TIME Companies

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says Company Pays Men and Women Equally

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Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks to students during the Microsoft Talent India conference in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Graham Crouch—Bloomberg/Getty Images

Verifying the lack of a pay gap is difficult, however

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was criticized earlier this month for saying women should not ask for raises, said Monday that his company pays men and women equally.

“I checked that it is something that we are enforcing,” said Nadella, who has apologized for the earlier remarks, at a presentation in San Francisco, Reuters reports. “We are in fact in good shape. Men and women get paid equally at Microsoft.”

Nadella’s statement is difficult to verify, as Microsoft does not make its pay structure public. Nadella’s comments also seem to contradict data from the site Glassdoor, which reported — based on a very small sample of employees who voluntarily shared their salaries — that men seem to earn more than woman doing the same job. According to its figures, male senior software development engineers earn around $137,000 a year, while women with that title earn around $129,000 a year.

“We have made some progress,” Nadella said during the presentation. “We have a lot more to do.”

[Reuters]

TIME Mexico

Mexican Federal Police Take Over Towns After Students’ Disappearance

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Members of the Mexican Federal Police are seen in a street in Teloloapan, Mexico on October 19, 2014. Ronaldo Schemidt—AFP/Getty Images

A security official alleges there are links between gangs and local law enforcement

Federal police in Mexico have taken over 12 towns in the state of Guerrero after authorities learned of possible connections between local law enforcement and organized crime.

National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said at a Sunday press conference that the links were uncovered during an investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in the town of Iguala last month, Bloomberg News reports.

Earlier this month, Guerrero prosecutor Iñaky Blanco said that the gang Guerreros Unidos had worked with area police and killed 17 of the missing students. Mass graves were discovered in the area in early October, but remains in the first grave didn’t belong to any of the missing students.

More than four dozen people, including members of Iguala police and various alleged gang members, have been detained on suspicion of kidnapping the missing students.

[Bloomgberg News]

TIME Music

Taylor Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’ Is the Musical Equivalent of a Peppermint Latte

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Actress Taylor Swift attends "The Giver" premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on August 11, 2014 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris—Getty Images

The 1980s dance party arrived early

From Russia with love: the previously teased Taylor Swift song “Welcome to New York” was supposed to arrive in full on iTunes at midnight Tuesday, but thanks to time zones, as one astute Tumblr user pointed out, midnight came a little early overseas — and so did the song.

Swift says she named her album 1989 after the year of her birth because she was inspired by the decade’s pop music sounds. It showed on the Jack Antonoff collaboration “Out of the Woods,” but it’s even more obvious on “Welcome to New York,” which finds T-Swift dusting off cheesy synthesizers and a retro drum-machine beat as she sings of self-reinventing in the city that never sleeps. The lyrics are about as earnest as any fresh-off-the-bus New York transplant, but the song’s got enough pep to warm the frigid Grinch heart of at least one jaded New Yorker this season as they trek through snow and trash in search of a peppermint latte.

More importantly, “Welcome to New York” is the first 1989 track we’ve heard that features Swift doing something other than repeating the words of the title over and over again in the chorus.

Listen to the track here. 1989 comes out Oct. 27.

TIME legal

Facebook Suing Attorneys Who Pushed Allegedly Fraudulent Case

Though an old lawsuit against it was dismissed, Facebook is going after the lawyers behind it

Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg are suing the lawyers of man who claimed in 2010 that he and Zuckerberg had an agreement that granted him a major stake in the company.

Though a judge previously dismissed the claims of Paul Ceglia, a lawsuit filed in the New York State Supreme Court on Monday alleges that Ceglia’s lawyers continued their lawsuit in order to win a settlement despite knowing that Ceglia’s claims were false, the New York Times reports.

“We said from the beginning that Paul Ceglia’s claim was a fraud and that we would seek to hold those responsible accountable,” said Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, in a statement. “DLA Piper and the other named law firms knew the case was based on forged documents yet they pursued it anyway, and they should be held to account.”

Peter Pantaleo, general counsel for DLA Piper, one of the firms named in the suit, denied the allegations.

“This is an entirely baseless lawsuit that has been filed as a tactic to intimidate lawyers from bringing litigation against Facebook,” he said in a statement.

[NYT]

TIME Television

Sharknado 3 Will Sink Teeth Into Washington, D.C.

"The entire Eastern seaboard will be devoured by flying sharks"

First Los Angeles, then New York, now the nation’s capital — the third installment of the over-the-top original movie franchise Sharknado will partly take place Washington, D.C., SyFy announced.

But the third film in the so-bad-it’s-good series can’t just be confined to one location when it touches down in 2015. Oh no. This new Sharknado will only begin in Washington before it chews the scenery all the way down to Orlando, Fla.

“The entire Eastern seaboard will be devoured by flying sharks,” Syfy’s website reads. “No seaboard city below our nation’s capital is safe!”

Perhaps some politicians will contribute another round of memorable celebrity cameos.

TIME Television

New Ryan Murphy Anthology Scream Queens Coming to Fox

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“We hope to create a whole new genre — comedy-horror"

Ryan Murphy really loves his anthologies.

Fox has announced a straight-to-series order for Scream Queens, a new anthology series with hour-long episodes from Murphy and his Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 15-episode series will premiere next fall and focus on a college campus that becomes the site of several murders.

“We hope to create a whole new genre — comedy-horror — and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads,” Murphy said in a statement. “We’ve already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles.”

It’s the second new anthology series from Murphy coming to television soon. Earlier this month, FX, the home of American Horror Story, announced American Crime Story, which will devote its first 10-episode season to the O.J. Simpson trial.

[THR]

TIME Music

Hear Gwen Stefani’s Solo Comeback Song ‘Baby Don’t Lie’

A decade after she made her solo debut with Love. Angel. Music. Baby., Gwen Stefani is ramping up her 2014 comeback tour with “Baby Don’t Lie,” the brand-new single from the No Doubt frontwoman’s as-yet-untitled third solo album. (That’s not all she’s planning: in addition to serving as a coach on The Voice, the singer says she’s writing new music for No Doubt, too).

Stefani wastes no time pulling out the big guns for her return to dance music. Radio favorites Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Beyoncé), Benny Blanco (Kesha, Katy Perry) and Noel Zancanella (Maroon 5) are among the co-writers and co-producers on the track, which perhaps explains why “Baby Don’t Lie” isn’t quite as left-field and forward-thinking as her debut. Back then, she indulged her Japanese street-style inspirations, teamed up with No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal to raid the closet of 1980s pop and made high-concept dance tracks with Björk producers years before pop’s EDM fascination took off. Few songs on that album sounded like hit singles until they became ones. “Baby Don’t Lie,” on the other hand, though bulletproof, is what you’d imagine a hit song in 2014 would sound like before you even hear it.

In less capable hands, “Baby Don’t Lie” would leave a weaker impression, but Stefani and all her vocal idiosyncrasies find a way to make it her own. The singer has written many a great song about falling in love with someone who’s got a few skeletons in their closet, and “Baby Don’t Lie” is a worthy entry into that oeuvre. Consider this the amuse-bouche for whatever next-level music of hers Pharrell promised is coming.

TIME movies

Leo DiCaprio Teams With Netflix on Endangered Gorillas Documentary

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Leonardo Dicaprio at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards at Sheraton Times Square on Sept. 21, 2014 in New York. Michael Loccisano—Getty Images

Virunga hits Netflix and select theaters on Nov. 7

Leonardo DiCaprio is coming to Netflix — but not in the way you might expect.

The actor is teaming up with the streaming giant to release Virunga, a documentary directed by Orlando von Einsiedel that takes a look at gorilla preservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie follows a team of park rangers, one of whom is a former child soldier, as they try to protect endangered mountain gorillas from poachers.

The movie, executive produced by DiCaprio, will hit Netflix and theaters in Los Angeles and New York City on Nov. 7.

“Leo intuitively understands that there is nothing like the power of film to reach people’s hearts and minds,” Ted Sarandos, Neflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement. “With Virunga, we’ll work with Leo to introduce viewers around the world to an incredible, gripping story that will have audiences guessing right up until the final act.”

[THR]

TIME ebola

Spanish Nurse Tests Negative for Ebola After Contracting Disease

After she was diagnosed, the regional government euthanized her dog

The Spanish nurse who became the first known person to contract the disease outside of West Africa in this current outbreak has tested negative for the disease, her family announced to Spanish media.

Teresa Romero’s doctors said the results are preliminary and that more tests would be needed to confirm she no longer has Ebola, according to the BBC. (Her name has also been reported as Teresa Romero Ramos.)

The 44-year-old contracted the virus while caring for two missionaries who had been in West Africa. Both missionaries ultimately died from the disease.

Romero has said she may have contracted the disease while removing her protective gear. As a precautionary measure, the regional government euthanized her dog, Excalibur, though to date there is not a single case of dogs transmitting Ebola to people or people to dogs.

[BBC]

TIME tennis

Serena Williams Blasts Official’s ‘Sexist’ and ‘Racist’ Remarks

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World number one Serena Williams of the US attends a press conference ahead of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) championships in Singapore on October 19, 2014. World number one Serena Williams lashed out at "sexist" and racist" comments from the head of Russian tennis October 19 after he jokingly called her and her sister Venus the "Williams brothers". AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images) ROSLAN RAHMAN—AFP/Getty Images

Russian Tennis Federation head Shamil Tarpischev called the Williams sisters the "Williams brothers" and added "it's scary when you really look at them"

Tennis star Serena Williams commended the Women’s Tennis Association for disciplining the head of the Russian Tennis Federation for his “sexist as well as racist” remarks on a Russian television program.

The WTA suspended Shamil Tarpischev for a year and fined him $25,000 after he referred to Williams and her sister, fellow tennis champion Venus Williams, as the “Williams brothers” and said “it’s scary when you really look at them,” the Washington Post reports.

“I think the WTA did a great job of taking initiative and taking immediate action to his comments,” Williams said in Singapore on Sunday at the WTA Tour Finals. “I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying. ”

Tarpischev, who is a member of the International Olympic Committee, said the comments were a “joke” in a statement.

“I didn’t want to offend any athlete with my words,” he said. “I regret that this joke has garnered so much attention. I don’t think this incident deserves so much fuss.”

[Washington Post]

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