Facebook to Reopen Offices in July With Limited Capacity

The social network will require employees to submit to temperature checks and wear face masks. Free Book Preview No BS Guide to Direct Response Social Media Marketing The ultimate guide to – producing measurable, monetizable results with social media marketing. May 21, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Facebook plans to reopen its doors in July, with a slew of new health measures in place. According to Bloomberg, the social network will initially limit offices to 25 percent occupancy, put workers on multiple shifts, and require temperature checks. Starting July 6, those employees allowed back inside must wear masks when not social distancing (or, depending on where you work, at all times), and will be seated six feet apart and face restrictions on internal gatherings. Facebook is also replacing buffets with grab-and-go meals and intends to keep office gyms closed. No outside visitors will be […]

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Uber Lays Off Another 3,000 Full-Time Workers

The layoffs come just weeks after 3,700 customer support and recruiting team employees lost their jobs. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 19, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Uber plans to lay off another 3,000 full-time employees as the COVID-19 crisis looms. Earlier this month, the ridesharing firm dropped some 3,700 workers from its customer support and recruiting teams. Uber drivers, treated as independent contractors, are not directly affected by these cuts. “Given the dramatic impact of the pandemic, and the unpredictable nature of any eventual recovery, we are concentrating our efforts on our core mobility and delivery platforms and resizing our company to match the realities of our business,” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “That’s led us to some painful decisions.” Among them: reducing the workforce by thousands […]

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2020 Graduates Can Launch Their Photo Aboard Historic SpaceX Flight

Students around the world can upload an image by Wednesday, May 20, to ‘fly’ to the International Space Station. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 18, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag For the Class of 2020, there are no stages to walk across, no tearful goodbye hugs, no clinking-glass toasts; the COVID-19 pandemic has forced this year’s graduates to get creative. And nothing says pomp and circumstance like visiting the cosmos: SpaceX is inviting global students to submit their photo “to fly on America’s first human spaceflight in nearly a decade.” Anyone who earned (or is scheduled to earn) their diploma this year — from kindergarten to graduate school — can upload a selfie to SpaceX’s Earth mosaic, which will be printed and flown aboard the upcoming Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station. […]

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TikTok Accused of Putting Children at Risk (Again)

The popular app has allegedly violated an agreement with the FTC to protect underage users. May 15, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag TikTok may be the app of choice among pre-teens and bored college students, but the popular platform is (once again) under the scrutiny from parents, privacy groups and the U.S. government. A coalition of 20 advocacy organizations on Thursday accused the social network of violating an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to protect underage users. The FTC last year fined TikTok $5.7 million for illegally collecting the personal data of minors. In February 2019, the agency claimed Musical.ly, the lip-syncing app TikTok absorbed the year before, violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by failing to ask for parental consent before gathering information on users under the age of 13. As part of the settlement, parent company Bytedance agreed to remove all videos made by pre-teens […]

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Headspace Offers Unemployed Americans a Free Year of Mindfulness

U.S. residents aged 18 and older who are currently unemployed or furloughed are encouraged to sign up for the app. May 15, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Nearly a quarter of the American workforce is out of a job due to the COVID-19 crisis, so healthcare app Headspace is offering a full year of premium access to jobless or furloughed U.S. residents aged 18 and older. “The current state of unemployment in the U.S. has become an alarming crisis,” the company says. “To help those affected, we’re offering a full year of Headspace Plus for free. Discover meditation and mindfulness tools to help you feel less stressed, more resilient and kinder to yourself.” Sign up now for access to 365 days of the full Headspace library (hundreds of guided meditations and courses), Sleep by Headspace (podcasts, music, and sounds for a better night’s rest), Move Mode (at-home workouts and guided […]

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Facebook Owes $52M to Moderators Who Developed PTSD

The settlement covers 11,250 employees, each of whom will receive at least $1,000. May 13, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Facebook will pay $52 million in a settlement with current and former content moderators who claim they developed mental health issues on the job. The deal covers 11,250 employees, each of whom will receive at least $1,000 to be spent however they like—ideally, at least in part, on medical treatment. Some may be eligible for additional compensation if diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, addiction, or related conditions during their tenure with Facebook. Social media content moderators sift through unsavory content so you don’t have to, but the daily grind can take a toll on the human brain. In September 2018, Selena Scola sued Facebook, alleging she developed PTSD after nine months of regularly viewing images and videos of rape, murder and suicide. Her complaint, joined by ex-Facebookers […]

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The World Health Organization Is Developing a COVID-19 Symptom-Checking App

The agency is also considering a Bluetooth-based contact tracing feature. May 11, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The World Health Organization (WHO) is prepping a COVID-19 app for folks in “under-resourced” nations to review possible signs of novel coronavirus from home. According to Reuters, the agency is also considering a Bluetooth-based contact tracing function, similar to those rolling out around the world in other apps. The WHO app will allow users to enter symptoms (high temperature, continuous cough), then advises on the likelihood they’ve contracted the virus. Information such as how to get tested will be personalized based on location, Bernardo Mariano, chief information officer for WHO, told Reuters. A version of the unnamed program is expected to launch globally this month; governments are also encouraged to access the API and release a more personalized version for local constituents. Australia, France, the UK, and the US have already introduced COVID-19 tracing […]

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Twitch Eyes Original Reality TV Shows

The Amazon subsidiary reportedly plans to fund a slate of unscripted series. May 7, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Twitch is reportedly expanding its repertoire to include reality TV. According to Bloomberg, the gaming platform plans to fund a “slate” of original, unscripted series — everything from dating and panel shows to sports and music. That’s a big leap from video game live streaming. But the Amazon subsidiary, whose stars have always worked from home, is thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing it some room to experiment. Twitch has already attracted musicians and comedians whose live performances were cancelled due to the virus and hopes a new catalog will lure even more talent. “We are seeking creative partners to help us set a new bar for multiplayer entertainment,” the company said in a statement, which reported a weekly budget of $50,000 to $250,000 for up to […]

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Uber to Require Drivers, Riders to Wear Face Coverings

As countries begin to relax lockdown measures, Uber ramps up its safety measures. May 4, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Uber drivers and passengers may soon be required to wear a face mask to travel; the ridesharing firm is reportedly developing technology to detect whether chauffeurs are wearing face coverings before accepting trips. The new policy — approved last week, according to an anonymous CNN Business source — is expected to roll out “in the coming weeks.” Uber has not yet made an official announcement, and did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment. Uber’s existing “Real-Time ID Check” feature (recently launched in the UK) already verifies licensed drivers via selfies and biometric data. It’s unclear, however, whether the new technology will be part of this check or introduced as a separate function, and how Uber will hold riders accountable. “As countries reopen, Uber is focused […]

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UPS, CVS Use Drones to Deliver Prescriptions to Florida Retirement Community

UPS and CVS will start distributing time- and temperature-sensitive medicines to Floridians next month. April 28, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag UPS and CVS are flying their drones to Florida, where the country’s largest retirement community will soon receive prescription medicine deliveries via Matternet’s M2 UAV. During this global health crisis, the United Parcel Service’s Flight Forward (UPSFF) subsidiary aims to distribute time- and temperature-sensitive drugs while following social distancing efforts and protecting healthcare workers. Starting next month, residents of The Villages in central Florida can receive same-day delivery from a local CVS pharmacy. “Our new drone delivery service will help CVS provide safe and efficient deliveries of medicines to this large retirement community, enabling residents to receive medications without leaving their homes,” Scott Price, UPS chief strategy and transformation officer, said in a statement. “UPS is committed to playing its part in fighting the spread of […]

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Amazon Loses Appeal to Deliver Non-Essential Items in France During Pandemic

An appellate court upholds a lower-court decision banning the company from making superfluous shipments. April 27, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The Versailles Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a recent decision banning Amazon from delivering non-essential items in France during the COVID-19 crisis. In response to a lawsuit filed by French labor unions — worried employees are putting their lives in danger to fulfill superfluous orders — a local magistrate earlier this month ruled that Amazon may ship only “essential” items: health and hygiene products, food, pet food and electronics. Threatened with a €1 million ($1.1 million) fine per order that doesn’t meet the court’s requirements, Amazon decided to simply shutter its six French warehouses and furlough 10,000 workers. Orders would instead be fulfilled by facilities in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe. Friday’s loss in the appellate court “raises the stakes for Amazon in France,” according to The New […]

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Spot Robot Dog Helps Doctors Remotely Triage COVID-19 Patients

Boston Dynamics spent six weeks developing a new payload, hardware and software before open-sourcing its work for other mobile robotics platforms to use. April 24, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Spot has twerked to Bruno Mars, hauled a truck across a parking lot and pulled Adam Savage’s homemade rickshaw. Now Boston Dynamics’ robot dog is taking on the most important role of its life: frontline healthcare worker. Like many companies, Boston Dynamics’ focus shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The engineering firm spent six weeks developing a new payload, hardware and software, preparing Spot to help reduce exposure of medical staff to the novel coronavirus. Related: Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Robot Do Parkour “We have spent the past several weeks trying to better understand hospital requirements to develop a mobile robotics solution with our robot, Spot,” a Boston Dynamics blog post explained. “The result is a legged robot application that can be deployed to support […]

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Spotify Launches Fundraising Feature for Artists

Musicians can raise money for themselves, their band/crew or another entertainer in need by adding a charity link to their profile. April 23, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Spotify is making good on its promise to help connect creators with fans by launching the Artist Fundraising Pick. Musicians can raise money for themselves, their band/crew or another entertainer in need by simply adding a charity link to their Spotify profile. “Just like artists can select any piece of music to highlight on their profile as an Artist’s Pick, they can now highlight a fundraising destination,” a company blog announcement said, boasting initial partners GoFundMe, PayPal.me and Cash App. The latter, according to Spotify, “generously” established a $1 million relief effort during the global pandemic: U.S.- and UK-based artists who submit a “$cashtag” username as their fundraising pick — and secure at least one contribution of any size — can […]

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TikTok Risks Annoying Teenagers by Offering Parents More Control

Starting April 30, the app will also automatically disable Direct Messages for users under the age of 16. April 17, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag TikTok is making the internet safer one lip-syncing music video at a time. The popular app this week introduced Family Pairing—a way for parents and teens to customize their privacy settings based on individual needs. The new feature, rolling out “over the coming weeks,” does require guardians to create their own TikTok account (helping the company boost user numbers while promoting security), which links to their child. Once enabled, adults can manage daily screen time, limit (or turn off) direct messages, and restrict the appearance of inappropriate content. Related: How to Use TikTok to Promote Your Business “Family Pairing enhances our suite of safety tools and complements our work to provide greater access to product features as users reach key milestones for […]

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Zoom Will Let Paid Customers Control Where Their Calls Are Routed

After a report revealed Zoom was transmitting encryption keys through China, the company will now allow paying customers to opt in or out of a specific data center region so they know exactly where their data is going. April 14, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Zoom will soon let paid customers choose the data center through which their calls are routed. Beginning April 18, clients can opt in or out of a specific region, customizing the servers used to connect to hosted meetings. The move comes after an April 3 report from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab found that Zoom was transmitting encryption keys through China. Researchers revealed that “during multiple test calls in North America, we observed keys for encrypting and decrypting [Zoom] meetings transmitted to servers in Beijing.” The app, they said, uses “non-industry-standard cryptographic techniques with identifiable weaknesses.” Folks using Zoom for regular catch-ups, social […]

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Amazon Workers Plan Staten Island Strike to Demand COVID-19 Protections

Employees at New York’s JFK8 facility are set to ‘cease all operations’ in an effort to pressure Amazon into closing the warehouse and offering paid time off. March 30, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Amazon warehouse staff in Staten Island plan to walk out of work this morning to protest the lack of COVID-19 protections for employees still plugging away during the outbreak. Personnel at the facility—where someone recently tested positive for the virus—will “cease all operations” until their demands are heard, management assistant and lead strike organizer Chris Smalls told CNBC. In a statement to the news site, Amazon said it is “supporting the individual in quarantine” and asked that anyone in contact with them stay home with pay for two weeks. The facility, known as JFK8, remains open. “We are following all guidelines from local health officials and are taking extreme measures to […]

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First 45 U.S. Volunteers Get Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine

The investigational vaccine doesn’t contain any part of the actual coronavirus and cannot cause infection, but instead includes a short segment of lab-grown messenger RNA. March 17, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Scientists on Monday gave the first-ever injection of an experimental coronavirus vaccine to volunteers in the US. Doses of mRNA-1273 into the arms of healthy participants at Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute (KPWHRI) this week began the first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 immunization. The initial trial involves 45 people aged 18 to 55, including tech company operations manager Jennifer Haller—the study’s first participant. “We all feel so helpless. This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something,” the 43-year-old Seattelite told the Associated Press before getting jabbed. She reportedly left the exam room with a smile, “feeling great.” The investigational vaccine, made by biotech company Moderna, does not contain any part of the […]

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