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Former Facebook employee sues, says he faced age discrimination

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:28:00 UT

A former Facebook employee is suing the Menlo Park social networking firm, saying he was fired after he complained about the company’s treatment of older workers. Gary Glouner, 52, said in his lawsuit that Facebook had a record of getting rid of employees older than 50 and telling them they were a “poor cultural fit” and they “didn’t move fast enough,” according to City News Service. After they were let go, the older workers would be replaced with younger ones at Facebook, Glouner said in his lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Glouner did not respond to requests for comment.

Best inexpensive phones

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:19:29 UT

Motorola Moto G5 Plus Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5 The good: The splash-resistant Moto G5 Plus has a near stock version of Android Nougat, a good camera and video and a metal body — and it’s extremely kind to your wallet. The bad: There’s no NFC on the U.S. model, and audio sounds tinny through the built-in speaker. The cost: $285 to $300 The bottom line: With a long list of features you want and only a few that you don’t, there is no better budget phone than Motorola’s Moto G5 Plus.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers will open Washington law firm

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:48:03 UT

Law firms already elbowing one another for multinational clients will soon have a new competitor: PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Big Four accounting firm that now calls itself PwC, plans to open a law firm in Washington this week. The law firm, ILC Legal, will advise clients on international matters such as corporate restructuring. Its lawyers will act as special legal consultants, rather than fully licensed U.S. lawyers, allowing them to provide counsel on foreign law but not U.S. law.

Report: Number of 'Bodega' units in Bay Area greatly exaggerated

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:24:48 UT

There aren't nearly as many Bodega units – those computer vision-enabled pantries stocked with non-perishables – as previous reports led consumers to believe, a Buzzfeed News investigation revealed.

Ship traffic, September 25

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:22:50 UT

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ICYMI: KB CEO’s rant, Harvard’s endowment, Hillary’s book sales and more

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:21:36 UT

If you missed it ... In a week when Mark Zuckerberg wrapped up his paternity leave and was Russian back to work, this also happened: •KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger got a pay cut and a warning from the company board after he was caught ranting at comedian Kathy Griffin, his neighbor in Los Angeles. Mezger’s bonus for 2017, which has not yet been set, will be cut by 25 percent, and he’ll be fired if he makes another similar misstep, the company said in a regulatory filing. HuffPost first reported Mezger’s rant, which included sexist and homophobic slurs, on Tuesday. •Harvard University reported that its $37.1 billion endowment earned an 8.1 percent return for its most recent fiscal year.

Retired and learning to code

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:09:19 UT

For some older people, just downloading an app or successfully navigating certain websites might seem like cause for quiet celebration. But not for Shirley McKerrow, a retired business owner and politician from Darwin, Australia. McKerrow, who is 84, revels in the thought of learning to develop those same apps and websites. Last year, she began taking free online coding lessons through Codecademy, an interactive service that teaches programming languages, and was tutored along the way by her tech-savvy grandson.

Uber loses license to operate in London

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:00:31 UT

Uber will continue to operate in London while it appeals the decision by the city’s transportation agency declining to renew the ride-hailing service’s license to operate in its largest European market. Uber posted an online petition in support of its appeal, and garnered more than 300,000 signatures in just a few hours. But the ruling could prove to be a boon for other operators, and could even present an opportunity for Lyft to kick off its long-awaited international expansion. The decision is the just latest setback for the San Francisco company worth about $70 billion. It has upended public transportation across much of the world by using smartphones to connect drivers with passengers.

What HPE’s layoffs mean for the company’s cloud battle

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:26:06 UT

As Hewlett Packard Enterprise struggles to compete in a business-technology industry rapidly shifting to the cloud, the Palo Alto company plans to lay off about 10 percent of its workforce. The cuts — which will reportedly affect at least 5,000 employees in the U.S. and overseas, according to Bloomberg — are expected to begin before the end of the year. Hewlett Packard Enterprise was spun out of Hewlett-Packard in 2015, in an attempt to focus on hardware and cloud services sold to other big businesses.

California regulators require auto insurers to adjust rates

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:22:56 UT

This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and Consumer Reports. California regulators said they have required Nationwide and USAA to adjust their auto insurance rates as a result of a report by ProPublica and Consumer Reports that many minority neighborhoods were paying more than white areas with the same risk. The regulators said their review confirmed our finding that linked the pricing disparities to incorrect applications of a provision in California law. The statute allows insurers to cluster neighboring ZIP codes into a single rating territory.

Corrections, Sept. 23

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:33:04 UT

Gatorade will pay fine for app that disparaged water, Business, C3 In some editions, a story that began on the Business cover about a mobile game promoting Gatorade incorrectly identified the trade association that gave it an award. It is the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

GE cools its jets, Uber banned in London and cookie dough draws a lawsuit

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:11:21 UT

You’re grounded General Electric is selling five company planes, essentially scuttling its corporate fleet. It’s part of a plan to cut nearly $2 billion in expenses across the company under new CEO John Flannery. GE spent $257,639 for former CEO Jeff Immelt’s (right)personal use of company planes in 2016. The company’s aviation division will keep two planes for site visits. Stop sign London’s transportation agency dealt a blow to Uber on Friday, declining to renew the ride-hailing service’s license to operate in its largest European market.

Ontario joins California’s cap-and-trade market

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:10:59 UT

SACRAMENTO — California has expanded its market for buying and trading permits to emit greenhouse gases to include the Canadian province of Ontario. The market is the centerpiece of California’s cap-and-trade program, which is designed to reduce carbon pollution over time by capping emissions and requiring companies to obtain permits to pollute. Quebec is already part of the market. California is trying to reduce emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. The two Canadian provinces have similar or stricter goals. California Gov.

Walmart wants to put away groceries if you’re not home

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:07:14 UT

Would you be OK with letting a stranger into your house for the sake of convenience? Walmart is testing the idea with a new service that lets a delivery person walk into your home when you’re not there to drop off packages or put groceries in the fridge. “This may not be for everyone,” Sloan Eddleston, Walmart’s head of e-commerce strategy, wrote in a blog post Friday; “but we want to offer customers the opportunity to participate in tests today and help us shape what commerce will look like in the future.” The retailer said it is trying out the service with a small group of tech-savvy Bay Area shoppers who order from and who have Internet-connected locks.

Ship traffic, September 24

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:43:52 UT

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