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Today’s top tech news, Nov 9: Google revises sexual harassment reporting policies




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Joining Google in today’s edition of top tech news is Mphasis, Apple Store, Synyi, and a certain headmaster from Hunan


Google staff in Singapore stage walkout.

Google revises sexual harassment reporting policies – Reuters

Following a massive walkout of employees from its offices around the world, Google announced that it will finally change the way it handles sexual harassment claims, Reuters reported.

The company said that arbitration will become optional for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims, enabling lawsuits on those matters. Employees who have fail to complete mandatory sexual harassment training will be docked in performance reviews.

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“We recognise that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that … It’s clear that we need to make some changes,” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai in an internal note.

India’s Mphasis acquires US-based Stelligent Systems for US$25M – Dealstreet Asia

Bangalore-based tech services provider Mphasis has acquired US-based Stelligent Systems for US$25 million in an all-cash deal, Dealstreet Asia reported.

The new unit will be known as Mphasis Stelligent and it will be part of Mphasis’ Digital Business, with focus on enterprise customers.

The acquisition will give Mphasis access to over 50 engineers and 100 Amazon Web Services certifications from Stelligent.

Also Read: Google staff stage walkout to protest sexual misconduct, starting in Singapore

Apple Store to debut at Bangkok’s Iconsiam – Bangkok Post

Apple is set to open its store at Iconsiam this Saturday, which is located on the shores of Bangkok’s Chao Praya River, Bangkok Post reported.

Situated among historical sites and cultural landmarks, the store will be the first Apple Store to open in the country, featuring a full line of Apple products.

Chinese medtech startup Synyi raises Series B+ funding round – Dealstreet Asia

Shanghai-based Synyi, a provider of artificial intelligence-powered medical data solutions, has raised an undisclosed Series B+ funding round led by venture capital firm Xiang He Capital.

According to a Dealstreet Asia report, the funding round brings the company’s total funding to RMB300 million (US$43.3 million).

The funding round followed an RMB100 million (US$14 million) Series B funding round that it has raised from GGV Capital, Sequoia Capital China, and ZhenFund in May.

Also Read: Today’s top tech news, Oct 26: Google fires 48 for sexual harassment over past 2 years

Chinese headmaster fired for mining cryptocurrency using school’s electricity – South China Morning Post

Lei Hua, a headmaster at a local high school in Hunan, China, was fired after being caught stealing the school’s electricity to mine cryptocurrency.

Citing local news reports, South China Morning Post wrote that the headmaster was dismissed last month. He deployed eight ethereum mining machines in the school for “about a year”, which led to the school’s electricity bill to reach RMB14,700 (US$2,120).

It is said that the headmaster installed the machines in the school to save his home electricity bill, where the machines were installed previously.

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