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Facebook workers listened to Messenger conversations

Facebook workers listened to Messenger conversations

Technology
Hundreds of workers were paid to transcribe voice recordings of Facebook users, it has emerged.Facebook is the latest company to confirm it has used third-party workers to do such work, following Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.The practice had been halted "more than a week ago", Facebook said.Workers were given audio of people's conversations but were not told how it was obtained, according to Bloomberg, which was first to report the news.Facebook said the recordings were being transcribed manually so that artificial intelligence systems used to automatically transcribe conversations could be improved.It added this had been done only when users had opted in to transcription services and given permission for microphone access...
New state programs, like California’s, make it easier for workers to save for retirement

New state programs, like California’s, make it easier for workers to save for retirement

Finance
When 27-year-old Ramon Gonzales was looking for a new job eight months ago, having access to a retirement plan was high on his list of priorities.Now Gonzales, the floor supervisor for the production team at Red Bay Coffee, has that ability to save.That's thanks to CalSavers, California's automatic individual retirement account plan, which officially started in July.The program offers employees of small businesses and other companies that do not offer a retirement plan the opportunity to save through the state's new program. California now requires employers with five or more employees to either join CalSavers or begin offering their own retirement plan.That will give an estimated 7.5 million California workers a retirement savings plan option. About 55 million Americans nationwide do not ...
In a scene reminiscent of the financial crisis, axed Deutsche Bank workers leave with belongings

In a scene reminiscent of the financial crisis, axed Deutsche Bank workers leave with belongings

Finance
The scene was solemn at Deutsche Bank's offices in London, New York and Tokyo on Monday as scores of employees, belongings in hand, left their desks for the final time as the German lending giant began one of the largest rounds of layoffs since the financial crisis.Carrying boxes and envelopes containing personal effects and A4 forms, Deutsche workers started their work week by collecting their belongings and emptying their desks.People exit Deutsche Bank's Manhattan headquarters with white envelopes that are reportedly their exit papers following news that the global banking giant will be letting go of thousands of employees due to a major restructuring at the German bank on July 08, 2019 in New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesMonday's exodus represented the first wave of several ro...
Facebook workers ‘possibly exposed to sarin gas’ at US HQ

Facebook workers ‘possibly exposed to sarin gas’ at US HQ

Technology
Two Facebook workers have possibly been exposed to sarin gas at a mailing warehouse at the social media giant's HQ in California, fire officials say.The mail processing centre was evacuated as officials worked to determine what caused mail to test positive for the nerve agent. "We have two possible exposures but right now they are not exhibiting any signs or symptoms," Menlo Park Fire Marshal Jon Johnston said.Mr Johnston said incoming mail processed by a machine tested positive for the substance.FBI agents are at the Silicon Valley site along with a hazmat crew, a spokesman said. Advertisement Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said four buildings were evacuated and that three have been cleared for people...