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Christmas Gifts on the Way? Google Assistant can now track Santa for you and Crack Witty Jokes

Google has also added several Santa jokes to Assistant

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FILE - A man dressed as Santa Claus rides his sleigh, pulled by a reindeer, as he prepares for Christmas on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, northern Finland, Dec. 19, 2007. VOA

New York, December 19, 2016: With Christmas just a few days away, Google has integrated its famous Santa Tracker into artificial intelligence-powered Google Assistant letting a user to check the location of Santa by asking “Where is Santa” or “Track Santa”.

Android Police reported that the Google Assistant only provides a text answer in return instead of the full map of the desktop site (or mobile app).

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Google has also added several Santa jokes to Assistant.

“Asking ‘Tell me a Santa joke’ or ‘Santa joke’ will play a random Santa-related joke with a voice-over from Santa,” the report said.

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Also, Google Assistant can spin the Dreidel if asked to do so. All these new commands work on all variations of Google Assistant. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Ends Forced Arbitration For Employees Globally

Last November, over 20,000 employees staged a walkout at Google over forced arbitration

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company's offices in Toronto. VOA

After facing intense protests over sexual misconduct and discrimination at workplace, Google has decided to end the forced arbitration policy for its employees.

According to a report in Axios on Thursday, the new policy will go into effect from March 21 for Google employees globally.

The decision will not open the door to bringing lawsuits over previously-settled claims, said Google.

“Employees with disputes currently in arbitration who are still employed by the company as of March 21 will be able to choose to sue instead,” it added.

Google employees the world over have called for the practice to end in other cases of harassment and discrimination.

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

“Google appears to be meeting that demand for employees — but the change will not apply in the same blanket way to the many contractors, vendors and temporary employees it uses,” said the report.

Forced arbitration agreements require employees to waive their rights to make a legal claim in court and instead go through a private system, said TechCrunch.

Google also said it would remove mandatory arbitration from legal agreements it reaches directly with its contract and temporary workforce.

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Last month, Google employees took to Twitter and Instagram to educate the public about forced arbitration

Last November, over 20,000 employees staged a walkout at Google over forced arbitration. (IANS)