YouTube Rewind 2019 Ditches Old Format After Last Year's Video Became Most-Disliked on the Platform | YouTube Rewind 2019 has been released in an entirely new format after last year's Rewind became the most-disliked video on the platform.

YouTube Rewind 2019 Ditches Old Format After Last Year's Video Became Most-Disliked on the Platform

YouTube Rewind 2019 Ditches Old Format After Last Year's Video Became Most-Disliked on the Platform

YouTube Rewind 2019 Ditches Old Format After Last Year's Video Became Most-Disliked on the Platform

YouTube Rewind 2019 Ditches Old Format After Last Year's Video Became Most-Disliked on the Platform

YouTube Rewind 2019 Ditches Old Format After Last Year's Video Became Most-Disliked on the Platform

YouTube Rewind 2019 Ditches Old Format After Last Year's Video Became Most-Disliked on the Platform
YouTube Rewind 2019 Ditches Old Format After Last Year's Video Became Most-Disliked on the Platform
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YouTube Rewind is an annual end-of-the-year video that aims to highlight some of the key trends posted on the platform. Rewind is released and promoted by YouTube itself. Last year's YouTube Rewind quickly became one of the most disliked videos ever within weeks of its release. No wonder YouTube is taking a different route with this year's Rewind. YouTube Rewind 2019 is out now, focussing on videos YouTube users liked during the year.

To start with, YouTube Rewind 2019 acknowledges the fact that everyone hated last year's Rewind. The video received around 16 million dislikes on the platform. The video starts with, "In 2018, we made something you didn't like. So in 2019, let's see what you DID like."

In its blog post announcing YouTube Rewind 2019, the company said, "we can't ignore the elephant in the room: Last year's YouTube Rewind, um, wasn't your favorite (to put it lightly...). So this year, we tried something different and looked at what you did like — a lot. Our Rewind 2019 video compiles the top videos and creators that you liked and watched the most around the world, from the biggest games to must-watch beauty palettes and breakout stars."

 

YouTube Rewind 2019 features clips from some of the most popular YouTube videos of 2019. The video features the most-viewed and most-liked videos across multiple categories and feels like a listicle.

Rewind 2019 includes the most-liked music videos, most-liked dance videos, most-viewed video games, breakout creators, and others. The video also showcases some of the new creators who joined in 2019 and quickly generated a lot of attention amongst users.

Globally, the most viewed creators according to YouTube Rewind 2019 are; PewDiePie, Felipe Neto, Pencilmation, Jelly, David Dobrik, DudePerfect, MrBeast, LazarBeam, Fischer's, and Azzyland. The video also features most-viewed video games, Minecraft and Fortnite.

Meanwhile, the response for this year's Rewind video seems mixed so far. Right now, the video has around 950,000 likes and 1.7 million dislikes. Initial responses on Twitter have been somewhat negative while comments on the video are poking fun at it. The video was released around 12 hours ago so it's still fairly early to speculate on the criticism.

YouTube Rewind 2019 was created by Portal A which has been making Rewind videos for YouTube since 2012. Separately, users who visit the YouTube Rewind 2019 page get to see the top trending videos of the year (for their country), top trending music videos of the year (global and for their country), as well as previous years' YouTube Rewind videos. In India, the top trending video was CHOTU KE GOLGAPPE by Khandeshi Movies, the top trending music video was Rowdy Baby from the movie Maari 2, and the top trending music video globally was Con Calma by Daddy Yankee & Snow.

OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T Pro Get Discounts in India Under 6th Global Anniversary Celebration Sale

OnePlus 7T, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T Pro Get Discounts in India Under 6th Global Anniversary Celebration Sale

OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7 Pro have received discounts in India as OnePlus celebrates its sixth anniversary globally. The new discounts brings down the price of the OnePlus 7T to as low as Rs. 34,999. Similarly, the OnePlus 7 Pro have also got discounted prices under the latest sale that is live until Tuesday, December 17. OnePlus is also offering instant discounts of Rs. 1,500, Rs. 2,000, and Rs. 3,000 on purchase of the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 7T, and OnePlus 7T Pro, respectively. Customers purchasing the OnePlus phones through Amazon, OnePlus online store, and OnePlus experience stores in the country are also entitled to avail no-cost EMI options up to six months.

OnePlus 7T price in India, sale offers

Under the sixth global anniversary sale, the OnePlus 7T price in India has been discounted to Rs. 34,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. This shows a Rs. 3,000 worth of discount over the launch price of the latest OnePlus smartphone. Likewise, the OnePlus 7T 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option is available at a discounted price of Rs. 37,999, down from the original price of Rs. 39,999. Customers can also avail a Rs. 1,500 instant discount using an HDFC Bank card.

OnePlus 7T Review

OnePlus 7 Pro price in India, sale offers

Similar to the OnePlus 7T, the OnePlus 7 Pro price in India has been slashed to Rs. 42,999 for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. This was launched earlier this year at Rs. 52,999. The OnePlus 7 Pro 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant has also received a discount and is available at Rs. 39,999 under the latest sale. Further, there is an instant discount worth Rs. 2,000 on transactions made through HDFC Bank credit or debit card.

OnePlus 7 Pro Review

OnePlus 7T Pro price in India, sale offers

Customers choosing the OnePlus 7T Pro can avail an instant discount worth Rs. 3,000. OnePlus is additionally offering an additional cashback of up to Rs. 2,000 for customers exchanging their old OnePlus devices in lieu of any OnePlus 7-series model. Furthermore, there are no-cost EMI options up to six months.

OnePlus smartphone Original Price (Rs.) Discounted Price (Rs.)
OnePlus 7T 8+128GB 37,999 34,999
OnePlus 7T 8+256GB 39,999 37,999
OnePlus 7 Pro 6+128GB 48,999 39,999
OnePlus 7 Pro 8+256GB 52,999 42,999
OnePlus 7 Pro 12+256GB 57,999 53,999

 

To recall, OnePlus recently concluded its five-year celebration sale that was designed in commemoration of the company's fifth anniversary in India. The Shenzhen-based company started its operations back in December 2013, while it entered India in December 2014.

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Oracle in Court Over Allegedly Underpaying Women and Minorities by $400 Million

Oracle in Court Over Allegedly Underpaying Women and Minorities by $400 Million

In a rare public display of the alleged bias against female and minority tech workers, the Department of Labor made its case in a hearing Thursday that Oracle underpaid women, Asians and black employees working in certain roles at its Silicon Valley headquarters by $401 million (roughly Rs. 2,862 crores) over the course of four years, one of the largest federal anti-discrimination cases to go before a judge.

Over the course of the multi-day hearing, the Labor Department is set to call 21 current and former Oracle employees as witnesses to bring to life the statistical claims that Oracle violated equal opportunity statutes governing federal contractors. The agency alleges Oracle, the database management company founded by billionaire Larry Ellison, paid some women as much as 20 percent less than their male peers, or $37,000 (roughly Rs. 26.4 lakhs), in 2016. The lawsuit was filed by the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which audits companies with government contracts worth more than $100 million (roughly Rs. 713 crores) a year.

"The only thing worse than economic discrimination is economic discrimination subsidized by tax dollars," Janet Herold from the OCCP said during her opening statement.

During Oracle's opening statement, the company's counsel argued that Oracle does not discriminate and pointed out that the company is run by a woman, chief executive Safra Katz, who was sitting in the court room.

The hearing in San Francisco has broad significance for the tech industry because the allegations against Oracle are similar to the department's claims that other tech giants, including Google and Palantir, exercised systemic bias against minority and female employees in hiring, pay or promotion.

The first witness, former employee Kirsten Hanson Garcia, who worked for Oracle for more than 16 years, mostly recently in human resources as senior director of talent development, testified that during a meeting in the mid-2000s with top executives, the head of human resources said, "Well, if you hire a woman, she will work harder for less money."

Palantir, a data-mining company, settled the claims in 2017, while the department's investigation into Google has been mired in a dispute over access to compensation data. That makes the Oracle hearing a rare airing of testimony from the employees who faced alleged discrimination, as well as compensation data at a major tech company. Oracle and Google are also facing private pay, promotion, or hiring discrimination lawsuits filed by current and former employees.

In late November, Oracle filed a lawsuit alleging that the Labor Department's enforcement action was unlawful.

Google didn't respond to a request for comment. Palantir declined to comment.

Some tech companies initially tried to hide annual reports about workforce diversity, arguing that the demographic data was a trade secret. (Oracle and Palantir said the data was a trade secret as recently as 2017.) However, in the past five years, as scrutiny has intensified, more companies have acknowledged their struggles to have a diverse workforce. Some publish annual reports on the race and gender diversity of their workforce, which have shown limited improvement. But they are more reluctant to admit a pay gap.

Oracle's lawyer argued that the Department of Labor's expert witness compared employees based on broad job titles, and failed to take into account that a software developer who worked on Oracle's product PeopleSoft is valued differently in the market than developers who work on artificial intelligence of machine learning. Among the 6,000 or so class members, salaries varied from $45,000 (roughly Rs. 32 lakhs) a year to $17 million (roughly Rs. 121.3 crores).

In the Oracle lawsuit, initially filed in January 2017, the Labor Department also claims that Oracle preferred hiring Asians with student visas because they were dependent on Oracle's sponsorship to stay in the United States and could therefore be systematically underpaid. The department claims that Oracle's college recruiting program hired 500 graduates between 2013 and 2016 for product development roles at its Redwood Shores, California, headquarters, 90 percent of whom were Asian. During the same period, Oracle only hired six black people through the recruitment program.

The agency argues that pay disparities stem from Oracle's practice of steering women, Asian people and black people into lower-paying jobs and relying on prior salaries in order to set their pay at Oracle. The judge will rule on claims regarding both disparate impact and disparate treatment regarding women and minorities at Oracle. In a recent filing, the judge said that the government will need to show that Oracle's actions were intentional in order to prove its claims about disparate treatment, but it does not need to show bad faith.

Another witness on the stand Thursday, current employee Kirsten Klagenberg, vice president of customer programs and a 23-year veteran at the company, testified about an instance in which Klagenberg's superior allocated her 2,000 fewer shares than what was expected, while the same superior said he found an extra 1,000 shares to give to a white male employee who had a serious performance review issue that year.

Both witnesses testified that Oracle did not offer them training in applying affirmative action to compensation for individuals based on race or gender. Federal contractors are required to implement an affirmative action plan.

The case will be decided by an administrative law judge, not a jury, and is limited to the 2013 to 2016 time period only at Oracle's headquarters. However, if the agency wins, it plans to ask for back pay for discriminatory conduct from 2013 to the present day, along with immediate changes to Oracle's policies, as well as the cancellation of all of Oracle's government contracts and to bar Oracle from future contracts until it complies, according to court documents.

© The Washington Post 2019

Flipkart Leads $60 Million Investment in Logistics Platform Shadowfax

Flipkart Leads $60 Million Investment in Logistics Platform Shadowfax

Walmart's Flipkart has led a $60 million (roughly Rs. 428 crores) financing round in logistics platform Shadowfax as the online retailer looks to expand hyperlocal delivery capabilities.

This investment is part of a Series D funding that Shadowfax has received from Eight Roads Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Mirae Asset Naver Fund and World Bank-backed IFC.

Flipkart has an existing partnership with Shadowfax to fulfil logistics requirements across various categories in its e-commerce business.

"At Flipkart, we are focused on redefining customer experience, and hyperlocal is a key element to enable this transformation," Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Chief Executive Officer, Flipkart, said in a statement on Thursday.

"We have seen strong synergies with Shadowfax through our existing engagement with them, and their investments in tech-enabled innovations will help us significantly reduce delivery time and provide superior customer experiences across product categories," Krishnamurthy added.

Founded in 2015, Shadowfax currently enables delivery of 10 million monthly shipments across diverse segments ranging from hot food to grocery to fashion, electronics and other e-commerce items.

The company will use the funds to enhance the tech capabilities of the platform, recruit talent, increase the number of shipments to 100 million a month and expand its geographical presence to 1,000 Indian cities, Flipkart said.

"With the new round of capital infusion, Shadowfax plans to invest extensively in building long-term capabilities which are essential to developing an efficient and superior service quality ecosystem in Indian logistics," said Abhishek Bansal, CEO, Shadowfax.

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