Amazon hires outside investigators after employee petition alleges discrimination and harassment

CNN —   Amazon (AMZN) has hired outside investigators to probe the internal culture of part of its cloud computing operations after employees circulated a petition alleging “systemic discrimination, harassment, bullying and bias against women and under-represented groups.” The petition, viewed by CNN Business, specifically addresses concerns among staffers within an Amazon Web Services (AWS)…

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Software company’s unveiling of decryption key comes too late for many victims of devastating ransomware attack

Washington CNN —   On Thursday, the software company Kaseya announced that it could help unlock any of its customers’ systems that were still inaccessible following a devastating ransomware attack early this month that took down as many as 1,500 businesses worldwide. But for many victims it was too little, too late. Kaseya had obtained…

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California sues Activision Blizzard, alleging culture of sexual harassment

New York (CNN Business)California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday against one of America’s largest video game developers Activision Blizzard, alleging multiple female employees were subjected to gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and unequal pay.”DFEH alleges that women were subjected to constant sexual harassment, including groping, comments, and advances,” the state…

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The FTC vows to ‘root out’ illegal repair restrictions on phones, fridges, tractors and more

(CNN)US regulators are vowing to make it easier for consumers and independent service shops to repair commercial products like smartphones without having to rely on those products’ manufacturers, effectively backing a principle known as “right to repair.”On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission led by Chair Lina Khan voted unanimously to condemn restrictions imposed by manufacturers…

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How Taiwan is trying to defend against a cyber ‘World War III’

Taipei, Taiwan (CNN Business)As China steps up military pressure on Taiwan, the self-governing island is preparing for the next big frontier of warfare: crippling cyberattacks.Taiwan’s head of cybersecurity told CNN Business this month that it is using dramatic measures to guard against technological vulnerabilities — including employing roughly two dozen computer experts to deliberately attack…

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