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Google CEO Sundar Pichai said "employees have raised constructive ideas" which the company will turn "into action."

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Hundreds of Google employees in Asia walked off the job briefly Thursday as part of a worldwide protest of the company’s handling of sexual harassment cases and its workplace culture.

Hundreds of other Google workers and contractors, most of them women, are also expected Thursday to walk out of nearly two dozen company offices around the world.

The walkouts are the latest indications of employee dissatisfaction that escalated last week after the New York Times reported the internet giant paid millions of dollars in severance pay to male executives accused of harassment without disclosing their wrongful acts.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a news conference in New Delhi. VOA

The Times report said, for example, that Google paid $90 million in 2014 to then-senior vice president Andy Rubin after he was accused of sexual harassment. Rubin denied the allegations in the article, which Google did not dispute.

The report energized a months-long employee movement to improve treatment of women and minorities and increase diversity. The movement earlier this year included petition drives, meetings with senior executives and training from the workers’ rights group Coworker.org.

Organizers demanded late Wednesday that Google parent Alphabet Inc. add a worker representative to its board of directors and internally disclose pay equity information. Employees also asked the company to revise their human resources practices to make the harassment claims filing process more equitable.

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The logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company’s offices in Toronto. VOA

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said “employees have raised constructive ideas” which the company will turn “into action.”

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Dissatisfaction among Alphabet’s 94,000 workers and tens of thousands of contractors has not adversely affected the company’s share price. But employees have said they expect Alphabet to have recruiting and retention problems if the problems are not adequately addressed. (VOA)

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Now, Google Stadia To Work on Android Devices Like Samsung, Asus

More than 10 games in the first half of this year alone that will only be available on Stadia when they launch

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Recently, Google revealed that it will add more than 120 games to its its subscription-based game service 'Stadia' this year. Wikimedia Commons

US based search engine giant Google has revealed that its subscription-based game service ‘Stadia’ will work on some Android phones from Samsung, Asus and Razer starting on February 20.

“Starting February 20, you can play Stadia with even more phones. ASUS ROG Phone I and II, Razer Phone 1 and 2, and a variety of Samsung phones, including the Samsung S20 line, are all supported,” the company tweeted on Tuesday.

Users of every Galaxy S phone from the S8 and above as well as those of the Note from the Note8 and onwards will be able to play on Stadia. Meanwhile, Razer Phone and Razer Phone 2 will be compatible with mobile play, as well as the Asus ROG Phone and ROG Phone II.

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US based search engine giant Google has revealed that its subscription-based game service ‘Stadia’ will work on some Android phones from Samsung, Asus and Razer starting on February 20. Wikimedia Commons

Combined with compatible Pixel 2, 3, and 4 devices, Stadia will let you play games on more than 20 different Android phones. One can also play on tablets, laptops, and desktops, as well as TVs 2 through Google Chromecast Ultra.

Recently, Google revealed that it will add more than 120 games to its its subscription-based game service ‘Stadia’ this year.

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More than 10 games in the first half of this year alone that will only be available on Stadia when they launch. (IANS)