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Tech Giant Google Sacks Dozens Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Shares in Alphabet, which owns Google, fell more than 3 per cent in New York after it reported revenues of $33.7 billion for the three months to September

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Google has sacked 48 people including 13 senior managers over sexual harassment claims since 2016.

In a letter to employees on Thursday, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said the tech giant was taking a “hard line” on inappropriate conduct, reports the BBC.

The letter was in response to a New York Times report that Android creator Andy Rubin received a $90 million exit package despite facing misconduct allegations.

Sam Singer, a spokesman for Rubin, denied the allegations, the newspaper said.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

Singer said Rubin decided to leave Google in 2014 to launch a venture capital firm and technology incubator called Playground.

Pichai’s letter said the New York Times story was “difficult to read” and that Google was “dead serious” about providing a “safe and inclusive workplace”.

“We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action,” he continued.

None of the employees dismissed in the past two years had received an exit package, Pichai added.

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Google sacks dozens over sexual harassment.
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According to the New York Times report, two unnamed Google executives said then-Chief Executive Larry Page asked Rubin to resign after the company confirmed a complaint by a female employee about a sexual encounter in a hotel room in 2013.

A Google investigation found the woman’s complaint to be credible, the paper reported, but the company has not confirmed this.

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Rubin has said he did not engage in misconduct and left Google of his own accord.

Shares in Alphabet, which owns Google, fell more than 3 per cent in New York after it reported revenues of $33.7 billion for the three months to September.

However, net profit soared $2.5 billion to $9.2 billion. (IANS)

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All New Gaming Platform! Google Launches Cloud Gaming Service Stadia

The tech giant believes that game developers will no longer be limited to computing and will be able to create games with "nearly unlimited resources".

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"It's a nice looking one with a dedicated screenshot button, a Google Assistant shortcut and a built-in microphone. The controller has two joysticks, four action buttons, a full-size directional pad and two shoulder buttons on either side," the report added. Pixabay

Google has unveiled its Cloud gaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) here.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the Stadia service during a special keynote at the GDC late on Tuesday.

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Google will also launch a game controller to use with its service called the Stadia controller. Pixabay

“This opens the possibility of Cloud-based gaming, which technically “streams” the game to a controller and display,” the GSMArena reported .

The platform is essentially a Cloud-based infrastructure where game developers would be able to design and write games to run directly on the Internet giant’s hardware at data centres.

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“It’s a nice looking one with a dedicated screenshot button, a Google Assistant shortcut and a built-in microphone. The controller has two joysticks, four action buttons, a full-size directional pad and two shoulder buttons on either side,” the report added. Pixabay

The tech giant believes that game developers will no longer be limited to computing and will be able to create games with “nearly unlimited resources”.

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Google will also launch a game controller to use with its service called the Stadia controller.

“It’s a nice looking one with a dedicated screenshot button, a Google Assistant shortcut and a built-in microphone. The controller has two joysticks, four action buttons, a full-size directional pad and two shoulder buttons on either side,” the report added. (IANS)