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LinkedIn Pays $6M in Unpaid Wages, Damages (USA Today)
Professional networking service LinkedIn has agreed to pay nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to 359 current and former employees, the Labor Department said on Monday. The U.S. Department of Labor said an investigation found LinkedIn Corp. in violation of overtime and record-keeping rules that are part of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Bloomberg Businessweek “Talent is LinkedIn’s number one priority, so of course, we were eager to work closely with the Department of Labor to quickly and equitably rectify this situation,” Shannon Stubo, a spokeswoman for Mountain View, California-based LinkedIn said in a statement. LinkedIn is also providing compliance training for its workforce and distribute its policy about working overtime. The Wall Street Journal Stubo said the Labor Department investigation focused on a “small subset” of the company’s sales force in offices in California, Illinois and New York. LinkedIn said it had 2,400 salespeople as of June 30. Reuters The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that non-exempt workers, who are not salaried managers, be paid the federal minimum hourly wage of $7.25 plus overtime pay at the minimum rate of 1.5 times the regular hourly rate for hours worked past 40 in a given work week. LinkedIn’s shares closed at $202.50 on Monday, up 0.4 percent on a day when the major U.S. stock indexes bounced back after Friday’s sharp selloff. CNN Money “Off the clock hours are all too common for the American worker,” Susana Blanco, director of the Labor Department’s San Francisco office, said in a statement. “This practice harms workers, denies them the wages they have rightfully earned and takes away time with families.”
Facebook for Windows Phone Overhauled (AllFacebook)
A “major update” for Facebook for Windows Phone was announced by Microsoft Monday, and the updated application includes support for the recently released Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone. The update also includes support for more languages and the ability to upload videos taken with Windows Phone devices directly into the app and features for Windows Phone 8.1 users.
Twitter is Testing Showing You Tweets from Accounts Your Friends Follow (The Next Web)
Twitter tests new features on unsuspecting accounts all the time. The latest experiment involves showing tweets to users from accounts that they don’t follow, but instead from accounts their friends follow.
Puma to Be First to Test Twitter’s ‘Flock to Unlock’ Ad Program (AllTwitter)
Twitter is rolling out a new advertising program called Flock to Unlock and has partnered with Puma for the launch. Twitter teased the Flock to Unlock feature last month in their video about driving business sales. The idea is to “unlock” a deal only when a certain number of followers retweet a particular message.
Nielsen Data Shows Mobile Devices & Social Networks are Making TV Better (VentureBeat)
Social media is making the “vast wasteland” of TV a better place. Not only is it helping TV producers understand their audience and improve their shows, using a second screen actually increases viewers’ enjoyment of those shows.
How Social TV Advertisers May Begin to Leverage Promoted Retweets (LostRemote)
In a recent post on the SocialRank blog, the company highlighted a recent trend in the Twitter advertising landscape: promoted retweets. Rather than using Twitter’s hallmark advertising solution to promote their own tweets, more and more brands are promoting tweets by others about the brand.
Gmail Image Scanner Helps Apprehend Sex Offender (SocialTimes)
A Houston man was arrested for possession of child pornography, after Google Mail detected images of child porn in his personal email correspondence. After Google notified Houston police, a search warrant was obtained in order to find more alarming evidence.
Why Your High School Classmates are Unfriending You (SocialTimes)
High school friends were more commonly unfriended for posting too often about polarizing topics and posting too frequently about unimportant topics compared to other friend types. Many people become Facebook friends with people from high school more for social surveillance purposes than to keep in touch with them on a more personal level.
Walmart.com Tries to Go Modern with Mobile-Focused Redesign (CNET)
Walmart has redone its website in hopes of keeping up with its online competitors, including e-commerce giant Amazon. With the new site, launched Monday, Walmart promised an improved personalized search engine, more in-depth product pages and a mobile-friendly layout, while also continuing to pay attention to one of its main advantages over Amazon — physical stores.