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Report: Silicon Valley Losing Workers to Middle America

More than 70 cities and towns across America have implemented incentive programs aimed at drawing businesses and remote workers away from Silicon Valley and other coastal hubs, and are enjoying increased success since the pandemic, reports the Wall Street Journal. 

International travelers inside the arrivals hall at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, US, on Monday, June 13, 2022. The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that all travelers test negative for coronavirus before flying to the US, amid pressure from airlines that viewed the measure as …

Always Listening: The Mute Button Won’t Stop Video Conferencing Services from Recording You

A recent study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that when using “many popular apps” for video teleconferencing, audio data is being sent to the companies hosting the services — even when you think you are on mute. Researched created a Big Tech-style algorithm that allowed them determine what else people were doing while on mute, developing an AI that could accurately predict if users were cooking, cleaning, or typing.

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Toobin Trouble: 1 in 4 Bosses Has Fired Someone over Misbehavior on Zoom

According to a recent survey, almost one in four executives has fired employees over their behavior during Zoom meetings. Ranging from chronic lateness and embarrassing gaffes with the mute button all the way to inappropriate lewd activity such as the infamous case of CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, the majority of managers survey reported levied some form of disciplinary action due to employee Zoom behavior.

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Zoom Shares Drop 16% as Growth Slows

The video conferencing company Zoom, which enjoyed massive growth during the coronavirus pandemic, has suffered a 16 percent slide in share price today after the company reported second-quarter earnings that beat expectations but showed slow growth.

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Bloomberg: Tech Workers Happy to Take Pay Cut to Escape Democrat-Controlled Cities

A recent report from Bloomberg claims that tech workers at payment processor Stripe are opting to take a ten percent cut to their salary in order to work remotely full time. The goal for most of these workers is to move out of Democrat strongholds like New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area to live and work in more affordable and safer areas.

A pedestrian walks past tents and trash on a sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles on May 30, 2019. - The city of Los Angeles on May 29 agreed to allow homeless people on Skid Row to keep their property and not have it seized, providing the items are not bulky …

Slack Suffers Massive Outage on First Workday of 2021

The popular digital workplace service Slack recently suffered an outage on the first full workday of 2021. Companies that rely on the platform to manage their remote work activities were left unable to connect to the service for most of the day on Monday.

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Microsoft Outage Locks Users Out of Office Suite, Email

A recent issue with Microsoft’s Office 365 platform left many users completely locked out of Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Microsoft Teams which many have used as their primary means of work communication during the coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Work from Home Boom Leads to ‘Tattleware’ Surveillance by Employers

According to a recent report, the increased number of employees working from home due to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has led to more workplace surveillance by employers. Employees report being instructed to install “tattleware’ monitoring programs on their computers tracking mouse movements and keystrokes, as well as smartphone apps to track their movements during working hours.

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