Google Tez records 4 lakh active users within 24 hours of its launch

Google Tez, digital payment app launched in India touched the benchmark of lakh active users on within 24 hours. The app launched by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley on Monday saw a total of nearly 1.8 crore gross merchandise, a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

Google tez, an app which allows the users to make the digital payments free of charge from their Bank accounts is being designed on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and is being made to work on the smartphones in the country. With a view of supporting the agenda of Digital India, the app is being made available in English and seven major Indian languages namely Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telegu.

In the partnership with four major banks – Axis bank,  HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and State Bank of India Google has put a step forward to explore the potential in the field of Digital payments in a developing nation.

On the occasion of launch Arun Jaitley said that the idea of Tez was in talks with Sundar Pichai, CEO Google from Januay, 2017. D.D Mishra, the Research Director, Tez stated that “It is too early to say whether it can be a game changer as evolution in this business is going to continue, but yes it has the capabilities to bring some disruption as of now.”

SOURCES: NDTV  , TOI

Google sued over gender discrimination

California (USA), September 15: Three former female employees of Alphabet Inc’s Google have filed a lawsuit against the tech giant alleging discrimination in pay and promotions against women.

Kelly Ellis, a former employee of Google, has filed the lawsuit over discrimination against the female staff in salaries, promotions, and advancement opportunities as compared to men. Hired in 2010, Ellis was appointed at a college graduate level even though she had despite having an experience of four years.

The other plaintiffs, apart from Ellis include Holly Pease (hired in 2005), and Kelli Wisuri (hired in 2012) echo Ellis’ allegations of bias against women in promotions. Despite years of experience in their respective fields, the plaintiffs allege of starting their jobs in Google at lower levels as compared to their male colleagues. All of them stated their reason for resignation being “lack of opportunities for advancement for women”.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status covering women working in the largest search engine for the last four years. Filed in San Francisco Superior Court, the lawsuit comes at a time when Google is already facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor in sex bias in pay practices.

Google had earlier made headlines when a memo written by a senior Google employee, James Damore criticized diversity programs, giving out the reason for the underrepresentation of women in Google as being biological. Google later fired him.

News Sources- BBC, Reuters

Google CEO Sundar Pichai clears air on Diversity policies

On August 10 Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai cancelled a company meeting that was scheduled to discuss the controversial  memo that threatened diversity policies.

The crux of the meeting was engulfed around the personal attacks on the company’s employees from alt-right commentators. But more importantly, the meeting was called to discuss Google’s decision to fire engineer, James Damore, when he posted a memo on Google’s in-house network asserting that the small number of female engineers at Google was because women are genetically inferior or less-suited to software engineering as compared to their male counterparts.

Google then released a statement saying that Damore violated their code of conduct and were starkly against gender stereotypes.

Pichai, in a statement wrote, “Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall. “In recognition of Googlers’ concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion.” the Economic Times reported.

In a turn of events, Damore filed a complaint to the National Labour Relations Board saying he was subjected to “coercive statements” at the company

In order to clear the air on Google’s stand on diversity policies, Sundar Pichai addressed a coding event for women on the campus today and assured them in his statement saying “I want you to know there’s a place for you in this industry. There’s a place for you at Google. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise”.

Sources: The Economic Times, TechCruch

Google fires author of anti-diversity memo

Search giant Google recently kicked out the male engineer, who has been in the center of turmoil in the Silicon valley, after he wrote an internal memo asserting that there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the technology industry.

Confirming his dismissal, James Damore, wrote an e-mail to Reuters saying that on August 7 he had been fired for perpetuating gender stereotypes.

Damore also revealed that he was exploring all possible legal remedies and before he was fired, he had submitted a charge to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Google upper management of trying to shame him into silence, reported NDTV.

Talking about the case, Google which is a unit of Alphabet Inc said that it cannot talk about individual employee cases.

A note saying that portions of the anti-diversity memo violate their Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in the workplace was also sent to Google employees by the company’s Chief Executive Sundar Pichai.

According to the U.S. National Labor Relations Act, workers, whether they are a part of a union or not, are guaranteed the right to engage in concerted activities for their mutual aid or protection.

It is being said that the U.S. Department of Labor is investigating whether Google has unlawfully paid women less than men. The company, however, has denied the charges.

Sources: NDTV, Hindu