Study of 61,000 Microsoft Employees Finds Remote Work Threatened Productivity and Innovation

"A new study finds that Microsoft's companywide shift to remote work has hurt communication and collaboration among different business groups inside the company, threatening employee productivity and long-term innovation," reports GeekWire: That's one of the key findings in a peer-reviewed study of more than 61,000 Microsoft employees, published Thursday morning by Microsoft researchers in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.... The researchers call it a warning sign for other companies, as well...
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Fans Ask Questions After First Trailer Released for 'The Matrix Resurrections'

Moviegoers know that the Matrix trilogy's finale "heavily hinted that our hero will be back at some point in the distant future," writes the Guardian.. "Now he is..." But does the first three-minute trailer for the soon-to-be-released sequel The Matrix Resurrections suggest Keanu Reeves' "Neo" character has been wiped from existence? In his place is a beardy, incredibly well-aged fiftysomething who looks a bit like John Wick, or possibly that brooding weirdo from The Gift. He meets Carrie-Anne...
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NorCal Judge Rules Apple Can’t Force Developers To Exclusively Use App Store Payment System

(CNN) — Apple can no longer prohibit app developers from directing users to payment options outside its App Store, a judge ruled on Friday. The decision, which followed a contentious court battle with the maker of the hugely popular Fortnite video game, is a major blow to Apple — but the company also scored a partial victory as the judge stopped short of calling it a monopoly. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the US District Court in the Northern District of California ruled on Friday that Apple ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, Europe, Japan, Technology, Cook, California, Senate, Court, US, San Francisco, Cnn, Netflix, United States, Epic

Some 9/11 News Coverage is Lost. Blame Adobe Flash

CNN reports that "Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash." Journalism is often considered the first draft of history, but what happens when that draft is written on a software program that becomes obsolete? Adobe ending support for Flash — its once ubiquitous multimedia content player — last year meant that some of the news coverage of the September 11th attacks and other major events from the early days of online journalism are no longer accessible. For example,...
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Apple still reliant on one core product as it nudges $3tn hurdle

The iPhone maker may be set to break market records, but it’s starting to look more and more like a one-gadget ponyIf Apple is to become the world’s first three-trillion-dollar company, the iPhone will play a key role in that feat. The tech firm unveils the latest iteration of its signature product on Tuesday, and the success of the iPhone 13 will determine how quickly Apple goes from its current market capitalisation of just under $2.5tn (£1.8tn) to $3tn.“We believe Apple is on a trajectory to ...
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New Battery Technologies Are Making Progress

The New York Times looks at "a wave of new battery technologies that could lead to novel designs in consumer electronics and help accelerate the electrification of cars and airplanes. They may even help store electricity on the power grid, lending a hand to efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels..." And a longer-life battery from Sila finally made it into a consumer product — the Whoop fitness tracker, which straps around your wrist, but which can also take the form of a "sliver of electr...
Tags: Congress, Tech, Tesla, New York Times, The Times, Times, Carnegie Mellon University, Tesla Roadster, Oakland California, Alameda, Sila, Venkat Viswanathan, Solid Power, Gene Berdichevsky, Berdichevsky

Pro-China Misinformation Operation Attempting To Exploit US Covid Divisions, Report Says

"A pro-Chinese government online influence operation is targeting Americans in an effort to exploit divisions over the Covid-19 pandemic," reports CNN, "and 'physically mobilize protestors in the US in response,' according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Mandiant and experts at Google." The operation, which initially attempted to discredit pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019, has expanded into a "global campaign that's operating in seven languages, on at least 30 social media pl...
Tags: Google, Hong Kong, China, US, Tech, Cnn, Beijing, United States, Mandiant, Shane Huntley, Google s Threat Analysis Group, John Hulquist

The next big startup may just help venture back more startups

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here.  Oper8r, built by Winter Mead and Welly Sculley, wants to help new entrants in the VC world scale. The accelerator launched last year as a “Y Combinator for emerging fund managers,” built to help solo capitalists and people launching rolling funds grow up. The idea was that a well-networked, smart individual may be able to raise their first $10 million in a debu...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Japan, Microsoft, China, Africa, US, Tech, Paypal, United States, Reid Hoffman, Ryan Reynolds, Wall Street Journal, Edtech, Hoffman

First Evidence of Elusive 'Triangle Singularity' Shows Particles Swapping Identities

LiveScience reports that physicists sifting through old particle accelerator data "have found evidence of a highly-elusive, never-before-seen process: a so-called triangle singularity." Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shares their report: First envisioned by Russian physicist Lev Landau in the 1950s, a triangle singularity refers to a rare subatomic process where particles exchange identities before flying away from each other. In this scenario, two particles — called kaons — form two co...
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20 Years After the World Trade Center Attack, a Nation Remembers

I first saw the news on the front page of But every American remembers where they were when they heard the news. "The World Trade Towers in new york were crashed into by 2 planes, one on each tower, 18 minutes apart," CmdrTaco posted on Slashdot. "Nobody really knows who did it, but the planes were big ones. "Normally I wouldn't consider posting this on Slashdot, but I'm making an exception this time because I can't get news through any of the conventional websites, and I assume I'm...
Tags: Yahoo, Washington, Tech, Pennsylvania, Air Force, United Airlines, Slashdot, Linsey Davis, ABC News Live, CmdrTaco, Heather Penney, World Trade Towers

The robot that allows Covid-19 patients human contact

A mental health pandemic: It’s far from ideal, but a dying mother was able to blow kisses to her child thanks to Khanya the robot The post The robot that allows Covid-19 patients human contact appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Health, Grief, Technology, Mental Health, Robot, Infection, University of Stellenbosch, Pandemic, ICU, Top Six, Intensive Care Unit, Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Healthcare Workers, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Subs-only

Senator Wyden Reflects on 9/11's Legacy: Mass Surveillance

"After 9/11, I took the threat of terrorism seriously, still do," U.S. Senator Ron Wyden tells Fast Company. "But also I was concerned about how the new surveillance authorities might be abused..." From Fast Company's report: After the 9/11 attacks, one big concern was connecting the dots. Failing to do so was why we missed the warning signs of the attacks and how we would prevent the next ones, the thinking went. One solution, according to the Pentagon, was a project to gather as much data ...
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Epic vs. Apple: US court rules Apple must allow third-party payment systems

The Epic vs. Apple case has reached its conclusion, with a US court ruling that Apple must allow developers to offer alternative payment...
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BNPL everywhere

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by what the weekday Exchange column digs into, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.    Hello everyone – Anna here, covering for Alex who’s enjoying some well-deserved but soon-ending vacation time. The Exchange also went on pause for the week, but the news didn’t stop, so strap on! The buy now, pay later space has been one of the hottest fin...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, Japan, Ipo, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, Senegal, Bloomberg, Paypal, Colombia, Peter Thiel, Square, EC

Security Weaknesses in Mozilla VPN Found and Addressed by Audit

"Recently, browsing leader Mozilla shared the result of an independent security audit on its VPN service," reports Fossbytes. "Upon inspection, a few vulnerabilities were discovered in the VPN, one of which was reportedly a major risk." In a blog post, Mozilla shared that Cure53, a Berlin-based cybersecurity firm, had identified and fixed the security vulnerabilities in its VPN... The most severe issue, labeled "FVP-02-014," made the user vulnerable to cross-site WebSocket hijacking. Moreover,...
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Can a Code-Writing AI Be Good News For Humans?

"A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code," blares a headline in the New York Times, adding "That's Good News for Humans. (Alternate URL here.) The article begins with this remarkable story about Codex (the OpenAI software underlying GitHub Copilot): As soon as Tom Smith got his hands on Codex — a new artificial intelligence technology that writes its own computer programs — he gave it a job interview. He asked if it could tackle the "coding challenges" that programmers often face when intervi...
Tags: Google, Tech, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Times, Smith, Tom Smith, Codex, Greg Brockman, Facebook Could

Tech can help solve US cities’ affordability crisis

Maria Rioumine Contributor Share on Twitter Maria Rioumine is the CEO and co-founder of Agora. U.S. cities are in the midst of an affordability crisis. Just between May 2020 and May 2021, home prices saw their biggest annual increase in more than two decades and construction material prices increased by 24%. The cost of renting has risen faster than renters’ incomes for 20 years. Construction needs to play a critical role in f...
Tags: TC, Column, Real Estate, Opinion, US, Tech, Sustainability, Economy, United States, Manufacturing, Industries, Maria Rioumine

China roundup: Tencent takes on sites trying to circumvent its age limits

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The enforcement of China’s new gaming regulations is unfolding like a cat-and-mouse game, with the country’s internet giants and young players constantly trying to outsmart each other. Following Didi’s app ban, smaller ride-hailing apps are availing themselves of the potential market vacuum. Tencent and young gamers The Chines...
Tags: Amazon, TC, China, Tech, Beijing, Tencent, WeChat, DST Global, Weibo, Greenoaks Capital, Geely, Shein, Didi, Roblox, Cao Cao, China Roblox

How Apple’s Changes to Its Store Could Benefit App Developers

After a judge opened up a way to avoid Apple’s commission on their sales, companies big and small are seeing dollar signs.
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What’s happening in venture law in 2021?

The venture world is growing faster than ever, with more funding rounds, bigger funding rounds, and higher valuations than pretty much any point in history. That’s led to an exponential growth in the number of unicorns walking around, and has also forced regulators and venture law researchers to confront a slew of challenging problems. The obvious one, of course, is that with so many companies staying private, retail investors are mostly blocked from participating in one of the most dynamic sect...
Tags: Government, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, University of Washington, University of Kansas, Cardozo School of Law, Securities Regulation, Haifa University, Venture law, Startup Law, Yifat Aran, Matthew Wansley, Jennifer Fan, Alexander I Platt

The legal world needs to shed its ‘unicorniphobia’

Alexander I. Platt Contributor Alexander I. Platt is an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. Once upon a time, a successful startup that reached a certain maturity would “go public” — selling securities to ordinary investors, perhaps listing on a national stock exchange and taking on the privileges and obligations of a “public company” under federal securities regulations. Times have changed. Successful startups today are now able to gr...
Tags: Uber, Column, Climate Change, Opinion, Government, Tech, Walgreens, Policy, Venture Capital, SEC, Times, Unicorns, Securities And Exchange Commission, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Holmes

New Texas Law Tries Making it Illegal for Social Media Sites to Ban Users Over Political Viewpoints

The U.S. state of Texas "has made it illegal for social media platforms to ban users 'based on their political viewpoints'," repots the BBC: Prominent Republican politicians have accused Facebook, Twitter and others of censoring conservative views... The social networks have all denied stifling conservative views. However, they do enforce terms of service which prohibit content such as incitement to violence and co-ordinated disinformation. "Social media websites have become our modern-day publ...
Tags: Google, Texas, Tech, Bbc, Greg Abbott, Facebook Twitter, Social Media Sites, NetChoice trade association

Krebs Also Hit By Massive DDOS, Apparently Caused by Compromised Routers

"On Thursday evening, KrebsOnSecurity was the subject of a rather massive (and mercifully brief) distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack," the site reports. Citing a new blog post from DDoS protection firm Qrator Labs, Krebs writes that "The assault came from 'Meris,' the same new botnet behind record-shattering attacks against Russian search giant Yandex this week and internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare earlier this summer." A titanic and ongoing DDoS that hit Russian Internet searc...
Tags: Google, China, Tech, United States, Cloudflare, Yandex, Slashdot, Mirai, MERIS, Krebs, Qrator Labs Krebs, MikroTik Qrator, Akamai Cloudflare

Amazon could pay the NFL $2.5 billion to stream 'Sunday Ticket' games - and is seen as the frontrunner among bidders, reports say

A NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Amazon is seen as the favorite to win the rights to NFL's "Sunday Ticket" package, CNBC reported. The NFL is expected to ask for as much as $2.5 billion per year for the package, the report said. Other competitors that have reportedly shown interest include Apple and Disney. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon is in talks to acquire the rights to the NFL's...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Disney, NFL, Trends, Bloomberg, Philadelphia Eagles, Cnbc, Peacock, DirecTV, Apple Amazon, Jimmy Pitaro, GETTY IMAGES Amazon, NFL ESPN, Shalini Nagarajan, Dallas Cowboys Andrew Dieb Icon Sportswire

Top Stories: iPhone 13 Apple Event, Epic v. Apple Verdict, iPhone 14 Rumors, and More

Apple's biggest product introduction is right around the corner, with an Apple event now officially announced for next Tuesday, September 14! We're continuing to see a flurry of rumors about not only the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 that we're expecting to see at the event, but also the iPhone 14 that's a whole year away. The other major piece of news this week was that a decision was finally handed down in the blockbuster Epic Games v. Apple trial. It was a mixed verdict with Apple win...
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Twenty years after 9/11, hindsight is 20/20

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 arrives with pessimism and a sense of defeat.9/11 caused a national trauma that lasted for years.We should remember this when analyzing the mistakes that America made in its war on terrorism during the subsequent 20 years. As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack approached, I was disappointed to see how negative the media coverage is. The overall reportage is defeatist, focusing almost exclusively on how America made countless mistakes and accomplished l...
Tags: Apple, Obama, Congress, Osama Bin Laden, White House, Iraq, New York City, America, Barack Obama, Iran, History, Atlantic, United States, George Bush, Innovation, World Trade Center

I’d prefer an ankle tag over a quarantine app

South Australia has begun a trial of a new COVID app to monitor arrivals into the state. SA Premier Steven Marshall claimed, “every South Australian should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app”. He then doubled down with the boast that he was “pretty sure the technology that we have developed within the South Australia government will become the national standard and will be rolled out across the country.” Victoria too has announced impending “techno...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Victoria, South Australia, Steven Marshall, Next Featured

2022 Chevy Silverado Revealed: Engine Updates, New ZR2 Trim, Super Cruise Capability & More

The 2022 Chevy Silverado is coming to town, complete with new exterior designs, a ZR2 trim level, increased torque output, and hands-free driver assistance features. While the new ZR2 is exciting, and the LT will still be a great overall value, it’s the High Country buyers who will be in for a real treat. As always, designers at GM went over the top with the truck’s already swanky interior. In this article, we will cover the high points of the 2022 Silverado and what we know so far. 2022 Che...
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Motorcycle vibrations can degrade iPhone camera performance, Apple says

It recommends against mounting an iPhone on a motorcycle
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20 years later, unchecked data collection is part of 9/11’s legacy

John Ackerly Contributor Share on Twitter John Ackerly is co-founder and CEO of Virtru Corporation. Previously, he was an investor at Lindsay Goldberg LLC, served as a technology policy adviser at the White House and was the Policy and Strategic Planning director at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Almost every American adult remembers, in vivid detail, where they were the morning of September 11, 2001. I was on the second flo...
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