Tell LinkedIn users how to pronounce your name properly

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Tap the little speaker icon to hear the LinkedIn name pronunciation
Tap the little speaker icon to hear the name pronunciation
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If you’re applying for jobs and want to help recruiters avoid an awkward moment as they struggle to pronounce your name, a new LinkedIn feature can help.

It just takes a minute to record the proper pronunciation of your name and add the audio clip to the networking and job-search platform. Here’s how to do potential recruiters a solid — and how to have a little (possibly ill-advised) fun if you dare.

‘Culture of fear’ dominates Apple’s secretive satellite office

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Working for Apple isn't always a dream come true.
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People that worked for Apple through a staffing agency have revealed some grim details of what it’s like to work for Apple as a contracted employee.

Working on Apple’s mapping projects just a few miles from Apple Park sounds like a dream opportunity, but it turns out the Silicon Valley-based gig isn’t nearly as glamorous as you’d think. A new report about Apple’s temporary workers reveals the “culture of fear” contracted employees face.

Apple seeks hotshot editor to make Siri great again

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Sorry, Alexa: Siri still the most widespread AI assistant
Apple wants to evolve Siri into a distinct, recognizable character.
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Siri is about to get a huge upgrade in the way it answers users questions and searches.

In a new job listing posted today, Apple says it is seeking a writer and editor who can help evolve Siri from one of the most-criticized digital assistants into a “distinct, recognizable character.”

Leaked Apple memo details efforts to stop leaks

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Apple is cracking down on leaks.
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Apple issued a stern warning to employees this week about leaking confidential information to the media.

In a leaked memo detailing Apple’s efforts to stop leaks, the company says it caught 29 leakers in 2017. Of those caught, 12 were arrested. Apple told employees they are “getting played” by journalists and bloggers that approach them with flattery in exchange for information.

Just 5 U.S. companies beat Apple at hiring game

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LinkedIn based its observations on data from its 546 million+ users around the world.
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According to LinkedIn, Apple is the sixth most sought-after employer among jobseekers (or potential jobseekers) in the United States.

That’s pretty darn good, but it still leaves six companies people would rather work for. All tech giants, these include Amazon (in first place), Alphabet, Facebook, Salesforce and Tesla. The numbers are based on data from LinkedIn users across the U.S.

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Apple's building a huge team of data scientists.
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Apple hires YouTube alum to help with video efforts

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Apple is using YouTube vets to shape its video strategy.
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Apple is stepping up its video game by hiring one of the key employees from YouTube that helped the service become the world’s biggest video streaming platform.

Vijay Karunamurthy, who worked at YouTube in its early years and then went on to co-found the food rating app Nom, has reportedly joined Apple, though the company is staying tight-lipped on what he’s working on.

Apple backs transgender student in Supreme Court fight

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Supreme Court plaintiff and LGBT rights advocate Gavin Grimm.
Apple is backing Supreme Court plaintiff and LGBT rights advocate Gavin Grimm.
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Apple and dozens of other top tech companies filed a Supreme Court brief today in support of a transgender boy’s fight for equality.

In the case, Gavin Grimm, a transgender student from Virginia, is suing the Gloucester County School Board for creating a bathroom policy he says discriminates against transgender students by separating them from their peers.

Apple scoops up talent, tech from bankrupt music pioneer Omnifone

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Omnifone's tech is already inside Apple Music.
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To beef up its streaming music service, Apple has hired some key employees from Omnifone, a company that was a pioneer of in music streaming industry.

Rumors floated this summer that Apple was looking to acquire Omnifone after the company filed for bankruptcy. Instead of buying the whole thing though, a new report claims that Apple instead bought some of parts of Omnifone’s tech and workforce.