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San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - BUSINESS REPORT -

In a week when Google didn’t have to search for dis­grun­tled em­ploy­ees, this also hap­pened:

 Red, a com­pany with roots in dig­i­tal cam­eras for movie pro­duc­tions, re­leased a Hy­dro­gen One phone, which has a holo­graphic screen that pro­duces 3-D visu­als with­out need­ing spe­cial glasses. The com­pany is hop­ing enough users will create and share their own videos shot with the phone.

 Try­ing to pro­tect its nat­u­ral beauty, the Pa­cific na­tion of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sun­screen start­ing in 2020. Banned sun­screens will be con­fis­cated from tourists, and mer­chants sell­ing the prod­ucts will be fined up to $1,000.  Ama­zon said it hopes to teach 10 mil­lion stu­dents a year how to code. The com­pany will pay for sum­mer camps, teacher train­ing and other pro­jects to ben­e­fit kids and young adults from low-in­come fam­i­lies who might not have learned to code oth­er­wise. It said it hopes the pro­grams spur more black, His­panic and fe­male stu­dents to study com­puter sci­ence.

 Reese’s set up a vend­ing ma­chine in New York for five hours Wed­nes­day so peo­ple could trade in their Hal­loween candy for Reese’s Peanut But­ter Cups, ac­cord­ing to Del­ish.  Google said it will give away $25 mil­lion to pro­jects that pro­pose ways to use ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to help create a more hu­mane so­ci­ety. Dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion in Sun­ny­vale, Google demon­strated how its AI tech­nol­ogy is al­ready be­ing used to di­ag­nose dis­eases, help peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, pre­dict ar­eas likely to flood and pro­tect en­dan­gered species.

 The owner of an up­state New York restau­rant who sex­u­ally ha­rassed em­ploy­ees was sen­tenced to six months in jail. Jonathan LaRock was ar­rested last year af­ter a 17-year-old em­ployee at his Howard John­son restau­rant in Lake Ge­orge told po­lice she had been sex­u­ally ha­rassed. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed LaRock had rou­tinely propo­si­tioned and sex­u­ally ha­rassed fe­male em­ploy­ees for years.  On Hal­loween, Sales­force

Tower de­lighted in­ter­net pe­ti­tion­ers who had called for the build­ing’s soar­ing dig­i­tal dis­plays to turn into the Eye of Sau­ron from “Lord of the Rings.” Sales­force chief Marc Be­nioff — who doesn’t ac­tu­ally con­trol the build­ing — had sug­gested Batkid in­stead, but the build­ing own­ers,

Bos­ton Prop­er­ties and Hines, went the fiery panop­ti­con route.

Gabrielle Lurie / The Chron­i­cle

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