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Apple workers unite in first Union

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Workers at an Apple store in Maryland have united, becoming the tech giant’s first-ever retail employees to form a union

At the Apple shop of Townson, the motion was passed with a vote of 65 to 33, with about a dozen people abstaining.

This is Apple’s third store to launch a union movement this year, but the very first to succeed.

Dubbed the ‘Apple Core’ union, members say their bid is about gaining access to rights that they do not currently have.

“We did it Towson! We won our union vote! Thanks to all who worked so hard and all who supported! Now we celebrate… Tomorrow we keep organizing,”

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The first Apple U.S. Union follows a string of workers for other giants like Amazon and Starbucks.

Tech giant Apple saw the move coming from employees though, with the director of distribution and human resources, Deirdre O’Brien, addressing employees recently.

“If you’re faced with that decision, I want to encourage you to consult a wide range of people and sources to understand what it could be like to work at Apple under a collective bargaining agreement.”

“I’m worried about what it would mean to put another organization in the middle of our relationship, an organization that does not have a deep understanding of Apple or our business.”

Apple’s director of distribution and human resources, Deirdre O’Brien

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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Move over Black Friday, it’s Cyber Monday

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If you’ve still got a bit of cash left over from Black Friday sales, well today is Cyber Monday.

Officially kicking off today, the Cyber Monday sales are widely regarded as some of the biggest and best discounts you’ll see all year.

Some retailers are promising 80 percent discounts off top items.

Black Friday sales raked in a record $9.12 billion from online shoppers this year despite concerns about inflation and higher prices.

Inflation accounts for some of the increase this year, with people paying more to buy less.

Online sales for electronics spiked 221% on Friday compared to an average day in October, with top sellers including Apple MacBooks and watches.

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