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Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn’t regret firing James Damore – CNET

Now Playing: Watch this: Google CEO says ‘I don’t regret’ firing author of diversity… Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about diversity and Silicon Valley in San Francisco on Friday.  Kim White/MSNBC Onetime Google engineer James Damore wrote a contentious 3,300-word memo in August that argued the gender gap in Silicon Valley is largely due to women and men being “biologically” different. Days later Google CEO Sundar Pichai fired Damore saying the engineer violated company rules. A firestorm followed. Damore went on a media tour saying he…

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Instagram joins EU fight against illegal online hate speech – CNET

The EU wants all social networks to sign up to its Code of Conduct NurPhoto/Getty Instagram became the latest social network to sign up to the EU’s code of conduct on fighting online hate speech on Friday. The social network joins Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, which all signed the code back in 2016, in committing to countering the spread of illegal hate speech online. EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vĕra Jourová announced the addition of Instagram and also Google+ to the partnership in a press conference…

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Lesbian veteran, 90, finally gets her ‘honorable discharge’

A FedEx delivery arrived at Helen Grace James’ door on Wednesday. It was a message from the U.S. Air Force. She called two of her closest friends to come be with her before she opened it, and they arrived 20 minutes later. Once she opened it, she received the good news: The military had upgraded her discharge status to “honorable.” James had been waiting for this for more than six decades. “I’m still trying to process it,” she told NBC News. “It was both joy and shock. It was really…

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Gay couple was sent Satan pamphlets instead of wedding programs, suit says

On the evening before their wedding in western Pennsylvania, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg sat down together to open up a package they had received from Vistaprint that morning. The package was supposed to contain 100 wedding programs they ordered for their big day. The box’s contents, however, were not what the couple had imagined. “Rather than send Plaintiffs the custom wedding programs they had purchased, Vistaprint instead sent Plaintiffs literature with hateful, discriminatory and anti-gay messages equating their relationship to Satan’s temptation,” a federal lawsuit against the printing company…

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Can Google discriminate against both men and women?

Get the Think newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Google’s lawyers — and any lawyer reading the complaint in the equal pay suit against the company alongside the class-action suit filed by former employee James Damore last week — probably feel like they are going through the looking glass. Damore’s complaint alleges the tech behemoth engaged in illegal discrimination and retaliation against him and others based on their status as a conservative white males. Simultaneously, Google also faces another lawsuit and a government investigation over whether it has systematically underpaid women. Damore, however, asserts…

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This group of sea turtles is nearly all female, signalling a serious problem

The future is female for green sea turtles born along part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Only about 1 percent of juvenile turtles hatching there are male now and that’s because of global warming, according to a new study. In sea turtles, warmer temperatures produce more female hatchlings and cooler temperatures produce more males. Higher temperatures from global warming have made it so “virtually no male turtles are now being produced” in the green sea turtle population in the northern Great Barrier Reef, according to the findings of the study…

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Brutal murder highlights intimate partner violence in transgender community

The grisly murder of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien marked the first reported homicide of a transgender person in 2018. The Jan. 5 incident follows a deadly pattern in 2017, which saw at least 28 transgender people killed by violent means, according to the Human Rights Campaign.  Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien via Facebook Police say Steele-Knudslien, 42, was found stabbed and beaten to death in the home she shared with her spouse, Mark Steele-Knudslien, in North Adams, Massachusetts. Her husband was charged with her murder and pled not guilty on Monday, but according…

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Iceland is out to end its gender pay gap. Can the U.S. follow?

More than half a century after the Equal Pay Act became law, a woman in the United States earns on average just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes — a stubborn gap that is expected to persist until 2059. But one country is determined to end such income disparity, whatever it takes. Iceland, the rugged but progressive island nation between north America and northern Europe, this month became the first country to force employers to prove that they are paying men and women the same for similar work,…

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Saudi women score right to watch men’s soccer in stadiums

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi women were allowed into a sports stadium for the first time Friday to watch a soccer match between two local teams — though they were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called “family section.” The move was the first of Saudi Arabia’s social reforms planned for this year to ease restrictions on women, spearheaded by the kingdom’s 32-year-old crown prince. The kingdom has also announced that starting in June women will be allowed to drive, lifting the world’s…

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The Post: Moment Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are asked ON CAMERA if they were paid equally

The pair have received equal billing for the Steven Spielberg movie, which has been generating awards interest and is finally out in the UK next week. Speaking to ITV News, Hanks said: “That’s a good question. Quite frankly I don’t know how much I got paid.” Streep then whispered to the journalist, “I got more than him”, though she appeared to be joking. She later added: “I actually don’t know whether we have [been paid the same]. “I would be very p****d off [if not] and I’m going to find…

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