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- Amazon faces a civil rights lawsuit. The class-action lawsuit claims Amazon discriminated against workers of color and immigrants by failing to provide PPE and implement COVID-19 safety measures.
- Rebekah Mercer is one of Parler's top investors. The Wall Street Journal revealed Mercer as one of the conservative social-media app's backers. She and her father, Robert Mercer, have funded conservative causes in the past, and were among the most influential backers of President Donald Trump in 2016.
- Elon Musk watched a SpaceX launch from home. Musk said on Twitter he had tested positive for the coronavirus — under NASA rules, that meant he couldn't watch the historic mission in person.
- Google will give employees more time off. In a leaked memo, CEO Sundar Pichai cited the "extraordinary circumstances" of 2020, and said he wanted staff to avoid burnout.
- Uber reportedly wants to sell its self-driving division. Aurora, a major player in the AV world, is looking to buy. Aurora is headed by former leaders of initiatives at Uber, Google, and Tesla.
- A former Microsoft employee got nine years for stealing store credit. Volodymyr Kvashuk used the $10 million in credit to buy a Tesla and a lakefront home.
- Twitter flagged lots of election tweets as 'potentially misleading.' The company flagged one in every 500 election tweets — but one in four people saw them before the labels were added.
- DoorDash's CEO says its going public helps small firms. Tony Xu said the company's mission was "fighting for the underdog" — but some restaurants say food delivery apps charge high commissions that cut into profits.
- Amazon's HR boss says the firm is still learning about working from home. In a leaked recording, Beth Galetti told employees why the company hadn't rushed into permanent remote work and answered questions about working from home.
- Exclusive: Salesforce insiders are disappointed by slow diversity initiatives. The firm's percentage of Black and Latinx employees, usually underrepresented in tech, has achieved only modest progress.
- Instagram's crisis highlights the bigger issues the entire ad industry is facing
- The 10-year Treasury yield will drop to 3.5% by the end of next year as the massive bond rally will continue, UBS says
- Exit polls predict BJP advantage in MP, Rajasthan, Congress win in Chhattisgarh, Telangana and tight contest in Mizoram
- International air travel penetration remains low in India: CAPA
- "Meeting friends is always a delight": PM Modi reacts to 'Melodi' selfie shared by Italian counterpart Georgia Meloni
- WhatsApp testing new feature that lets you search users by their username
- Delhi airport: Flights diverted due to bad smog, bad weather
- Meta expanding child safety measures as scrutiny mounts