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In a week when Microsoft topped Apple as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, this also happened:
Apple announced a program that allows female entrepreneurs and programmers to attend twoweek tutorial sessions at the company’s Cupertino headquarters. The camps will be held every three months beginning in January. Apple will cover travel expenses for up to three workers from each accepted company. A group of Americans has filed a civil rights lawsuit in a U.S. federal court against Airbnb over its decision to ban listings from West Bank settlements. The plaintiffs said the San Francisco company is discriminating against Jewish West Bank homeowners and doesn’t maintain a similar policy in other disputed territories around the globe.
There were bound to be repercussions after Starbucks finally added a filter to ban porn from being viewed on its free Wi-Fi. Forbes reported that a vice president at YouPorn — yes, a porn site — sent a memo to employees banning them from having Starbucks coffee in its offices, starting Jan. 1. VentureBeat reported that Mountain View online education service Udacity is laying off 125 employees as it reorganizes, trying to shift its global strategy.
It was a bad week for substitute teachers, and those who employ them. Montville Schools in New Jersey apologized after a substitute teacher told first-graders that Santa Claus isn’t real. Not to be outdone, Lake Shore Elementary School in Maryland suspended a sub after she allegedly taped a second-grader to her chair.
Burger King introduced the “Dogpper,” a takeoff on its Whopper, strictly for pooches. People magazine reported that the dog-bone-flavored treat has a “flame-grilled taste.” People ordering a Whopper through DoorDash will have the option for a free Dogpper, too. Can a Catpurr be far behind?
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