Hashtag Trending Feb 14 – IBM age discrimination; U.S EV charging stations; Apple raises pay for retail employees

IBM is under fire for age discrimination, the U.S. spends big on electric vehicle charging stations, and Apple to raise pay for its retail employees.

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That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. It’s Monday, February 14, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

IBM is under fire for discriminating against older employees in an ongoing lawsuit. The latest filing to court alleged the company used derogatory terms to describe its older workers, calling them “dinobabies” and discussing plans to make them “extinct”, Business Insider reported. It’s also used to support the claim that the company is trying to replace old employees with millennial workers. One IBM spokesperson denied the filing, saying that the company has never engaged in systemic age discrimination. He claimed that IBM separated employees because of changing business conditions, not because of their age.

The U.S. Department of Energy will be spending about $5 billion on installing more electric charging stations across the U.S. With this investment, the country will be a step closer to the goal of having half a million electric charging stations. Once complete, there will be an electric charging station every 50 miles along interstate highways. There were about 1.5 million registered electric vehicles in the U.S. in 2020, Gizmodo reported. The increased availability of charging stations will hopefully drive up its adoption.

Apple will allegedly increase the pay of its retail employees by between 2 and 10 per cent, according to Bloomberg. The pay raise applies to salespeople, Genius Bar tech support staff, and some hourly employees. There isn’t a flat increase baseline and not everyone will see a wage bump. If this rumour is true, then it could be another move made by Apple in response to the dynamics of the job market, wrote the article. Unnamed sources have told Bloomberg that the wage increase for Apple Store employees has started before the pandemic started in 2020. More than just talent retention, the raise also sought to establish wage equity between senior and newer employees.

Now for something a bit different. Coinbase’s simple and creative Super Bowl ad had people buzzing. Instead of extolling its cryptocurrency exchange service, Coinbase simply had a multi-coloured QR code bounce around on the screen for a full minute, the entire duration of its ad spot. When scanned, the QR code directed the viewers to the signup page, which also notified them of a sign-on bonus of $15 in bitcoin.

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT Business. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected]

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