Day: July 2, 2020

Tesla denies reports of firing employees who chose to stay at home

FILE PHOTO: Tesla super chargers are shown in Mojave, California, U.S. July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) on Thursday denied media reports and said it had not fired employees who chose to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic over safety concerns at the carmaker’s California factory.

The electric carmaker said in a blog post it had waived its attendance policy for several weeks after getting approval to reopen factories and offered employees “a window of time to stay home no questions asked”. (bit.ly/38p6phe)

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday three Tesla workers were fired after opting to stay home from the Fremont, California, factory. (wapo.st/2ApNq9D)

The automaker’s sole U.S. vehicle factory in Fremont reopened in May after a public spat with the local authorities over safety procedures. (reut.rs/2VFDtwc)

Tesla’s protective measures meet and exceed county, state and

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In cloud clash with Alibaba, underdog Tencent adopts more aggressive tactics

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – For Chinese cloud services companies, the coronavirus outbreak has become a rainmaker, bringing in new business far and wide as firms shift work online and authorities develop apps and systems to help contain outbreaks and manage social restrictions.

FILE PHOTO: People visit Tencent’s booth at the World 5G Exhibition in Beijing, China November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

For Tencent Holdings Ltd in particular, it has also become the perfect time to flex new muscles as it seeks to catch up with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, its arch-rival and the dominant player in the country’s cloud market by far.

Tencent began to display a new level of aggressiveness after positioning its cloud business as a major area of growth in September 2018, and that has only amped up amid the pandemic, employees say.

“The competition with Alibaba is so fierce right now, the sales teams are fighting

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Facebook hit with complaint alleging widespread bias against Black workers

(Reuters) – A Black Facebook Inc worker on Thursday filed a complaint claiming the social media giant’s stated commitment to diversity and civil rights, including its support for the Black Lives Matter movement, masks widespread discrimination against Black workers.

FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration/File Photo

Oscar Veneszee, a Washington D.C.-based operations program manager, said in a charge filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that Facebook has shown a pattern of discrimination in hiring, performance evaluations, promotions and pay, and that Black workers fill just 1.5% of its technical positions.

“There may be Black Lives Matter posters on Facebook’s walls, but black workers don’t see that phrase reflecting how they are treated in Facebook’s own workplace,” Veneszee said in the complaint.

Veneszee was joined by two Black professionals who said they had applied for

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Brazil central bank chief says WhatsApp payments service faces further review

FILE PHOTO: A logo of WhatsApp is pictured on a T-shirt worn on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s central bank president said on Thursday that Facebook Inc messaging service WhatsApp would be allowed to launch its new payments service in the country, but called for proof it can operate safely in terms of data protection in a competitive market.

“We are not saying that it is not competitive, we just want them to ask for authorization and to show us how it will work for us to make sure it is competitive,” Roberto Campos Neto said in a webcast organized by local newspaper Correio Braziliense.

WhatsApp did not immediately comment on Campos Neto’s remarks.

The world’s largest social media platform announced its first nationwide rollout of WhatsApp’s payment service in Brazil on June 15, allowing users to send money to

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