Google spied on employees and fired them for unionizing, U.S. labor board says

The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Google and its parent company Alphabet, accusing the tech juggernaut of violating labor laws.

The company was allegedly “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees in the exercise of their rights guaranteed in Section 7 of the Act,” according to the complaint filed Tuesday.

Specifically, the NLRB case documents accuse Google of illegally spying on employees, firing several employees in retaliation for attempting to unionize, and illegally blocking employees from sharing work grievances and information with each other using general tools like calendars, email, meeting rooms, and an internal communication tool at Google called MemeGen.

The NLRB said it expects an answer from Google by Dec. 16 and the agency said it will hold a hearing on April 12, 2021, in San Francisco.

Google didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

The NLRB’s conclusion comes a year after CNBC

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The US labor board accused Google of illegally spying on employee activists, firing them, and blocking workers from organizing



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  • The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday filed a complaint accusing Google of violating several labor laws during a crackdown of worker activism last year.
  • The complaint said Google unlawfully terminated two employees involved in worker activism.
  • It also accused Google of violating US labor laws by monitoring and interrogating workers involved in the protests.
  • Five employees were fired late last year for their involvement in protests at the company. Two of those employees are mentioned in the complaint.
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The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) on Wednesday issued a complaint accusing Google of violating several labor laws during a crackdown on worker activism last year.

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TraceSafe Names Veteran Technology Financier Murray Tevlin to Board of Directors

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VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / December 2, 2020 / Tracesafe Inc., (“TraceSafe”) (CSE:TSF) a global leader in wearable safety tech, including contact tracing and quarantine management, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Murray Tevlin as director effective immediately. A board vacancy was left by Donald Padgett’s resignation, dated November 29, 2020. We thank Mr. Padgett for his tireless service to the company throughout its early life.

Mr. Tevlin is an entrepreneurial lawyer who previously served as lead director of Avigilon Corporation, chairing the special committee advancing to a successful USD$1B merger and acquisition of Avigilon by global communications equipment provider Motorola Solutions. Mr. Tevlin has experience guiding entrepreneurial technology startups and joined the Avigilon board prior to its successful IPO on the TSX.

In addition to his experience in corporate governance and strategic

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Veteran Business Accelerator and Innovator Omar Hussain Joins Demand Science Board of Directors

DANVERS, Mass., Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Demand Science, a global buyer intelligence platform and integrated B2B solution suite that drives sales and marketing growth for hundreds of the world’s largest technology and B2B companies, today announced that Omar Hussain has joined its Board of Directors. Mr. Hussain will be working alongside industry veterans Melissa Chang, Chair of the Board, and Barry Harrigan, Vice Chair of the Board who founded Demand Science in 2007. Mr. Hussain is widely known for his 14-year leadership of software company Imprivata, including taking the company public in 2014, raising over $86 million in the IPO, and two years later selling it to equity firm Thoma Bravo for $544 million.

The addition of Mr. Hussain to the Board is part of Demand Science’s leadership team expansion – a component of the company’s next-level growth strategy and its ongoing mission to help

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Qumulo hires cloud CTO; ex-Tableau CMO joins Conversica board; 98point6 adds COO

— Seattle startup Qumulo named Janine Corey as its cloud chief technology officer. Corey spent the past five years at Amazon Web Services, most recently leading the transformation team for enterprise customers. She previously held IT roles at Tyler Technologies, Novartis-Alcon Labs and Southwest Airlines.



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Qumulo does not have an overall CTO. The 8-year-old company reached a $1.2 billion valuation earlier this year after raising $125 million. It helps customers such as Hyundai, Cinesite Studios, Telus, and others store and manage large amounts of file data.



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— Former Tableau CMO Elissa Fink joined the board of AI assistant startup Conversica. Headquartered in Foster City, Calif., Conversica originally launched in Bellingham, Wash., and opened a Seattle office in 2017.

The startup develops virtual assistants for sales, marketing and customer service teams. Conversica raised a $20

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From hate speech to nudity, Facebook’s oversight board picks its first cases

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(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s independent Oversight Board announced on Tuesday the first six cases where it could overrule the social media company’s decisions to remove certain pieces of content from its platforms.

The board, which Facebook created in response to criticism of its handling of problematic content, said it had received 20,000 cases since it opened its doors in October.

Three of the six cases involved content that Facebook removed for breaking hate speech rules.

An Oversight Board spokesman said hate speech cases had been “the most significant proportion” of appeals received.

“Hate speech is an especially difficult area,” Jamal Greene, one of the board’s co-chairs and a professor at Columbia Law School, told Reuters in an interview. “It’s not that easy … for an algorithm to get the context of” such speech.

Gallery: A timeline of voting rights in

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Terraforming Mars board game is now 40% off for Cyber Monday

Attention all would-be Martian explorers. The critically acclaimed (and just downright addictive) board game Terraforming Mars is now available on Target for just $41.99!



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For a game that’s highly complex, gorgeously designed, and yet engrossingly entertaining, Terraforming Mars usually comes with a big price tag of $70. So with a blistering 40% saving, you can grab your copy of the base game and get $27 off the usual price — of course, this deal may not be in orbit for too long this Cyber Monday, so act fast! 



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Terraforming Mars: $69.95 $41.99 at Target Cerebral, challenging and beautifully presented — the  Terraforming Mars base game can now be yours with 40% off the price, saving you a massive $27.

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Though sadly experts do not believe we will ever see blue skies over the Red Planet,

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FIreEye surges as investment firm Blackstone takes $400 million investment, board seat

Shares of cloud-based security provider FireEye shot up almost 10% in late trading Thursday evening after the company announced that private equity firm Blackstone Group is making a $400 million investment in the company and taking a board seat.

FireEye announced in a separate press release that it will buy four-year-old security startup Respond Software of Mountain View, Calif., for $186 million in cash and stock.

New York-based Blackstone, one of the most powerful private equity firms in the world, with a market cap of $67 billion or so, is teaming up with venture capital firm ClearSky Power & Technology Partners, based in Juno Beach, Florida, to buy $400 million worth of convertible stock in FireEye. 

The duo will purchase “shares of a newly designated 4.5% Series A Convertible Preferred Stock of FireEye,” said FireEye, “with a purchase price of $1,000 per share.” 

The Series A Preferred will be convertible

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MYOS RENS TECHNOLOGY BOARD OF DIRECTORS approved the Reverse Stock Split ratio of one new share for every 12 shares of Common Stock outstanding

CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MYOS RENS Technology Inc. (“MYOS” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MYOS)

As previously announced, on June 30, 2020, MYOS RENS Technology, Inc., a Nevada corporation (“MYOS”), and MedAvail, Inc., a privately-held Delaware corporation (“MedAvail”), entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger and Reorganization (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among MYOS, MedAvail, and Matrix Merger Sub, Inc., a newly-created wholly-owned subsidiary of MYOS (“Merger Sub”), pursuant to which, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into MedAvail, with MedAvail being the surviving corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of MYOS (the “Merger”). In addition, prior to the Merger, MYOS will contribute substantially all its assets and liabilities to a wholly owned subsidiary, MYOS Corp., a Delaware corporation (“MYOS Corp.”) in exchange for all the outstanding shares of common stock of

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Astronauts Board ISS From SpaceX’s ‘Resilience’

Four astronauts carried into orbit by a SpaceX Crew Dragon boarded the International Space Station on Tuesday, the first of what NASA hopes will be many routine missions ending US reliance on Russian rockets.

The “Resilience” spacecraft docked autonomously with the space station some 260 miles (400 kilometers) above the Midwestern US state of Ohio at 11:01pm on Monday (0401 GMT Tuesday), completing a 27.5-hour journey.

NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (L), Victor Glover (2nd L), Mike Hopkins (2nd R) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi (R), are pictured wearing SpaceX spacesuits in a dress rehearsal ahead of the Crew Dragon launch NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (L), Victor Glover (2nd L), Mike Hopkins (2nd R) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi (R), are pictured wearing SpaceX spacesuits in a dress rehearsal ahead of the Crew Dragon launch Photo: NASA / Joel KOWSKY

The crew’s three Americans — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker — along with Japan’s Soichi Noguchi, each floated in zero gravity through a hatch and onto the ISS, where they were cheered and embraced by the station’s three crew

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