Votes against Amazon union lead after first day of ballot counting as company is accused by labor group of ‘illegal and egregious behavior’ in anti-union campaign (AMZN)

Summary List Placement Votes against forming a union at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, lead by a more than 2-1 margin after the first day of counting ballots. The National Labor Relations Board paused its public counting of Amazon employees’ ballots shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday with the anti-union votes leading 1,100 to 463. The NLRB plans to resume counting ballots again on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. While the remaining ballots are likely to be counted Friday, it could take the NLRB several weeks to announce the official outcome of the vote due to likely challenges from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store… Read More

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Another 500 million accounts have leaked online, and LinkedIn’s in the hot seat

Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images You might still be reeling from the news that personal information from 533 million Facebook accounts has been made freely available online. But now there’s another huge batch of people’s data floating around the web — including data from LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network confirmed. And the potential scope of the leak is huge: an individual selling the data on a hacker forum claims it was scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles, according to CyberNews. In a purported sample of two million of the profiles for sale, LinkedIn members’ full names, email addresses, phone numbers, genders, and more were visible, CyberNews found. LinkedIn,… Read More

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This WNBA team just got a ‘Stranger Things’ jersey

The WNBA has introduced new uniforms to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary, and the Indiana Fever got a “Stranger Things” jersey. | Twitter screenshot We still don’t know when ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 is coming out, but the WNBA has officially added to the hype We still don’t know when “Stranger Things” Season 4 is coming out, but the WNBA has officially added to the hype. Indiana Fever gets ‘Stranger Things’ uniform On Thursday, the WNBA introduced new uniforms to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary. according to Nike.com. Thanks to a partnership with Nike, all 12 WNBA teams now have three new game uniform editions. It marks the biggest jersey… Read More

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50 women begin serving as new Latter-day Saint area organizational advisers

Screenshot of the first meeting for the new international area organization advisers of the Church. The virtual gathering was held on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Less than a month after their new role was established, 50 women leaders in 10 areas on five continents have begun serving as international area organization advisers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The women met virtually last week with general women officers shortly before the 191st Annual General Conference. President Bonnie H. Cordon of the Young Women general presidency described the global event as “truly historic,” according to a church newsroom article.… Read More

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This webcam dares to ask: what if the panopticon had flesh?

Oh boy. | Image: Marc Teyssier Many digital eyes and ears are on us as we move about our daily lives. Surveillance cameras watch us on the street and smart devices listen for us in our homes. What if some of that watching happened through an expressive simulacrum of a human eye? Researcher Marc Teyssier took it upon himself to craft such a device, giving a webcam synthetic flesh and a moving eyeball, complete with brow and lashes. Observe: the Eyecam. Image: Marc Teyssier Hello. You can see it in action – blinking, glancing, emoting – in the video below, which also commands us to use our imaginations: Imagine Eyecam… Read More

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Avengers Campus is finally opening at Disneyland on June 4th, complete with aerial Spider-Man robot

An artist’s rendering of the new Avengers headquarters at Disney California Adventure | Disney After being delayed for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Avengers Campus will finally open at Disneyland, specifically at the Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim, California on June 4th, according to the company (via CNBC). The new area will bring Marvel Cinematic Universe characters into the physical space. CNBC reported the Avengers Campus will include character meet-and-greets with Thor, Black Panther, Black Widow, and other MCU heroes (and villains). It’ll feature a new Spider-Man ride as well as the existing Guardians of the Galaxy rescue mission — plus the debut of the… Read More

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Mariners’ James Paxton has reportedly received recommendation to undergo Tommy John surgery

The hope that James Paxton’s second stint with the Mariners wasn’t over as quick as it started appears to have been squashed. M’s Takeaways: What stands out from 3-3 homestand to start season Paxton, who left his first start of the season Tuesday after just 24 pitches with an arm issue, has received a recommendation to undergo Tommy John surgery, as first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Tommy John surgery is a prevalent procedure done these days for pitchers who tear the ulnar collateral ligament in their pitching elbows. It typically takes over a year for pitchers to recover from. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday morning on… Read More

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Canada/U.S. lumber dispute might be helped by pandemic lessons, diplomat argues

Canada’s top diplomat in the U.S. believes lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic about how reliant the countries are on each other for important materials stands as an example to help resolve the softwood lumber dispute. Canada was able to turn back former U.S. president Donald Trump’s attempt to stop exports of N95 respirator masks by pointing out how reliant their manufacturers were on Canadian suppliers, such as the Harmac Pacific pulp mill in Nanaimo, Ambassador Kirsten Hillman recalled. “Harmac was a really good, incredibly concrete example that we were able to use in the course of that discussion,” Hillman said, to demonstrate how restricting trade hurt both countries. And that… Read More

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Officials in Colorado and North Carolina pause distribution of J&J vaccine after minor adverse reactions

Summary List Placement Officials in Colorado and North Carolina are pausing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine after a few people experienced minor adverse reactions this week. As The Denver Post reported Wednesday, 11 people experienced reactions after receiving the J&J shot at a mass-vaccination clinic in Commerce City, just north of Denver. With over 1,700 having being given the vaccine that day, that comes out to less than 1%. On Thursday, Peter Banko, CEO of Centura Health, which was distributing the vaccines, said the company would pause while public health officials investigate whether there is an issue with the batch, The Post’s Meg Wingerter reported. There were… Read More

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Photos: Go inside the University of Washington’s new Hans Rosling Center for Population Health

The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health at the University of Washington in Seattle. (Kevin Scott Photos) A lot can change in the landscape during a year in which social isolation is the norm. At the University of Washington, the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health has been completed and photographs show a striking new addition to the Seattle campus. The 300,000-square-foot building is the physical home to the UW’s Population Health Initiative, launched in 2016 as a collaborative effort to address the intersection of human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity. The building was funded primarily by a $210 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and $15 million in… Read More

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