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Elizabeth Merritt

Amazon Engineer Sues for Work From Home Costs | - 0 views

  • ybrid work requires the company to maintain office space and all the costs that go with that. If they have to pay people extra to work at home while still paying for office space, the work-from-home perk will likely be the thing that goes away.
Elizabeth Merritt

Hiring algorithms, artificial intelligence risk violating Americans with Disabilities A... - 0 views

  • The Biden administration is concerned that the widely used technology can screen out people who have disabilities that do not affect their ability to do the job; gamified personality tests could select against even slight mental disabilities, while software that tracks speech and body language could discriminate against physical disabilities that may be invisible to the naked eye.
  • A week ago, the EEOC filed its first algorithmic discrimination case — an age-discrimination suit naming several Asia-based companies operating in New York under the brand name iTutorGroup.
Elizabeth Merritt

Harvard says it will issue reparations after report details its ties to slavery : NPR - 0 views

  • Harvard outlined several next steps it said it would take in an attempt to atone for its involvement in the slave trade, including monetary reparations for Black and Indigenous students who are descendants of enslaved persons in the U.S.
  • The Ivy League school also plans to further partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through initiatives, such as appointing visiting HBCU professors to Harvard for one year and subsidizing summer, semester or yearlong studies at Harvard for HBCU students.
Elizabeth Merritt

134 NFTs Stolen After Bored Ape Yacht Club Instagram Hacked - 0 views

  • All told, some 134 NFTs appear to have been transferred to the hacker’s wallet on Monday morning, a number of which were Bored Ape assets,
  • The Instagram account belonging to the popular NFT collection Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) was hacked on Monday. According to BAYC itself, the hacker used the access to launch a phishing scheme that stole millions of dollars in non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from the account’s followers.
Elizabeth Merritt

The race to save the Internet from quantum hackers - 0 views

  • Even the most bullish proponents of quantum computing say we’ll have to wait a while until the machines are powerful enough to crack encryption keys, and many doubt it will happen this decade — if at all.
Elizabeth Merritt

Biden 'Billionaire' Tax Proposal Could Spur Changes in How the Wealthiest Give - 0 views

  • The change also could trigger a short-term burst of giving by donors who benefit from today’s tax rules and want to take advantage of them before the changes take effect
  • Another way the proposal could spur more giving is that is that some wealthy people might want to give enough away to stay under the $100 million annual threshold,
  • people would be less likely to hold on to their assets if they have to pay taxes every year on the increase in value.
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  • he wealthiest people often have extremely complicated, long-standing financial arrangements, including philanthropic planning that could negate any benefits for donating more under a billionaire’s tax.
  • Owens also noted that current tax law caps charitable deductions at 60 percent of adjusted gross income. If that provision remains in effect, wealthy people who hit that cap even before a billionaire tax is imposed may see no tax benefit from additional giving,
  • Economists who study taxes on the ultra wealthy say they think people overestimate the impact of new taxes on charitable giving.
  • “Sometimes people get the false impression that philanthropy actually is a roundabout way to save money on taxes that exceeds the cost of the gift, and that just isn’t true,” says Duquette. “If you give your money away, then even if you do get some tax benefits, you still have less wealth than you did when you started, so that’s not really a reason why philanthropists do philanthropy.”
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