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Googlers Protest Colleagues Put on Leave

On the courtyard steps of one of Google’s San Francisco offices, well over 100 employees gathered to protest Google’s decision to place two of their colleagues on indefinite administrative leave.  Google said one of the employees, Rebecca Rivers, was put on leave for accessing and sharing documents it deemed outside of the scope of her role. The other employee, Laurence Berland, was said to have...

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There’s no doubt the current stock market hysteria over GameStop and the like will come to a bloody end. The real question is whether the craziness, fueled by social media sites like Reddit and Discord and stock trading app Robinhood, leads those companies to clamp down on stock debate or trading. Media post-mortems are sure to blame those companies—which reportedly also include...
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