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Google’s search tool to help job-seeking veterans
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new Google search tool will allow service members transitioning to civilian life to include their military occupational specialty code to find jobs that match their skills.
The tool announced Monday is part of the tech giant’s “Grow with Google” initiative aimed at helping Americans get jobs or grow their businesses. The program also is offering transitioning service members, and their spouses, computer training.
In addition, when users are searching for a place on Android or iOS mobile device or in Google Maps and open a business listing, a “veteran-led” designation will let people know which businesses are owned and run by veterans.
The initiatives are part of Google’s plans to spend $1 billion on nonprofit organizations helping to raise education levels around the world.
Uber teams with Toyota on self-driving cars
DETROIT (AP) — Uber is teaming up with Toyota to build self-driving cars for its ride-hailing service after its efforts to do it alone were derailed by allegations of theft and a fatal collision.
Toyota is also investing $500 million in Uber as part of the alliance announced Monday.
The deal will aim to combine the best features from the two companies’ work on autonomous vehicles into cars that will be picking up Uber riders in 2021.
Uber is turning to Toyota for help in autonomous vehicles five months after one of its self-driving cars ran over and killed a pedestrian crossing a dark street in Tempe, Arizona.
Uber’s expansion into self-driving cars suffered another setback last year when a Google spin-off accused it of stealing its technology. Uber paid $245 million to settle that case.
‘We are totally happy,’ says paid Amazon workers on Twitter
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is paying workers to defend the company on Twitter, reassuring critics that they make enough money to live and are allowed to take bathroom breaks.
The tweets are part of Amazon’s plan to combat negative headlines and online chatter about poor working conditions at its warehouses.
Amazon says the “ambassadors” are not told what to write, while some on social media have been skeptical of their cheery messages and called them bots. The company didn’t say how many workers it has enlisted for the program or respond to a request to interview them.
Workplace experts say negative tweets can be a turnoff to potential employees who have more options during a strong economy. Amazon will soon need to hire thousands of temporary warehouse workers for the holiday season.
Expert meet at new UN-hosted talks about ‘killer robots’
GENEVA (AP) — Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with “killer robots” — futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention.
The weeklong gathering is the second this year at U.N. offices in Geneva to focus on such lethal autonomous weapons systems and explore ways of possibly regulating them, among other issues.
Some top advocacy groups say governments and militaries should be prevented from developing such systems, which have sparked fears and led some critics to envisage harrowing scenarios about their use.
As the meeting opened Monday, Amnesty International urged countries to work toward a ban.
Amnesty researcher on Artificial Intelligence Rasha Abdul Rahim said killer robots are “no longer the stuff of science fiction,” warning that technological advances are outpacing international law.
Myanmar military chief among those banned by Facebook
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s powerful military chief is among 20 individuals and organizations that Facebook says it is banning from its site in order to “prevent the spread of hate and misinformation.”
The action Monday comes after the social media giant was criticized for being used to inflame ethnic and religious conflict in the country, particularly against Rohingya Muslims.
Some 700,000 Rohingya fled their homes in western Myanmar over the past year in response to a brutal counterinsurgency campaign by the military, which has been accused of massive human rights violations.
Facebook said it had also targeted pages and accounts that pretended to provide independent news and opinion, while covertly promoting the messages of Myanmar’s military.