10 things in tech you need to know today

10 things in tech you need to know today
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.