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Former Employee: Google Maps Lacks ‘Scenic Route’ Option Because of DEI

A former Google Maps UX researcher has shed light on the company’s decision not to include a “scenic route” option in its navigation app, citing potential bias against low-income areas. The thinking of Google engineers in designing a product less useful for consumers is a clear reflection of corporate DEI policies.

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Wells Fargo Fires Employees for Faking Keyboard Activity While Working from Home

Banking giant Wells Fargo recently terminated several employees after discovering they were simulating keyboard activity to create the impression of activity while working remotely. The bank, like an increasing number of companies, uses technology to keep an eye on what remote workers are doing at home, which can range from eye trackers, screenshots, and tracking keystrokes.

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Elon Musk Hides Likes on X/Twitter to ‘Better Protect Your Privacy’

Elon Musk’s X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, has announced plans to hide all users’ “likes” in an effort to “better protect your privacy,” a move that has sparked concerns about potential blackmail, abuse, and the inability to validate post engagement — making it easier than ever for bots to distort and disrupt the platform.

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Miss AI: The World’s First Beauty Pageant for AI-Generated Models

In a major twist on traditional beauty pageants, the inaugural “Miss AI” pageant is showcasing contestants who exist solely in the digital realm, created using generative AI. Although the women may be purely digital, in the face of beauty pageants selecting transgender winners, Miss AI may be a refreshing return to traditional beauty standards.

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