Google funded think-tank fired google critics

Barry Lynn, the critic of monopolies fired this week from the New America Foundation, insisted in emails to his superiors that pressure from Google got him and his Open Markets program terminated. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the think tank’s CEO, has denied that Google played any role in Lynn’s termination from the think tank. — source theintercept.com [...]

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Protest against hydropower plant in Sumatra

Dozens of indigenous people gathered in a village in western Indonesia last month to protest against the development of a planned 510-megawatt hydroelectric dam that threatens to evict them from land they hold sacred. The protest, which took place Aug. 24 in Luat Lombang village of North Sumatra’s Sipirok subdistrict, turned sour as violence erupted [...]

Google ‘segregates’ women into lower-paying jobs

Google systematically pays women less than men doing similar work, according to a class action-lawsuit accusing the technology company of denying promotions and career opportunities to qualified women who are “segregated” into lower-paying jobs. The complaint, filed Thursday on behalf of all women employed by Google in California over the last four years, provided the [...]

EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study

The European food safety authority (Efsa) based a recommendation that a chemical linked to cancer was safe for public use on an EU report that copied and pasted analyses from a Monsanto study, the Guardian can reveal. Glyphosate is the core ingredient in Monsanto’s $4.75bn (£3.5bn) a year RoundUp weedkiller brand and a battle over [...]