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Google is investigating executives for allegations of harassment

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No company has a perfect working environment, and Google does not escape this claim. Alphabet (Google’s proprietary business conglomerate) has hired an outside law firm to review sexual harassment cases at Google.

However, they are not company employees but high-level executives. From legal department officials to one of the founders of Android, cases are being investigated by third parties on suspicions that not enough action is being taken.

Some of the cases refer to 2013, and Alphabet intends to investigate the measures taken and possibly reopen the cases, if necessary.

David Drummond and Andy Rubin are the most media cases

Google lawyer and legal department leader David Drummond was recently involved in a sex scandal after his involvement with several colleagues was confirmed. Drummond cheated on his wife and had a son with Jennifer Blakely, one of the team’s lawyers.

Personal relationships between managers and team members are against Google’s human resources rules. However, the case was “muffled” as Blakely was simply placed in a sales department while Drummond retained his position.

As for Andy Rubin, one of the founders of Android, the case is more “pointy”. In 2013, Rubin allegedly convinced a co-worker to do her sexual favors in a hotel room. The case was exposed by the New York Times that led to Rubin’s departure from the company, with compensation of $ 90 million.

In 2018, company employees spoke out

A year ago, several Google employees gathered in New York to protest how the company deals with sexual harassment. The protest includes officials not only from the US but also from England, Germany and Japan.

In response, Sundar Pichai stated at the time that about 48 senior employees of the company were fired on harassment charges. The situation does not seem to have improved as the Alphabet decided to take legal action and investigate the cases.

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HTC reveals sales from 2019 so far. The decline continues.

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HTC shared its results for the month of October and are not encouraging for Taiwanese manufacturer. October generated only $ 21 million in revenue, most of which comes from mobile phones and the rest from other business as virtual reality (HTC Vive).

By comparison, HTC generated 41 million in revenue during September following the introduction of some entry-level models. However, October registered a decrease of 48% with an annual decrease of 49% compared to the same period in 2018.

Over the past year, HTC has laid off about 25 percent of its employees as a measure to cut costs. It is already well known that HTC is the brand that is suffering the most in the mobile phone market, even more so than LG and Sony, which have lucrative deals in other markets such as televisions, for example.

HTC’s new CEO has already admitted that the company has stopped innovating

This year marked the departure of Cher Wang, the company’s longtime CEO, being replaced by Yves Maitre. The new CEO admitted in a September interview that HTC simply “failed to innovate in mobile phone hardware.”

The CEO added that companies like Apple, Samsung and Huawe did a great job of keeping their equipment relevant, something HTC has failed to do. Maitre says it was due to the investment of resources and time in virtual reality.

However, we know this is “throwing sand at the eyes”. In addition to lack of innovation, HTC continued to drive unattractive pricing at its top end, failing to win back the European and US markets.

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Tesla will present its first ‘pickup van’ on November 21

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Tesla will present its first 'pickup van' on November 21

It has long been awaited the presentation of Tesla’s pickup truck, but this insistence on not being revealed. However, that will change soon, as Elon Musk has already confirmed his date of presentation.

In his Twitter profile, Tesla CEO confirms the unveiling of this new vehicle for November 21 in Los Angeles. Musk refers to this “pickup van” as “Cybertruck”, which further increases the expectation around the vehicle.

Elon Musk has long promised a bold design for Tesla’s next product. The builder’s founder referred to his first “pickup van” as the output of a science fiction movie. Something that has already led to the creation of several bold concepts for this vehicle.

Elon Musk also makes reference to the movie Blade Runner and the date of his action as being “strangely familiar”. In fact, Ridley Scott’s classic film projects a November 2019 where we would have, among other things, flying cars.

Certainly the Tesla van will not have flying capabilities, but what we see in this classic movie may give us some clues to the design of this new vehicle.

 

Tesla pickup truck will be inspired by Ford F-150

At a shareholder meeting, Elon Musk already mentioned that the next Tesla vehicle will be inspired by the famous Ford F-150. It was even hinted that Tesla’s proposal might outperform its counterpart.

Anyway, it’s time for Tesla to bet on this segment. Ford already has an electric prototype F-150 and Rivian has also introduced an electric “pickup van”. That is, Tesla will not be a pioneer in this market, so it will have to be able to differentiate itself from the competition in some way.

Tesla vehicles are known for their power and their irreverent design. The last point has already been confirmed by Elon Musk, remaining to know the power of this new pickup.

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