Facebook Moves to Let More Employees Work From Home Permanently

The only catch? Facebook is indicating it’ll lower the pay for employees who move out of a Silicon Valley, which has a high cost of living. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Facebook says as many as 50 percent of the company’s workforce could end up permanently working from home during the coming decade.  On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the prediction as Facebook is going to let more staffers work remotely on a permanent basis. “I think we’re going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale, for sure,” he said during a live stream.  Related: Why You Should Bet On the Future of Ecommerce and Facebook The news is another sign work-from-home policies may be here to stay for the internet industry, which continues to operate […]

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‘Facebook Shops’ Lets You Shop Your Favorite Stores From the Social Network’s App

May 20, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag The pandemic is pushing Facebook to try turning itself into a virtual shopping mall for your favorite stores.  Facebook Shops, introduced Tuesday, will let businesses sell their products directly to users on Facebook and Instagram. For users, this means you’ll be able to browse and buy products within those apps instead of being re-directed to a third-party store.  “This is the biggest step we have taken yet to enable commerce across our apps,”  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a live stream. “The basic idea here is that any small business can easily start a shop across our apps to sell things directly.” How Facebook Shops appears in the Facebook app. Image credit: Facebook To find applicable shops, you’ll have to visit a business’s Facebook Page, and see if it has a “Shop Now” button activated. On Instagram, you can go to […]

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Twitter Makes Working From Home a Permanent Option for Some Employees

‘The past few months have proven we can make that work,’ a Twitter spokesperson said on the company’s decision to make working from home a permanent option for some employees. May 13, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Twitter’s experience during the pandemic has made the company realize it can let some employees work from home permanently.  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday told staff they could continue to work from home, even after the pandemic lockdowns are lifted, according to BuzzFeed. Only people with jobs that require a physical presence, such as server maintenance, will need to come in.  Employees at the San Francisco-based company have been working from home since March in response to the pandemic. “The past few months have proven we can make that work,” a Twitter spokesperson said. “So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and […]

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Twitter Moves to Curb COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories With Warnings, Labels

‘These warnings will inform people that the information in the Tweet conflicts with public health experts’ guidance before they view it,’ the company says. May 12, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag UPDATE 5/12/20: The warning labels will be placed on tweets from President Donald Trump that contain disputed COVID-19 information, according to Twitter. “These labels will apply to anyone sharing misleading information that meets the requirements of our policy, including world leaders,” the company’s head of site integrity Yoel Roth said.  Twitter’s effort to tackle coronavirus misinformation is prompting the company to place labels and warning messages on tweets that contain disputed claims about the pandemic.  The change is designed to give users “additional context” to Twitter conversations swirling around the topic involving contested or misleading claims, Public Policy Director Nick Pickles said on Monday.   In March, Twitter began removing tweets that contain coronavirus misinformation. However, the policy only applies […]

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COVID-19 Forces Airbnb to Cut 25 Percent of Workforce, Scale Back Business

‘Airbnb’s business has been hit hard, with revenue this year forecasted to be less than half of what we earned in 2019,’ CEO Brian Chesky says of the pandemic. May 6, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Airbnb is laying off about 25 percent of its workforce, citing plummeting demand for tourism during the pandemic.  The lodging reservation site is shedding about 1,900 jobs and also scaling back the company’s investments in transportation, hotels, and luxury residences, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced on Tuesday.  “We are collectively living through the most harrowing crisis of our lifetime, and as it began to unfold, global travel came to a standstill,” he wrote in a note to his employees. “Airbnb’s business has been hit hard, with revenue this year forecasted to be less than half of what we earned in 2019.”  In response, Airbnb raised an additional $2 billion in funding […]

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Amazon VP Quits in Protest After Workers Who Raised COVID-19 Concerns Are Fired

‘Remaining an Amazon VP would have meant, in effect, signing off on actions I despised. So I resigned,’ wrote former Amazon vice president Tim Bray on Monday. May 5, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag An Amazon VP has resigned in protest over how the company fired several employees for calling out the lack of COVID-19 protections at Amazon warehouses.  “I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of COVID-19,” wrote Tim Bray, who worked as a senior principal engineer at the company’s cloud services group.  The resignation occurs as a growing number of workers at Amazon warehouses have been contracting the virus, sparking employee-led protests. In a blog post on Monday, Wray wrote that he “snapped” after Amazon fired two employees, Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, for trying to organize a petition and video call last month to call attention […]

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Unlocking Your iPhone While Wearing a Mask Will Get Easier With Upcoming iOS Update

The change, spotted in the 13.5 beta release, will help users avoid unnecessary hassle. April 30, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag The pandemic is prompting Apple to make a change to the company’s Face ID technology: If the system detects you wearing a mask, your iPhone will ask for your passcode rather than needlessly scan your face a few more times.  The tweak, spotted in the iOS 13.5 beta 3 release, will help users avoid unnecessary hassle when unlocking an iPhone while wearing a mask.  Currently, the Face ID technology will stop and stutter when it can’t fully see your face, which can produce an annoying delay. The system will then give up and ask you for the six-digit passcode. However, on Wednesday, app developers began noticing a change in the iOS 13.5 beta release that promises to fix the problem. If the system detects you wearing a […]

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Facebook Goes After Zoom With ‘Messenger Rooms’ Video Chat

April 27, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Facebook today introduced Messenger Rooms, a competitor to Zoom’s videoconferencing service, which will let you host video gatherings with friends simply by sharing a link. Anyone will be able to join a Messenger Room, even if they don’t have a Facebook account, said CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “The basic idea with Messenger Rooms is that you should be able to create a room for any activity or any event that you want to hold. You should be able to send people a link, and then they should be able to drop by and hang out with you,” he said during a live stream.  On desktop devices, a Messenger Room session will be able to show up to 16 participants simultaneously in a Zoom-like grid. On mobile, the number drops to eight. However, Facebook says it’s also developing the new product to hold up […]

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Think Twice Before Posting Your High School Photos on Social Media

#Classof2020 has been trending on social media, prompting people of all ages to post their high school photos. The problem: That info could help scammers solve password reset security questions. April 27, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The FBI is cautioning people to be careful when sharing high school photos of themselves on social media, as those posts could help hackers break into online accounts.  The FBI issued the warning as #Classof2020 has been trending on social media, which has prompted high school seniors to post photos of themselves, celebrating their upcoming graduations. To join in on the fun, adults have been posting old photos of their high school years as well.  The only problem? The same posts could help a scammer solve the security questions to retrieve or reset the password protecting your internet accounts. “Many people are including the name of their schools and mascots, and […]

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Netflix Sees Huge Subscriber Boost After Coronavirus Lockdowns

The video-streaming service added a record 15.77 million paid subscribers during the first quarter. However, Netflix is also warning that some upcoming titles will be delayed due to the pandemic. April 22, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a record number of Netflix sign-ups. The video streaming service added 15.77 million paid subscribers during the first quarter, right as COVID-19 began forcing entire populations to stay at home. “Our membership growth has temporarily accelerated due to home confinement,” Netflix said in a Tuesday letter to shareholders. The growth was up everywhere, including the US and Canada, which added 2.3 million new subscribers during the quarter — a major improvement from the 130,000 subscribers Netflix lost three quarters ago. (It was also the first time the company broke the 10 million barrier on adding paid subscribers in a three-month period.) “During the first two months of Q1, our membership […]

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Login Credentials for Over 500,000 Zoom Accounts on Sale Via the Dark Web

The seller likely obtained the Zoom login credentials by exploiting past data breaches, which contain email addresses alongside previously used passwords, according to security firm Cyble. April 15, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag You might want to place a strong password on your Zoom account. Otherwise, it could end up for sale on the dark web. Security firm Cyble says thousands of breached Zoom accounts have been circulating in underground hacker forums since April 1. The company told BleepingComputer it purchased access to 530,000 Zoom login credentials for a mere $0.0020 per account.  In return, the seller gave Cyble access to account holders’ email addresses, passwords, personal meeting URLs, and their host keys, which can be used to claim “host controls” for a Zoom meeting.  The seller likely obtained the Zoom login credentials by exploiting past data breaches, which contain email addresses alongside previously used passwords. With the aid of […]

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Were You Zoom-Bombed? Video of It May Now Be on YouTube, TikTok for All to See

Zoom-bombers have been recording their exploits and uploading the footage to YouTube and TikTok. In some cases, the videos are a privacy issue because they show AA and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. April 3, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag It’s one thing to be humiliated. It’s another to have footage of the incident circulate on the internet for anyone to see. Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening to victims of hijacking attacks on the Zoom video-conferencing service. You can now easily find video footage of “Zoom-bombing” incidents on both YouTube and TikTok. And some of the content is heinous and disturbing.  One video posted on YouTube shows the culprit infiltrating church meetings held over Zoom to shout the words “child porn,” “Heil Hiter” and “I’m the Devil” at over a dozen people. In the same video, the perpetrator calls out specific attendees, saying he wants to have sexual intercourse […]

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Amid Pandemic, Microsoft Alerts Dozens of Hospitals Vulnerable to Ransomware Threat

Microsoft said it warned ‘several dozens of hospitals’ about vulnerabilities in their networks that could be used to deliver ransomware to their IT systems. April 2, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag As doctors care for the sick during the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft is trying to protect their hospitals from ransomware attacks.  On Wednesday, Microsoft said it warned “several dozens of hospitals” about software vulnerabilities in the online systems they use. The company is concerned hackers could end up exploiting the same flaws to deliver ransomware to hospital computers.  “To help these hospitals, many already inundated with patients, we sent out a first-of-its-kind targeted notification with important information about the vulnerabilities, how attackers can take advantage of them, and a strong recommendation to apply security updates that will protect them from exploits of these particular vulnerabilities and others,” the company wrote in the blog post.  The vulnerabilities Microsoft […]

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Watch Out for ‘Zoom-Bombings’ on Online Video Meeting Apps

The FBI’s Boston field office issued the warning after hijackers infiltrated two school-held Zoom sessions to harass a teacher and display the swastika sign. March 31, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The FBI is warning the public to watch out for hijackers trying to infiltrate Zoom video sessions. “The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language,” the agency issued in a notice on Monday.  The coronavirus pandemic has helped make the videoconferencing service one of the most popular apps in the country. Unfortunately, that same popularity has also turned Zoom into a target for racists and pranksters, which can be especially problematic for educators reliant on the service.   In today’s warning, the FBI’s Boston field office recounts two hijacking incidents involving local schools that were using Zoom to conduct online classes. “In late March 2020, a Massachusetts-based high school reported […]

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Uber, Lyft Suspend Shared Rides Option to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Both companies have decided to hit pause on offering a carpooling option to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among passengers. March 18, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Uber and Lyft are temporarily suspending shared rides to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  On Tuesday, Uber hit pause on offering UberPool in the US and Canada, according to Reuters. The option groups you with other customers into a single car to help lower the ride’s cost. However, the company decided to suspend the feature, citing the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 5,200 people in the US.  “Our goal is to help flatten the curve on community spread in the cities we serve,” SVP Andrew Macdonald told PCMag in a statement. “With that in mind, we are suspending the Uber Pool service in the United States, Canada, London, and Paris. We remain in close contact with local leaders and […]

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Expect Delays on Your Amazon Orders Due to the Coronavirus

If you place an order on Amazon, even with a Prime account, it may take four days instead of the normal one to two-day delivery time. The company is reportedly hiring an additional 100,000 workers to address the surge in demand. This story originally appeared on PC Mag The coronavirus may delay your Amazon Prime shipment by a few more days. On Saturday, the company warned that the surge in online shopping from the ongoing outbreak is straining its delivery services.  “In the short term, this is having an impact on how we serve our customers,” the company said in a blog post. “In particular, you will notice that we are currently out of stock on some popular brands and items, especially in household staples categories. You will also notice that some of our delivery promises are longer than usual.” Indeed, we placed an order on Sunday using an Amazon Prime […]

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Actually, We’re Going to Do a Coronavirus Website After All

After President Trump announced Google was creating a website to direct people to coronavirus testing locations, Google said a limited site was being handled by Alphabet subsidiary Verily Life Sciences. On Saturday night, however, Google said it would also release a nationwide COVID-19 site. March 16, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag UPDATE 2:  Google tonight released a statement that said it’s “partnering with the US Government in developing a nationwide website that includes information about COVID-19 symptoms, risk and testing information.” According to Google, this nationwide website is “in addition to…work being done by our sister company Verily to launch a pilot website that will enable individuals to do a risk assessment and be scheduled for testing at sites in the Bay Area.” Google did not provide details on when the nationwide website would launch. It released its statement just shy of 9 p.m. ET on the East […]

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eBay Bans Sales of Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer to Stop Coronavirus Price Gouging

Despite the crackdown, you can still find Purell hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes, and N95 masks being sold on the eBay site at exorbitant prices, ranging from $35 to $100 per pack March 9, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag EBay is now banning sales of surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes in response to price gouging from sellers taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak.  Merchants on the site have been offering Purell hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes for three or four times their normal prices. But on Thursday, eBay began removing items.   Affected items include sales for N95 and N100 mouth masks, as well as products that mention coronavirus, COVID-19, or 2019nCOV in their titles or descriptions. “These listings may violate applicable US laws or regulations, eBay policies, and exhibit unfair pricing behavior for our buyers,” the e-commerce provider said in a notice, which also cites a […]

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Twitter Experiments With Tweets That Expire (It’s Basically Instagram Stories)

Twitter is testing out the new feature in the hopes it’ll get users to share more on the social media platform. However, the expiring tweets will only be viewable when a user clicks on your avatar. March 5, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Afraid of tweeting out something you might regret? Twitter is experimenting with possible a solution: In Brazil, the company is starting to offer disappearing tweets, which will expire from public view in 24 hours. “People often tell us that they don’t feel comfortable Tweeting because Tweets can be seen and replied to by anybody, feel permanent and performative,”  announced Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour on Wednesday. Enter “Fleets,” an experimental feature designed to get you to share your “fleeting thoughts” on the social media platform. However, these expiring fleets won’t show up on your main timeline like a normal tweet does. Users will […]

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Have What it Takes to Go to Mars? NASA Is Now Recruiting New Astronauts

Applicants will need to be U.S. citizens with master’s degrees in a STEM field or have completed pilot school. Selected candidates will be trained to live on the ISS, where they’ll prepare for missions to the Moon and Mars. March 3, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag If you ever dreamed of being an astronaut, now might be your chance. NASA is now accepting applications from astronaut hopefuls who want to fly future missions to the Moon and Mars. The space agency needs more astronauts for its Artemis program, which is seeking to send both men and women to the Moon’s south pole by 2024. NASA then intends on setting up a lunar outpost by 2028 with the eventual goal of sending humans to Mars in the mid 2030s. “We’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to join us […]

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