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Top Prospects: Leading innovators from the Class of 2018

First row, left to right: Megnath Ramesh (Jordan Mathieson), Retsepile Sello (Clare Kiernan), Noah Debrincat, Daniel Dixon (Tifa Huang) Second row: Aidan Gomez (Vivienne Jaehn-Kreibaum), Onyinye Ofulue (Clare Kiernan), Chase Pelletier (Infiniti) Third row: Paul Albert-Lebrun, Vanessa Raponi (Jin Lee), Rachel Chase (Simon Fraser University)
First row, left to right: Megnath Ramesh (Jordan Mathieson), Retsepile Sello (Clare Kiernan), Noah Debrincat, Daniel Dixon (Tifa Huang) Second row: Aidan Gomez (Vivienne Jaehn-Kreibaum), Onyinye Ofulue (Clare Kiernan), Chase Pelletier (Infiniti) Third row: Paul Albert-Lebrun, Vanessa Raponi (Jin Lee), Rachel Chase (Simon Fraser University) Illustration by Hanna Lee

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Briefing

Amazon workers in European warehouses strike over working conditions

Talking point: A group of employees clad in Jeff Bezos masks walked off the job at an Amazon fulfillment centre outside Madrid on Monday. The strike came just as the e-commerce giant kicked off Amazon Prime Day sales and Bloomberg named Bezos the richest man in modern history. Workers in Germany and Poland are expected to strike over low pay and poor working conditions later this week. (CNBC)

Quebec regulator allows Hydro-Québec to impose interim tariffs on cryptocurrency miners

Talking point: The Régie de l'énergie issued the decision to allow the province’s power generation utility to charge cryptominers 15 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, twice the rate of residential customers. In its application for approval, Hydro-Québec said it had received 300 requests from cryptominers asking for as much as 40 per cent of its generating capacity. The Régie said it believes the interim pricing is necessary to secure the province's electricity supply until a policy framework for regulating the crypto industry is determined. (Les Affaires)

Uber faces federal investigation over alleged gender discrimination

Talking point: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been investigating Uber Technologies Inc. since last August after a gender inequity complaint. The EEOC has been interviewing current and past employees and seeking documents on issues such as hiring practices and pay disparity. (Wall Street Journal)

Brussels warns Airbnb over consumer rights

Talking point: The European Commission has warned Airbnb that it could face the possibility of legal action in the EU if it does not change its terms and conditions to protect users and align them with EU consumer rights laws. (Financial Times)

U.S. files trade cases at WTO against five trading partners

Talking point: The U.S. has filed five separate trade disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO), challenging retaliatory tariffs from Canada, the EU, China, Mexico and Turkey. Each country imposed tariffs on exports in response to U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel. (The Hill)