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Tech Hangover: Google continues to be a horrible company to its employees

To be fair, I’d still work there if they gave me a job.

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We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.

There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover

Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).

Google accused of firing another worker in union-busting drive

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Image: Aly Song / Reuters

Wow, this is such a shitty move from Google.

Google stands accused of firing a fifth employee who was suspected of attempting to organize a labor union at the search giant. Kathryn Spiers, who worked on the Chrome security team, says that she was fired for adding a pop-up to an internal browser telling colleagues about their labor rights. Spiers says that the company has “overreacted in an egregious, illegal and discriminatory manner. – Engadget

Apple’s new Mac Pro is its most repairable device in years

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Sadly, as it turns out, you can’t grate cheese with it.

iFixit has awarded Apple’s new Mac Pro a near-perfect 9 out of 10 score for repairability, dubbing the machine a “Fixmas miracle.” The repair specialists praised the computer for being easy to open, for having components that can be replaced without the need for any tools, and for even printing step numbers and diagrams directly onto components to aid with repairs. – The Verge

After Years Of Scandal, Facebook’s Unhealthy Obsession With Growth Persists

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Image: Axios

Facebook is the antichrist. Plain and simple.

Facebook’s growth at any cost mentality has birthed innumerable scandals over the past decade — election meddling, political discord, privacy invasion. Yet today, after repeated apologies and promises to do better, that mentality remains largely unchanged. BuzzFeed News has learned the company continues to evaluate and compensate product managers based mostly on their ability to grow its products, with little regard to the impact of those products on the world. – BuzzFeed News

Tim Cook’s Apple had a great decade but no new blockbusters

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Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images

When Steve Jobs was at the helm of Apple, it was an exciting company. Now with Tim Cook, it’s just boring.

How do you replace a legend like Steve Jobs and, at the same time, adapt to the slow decline of your most important, most iconic product? Those were the twin challenges Apple faced in the 2010s. Under CEO Tim Cook, the company has found some answers and flourished financially, but it hasn’t been without a few wrong turns and big changes to the very nature of its business. – The Verge

We Tested Ring’s Security. It’s Awful

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Ring lacks basic security features, making it easy for hackers to turn the company’s cameras against its customers. – Motherboard

And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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