Day: June 5, 2020

India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $1.2 billion stake to Mubadala – TechCrunch

Abu Dhabi-based sovereign firm Mubadala has become the latest investor in Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms, joining five American firms including Facebook and Silver Lake that have secured stakes in India’s biggest telecom operator at the height of a once-in-a-century global pandemic.

Mubadala said it had agreed to invest $1.2 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms for a 1.85% stake in the firm. The deal valued the Indian telecom operator, which launched in the second half of 2016, at $65 billion.

A subsidiary of Reliance Industries, the most valued firm in India whose core businesses are in oil refining and petrochemicals, Reliance Jio Platforms has raised $11.5 billion by selling 19% stake in the last seven weeks.

“Through my longstanding ties with Abu Dhabi, I have personally seen the impact of Mubadala’s work in diversifying and globally connecting the UAE’s knowledge-based economy. We look forward to benefitting from Mubadala’s experience

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Only 13% of the 2.7 billion deskless workers worldwide have paid sick time

Limited benefits, inflexible schedules, and exposure to the coronavirus are concerns for those working in industries such as agriculture, hospitality, healthcare, retail, and education.

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Despite how instrumental in daily life, deskless workers are getting the shifts and, unfortunately, the shaft. A new report from Quinyx gauged how deskless workers contend with new regulations, technologies, and global challenges, but are less likely to have health benefits, when compared to those who work in an office.

Deskless workers are people who don’t work in an office or corporate environment, but are farmers, psych techs, grocery store workers, hotel desk staff, sales clerks, and assistant teachers (among many others).

Quinyx’s report polled 1,200 Americans who identified themselves as deskless workers and the differences they experience, in regards to scheduling, sick time, wages, and communication, and found that they have major struggles with a work-life balance. Seventy-four percent go to work

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How to use Excel’s PivotTable tool to turn data into meaningful information

A pivot table in Microsoft Excel reorganizes data quickly into a meaningful report, and it’s easy to use!

Illustration: Lisa Hornung

Before Microsoft Excel added the PivotTable tool, you had to use summarizing functions and features to organize and analyze your data. It was often hard, or worse, elusive work. If you’re still working that way, you’re working too hard. Try Excel’s PivotTable tool to turn your raw data into meaningful reports. If it sounds too complex, it really isn’t. It’s a flexible tool that will help you be more productive.

I’m using Microsoft 365, but you can use earlier versions. You can download the .xlsx demonstration file or work with your own data. The browser edition fully supports the PivotTable tool.

LEARN MORE: Microsoft 365 Consumer pricing and features

What is a pivot table?

Excel’s PivotTable tool is easy to use, but if you’re not familiar, you might

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IBM AI Fairness 360 open source toolkit adds new functionalities

The new version expands capabilities of its discrimination and bias protection, bringing the tool to R users and scikit-learn.

IBM announced an upgrade to its artificial intelligence (AI) Fairness 360 toolkit on Wednesday. This latest release adds compatibility with scikit-learn data science library and R, and expands accessibility for a larger range of developers, according to a blog post. 

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The AI Fairness 360 (AIF360) toolkit was initially released by IBM on Github in 2018. The open source package aimed to help developers examine, report, and mitigate bias and discrimination within their machine learning models and throughout the AI application lifecycle. 

The toolkit itself contains more than 70 fairness metrics and 11 unique bias mitigation algorithms developed within the research community, designed to translate algorithmic research from the lab into real-life practices

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