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Employees work on automobile parts at a production line at the BMW factory in Shenyang, China, on Nov. 22. Twelve percent of workers in China could need to switch jobs by 2030, researchers say. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sidewalk Labs, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, is partnering with Toronto to redesign part of the city's eastern waterfront as a high-tech urban neighborhood. Sidewalk Labs hide caption

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A Google-Related Plan Brings Futuristic Vision, Privacy Concerns To Toronto

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Ellen Pao sued her former employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, alleging she was discriminated against and sexually harassed. She lost the case but is seen as a leading voice on harassment in Silicon Valley. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Struggling For Investments, Silicon Valley Women Reluctant To Speak Out On Harassment

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivers a keynote address at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. He has admitted facing Amazon in video is a challenge. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Once Dominant, Netflix Faces An Increasing Number Of Video Challengers

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Police form a perimeter around the road leading to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino after a gunman killed 59 people and injured more than 500 others when he opened fire Sunday night on a country music concert in Las Vegas. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Facebook, Google Spread Misinformation About Las Vegas Shooting. What Went Wrong?

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Ellen Pao is a tech investor, co-founder of inclusion nonprofit Project Include, and former Reddit CEO. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Silicon Valley's Ellen Pao Tackles Sex Discrimination, Workplace Diversity In Memoir

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Nikol Szymul staffs a reception desk at Amazon offices in downtown Seattle. Online retail powerhouse Amazon is searching for a second headquarters location, which an official from Toronto has called "the Olympics of the corporate world." Glenn Chapman/Getty Images hide caption

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Cities Try Convincing Amazon They're Ready For Its New Headquarters

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A man uses his mobile phone near an Apple store logo in Beijing. The latest iPhone is expected to include facial recognition as an unlocking feature but do away with the home button. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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On iPhone's 10th Anniversary, Apple Has A Go At A Big Redesign

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Democratic congressional candidate Regina Bateson (left) speaks with local resident Paige Stauss outside a public library in Granite Bay, Calif., following a campaign event. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption

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Thinking Of Running For Office? A Website Lets You Test The Waters

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White nationalist Richard Spencer's free speech fight against Google, Facebook and other tech companies has some unlikely support from the left. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

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Harvey Mudd College students Ellen Seidel and Christine Chen work on a summer research project in computer science. Harvey Mudd College hide caption

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Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai says that he supports the right of workers to express themselves but that a senior engineer's memo had gone too far. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Google CEO Cuts Vacation Short To Deal With Crisis Over Diversity Memo

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For the business to survive, Uber has to repair its relationship with drivers, which leaders at the company say is "broken." Liam James Doyle/NPR hide caption

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To Keep Drivers From Leaving, Uber Tries To Treat Them Better

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Some companies find that real-time technology demands have forced them to curb their work-from-home policies, even as a growing number of employers continue to embrace remote work. Dean Mitchell/Getty Images/iStock hide caption

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Some Employers Are Rethinking Telework, Citing A Need For Better Collaboration

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Companies are trying geofencing, which uses GPS and radio frequency identification to set up a virtual, wireless perimeter so that cellphone users in that area receive messages or advertisements on their phones. Rawpixel/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Recruiters Use 'Geofencing' To Target Potential Hires Where They Live And Work

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A new urban district and an annual big-data expo have arisen in recent years as the centerpiece of the high-tech industry in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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A Remote Chinese Province Uses Its Climate To Grow A Big-Data Industry

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A driver uses his smartphone to pay the highway toll with Alipay, an app of Alibaba's online payment service, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, A Cashless Trend Is Taking Hold With Mobile Payments

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Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, pictured here at a Vanity Fair summit in October 2016, resigned abruptly this week as the company's CEO after weeks of scandals about workplace culture. Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair hide caption

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After CEO Resignation, Is Uber Kalanick-less Or Kalanick-free?

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Robots move racks of merchandise at an Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif. When a robot finds its storage unit, it glides underneath, lifts it up and then delivers it to a worker. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Online Retail Boom Means More Warehouse Workers, And Robots To Accompany Them

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Freada Kapor Klein stands on a staircase at the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, Calif. She is a high profile investor, who invested early on with Uber. She has used her voice and her money in a decades-long effort to promote more diversity in Silicon Valley. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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The Investor Who Took On Uber, And Silicon Valley

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Journalists at The Washington Post work in a newsroom surrounded by screens showing its website and updated reader metrics. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At 'Washington Post,' Tech Is Increasingly Boosting Financial Performance

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An employee of Indian IT security solutions company Innefu Labs works at its offices in New Delhi. Newer fields, including artificial intelligence, will require highly advanced skills, analysts say. Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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India's Tech Firms Face Fundamental Shift From IT To More Advanced Tech

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