Microsoft probed over aim to double black staff numbers

The Microsoft sign is shown on top of the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California
The Microsoft sign is shown on top of the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California

Microsoft is being questioned by the US government over whether a diversity initiative amounts to racial discrimination.

The Department of Labor has singled out the firm’s pledge to double the number of “black and African American” senior staff by 2025.

Officials have warned the company the target appears “to imply that the employment action may be taken on the basis of race”.

Microsoft denies the accusation.

“We are clear that the law prohibits us from discriminating on the basis of race,” the firm’s lawyer Dev Stahlkopf blogged.

“We also have affirmative obligations as a company that serves the federal government to continue to increase the diversity of our workforce, and we take those obligations very seriously.

“One thing remains true of all our programmes. We hire and promote the most-qualified person. And nothing we announced

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Xbox One Achieved Critical Acclaim, Big Engagement Numbers Ahead Of Xbox Series X Release

KEY POINTS

  • The Xbox One set several records for the year in terms of engagement and critical approval
  • Xbox Game Studios released 15 games this year, 10 of which are new titles
  • Microsoft is preparing to launch the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S in November

With a little over a month to go before Microsoft unleashes its next-generation consoles to the world, the company took some time to celebrate the achievements of the current-generation Xbox One.

Prior to the launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on Nov. 10, Microsoft flexed some of the Xbox One’s achievements over the past year, particularly in terms of engagement with their target audience, GameSpot first reported. 

Aaron Greenberg, general manager of Xbox Games Marketing at Microsoft, posted on the Xbox Wire that the company had a record-breaking year for games in the form of 15 Xbox Game Studio games

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Tesla’s Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

In recent months, Tesla skeptics have argued that the company’s growth had stalled. After delivering a record-breaking 83,500 vehicles in the third quarter of 2018, the company’s deliveries grew only modestly in the next few quarters: 97,000 in the third quarter of 2019, for example, and 90,650 in the second quarter of 2020.

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But Tesla’s Q3 2020 numbers, released Friday morning, put those concerns to rest. Tesla says it shipped 139,300 vehicles in the third quarter of 2020. That’s up 53 percent from last quarter and up 45 percent from a year earlier. It’s also up 24 percent from Tesla’s previous best quarter—the fourth quarter of 2019.

The number slightly exceeded the consensus forecast of Wall Street analysts, but Tesla’s

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