Google commits $1 billion in grants to train U.S. workers for high-tech jobs

 The nature of work is changing on a global level at a rapid pace. Sure, it’s not the first time work has been dramatically impacted by technology, but the growth of automation, robotics, AI and the like have the potential to displace jobs at an unprecedented rate. And Google will almost certainly be one of the driving forces behind that transformation. Read More

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Snapchat is building a secluded R&D lab in Lehi, Utah

 It’s hard to build something secret in LA or SF without anyone finding out. So Snap Inc is building a new R&D office in the remote location of Lehi, Utah — 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. The distance from Facebook and other tech companies could allow Snapchat to develop new app features or hardware devices beyond the prying eyes and ears of its competitors. Meanwhile, Snap… Read More

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Uber and Deliveroo get a gig economy rights grilling

 Uber and Deliveroo execs faced questions from a UK parliamentary committee today as the government continues to deliberate on changes to employment law to account for the rise of gig economy work facilitated by tech platforms. Read More

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Zenefits will pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 employees

 Insurance software startup Zenefits has agreed to pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 of its account executives and sales representatives in California and Arizona, according to the Department of Labor. Zenefits also agreed to let the DOL monitor its practices to ensure the company does not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read More

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