Alleged Firing of Eight Activist Employees at SpaceX Questioned by US Labor Board

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a complaint alleging that SpaceX illegally fired eight employees who wrote and distributed an open letter with workplace concerns. Circulated in June 2022, the open letter called out how SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk’s public behavior was harming the company’s reputation. At the time, Business Insider alleged that SpaceX paid a $250,000 settlement to a flight attendant that Elon Musk sexually harassed. As a result of its complaint, the NLRB regional director in Los Angeles will seek to arrive at a settlement with SpaceX. If SpaceX doesn’t settle, the company will face a hearing before an administrative law judge in March.

Upcoming Transformations to Google Play Resulting from US Resolution

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Google announced today that it will pay $700 million as a part of a settlement with the U.S. Attorney General for a lawsuit over Google Play Store. Third-party app stores and side-loadingFor at least seven years, Google will support app installs on Android outside of Google Play through different ways including third-party app stores. Google won’t force developers to launch their apps at the same time or earlier on the Google Play for at least four years. Plus, Google can’t stop them from displaying fees linked with Google Play or Google Play’s billing system. OEM clausesGoogle can’t enter a deal with phone makers to have Google Play as the exclusive app store on devices to place Google Play on the home screen for at least five years.

Google Agrees to Pay $700M in Play Store Lawsuit Settlement

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Google said today it will pay $700 million — $630 million to U.S. consumers and $70 to a fund used by U.S. states — in a settlement over Play Store reached in September. In September, the company reached a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by U.S. states and consumers originally filed in 2021. The complaint highlighted Google’s monopoly over app distribution on Android through the Play Store. Today, the company said it will expand the program in the country as part of the settlement. The company also said that it would make the sideloading process streamlined without giving any further details about the new process.

Activision Blizzard Settles California Workplace Discrimination Case for $54 Million

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Activision Blizzard, which publishes hit games like the Call of Duty franchise and World of Warcraft, agreed to pay $54 million and committed to implementing measures to ensure fair pay and equitable promotions. “If approved by the court, this settlement agreement represents a major step forward and will bring direct relief to Activision Blizzard workers,” California Civil Rights Department Director Kevin Kish said. Activision Blizzard operates out of its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. In February, Activision Blizzard agreed to a $35 million settlement with the SEC over its failure to “implement necessary controls to collect and review employee complaints about workplace misconduct,” ultimately obscuring that information from being disclosed to investors. Longtime Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, deeply embroiled in the years-long controversy, will depart the company at the end of the year.