On Monday, Google published a blog post with selected findings from its 2018 analysis, highlighting that proposed changes for 2019 would have paid male engineers less than female engineers in one lower-level job category, referred to internally as Level 4 engineers.Since Google’s analysis caught the discrepancy before changes were implemented, the Level 4 male engineers were not paid less than women.The company’s annual analysis only compares employees in the same job category, so the results do not reflect race or gender differences in hiring and promotion.After the recent analysis identified the gender difference in compensation among Level 4 engineers, a deeper company analysis found the discrepancy stemmed from managers planning to allocate more discretionary funds to women than men in 2019.In its 2017 analysis, the company found statistically significant pay difference for 228 employees in six job categories, including men and women in several counties, and “Black and Latinx/Hispanic Googlers in the U.S. across functions.” But the company has never disclosed this level of detail on gender.But the analysis arrives as Google faces an investigation by the US Department of Labor and a lawsuit by current and former female employees, both of which allege that Google discriminates systematically against women in pay and promotion.
When Facebook pitches its Oculus virtual reality headsets to the masses, it talks of their ability to make you feel as though you're inside a game, visiting another planet or scuba diving next to massive blue whales, without ever leaving your couch.Its next act might be to take that other-worldliness to your work.Via a job posting, Oculus VR is looking for a software expert to work in its Seattle, Washington offices to help build special versions of its $199 Oculus Go and $399 Oculus Quest mobile VR headsets for businesses.This person would help make the headsets work with various types of business software, the job posting said.An Oculus spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.The Oculus Go is an entry-level headset that works without the need for a computer or mobile phone to power it.
I can’t remember the last time I heard of a video game bug so bad that people’s consoles just quit in disgust — but some PlayStation 4 owners are reporting that BioWare’s shared-world shooter Anthem is completely crashing their consoles.While neither Sony nor BioWare owner Electronic Arts has explained why this might be happening — or how widespread the issue might be — EA now says it’s officially investigating the problem, and is asking players with the issue to answer a few questions in this forum thread.We’re aware of a crashing issue some of you have been reporting for AnthemGame.We’re investigating and ask that you share your crash data reports when prompted.If you have, we’ll be reaching out to gather info; if not, please reply to this thread on AHQ:https://t.co/36P21YFjYL— EA Help (@EAHelp) March 4, 2019
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Spotify now has 1 million users in India counting both free and paid Premium accounts, a representative for the company confirmed to The Verge.The streaming platform quietly arrived in India six days ago amid a legal skirmish over whether the launch would include the catalog from Warner Music’s publishing arm.Of this 150 million, less than one percent of subscribers pay for a subscription and about 14 percent have a bundled subscription (such as Amazon Prime, or through a mobile contract).The remaining 85 percent stream music with free subscriptions.For example, an Apple Music subscription in India costs 120 rupees, or $1.69, compared to $9.99 a month in the United States.All this aside, India is considered to be music’s “sleeping giant,” with the world’s second-largest smartphone market and falling data rates that see millions of new people sign up for online services every month.
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If there’s one lesson that haunts every retailer, it’s not that the customer is always right but instead that consumers are deciding what they want in the shopping experience at a rate faster than companies are able to adapt.At the Shoptalk retail conference in Las Vegas, executives from Macy’s, Nordstrom and Facebook spoke about how they’re approaching their customers—and what’s working for them in an era defined as much by speed as by relevancy.Retail isn’t dead—it’s growing for different use casesNordstrom, an outlier in the retail industry for experimenting with concepts like Nordstrom Local as well as opening up a new store in New York soon, talked about understanding their shopper across the company.For example, the company’s recent earnings were disappointing and showed a decline in store traffic during the holidays, so co-president Erik Nordstrom said they’re trying to figure out exactly what happened because it’s one thing that’s “within [their] control.”And while there’s that concern in the business, Nordstrom learned a different side of their customer from the Nordstrom Local stores in Los Angeles.
Bentley's Continental GT is just now starting to get out into the world and already the brand has brought a special edition of the model which it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.This time the special edition is a centennial celebration of the brand and the legacy of Sir Henry Ralph Stanley "Tim" Birkin, one of the original "Bentley Boys" and creator of the famed "Blower" Bentleys.The Continental GT Number 9 edition by Mulliner will be limited to just 100 examples, each featuring a glass-encapsulated wooden insert from the seat of Birkin's Le Mans race car.Weird, I know, but cool.Also, this isn't the first time that Bentley has included a piece of an old car in one of its new vehicles.It placed a piece of the crankshaft from W.O.
Startups like Impossible Food and others are working as we speak to change how we produce food.Boston-based Motif Ingredients hopes to be that supplier.The company recently secured $90 million in financing to do just that, and it might be a good time to do so.Demand for alternative foods increased 17 percent last year, but obstacles remain primarily in how these meat and dairy substitutes taste.To put it simply, you can still taste the difference, and that doesn’t make them appealing to consumers who aren’t vegetarians.But at the same time, Impossible spent a lot of money (and time) getting its new burger to be so meat-like.
Some laptops, like Dell’s XPS 15, aim to be all-around performers and fit well in a variety of environments.Others, like Acer’s 2019 Swift 5, are laser-focused on a single attribute — in this case, on being the lightest 15-inch laptop in the world.We took a look at the Swift 5 and the XPS 15 to see which 15-inch laptop is best worth your investment.It also manages, therefore, to fit into a smaller carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis.And it’s a stunning differential indeed, with the Swift 5 coming in at a miraculous 2.2 pounds, while the XPS 15 is more than twice as heavy at 4.5 pounds.The Swift 5 doesn’t feel like it won’t stand up to abuse, but it has some flex in the lid, keyboard deck, and bottom that the XPS 15 doesn’t demonstrate.
Earlier today, Los Angeles-based writer and comedian Miel Bredouw claims she received a peculiar message from the general counsel of Barstool Sports, a sports and lifestyle website that caters to young men and is widely known for its aggressive and sometimes offensive approach to cultural commentary.“That’s brand new for me,” Bredouw, whose short-form videos and other work have often gone viral over the years, told The Verge.“And I have had many many interactions with companies stealing my content.”The kerfuffle is over a 36-second long video clip of Bredouw ruminating on how the jingle for “Carol of the Bells” worked eerily well with the lyrics of the classic Three Six Mafia song “Slob on My Knob,” followed by a brief demonstration.The video, which quickly went viral, has since been re-uploaded by numerous other content farms and social media channels that rip off popular comedians and writers.Barstool Sports posted a version of her video in late December, without credit.
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Verizon Media will close its Oath Ad Platform ad server next year as part of the telco unit’s strategic review of the business, Adweek has learned.The strategic review was first revealed publicly at the end of 2018.According to multiple sources familiar with the developments, Verizon Media began contacting concerned industry partners, including those publishers that used the ad server, in recent days informing them of the intended closure of the unit.A Verizon Media spokesperson confirmed, telling Adweek in a statement: “Following a strategic review of our business, we have decided to close the Oath Ad Platforms Ad Server, effective 2020.We are working with our customers to ensure they are supported as they migrate from the Ad Server platform.This does not affect our Oath Ad Platforms SSP business.
The chief executive of London fintech startup Revolut said his firm “hasn’t always gotten things right” in an open letter late last night, after fresh allegations of a toxic culture at the company emerged last week.Former Revolut employees at both senior and junior levels described an environment of unpaid work, unachievable targets and high-staff turnover, speaking to Wired.Ex-banker Nikolay Storonsky, who formed Revolut in 2015 alongside co-founder app developer Vlad Yatsenko, said in the letter: “We are not the same company that we were 12 to 18 months ago when these mistakes were made.”Read more: Revolut outage: Digital bank's customers unable to use app for hours“Like everyone else at Revolut, I am constantly learning and growing with the company.I now know that there is much more to running a successful business than simply hitting targets,” he added.
Boards at some of the UK’s largest companies still do not fully understand the potential impact of a cyber attack, the government has warned.A report into FTSE 350 companies published today shows that while almost all firms have a cyber security strategy in place, just 16 per cent of boards have a comprehensive understand of the loss or disruption caused by cyber threats.Read more: Huawei boss: 'We are a European company'In addition, while the vast majority of businesses have a cyber security incident response plan, only around half test it on a regular basis, according to the review.Digital minister Margot James said: “The UK is home to world leading businesses, but the threat of cyber attacks is never far away.“We know that companies are well aware of the risks, but more needs to be done by boards to make sure that they don’t fall victim to a cyber attack.”
The popularity of subscription services reached record levels in the UK last year as music streaming revenues overtook ownership formats for the first time.Revenues from paid-for music subscription services such as Spotify jumped 39 per cent last year to £829m, meaning subscriptions now account for 62 per cent of all music revenues, according to figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).Read more: Spotify celebrates its first profit as paid subscriptions near 100mThe growth means music has followed video and games to become a majority ‘rental’ market for the first time.Traditional formats such as CDs, vinyl and downloads now account for just 38 per cent of music revenues.The shift in consumer habits comes as streaming services such as Spotify, YouTube and Amazon continue to drive their users from free to paid-for models.
Carol Danvers isn’t the only marvelous captain headed to theaters this year.stars Asher Angel as a 14-year-old boy named Billy Batson who transforms into a super-powered adult played by Zachary Levi (Chuck, Tangled) when he says the name of a mysterious, all-powerful wizard named Shazam.Billy might have a grown man’s body, but he still has a teenager’s brain, and the trailer milks a lot of comedy from the boy’s attempts to make sense of his new look and unpredictable abilities.As a child, Sivana crossed paths with Shazam, too, but the wizard refused to make Sivana a champion.Billy Batson first appeared in a story by written by Bill Parker and drawn by C.C.Beck in 1940’s Whiz Comics No.
It’s also home to some of the most durable brand logos in American capitalism.The celluloid trade calls them title screens, and odds are that most every adult consumer can name them by sight: Warner Brothers’ “WB” shield, Cinderella’s Castle of Disney Pictures fame and, of course, MGM’s lion.And while the mountain in question has been modified and stylized to suit the era, it’s remained remarkably constant for the last 105 years—and as well it should, in the view of Paramount archivist Andrea Kalas.The mountain and stars are “a very useful and powerful combination of elements,” she said, adding that “a mountain has real permanence and backs up [the idea of] quality and integrity.And the stars are fantastic symbols of Hollywood.”Motion picture pioneer W.W. Hodkinson (above) founded Paramount Pictures and drew its original mountain logo, which debuted in silent-era films like 1914’s The Squaw Man (below, 2).
Will Chau’s career history has been a long trip up and down the West Coast, with stops at (mainly independent) agencies in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.From there, he pivoted to Austin, Texas, spending 13 years at famed agency GSD before becoming Whole Foods Market’s global director of creative and branding.But it was his first gig at Kresser/Craig in Los Angeles that truly set the foundation for Chau’s thinking.“My partner and I would show my first ecd, Dan Mountain, our work,” Chau recalled.“My job is not to influence the team in terms of my vision, but to take all of these different thoughts, styles and ideas to make the work more robust,” he explained.Chau has worked on major brands like Alaska Airlines, BMW, Kia, Kohler and Southwest Airlines, among others, but his new role has proven to be the biggest test of his career, and he said his years in the agency world “set me up for this challenge.”
Pepsi was the top “share of voice” on social after its Big Game spot featured Cardi B, Lil Jon and Steve Carell aired.Pairing musicians and brands like PepsiCo’s Super Bowl ads, including deals beyond just the typical product placement in a music video, could be quite fruitful for both parties.Still, it takes the perfect marriage of personalities and respect for both artist and brand to really nail it—or both could risk losing loyal followers and sales.“There are so many opportunities to mix music with [brands].If [brands] tried it, they’d see an explosion in sales,” said Vernon Brown, longtime attorney to Cash Money Records, during a panel at Adweek’s Brandweek: Challenger Brands summit last month with label co-founder Ronald “Slim” Williams.Williams’ label has been home to top 100 stars like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Austin agency Preacher started as a “family affair” in New York.Co-founders Krystle Loyland, Seth Gaffney and Rob Baird were together at Mother and ended up working on many projects together.The result was a camaraderie that pointed them south to the Texas capital, where they opened the agency in 2014.“We were at a time in our careers where we wanted to find more soul in the business, and we believed that Austin would give us a ton of room to experiment,” says Loyland, who serves as Preacher’s CEO.Today, Preacher has an enviable account roster including high-profile work for Crate and Barrel featuring Reese Witherspoon, Tommy John with Kevin Hart, and an eclectic blend of clients including Beam Suntory, The Container Store and project work for beloved Austin company Yeti.Later this month, the agency will launch its first work for ESPN’s new ACC Network.
Setting up two-factor authentication is usually a recommended move to keep important accounts secure — but on Facebook, adding a phone number could impact privacy.After a tweet from a user complaining that Facebook required a phone number for two-factor authentication, Facebook’s iffy data practices are once again in the spotlight, this time with what actually happens to your phone number when adding two-factor authentication.The practice coming into question isn’t new — just highlighted by a new round of complaints.Facebook has offered two-factor authentication since 2011.The company says that phone numbers added to an account, including areas outside of two-factor authentication, are then linked to the account.Facebook uses those phone numbers for more than just security, using them for ad targeting if a business also has that same phone number and allowing other users to find their profile by typing the phone number into the search bar.
(Reuters) — Firefox browser-maker Mozilla is considering whether to block cybersecurity company DarkMatter from serving as one of its internet security gatekeepers after a Reuters report linked the United Arab Emirates-based firm to a cyber espionage program.The unit was largely comprised of former U.S. intelligence officials who conducted offensive cyber operations for the UAE government.Former Raven operatives told Reuters that many DarkMatter executives were unaware of the secretive program, which operated from a converted Abu Dhabi mansion away from DarkMatter’s headquarters.Those operations included hacking into the internet accounts of human rights activists, journalists and officials from rival governments, Reuters found.DarkMatter has denied conducting the operations and says it focuses on protecting computer networks.Mozilla said the company has not yet come to a decision on whether to deny the authority to DarkMatter, but expects to decide within weeks.
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