🌎 US pilots' pay takes off

Plus: Cargo shipping has wind in its sails

Pilots talk as they look at the tail of an American Airlines aircraft at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport February 14, 2013.
Photo: Mike Stone (Reuters)

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American Airlines became the latest airline to boost its pilots’ pay. Union members approved a new contract that includes a 46% pay rise over four years.

The US National Labor Relations Board opened a new case against Amazon. The company was accused of union-busting activities such as calling police on employees at its Albany warehouse, where a union vote failed last year.


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Meet the Pyxis Ocean, the shipping industry’s greener vessel

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What’s that you say? A cargo ship that isn’t a dirty oil guzzler? And one with a name and technology reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda?

The first vessel of its kind to be retrofitted with WindWings, the Pyxis Ocean set sail from China with the lofty goal of helping the maritime industry decarbonize. Take a look at its maiden voyage, by the digits:


30%: Average reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with WindWings
37 m (121 ft): Size of the solid wing sails, made from the same material as wind turbines
6 weeks: Length of Pyxis Ocean’s journey from China to Brazil

AI companies are too cheap to pay for books

Big Tech has a habit of pinching pennies wherever people can be exploited, and now companies like Meta and OpenAI are using pirated books to train their artificial intelligence models.


A new study published in the Atlantic revealed how tech companies use books from shadow libraries, paying nothing for the content that trains and powers their large language models. It’s a shady practice that only adds to Big Tech’s history of using cheap content—and labor—to boost its profits.

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