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Tim Cook Inaugurates Apple Carnegie Library in US

“Avenues allow visitors to get hands-on with the latest products in the reading rooms,” Apple wrote in its blog-post

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has inaugurated the Apple Carnegie Library, which is the “most extensive historic restoration project to date”, in Washington.

Cook, along with company’s Retail Head Deirdre O’Brien, Marketing Chief Phil Schiller and city’s Mayor Muriel Bowser, inaugurated the library, which has over 200 employees, on Friday.

“Avenues allow visitors to get hands-on with the latest products in the reading rooms,” Apple wrote in its blog-post on Saturday.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new Apple iPhones and other products at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, California. VOA

Development on the Apple Carnegie Library began in 2016 and the iPhone-maker calls it its “most extensive historic restoration project to date”, requiring lengthy work on facades and details, Apple Insider reported.

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Running with the theme of the building – and possibly trying to counter controversy over the relocation of the library’s book collection – the store will be hosting a “StoryMakers Festival” series of events between May 18 and June 29, featuring 40 artists. (IANS)

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US Government Begins Probe into Google Over its Labour Practices

"Four of our colleagues took a stand and organised for a better workplace. This is explicitly condoned in Google's Code of Conduct, which ends: 'And remember... don't be evil, and if you see something that you think isn't right -- speak up.' When they did, Google retaliated against them," the employee activist group wrote in the blog post

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The US government has launched a probe into Google over its labour practices following a complaint from four employees who have been fired by the tech giant.

The four workers who filed a lawsuit against the company last week, claimed they were fired from Google for engaging in legally protected labour organizing, reports CNN Business.

The National Labor Relations Board has begun a formal probe into the complaint.

The tech giant has been accused of “union busting” and retaliatory behaviour after it sacked four employees for allegedly violating the company’s data security policies.

In a statement, Google said it dismissed four individuals who were engaged in intentional and often repeated violations of its longstanding data security policies.

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US begins probe into Google’s labour practices. Pixabay

“No one has been dismissed for raising concerns or debating the company’s activities,” said the company on Monday.

Google is in the midst of controversy over its strained relationship with employees.

In an earlier blog post on Medium, an employee activist group, “Google Walkout for Real Change”, said that the company is illegally retaliating against prospective union organisers.

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“Four of our colleagues took a stand and organised for a better workplace. This is explicitly condoned in Google’s Code of Conduct, which ends: ‘And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right — speak up.’ When they did, Google retaliated against them,” the employee activist group wrote in the blog post.

The new CEO of Alphabet Sundar Pichai faces extreme challenges as Google stares at several high-profile external probes into its alleged anti-trust market and data practices — from the US to the European Union regulators — including internal tensions with staff over discrimination at work and HR transparency. (IANS)

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