Starbucks and Walmart join growing list of advertisers boycotting YouTube | Technology | The Guardian

Besides suspending their spending on YouTube, Walmart, Pepsi and several other companies have said they will stop buying ads that Google places on more than 2m other third-party websites.

Fuente: Starbucks and Walmart join growing list of advertisers boycotting YouTube | Technology | The Guardian


To censor or not to censor? YouTube’s double bind | Technology | The Guardian

Google’s video platform is being attacked by advertisers for not censoring enough and by creators for censoring too much. But don’t feel sorry for it just yet

Fuente: To censor or not to censor? YouTube’s double bind | Technology | The Guardian


Ley Uber: el extraño “olvido” del Gobierno – El Mostrador

Como pocas veces, el Gobierno logró un amplio consenso respecto de un proyecto de ley, en este caso, el que pretende regular los servicios de Uber y Cabify. El rechazo ha sido unánime.Si bien cada actor tiene sus razones, hay coincidencia de que la propuesta del Ejecutivo no resolverá el tema de fondo –y que realmente debe ser la finalidad de toda normativa–, cual es mejorar la calidad de servicio que se brinda a los usuarios, disponer de una oferta vehicular amplia y contar con tarifas justas y transparentes.

Fuente: Ley Uber: el extraño “olvido” del Gobierno – El Mostrador


Big tech stands with Black Lives Matter, but solidarity may be all about branding | US news | The Guardian

When prominent activist Deray McKesson was arrested Saturday night at a protest against the police killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, many saw the arrest as another example of the excessive policing of Black Lives Matter protests.Others saw a branding opportunity.

Fuente: Big tech stands with Black Lives Matter, but solidarity may be all about branding | US news | The Guardian


Amazon Christmas boycott campaign gathers weight | Books | theguardian.com

Amazon Christmas boycott campaign gathers weight | Books | theguardian.com.

Customers’ commitment, through Amazon Anonymous, to spend elsewhere now adds up to more than £2.5m
Amazon Fulfilment Centre - Peterborough
Workers pack orders on the warehouse floor at the Amazon UK Fulfilment Centre in Peterborough in November. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Campaigners seeking fair pay for Amazon workers claim the online retailer is now set to miss out on sales worth more than £2.5m this festive season after over 11,000 people signed a pledge to enjoy an “Amazon-free” Christmas.

Amazon Anonymous, which says that Amazon avoids tax, “don’t pay their workers a living wage … They take money away from our local shops”, launched the latest salvo in its campaign against the retailer on 18 November, calling on supporters to buy their Christmas presents elsewhere. By the morning of Cyber Monday, 11,463 people had pledged “to avoid shopping on Amazon from 1 to 25 December”, promising to spend a combined total of £2.59m at other retailers.

“We are staggered by the response and support we’ve received from the public and soon-to-be ex-Amazon customers, as well as smaller retailers who are often undercut by Amazon’s aggressive business model. I didn’t expect it would be this big after just two weeks. I think we can double the current figure over the next few weeks as we get closer to Christmas,” said Bex Hay, co-founder of Amazon Anonymous.

The campaigners acknowledge that “going cold turkey is hard”, and have worked with Ethical Consumer magazine to provide a guide to alternative retailers for those pledging to boycott Amazon. It ranges from independent booksellers – “Local independent book stores have been at the centre of our communities for over a century but now, thanks to the tax avoidance antics of Amazon, they are a dying breed. They are usually family run and have a very small turnover so your custom will make a big difference” – to Oxfam.

“We’ll be providing plenty of support and tips on how best to avoid Amazon, to maximise the impact and help everyone stick to their pledge. The Amazon-Free shopping guide is a first step to get through Cyber Monday unscathed,” said Hay.


Una juez rechaza el acuerdo entre las tecnológicas para no robarse empleados | Tecnología | EL PAÍS

Una juez rechaza el acuerdo entre las tecnológicas para no robarse empleados | Tecnología | EL PAÍS.

La demanda colectiva de ingenieros reclama a Apple, Google, Adobe e Intel una compensación de 3.000 millones de dólares

Tienda de Apple en Nueva York. / B. MCDERMID (REUTERS)

La excusa era frenar la escalada de sueldos, cada vez mayores. La realidad, una estrategia de Steve Jobs que ha trascendido a su vida, para evitar que los empleados de Intel, Google, Adobe y Apple se cambiasen a alguna de estas empresas. La juez del distrito de San José, el corazón de Silicon Valley, Lucy Koh, ha rechazado la oferta de 324 millones de dólares  (242 millones de euros) que pactaron las empresas para compensarlos.

El caso comenzó en 2011 con una demanda colectiva por parte de los empleados, un total de 64.000, en la que acusaban a las cuatro empresas de evitar hacerse con los ingenieros de alguna de las firmas involucradas. Según la juez, la cifra, ofrecida en el mes de mayo, está por debajo de lo razonable.

El acuerdo entre Apple, Intel, Adobe y Google no solo limitaba la movilidad laboral de sus talentos, como tanto les gusta referirse aquí a los empleados, sino también les imponía de forma implícita un tope salarial. La lógica de las empresas implicadas es que si los trabajadores no cambiaban de compañía, tampoco tendrían que afrontar grandes aumentos, ni internos para evitar la fuga, ni en nuevas contrataciones. En 2012 los empleados de Pixar, LucasArts e Intuit, dedicadas a la animación, denunciaron una situación similar.


Anger and bewilderment in Finland over Microsoft job cuts – FT.com

Anger and bewilderment in Finland over Microsoft job cuts – FT.com.

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Alexander Stubb, Finland's foreign minister, speaks during an interview at his government offices in Helsinki, Finland, on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. A decline in Finnish unemployment eases pressure on Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi’s cabinet, which last week presented its 50.3 billion-euro ($63.6billion) budget proposal for next year. Photographer: Henrik Kettunen *** Local Caption *** Alexander Stubb©Bloomberg

Alexander Stubb, Finland’s prime minister, said he found the job cuts “very very difficult from a human point of view.”

Politicians and workers’ leaders in Finland reacted with anger and bewilderment at the news that 1,100 jobs in the country would be lost as a result of Microsoft’s plan to cull staff at Nokia’s former handset division.

Prime minister Alexander Stubb said he had known the outlines of the plan but learned the detail in a morning call on Thursday from Microsoft vice-president Stephen Elop. Microsoft on Thursday announced it would shed 18,000 staff globally, with the majority of the job cuts coming from the Nokia Devices and Services unit it acquired for €5.4bn.

Mr Stubb told reporters that he found the lay-offs “very, very difficult from a human point of view”. It was important not to sink into despair but to look to the future, he said.

In September 2013, its then chief executive Steve Ballmer appeared to suggest in an email to employees that Finnish jobs were safe.

“There are no significant plans to shift where work is done in the world as we integrate, so we expect the Nokia teams to stay largely in place, geographically,” he wrote.

But now almost a quarter of Nokia workers in the Nordic country of 5.5m people are facing the start of their summer holidays with the prospect of no job to come back to. Microsoft employs 4,700 former Nokia staff in the metropolitan area of Helsinki, and in Salo, Tampere and Oulu.

The company said it will withdraw entirely from its R&D Centre in Oulu, a city of 200,000 people on Finland’s northwest coast. The centre develops software for low-cost phones and employs 500 people. It would instead focus on the development of key technologies in Tampere and Salo, Microsoft said.

The news did not come out of the blue, senior Oulu shop steward Timo Pukinkorvaa told local media – there had long been rumours that something was afoot. What was shocking, he said, was the “massive” number of redundancies and the fact that the entire unit would close.


Piratas: rebeldes con una causa | Manzana Mecánica

Piratas: rebeldes con una causa | Manzana Mecánica.

Finalmente pude leer el libro “Mutiny: Why we Love Pirates, and How They Can Save Us” de Kester Brewin, al que llegué siguiendo esta brillante charla del autor sobre sus ideas.

La tesis principal del libro es que la piratería históricamente es una manera de rebelarse contra un abuso de poder, en una forma particular de rebelión que no busca cambiar al poder sino simplemente evadirlo mientras sea posible.

Las formas de piratería que el autor explora son la piratería marítima, particularmente en la época de Barbanegra y otros (1690-1730), y la realización de copias no autorizadas desde los primeros ataques contra las regulaciones del gremio de libreros en la misma época (de ahí el uso del término piratería como violación de derechos de impresión) y hasta nuestros días.

Cada vez que vemos piratería estamos mirando un sistema en problemas, una estructura comercial injusta, quizás porque ha tomado algo que debería ser “propiedad común” de todos y la ha bloqueado detrás de un muro de pago, o quizás porque se rehúsa a compartir el botín de una riqueza con aquellos que han trabajado duro para crearla.