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MyHealth Record rollout saga shambles on: ALP wants it put on hold

The rollout of Australia's MyHealth Record e-health system is moving from “troubled” towards “shambles”. In the space of the past few days: The Parliamentary Library has contradicted health minister Greg Hunt on the matter of law enforcement access to health records; Hunt has stuck to his guns nonetheless; the Australian …
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Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

Oracle was sued on Tuesday by a former sales rep for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages, in violation of America's federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Texas state law. The civil lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiff Daniel Wilson in district court in Austin, Texas, claims Oracle has been directing its sales staff – …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Nov 2017

Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

Pressure from Apple to lower costs is driving worsening conditions for workers at the company's manufacturing partners. This is according to watchdog group China Labor Watch, which says [PDF] that under CEO Tim Cook, the Cupertino giant has asked the companies that assemble its products to cut their own costs, and those …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016
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Australian Federal Police raid former comms minister's office

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has searched the offices of Senator Stephen Conroy, the former Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has issued a statement about the “raid” on Conroy's office. Shadow AG Mark Dreyfus has released a statement regarding the AFP …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2016
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Judge roasts Chipotle for firing guy who grilled bean counters on Twitter

A US judge says fast-food "burrito" chain Chipotle broke US labor laws by sacking an employee after he trashed his bosses on Twitter. The court sided with James Kennedy of Havertown, Pennsylvania, in his wrongful termination suit. Judge Susan A Flynn awarded back pay and forced Chipotle to offer to re-hire Kennedy, 38, who has …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Mar 2016

Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

Apple's annual investor meetings are tightly scripted, dull-as-dishwater affairs crammed with performance metrics and vague allusions to future glories, so perhaps CEO Tim Cook thought it wise to channel his inner funnyman and add a wee bit of wackiness to Friday's proceedings. In his prepared remarks, he told attendees that …
Rik Myslewski, 1 Mar 2014

Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike

Workers at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, aka ALMA, have embarked upon a decidedly down-to-earth pursuit at the world's largest astronomical installation: they've gone on strike. "The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array regrets that it was unable to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement with its …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Aug 2013
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HP clamps down on student labor in Chinese factories

HP has issued new employment guidelines for its supply chain partners in China, in response to what it describes as "the significant increase in the use of student and dispatch workers" in manufacturing facilities across the country. "We have worked closely with leading Chinese stakeholders to develop our new student and …
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Foxconn denies factory labor strike reports

Foxconn has denied reports that a mass strike last week shut down its Zhengzhou, China factory, one of two Chinese plants where the Taiwanese manufacturing giant assembles Apple's latest iPhone. On Friday, New York–based labor rights group China Labor Watch had claimed that as many as 4,000 workers had walked off the job at …
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Oz cybercrime bill passes on the nod, unchanged

While the surface of Australian politics is a roiling maelstrom of spite and hatred, the government and opposition manage to agree on some things – like the need to have spooks and police snooping Internet and telephones with as little hindrance as possible. In spite of a bipartisan committee which recommended changes to the …
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Australian Liberal MPs splurge on sticky, delicious ... toner

In a stunning spending spree dubbed “tonergate” by those who append –gate to any potential political scandal, News.com.au has reported that opposition MPs in Australia blew close to $100,000 per week on office supplies last year, ahead of a change to parliamentary allowance rules. News.com.au based its Daily Telegraph report …
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Aussie election results: Firewall wobbles

With almost all of the election results in, the future of the great Australian firewall looks ever so slightly wobbly. Broadband for rural areas may however be about to receive a significant boost. Just 150 members sit in Australia’s parliament, so a party with 76 seats has a majority. With something like 80 per cent of the …
Jane Fae , 23 Aug 2010
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Labor raids IT piggybank to grease election promises

Labor will cut Australia's IT budget to pay for election pledges. This is how it will work. The Gillard government expects to save more than $1bn over four years through better procurement practices introduced by the IT efficiency expert Peter Gershon in 2008. The savings were to be "quarantined" to fund new IT projects. But …
Drew Cullen, 4 Aug 2010
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US Justice to ratchet tech no-poach probe

The US Department of Justice is about ready to ratchet an investigation into what could be salary fixing in the tech industry, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter. Antitrust lawsuits usually focus on the effects that collusion among providers of a good or service to fix prices or carve up markets, …

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