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November 27, 2020, 3:00 PM

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Twenty-three current and former Coinbase employees allege mistreatment and racial discrimination, as some say the cryptocurrency startup ignored complaints  —  Coinbase, the most valuable U.S. cryptocurrency company, has faced many internal complaints about discriminatory treatment.
The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase shares an internal email on an upcoming NYT story alleging several Black employees had negative experiences, says it “will paint an inaccurate picture”  —  In the spirit of transparency, we're sharing an internal email that was sent to our employees earlier today: … All,
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Amazon has added 427,300 employees in 10 months, an average of 1,400 a day, bringing its global workforce to more than 1.2M, up 50%+ from a year ago  —  The company has added 427,300 employees in 10 months, bringing its global work force to more than 1.2 million.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon says it will give its US full-time frontline workers a $300 bonus and part-time staff $150 in December, totaling $500M+ for the one-time holiday payments  —  - Amazon said Thursday it's giving its front-line employees a one-time bonus in time for the holidays.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Sources: Facebook's Libra currency is preparing to launch as early as January but in an even more limited format with just one dollar-backed coin  —  Long-awaited project to arrive as soon as January, with just one dollar-backed coin  —  The long-awaited Facebook-led digital currency Libra …
Ars Technica:
Best 2020 Black Friday deals on smartphones, PCs and laptops, gaming consoles, wireless headphones, wearables, smart home products, storage devices, and more  —  We've picked through hundreds of early deals to find the ones worth your time.  —  The Black Friday deals have landed.
Sam Shead / CNBC:
UK to launch the Digital Markets Unit, a division of CMA, in April to “govern the behavior” of platforms that dominate the market, including Google and Facebook  —  - The U.K. government said it plans to create a Digital Markets Unit (DMU) to enforce “a new code to govern …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
SignalFrame, which claims its tech has access to 5M cellphones to track nearby IoT devices, received a $50K US Air Force grant to explore military applications  —  U.S. Air Force experiments with monitoring peripherals—from autos to fitness trackers  —  WASHINGTON—U. S. government agencies …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Over 16 million COVID-19 patients in Brazil, including President Bolsonaro, had their info leaked on a spreadsheet uploaded to GitHub by a hospital employee  —  Among those affected by the leak are Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, seven ministers, and 17 provincial governors.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Critics say Microsoft 365's productivity score feature is enabling workplace surveillance by letting managers track employee activity at an individual level  —  Tool allows managers to use Microsoft 365 to track their employees' activity  —  Microsoft has been criticised for enabling …
New York Times:
Staff and patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center describe devastating effects of treatment and test delays after a TrickBot ransomware attack  —  A wave of damaging attacks on hospitals upended the lives of patients with cancer and other ailments.  “I have no idea what to do,” one said.

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