Core 2 Duos specifically) have been very talked-about and I wouldn’t be stunned if a couple of folks have been nonetheless working an previous laptop computer with one — they have been in every kind of issues again in ’08. For those who’re a kind of sentimental sorts like me that retains this stuff round, it’s best to most likely keep away from doing something essential on them.

Sq.’s bets past a register introduced in $253M final yr because it posts a largely constructive fourth quarter

 

Sq. posted a largely profitable fourth quarter that confirmed persevering with development with its Money app — with customers spending round $ 90 million on its Money card in December, placing it on at a doubtlessly $ 1 billion run fee.

That might supply one other important avenue for Sq. to snap up further clients because it seems to chip away on the options accessible for instantly sending money between customers. Whereas popularized by Venmo, many firms have gone after this area — together with Apple, the place you possibly can ship cash over iMessage — and its huge reputation by companies overseas are displaying the enchantment for an organization like Sq.. The remainder of the report was largely above analyst expectations, although it obtained a slight dig for lacking a near-term forecast for its earnings.

Sq. is trying much less and fewer like simply the point-of-sale system that it was when it went public, although that also accounts for a good portion of its enterprise. However because it diversifies into new companies income, particularly with new merchandise like Sq. Capital and the Money App, it’s discovering new methods to promote a development (and stability) story to Wall Avenue that’s thus far delivered for its shares over the previous yr. These subscription- and services-based parts generated $ 253 million in 2017, in line with the corporate.

For probably the most half, the inventory went nowhere after as we speak’s earnings report, which kind of equates to a seamless run that’s despatched its shares skyrocketing previously yr. Sq.’s shares have risen greater than 150% over the previous 12 months, sending it to a valuation north of $ 17.eight billion — a valuation wildly larger than its preliminary public providing when there have been many questions on whether or not it might be a profitable enterprise.

Right here’s the ultimate slash line:

  • This fall adjusted earnings:  eight cents per share, in comparison with analyst expectations of seven cents per share.
  • This fall adjusted Income: $ 283 million, in comparison with Wall Avenue estimates of $ 266.three million (up 47% year-over-year)
  • Q1 Income forecast: $ 292.5 million midpoint, in comparison with analyst estimates of $ 271.9 million
  • Q1 adjusted earnings forecast: four cents per share (midpoint), in comparison with analyst estimates of eight cents per share
  • FY2017 Subscription and services- primarily based income (together with Caviar, Money and Sq. Capital: $ 253 million (up 95% year-over-year)
  • This fall Gross Cost Quantity: $ 17.9 billion (up 31% year-over-year)
  • Money App customers: 7 million month-to-month energetic clients

For one of many first instances, as Sq. lately opened up Bitcoin shopping for and promoting in its Money App, cryptocurrency operations at the moment are falling underneath the “threat elements” for the corporate — a set of boilerplate statements made concerning the basic dangers it faces that it thinks it must confide in traders. A major a part of that threat appears to stem from the evolving state of regulation round cryptocurrency. There’s a reasonably meaty part within the threat elements in its essential submitting, which we’ve included beneath:

We lately launched a characteristic to the Money App that allows our clients to purchase and promote bitcoin. Bitcoin just isn’t thought-about authorized tender or backed by any authorities, and it has skilled value volatility, technological glitches and varied regulation enforcement and regulatory interventions. We don’t imagine that the bitcoin platform entails providing individuals securities which are topic to the registration or different provisions of the federal or state securities legal guidelines. We additionally don’t imagine the characteristic topics us to regulation underneath the federal securities legal guidelines, together with as a broker-dealer or an funding adviser, or registration underneath the federal commodities legal guidelines. Nevertheless, the regulation of cryptocurrency and crypto platforms remains to be an evolving space and it’s attainable courtroom or a federal or state regulator may disagree with a number of of those conclusions. If we fail to adjust to rules or prohibitions relevant to us, we may face regulatory or different enforcement actions and potential fines and different penalties. Additional, we would not be capable of proceed working the characteristic, no less than in present type, and to the extent that the characteristic is considered by the market as a precious asset to Sq., the value of our Class A typical inventory may lower. Moreover, there isn’t a particular accounting steering in U.S. GAAP masking accounting for cryptocurrencies, which suggests the accounting may be complicated and topic to problem or scrutiny. The ultimate conclusions on the accounting remedy for our cryptocurrency transactions may have an effect on the presentation of our outcomes of operations.

Sq.’s income continued to develop at a reasonably respectable clip year-over-year, and we’re beginning to see some traits of it starting to look increasingly wholesome even because it seems to diversify its enterprise past simply its point-of-sale by companies just like the Money App, its meal supply service Caviar, and Sq. Capital. Subscription income — which incorporates these companies — accounted for $ 253 million in income, and Sq. Capital within the fourth quarter had 47,000 enterprise loans totaling $ 305 million.

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