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Facebook moderators threaten strike over pay delay

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a group of facebook moderators in the city of Austin, Texas (United States), threatened to go on strike because of the delayed payments. Workers are hired from accentuate and provide outsourced services to the company led by Mark Zuckerberg, as reported by the The Verge on Tuesday (11).

The problem began to be noticed on the 4th, according to the publication, when workers identified errors in the tool that monitors the paid time off of the company. Two days later, when the payment should have been made, the system showed many zeroed paychecks, leaving several employees without receiving.

Through the internal message board, affected employees threatened to halt activities at the site until payment was normalized, in a statement sent to the CEOs of Accenture and the Facebook. “If these issues are not resolved immediately, a work stoppage will begin on January 7,” the group threatened.

Workers moderate Facebook and WhatsApp.Workers moderate Facebook and WhatsApp.Source: pexels

Responding to the message, an Accenture director said it would catch up on payments “as soon as possible,” but did not provide a date for resolution of the issue. He also stated that the contractor would cover extra fees and charges related to the delay, as many had to take out loans to pay rent and buy food.

Delay continues for some employees

Several payments were issued after the warning, but at least 50 moderators on the platform were still unpaid as of Monday night (10). In a note, the consultancy and the Goal confirmed the problem in the system for issuing paychecks and reaffirmed their commitment to urgently update the salary for everyone.

Workers who have threatened to go on strike are responsible for Facebook moderation, as well as handling customer service and other related services. social network. Similar activities linked to the Whatsapp, are also performed by them.

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches ‘Vintage’

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series

Apple has added three models of iMacs to its list of obsolete products: a 21.5-inch screen from 2013, a 21.5-inch screen from 2014, and a 27-inch Retina 5K screen also from 2014.

Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches 'Vintage'

Apple typically deprecates products seven years after they were released, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 and 2014 iMacs are on the list.

As for smart watches Apple Watch Series 2, they are recognized as “vintage”. This category usually includes devices that have been released for five years. There may be problems with the official repair of the aforementioned iMacs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users Ericsson report shows

According to a report by Ericsson cited by The Verge, by the end of this year, the number of 5G subscribers in the world will reach 1 billion.

Of course, this is far from the performance of 4G networks, which are now used by about 5 billion people, but still this is a fairly significant part of the market.

There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

Of course, 5G adoption is far from uneven. In North America, about 35% of subscribers will use 5G networks by the end of this year.

At the same time, the report indicates that operators often ask for more money for the higher speeds offered by new networks. Dividing into corresponding tariffs is popular among operators in Western Europe, but overall, 25% of operators worldwide charge extra for 5G. And the average markup is 40%.

Ericsson believes that, unfortunately, this trend will continue for several more years, as operators need to compensate for the costs of developing a new network.

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Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests? The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

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The history of protests in China is overgrown with new interesting details related to IT companies.

Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests?  The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

Just weeks before the protests began, Apple reportedly made a major change to how AirDrop works, and only in China. After updating to iOS 16.1.1, AirDrop in the mode of receiving messages from everyone became possible only for 10 minutes, after which AirDrop simply turns off. In normal mode, AirDrop has no time limit, as there is none now and all over the world outside of China.

The fact is that AirDrop is one of the ways protesters communicate, and not only in China. AirDrop works locally in smartphone-to-smartphone mode, without relying on external networks, so it cannot simply be blocked or read data. But in this case, for some reason, Apple decided to seriously change the function, although it did not turn it off completely.

The CNBC resource also notes that the corresponding update was released a month after Chinese President Xi Jinping was re-elected for a third term.

Recall that Huawei smartphones have been noticed that they automatically delete videos that depict events related to protests in China.

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