Category: World

US – Productivity increases, income not keeping up!

US Productivity, GDP, Employment and Income : 1953 to 2011 (source) Labour Productivity increased by 600% (from 100 to 600). That is the phenomenal growth of technology has increased output per person employed. But employment grew by only 400% (from 100 to about 400+). That is relatively less people are employed, which may be due …

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Pirates of Silicon Valley

Story about the beginning of two of the most formidable tech companies

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Salt of The Earth

  Struggle by Mexican American workers union for equality (all kinds of…) and solidarity of other workers.  

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Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers on strike

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers walked off the job on Wednesday in one of the largest U.S. strikes in recent years after contract talks hit an impasse. The strike was called by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers that jointly represent employees with such jobs as customer services representatives …

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Focus on feeding platforms like Twitter and Facebook generates junk news

Ev Williams is not a fan of the increasingly homogenised media he currently sees, with its emphasis on feeding the great, gaping maw of platforms like Twitter and Facebook too often producing what he describes as tantamount to junk food. “We’re still stuck in some very naive thinking, with the idea that people consuming media …

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Can technology solve social problems?

Technology empowers people, opens up multiple opportunities, but will it get rid of the biases, prejudices and injustice inherent in a society? Uber, the taxi riding company said “only” 5 claims of rape and less than 170 claims of sexual assault were received by the company between December 2012 and August 2015 in US. This …

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Minimum wages raised in California, New York

California state government reached a deal to raise minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15 by 2022. (On Thursday, March 31, 2016) Just hours later, lawmakers in Albany struck a deal that will raise the minimum within New York City to $15 by the end of 2018, before gradually …

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