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Engineer who stole trade secrets from Google among those pardoned by Trump

Sign up for the Guardian’s First Thing newsletter In his final hours of office, Donald Trump pardoned a former Google engineer who was convicted of stealing trade secrets from the company before taking up a new role with competitor Uber. Anthony Levandowski, 40, had been sentenced in August 2020 to 18 months in prison after…
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January 21, 2021 0

Monopoly power is running wild. We need tough competition laws to rein it in | Michelle Meagher

There are a million ways to shop online, but all clicks lead back to the same few companies. We can buy a chicken for £3, but just four supermarkets dominate the groceries sector. Taxi rides have never been more affordable, but drivers fend for themselves in the gig economy. Although we live in a world…
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September 28, 2020 0

Coronavirus divides tech workers into the ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy’ sick

When Josh Borden arrived for work at the Google offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday morning, it felt like arriving in a “ghost town”. The parking lot was deserted, there was no breakfast being served in the cafeteria, and the nap rooms were tagged with signs announcing their closure “as a precaution given the Covid-19…
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March 12, 2020 0

A brutal year: how the ‘techlash’ caught up with Facebook, Google and Amazon

What goes up must come down, and in 2019, gravity reasserted itself for the tech industry. After years of relatively unchecked growth, the tech industry found itself on the receiving end of increased scrutiny from lawmakers and the public and attacks from its own employees. “The whole year has been brutal for tech companies,” said…
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December 28, 2019 0

The gig is up: America’s booming economy is built on hollow promises

Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining. Uber drivers, on the other hand, aren’t doing well. According to a recent study, about half of New York’s Uber drivers are supporting families with children, yet…
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June 2, 2019 0

How the Amazon-Google-Uber effect sets inflation

Debates about inflation in advanced economies have changed remarkably over the past decades. Setting aside (mis)measurement issues, concerns about debilitatingly high inflation and the excessive power of bond markets are long gone, and the worry now is that excessively low inflation may hinder growth.


May 24, 2019 0