Five things to know Thursday morning

Ikea boosts its minimum wage; Google begins honoring 'right to be forgotten' requests in Europe; Companies prep for World Cup downtime; Facebook reveals diversity numbers; Aereo's murky future.

Ikea to boost minimum wage
Ikea said early Thursday that it is giving its employees a raise, increasing its minimum wage by about 17%. About half of its US store workers will see a pay bump. However, it won’t establish a baseline bottom-end salary nationwide. Instead, the Swedish retailer will set up a minimum rate for each store based on the cost of living in a particular region. Gap is also planning to increase its minimum wage this year.

Google begins to scrub search results after ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling
Google has started removing search results to comply with the landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling by a European Union court in May. The decision allows consumers there to ask the technology giant to delete results they feel are irrelevant or outdated. Google said it has received 41,000 requests so far.

Companies establish worker guidelines for pivotal World Cup match
Employee productivity is expected to drop at noon on Thursday, when the US men’s national soccer team lines up against Germany in a match that is crucial to its chances of advancing to the knockout round of the World Cup. With American interest in the sport at an all-time high, some companies have set up guidelines for the dos and don’ts of watching, streaming, or listening to the match. If you’re a futbol novice, USA Today has a guide of five things to watch during the game, while Mashable goes inside the digital marketing and communications hub of World Cup sponsor Adidas.

Facebook diversity numbers released
Facebook revealed statistics on its workforce diversity on Wednesday afternoon, showing that nearly 70% of workers are men. Broken down by ethnicity, 53% of Facebook employees are white, while 34% are Asian. Only 2% are black. The numbers fall in line with other technology giants such as Google and Yahoo, which have also revealed a lack of diversity among their ranks. Facebook said it is addressing the issue in part through internships and pipeline programs.

Aereo’s limited options
Aereo’s future is murky at best after Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling that said the service is violating copyright laws unless it agrees to pay fees to broadcasters. A statement issued by the company’s CEO said it would "continue to fight for our consumers and fight to create innovative technologies" but was short on details.

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