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http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/10/22/498954253/voice-actors-strike-against-video-game-companies

Re: secondary compensation, i.e. comp beyond the session payment: "This is an important aspect of what it means to be a freelance performer, who has to go from job-to-job – who isn't regularly employed every single day working on projects."

I am 100% sympathetic to the issue of working conditions, as well as the issue of better distributing the profits from the publisher to the development teams (including the voice talent), but claiming that voice actors are underpaid when the standard session rate according to that article is $825 for 4 hours just rings false. The fact that you're a freelancer and not working every single day is already reflected in your session rate of more than $200/hr, or the equivalent of $429k annual salary. When you aren't making at least 3-6x what the non-freelancer working on these projects is making per hour, then that argument will hold more water.

The strike of the SAG-AFTRA union went into effect Friday after failed negotiations between the union's voice actors and video game employers, particularly over compensation and secrecy.
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Congratulations to the Keep team: http://googleforwork.blogspot.com/2015/09/Google-Keep-save-your-thoughts-from-wherever-including-iPhones.html

This is the last app I've really missed since I switched to an iPhone, and I was even cursing at the web version this morning, so I'm super thrilled to install this now.
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+Calvin Harris 's new album out today (thanks Google Now for reminding me), and I've had it on repeat all day.
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Crazy, another launch on the same day! Congrats!
 
Today, the team has released the new version of Android Gmail on Play store!
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This is a great example of why I love +Matt Levine's writing.
 
High-Speed Traders Avoid Low-Speed Website - A rite of passage for market data providers is getting caught giving data to paying subscribers first. Welcome to the club, SEC! http://bv.ms/1wGiI06
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#classical #music Ladies And Gentlemen, Silence Please, For Sir Mix-A-Lot #npr
A version of the hit "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Seattle Symphony drew a large crowd of dancers to the stage this weekend.
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Is it weird that the only pictures I took during my trip to Austin are of a food from places I wish would open here?
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Hip young silicon valley... one out of three isn't bad?

Mostly those pictures were so I could text them to my wife and make her jealous.
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The hits just keep coming from my old team. :)
 
Congratulations to the team on the launch of the new version of Google Calendar.

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Congratulations to my old team! The Android app in particular looks fantastic. ;)
 
Our biggest rethink of email since gmail, really excited about Inbox
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Do you happen to have an invite you could spare? My tip prompted this post - http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/an-inbox-that-works-for-you.html - so sorry for leaking at least the name of the service a few days early. :P

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First reaction: This is freaking GENIUS.
Second reaction: How did someone not figure this out earlier? :)
 
No More Stubborn Lids: A Pickle Jar You Can Open With Ease #npr
It turns out the shape of our pickle jars is all wrong. Engineers in Japan have found the ideal shape to free those stubborn lids.
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