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February 20, 2014
Clothing company will raise wages for thousands of employees
- $10 will be the new minimum hourly wage for all Gap employees, according to an open letter that was published by the company on Wednesday. The jump will happen in stages, raising to $9 an hour later this year before moving up to $10 per work hour sometime in 2015.
- 65k people will benefit from the decision, including employees at the company’s various Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy locations around the US. In its announcement, the company stressed the decision was purely economic in nature, with CEO Glenn Murphy saying, “this is not a political issue. Our decision to invest in frontline employees will directly support our business, and is one that we expect to deliver a return many times over.” source
15:44 // 5 months ago
February 19, 2014
Heads up to University of Maryland students: You had your data stolen
- 309k the number of people whose personal records were stolen in a data breach at the University of Maryland. Students, faculty members, you name it—if you had an affiliation with the university since 1998, you had your names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth swiped. “We recently doubled the number of our IT security engineers and analysts,” UMD President Wallace Loh said. “We also doubled our investment in top-end security tools. Obviously, we need to do more and better, and we will.” source
20:04 // 5 months ago
Google unveils new plan to drastically expand Fiber coverage
- 33 cities will be getting Google Fiber, beginning as early as next year, if Google is able to move forward with a newly unveiled plan to drastically expand its fiber optic internet service. The list includes major cities like Charlotte, Phoenix and Portland, along with notable tech hubs like Mountain View and Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, and more rural towns in Georgia, North Carolina and Oregon. source
17:48 // 5 months ago
February 18, 2014
February 16, 2014
It didn’t affect a bunch of people, but this Kickstarter hack left a mark.
- two the number of people affected by an infiltration of Kickstarter’s servers recently. Despite the low number of people directly affected, the company is taking the situation seriously. “We’re incredibly sorry that this happened,” CEO Yancey Strickler said in a blog post. “We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting.” source
18:56 // 5 months ago
February 12, 2014
Latest snowstorms leave hundreds of thousands without power
- 200K+ people in the state of Georgia have lost power during the latest round of winter storms to batter the South during what has been (for many states) one of the coldest seasons on record. Similar, though smaller-scale, problems have also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and a number of other southern states. Though Wednesday’s cold weather didn’t lead to the same gridlock and isolation as last month’s snowstorm, it does offer the latest example of the sorts of problems that even public notices can’t fix, and has already led President Obama to approve new federal relief funding for the state. source
15:14 // 5 months ago
February 11, 2014
German officials discover more paintings stolen by Nazi-era art dealer
- 1,406 pieces of art from some of the world’s greatest painters were recovered from the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, after a raid by German police back in 2012. Since recovering the works, authorities have confirmed that 380 of the paintings were confiscated by the Nazis, and that number could increase as investigations of each piece continue..
- 60 more paintings were recovered from Gurlitt’s second home, including works by Picasso, Monet and Renoir, leading to calls for more transparency from the German government as it continues cataloging the hundreds of paintings discovered in the last two years. Officials say a preliminary investigation of the new collection has not revealed any works confirmed stolen by the Nazis, but Gurlitt’s lawyer says his client is willing to discuss returns and/or compensation with those who believe they have a claim to one or more of the paintings. source
15:18 // 5 months ago
February 10, 2014
Georgia is ready for the big snowstorm, this time
- 45 the number of counties under a state of emergency in Georgia ahead of a snowstorm expected to hit the region soon. This is a big change from the prior snowstorm, when no state of emergency was called—and the state became a nationwide laughingstock. source
21:17 // 5 months ago
February 7, 2014
These refugees survived a year and a half in one of the most conflict-laden cities in the world. They were rescued today.
- 83 the number of civilians living in Homs, Syria that were evacuated from the war-torn region Friday, a year and a half after fighting broke out in the city. “They were living on leaves and grass and olives and whatever they could find,” World Food Programme spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said of the refugees, many of whom appeared malnourished. source
20:18 // 5 months ago
February 5, 2014
FBI arrests two in California charged with running ponzi scheme
- $110M was lost in an apparent ponzi scheme that authorities say was run by two owners of a real estate investment firm, Pacific Property Assets, in Southern California. John Packard and Michael Stewart face eleven felony charges, including multiple counts of both bank and bankruptcy fraud. If found guilty on all charges, the pair face up to 320 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. source
18:19 // 5 months ago