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In the news … November 5, 2018

Google employees around the world walk out to protest sexism, inequality

Hundreds of Google engineers and other company workers worldwide — including in Canada — walked off the job Thursday to protest the company’s handling of executives accused of sexual misconduct, as well as workplace harassment and inequality.

Walkouts were planned for 11:10 a.m. across different time zones, beginning in Asian countries. Protesters and supporters were posting photos and messages under the hashtag “googlewalkout.”

CBC

What the Google employees are demanding

Google employees around the world are calling for sweeping changes in how the company handles sexual harassment and discrimination.
Employees walked out of their offices on Thursday in a coordinated protest over what they call a “destructive culture” at the company. They are demanding five main changes, according to a post on an Instagram account dedicated to the walkout.

CNN

Microsoft has #*!@ed up to-do lists on an epic scale

I’ve always been a note-taker. From Post-Its to little twists of paper, I jot down reminders a dozen times a day. I know, it’s stupid: Digital Trends itself has a great post on the best productivity apps to get my lists in order, from simple systems like Remember the Milk and Google Tasks to robust life-organizers like Evernote. Technology can solve this problem for me. So I set out recently to get off the analog world of paper notes and into digital — and promptly ran into an immovable object: Microsoft.

DIGITAL TRENDS

What the Top Innovators Get Right

A project team from Stanley Black & Decker, a US$12.7 billion diversified manufacturing firm, noticed something problematic when observing customers using the company’s products at construction sites. Tools such as miter saws and table saws needed higher voltage than the 20-volt systems commonly used for hand tools such as drills and circular saws. As a result, contractors were using extension cords or gasoline generators. But the former were inconvenient and created hazards, and the latter brought noise and pollution. After making these observations, Stanley Black & Decker developed the DeWalt line of “FlexVolt” cordless power tools and battery packs. They’ve been quickly embraced by professional contractors — generating $300 million in incremental sales since the line’s 2016 introduction.

STRATEGY + BUSINESS

Online giants should pay their share, CBC head to tell government

Global digital giants should be legally required to contribute to Canadian culture and be held to the same standards of accuracy as traditional media, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation president Catherine Tait said Wednesday at a communications industry conference.

Tait, who took the helm of the CBC in July, used her speech at the International Institute of Communications conference in Ottawa to outline the CBC’s recommendations to a government review panel that is looking to revamp the broadcasting, telecommunications and radiocommunication acts to deal with the internet’s disruption of traditional media.

FINANCIAL POST

Bombay Sapphire Gin Launches Toronto’s First-Ever Interactive Cocktail Bar

Bombay Sapphire Gin presents ‘Canvas Bar’, the first-ever interactive cocktail bar where guests can enjoy DIY drinks and play the role of master mixologist. The pop-up located at 950 Queen St. W. in Toronto, is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays until November 30th, hosted by the most imaginative bartenders from across North America.

Designed to inspire creativity, ‘Canvas Bar’ invites guests to customize their own Bombay Sapphire Gin cocktails using the glass as a canvas. The space will house a mixing wall of vapour-infused tonic jars with Bombay Sapphire’s essential botanicals, encouraging guests to enhance drinks by misting, spritzing and garnishing. Bar patrons can also choose from a selection of unique cocktails crafted by different world class mixologists every week.

FINANCIAL POST

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