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Retail investment platform Tulipshare is campaigning to hold Salesforce to account for its lack of racial diversity

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Published: 10 Jun 2022 15: 40

Retail investment firm Tulipshare has had a proposal calling for an independent audit of racial equity at Salesforce rejected at the software-as-a-service supplier’s annual general meeting.

Tulipshare has issued a statement in which it says: “Despite a target to have a workforce made up of 50% of under-represented groups by next year, two in five employees [of Salesforce] are white. Since 2015, the company has only increased its percentage of Hispanic employees by 1.1%, and of black employees by 2.3%. In 2021 4.3% of Salesforce’s US employees were black.”

The investment platform aims at combining the collective voting power of individual retail investors to give greater influence at capitalist company AGMs.

It claimed, in its proposal to the Salesforce AGM, that “by bundling ‘women, black, Latinx, indigenous, multiracial, LGBTQ+ employees, people with disabilities, and veterans’ together to form the company’s definition of ‘under-represented groups’, the company can continue to mask its legacy on race”.

In its statement, Tulipshare cited the resignation of two two black women in prominent positions from Salesforce, citing a “toxic environment” and “disingenuous marketing around equality”. These were Cynthia Perry (a former senior Salesforce manager of research in technology business) and Vivianne castillo (a manager of design research innovation at Salesforce).

Antoine Argouges is the CEO and founder at Tulipshare. He said that while we were disappointed that the proposal was not passed today [9 June],, this vote was only the beginning of the fight for racial equality in tech. We conducted a poll for this campaign and found that people are more likely to experience racism working in tech. Tech companies must address racism and microaggressions at work immediately. Shareholders must realize their potential to impact racial equality in society.

“Salesforce has not yet disclosed the full outcome of the vote, but once the results are published, we will consider our options for continuing the fight for racial equity at Salesforce.”

Salesforce has a reputation for being progressive and an innovator in diversity and inclusion. It appointed its first chief equality officer, Tony Prophet, in 2016. He retired in July 2021. The supplier provides a quarterly update on its progress on equality.

It is not the only Silicon Valley company that presents a positive image but has a poor record in hiring black people. Workday admitted, at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, that black workers made up less than 3% of its workforce, despite 13% of the US population being African American.

The HR software-as-a-service supplier pledged to do better and was reporting some progress in mid-2021, although still only 2.8% of its total US workforce was black.

Tulipshare cited, in its statement about the vote at the Salesforce AGM, Perry’s 2021 resignation post on LinkedIn, in which said she had “experienced countless microaggressions and inequity during my time at Salesforce”.

Castillo stated in her LinkedIn resignation letter that she was initially attracted to Salesforce by a number of reasons but was convinced by their equality value. I quickly learned that what has been marketed externally is far from the reality of how that value plays out internally.”

Tulipshare stated in its statement that it was seeking an independent audit from third parties with input from civil rights organizations and communities where Salesforce operates. This will provide greater transparency into diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) metrics at Salesforce and how they can be improved. This report will give greater transparency on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), metrics at Salesforce and how to improve .

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

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A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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