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Apple Says it Hired 65 Percent More Women in 2014, Likely To Delay Its LiveTV Launch


Apple Says it Hired 65 Percent More Women in 2014, Likely To Delay Its LiveTV Launch
In an effort to boost employee diversity, Apple Inc claimed to have hired over 11,000 women globally in the past year which was 65 percent more than the company did a year ago.

While admitting that a lot more remains to be done as far as employee diversity was concerned, Chief Executive Tim Cook, in a message on the company's website, said: “in the first 6 months of this year, nearly 50 percent of the people we've hired in the United States are women, Black, Hispanic, or Native American”.

According to figures available till September 2014, Apple Inc had 92,600 full-time employees globally.
Based on several recent reports, there have been debates about how Silicon Valley tech companies did not pay attention to employee diversity and suggestions at how such companies could improve their employee gender and race ratios.

A couple of months ago, Google had reported that it had managed to increase the overall number of women in technical roles by 1 percent from their global hiring of women last year as part of the company’s attempts at improving gender diversity among the employees.

On the other hand, quoting company sources and sources close to the company Bloomberg reported that Apple would have to delay its live TV service to at least next year.

Live TV services over the internet had been planned to be rolled out by the company this year.

The progress in discussions on the issue with broadcasters like CBS Corp and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc were slow as the firms try to get into a licensing agreement to offer live TV through internet. The report suggested that Apple also had to delay the launch due to lack of content and lack of the computer network capacity to ensure a good viewing experience, which was to be announced on September 9.

However the company wants to get n with the San Francisco event in September with the offer of introduction of a more powerful version of its Apple TV set-top box.

There was a bit of good news though for another tech giant Google as the European Commission has extended the deadline for replying to the charges of market position misuse by an extra two weeks.

Failing to file a suitable reply would result in a possible billion-euro fine for Google. The deadline has been extended to August 31 from August 17, said a Google spokesman. Originally Google had to file the reply to the European Commission's charge sheet or statement of objections by July 7th and this is the second extension for the company.

Google was charged in April this year of distorting web search results to favor its shopping service.

"In line with normal practice, the Commission analyzed the reasons for the request. As a result, it has granted an extension allowing Google to fully exercise its rights of defence," Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said.

The charges that were placed against Google in April followed a five-year investigation which the tech. giant had unsuccessfully tried to settle three times.

Companies facing such charges by the Commission are liable to face penalties that can reach up to 10 percent of the global turnover of the companies.

(Source: www.reuters.com) 

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