OKC has 2 ‘Best Places to Work'
Two Oklahoma City companies have again made Computerworld's list of Best Places to Work in Information Technology. American Fidelity Assurance Co. came in at No. 26, and Chesapeake Energy Corp. was No. 68. It was American Fidelity's 11th straight appearance on the list. American Fidelity was ranked seventh among the list's small companies. “Our 200 IT Colleagues work diligently to create and manage software applications and technical infrastructure for our 1 million customers and nearly 1,600 colleagues,” said Kim Fisher, chief information officer. Chesapeake ranked 11th among the list's large firms. The Best Places to Work in Information Technology list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals compiled by IDG's Computerworld. The list is based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.
Apple gave data to NSA program
NEW YORK — Apple says it received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data for the six months ended in May. The company, like some other businesses, had asked the U.S. government to be able to share how many requests it received related to national security and how it handled them. Those requests were made as part of Prism, the recently revealed highly classified National Security Agency program that seizes records from Internet companies. Prism appears to do what its name suggests. Like a triangular piece of glass, Prism takes large beams of data and helps the government find discrete, manageable strands of information.
Google settles shareholder suit
SAN FRANCISCO — Google has resolved a shareholder lawsuit blocking a long-delayed stock split, clearing the way for the Internet search leader to issue a new class of nonvoting shares later this year. The settlement announced Monday came on the eve of a scheduled Delaware chancery court trial that threatened to cast an unflattering light on Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The class-action by the Brockton Retirement Board in Massachusetts and another Google shareholder, Philip Skidmore, alleged that Page and Brin engineered the stock split in a way that unfairly benefits them while shortchanging the rest of the company's shareholders.
Amazon German retailer struck
BERLIN — Union members at online retailer Amazon's German operations have begun a two-day strike to ratchet up pressure on the company over pay demands. The ver.di union says workers at Amazon's distribution centers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld began the strike Monday following three earlier one-day strikes since May. The union says Amazon's roughly 5,300 workers at the sites receive lower wages than their peers in the online retail industry. Amazon says workers are performing mainly logistical work and should therefore receive lower pay levels appropriate for that industry.
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