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Twitter is latest tech giant to face gender discrimination claims. "A former Twitter Inc. female software engineer has filed a proposed class action claiming the company's 'black box' promotion process unlawfully favors men, the latest suit to highlight claims of widespread gender discrimination in the tech industry," Daniel Weissner at Reuters reports.
2015 is already the year of the health-care hack — and it’s only going to get worse. The disclosure of hacks against health insurers Primera and Anthem may just be the start of the medical sector's cyber security woes, the Switch reports.
Judge Rules Pao Can Pursue Punitive Damages Against Kleiner. "Judge Harold Kahn has denied a motion by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to rule out punitive damages for Ellen Pao in her gender discrimination and retaliation case against the venture-capital firm," reports Jeff Elder at the Wall Street Journal reports. "Pao is seeking $16 million in lost wages after alleging that she was passed over for a promotion and eventually dismissed from Kleiner due to unfair treatment at the firm. Punitive damages could now be added if Pao’s legal team convinces the jury that she was treated maliciously."
Should you download that app for your kid? It’s a hard question to answer. The Switch's Hayley Tsukayama explains how rating systems work in mobile app stores. Google is now pre-screening apps before publishing them on its app store and, starting in May, it will adopt a widely used video game ratings system to explain the content of apps.
FAA plans new steps to speed up commercial drone use: sources. David Morgan at Reuters reports people with knowledge of the situation say that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to reveal steps that "make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations."
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