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McDonald's CEO says corporate staff will return to the office 3 days a week. 'We ultimately are an in-person business.'

McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski. AP Photo/Richard Drew McDonald's says its corporate workers should return to the office three days a week. "We ultimately are an in-person business," CEO Chris Kempczinski told Bloomberg. Google and Apple are also asking employees to return to their offices. See more stories on Insider's business page. McDonald's CEO said he expects corporate workers to return to the office three days a week.In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Chris Kempczi...
Tags: Apple, Google, News, US, Employment, Trends, Strategy, Bloomberg, Fast Food, Retail, Mcdonald's, Working, Working Conditions, McDonald, Bloomberg Google, Kempczinski


Yoobic raises $50M for its chat and communications app app aimed at frontline and service workers

Slack set the standard in many ways for what knowledge workers want and expect out of a workplace collaboration app these days, but a lot has been left on the table when it comes to frontline workers. Today, one of the software companies that has built a popular app for that frontline crowd to become a part of the conversation is announcing a funding round that speaks to the opportunity to do more. Yoobic, which provides an app for frontline and service workers to manage tasks, communicate with ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, New York, London, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Highland Europe, Yoobic, FELIX, Gilles, Carrefour, Avi, Fabrice Avi, Field Service, ServiceMax


Biosafety startup R-Zero acquires CoWorkr to create an “OS for the workplace”

On Tuesday, R-Zero, a pandemic-era biosafety company, announced the acquisition of CoWorkr – a company that develops room occupancy sensors. The acquisition marks a shift in focus for R-Zero as people return to work, vaccines are rolled out, and companies that sprung up in response to the COVID-19 adapt to another phase of the pandemic.  When R-Zero was founded in April 2020, the company primarily focused on developing hospital-grade UVC disinfection systems, or lights that can neutralize cer...
Tags: TC, Washington Post, Tech, Ultraviolet, Deloitte, Lg, Hygiene, Biotech, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Morgan, Coli, William Blair, Redmond, South San Francisco, Keenan


Chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund arrested on foreign agent charges – live

Tom Barrack charged with acting as unregistered agent for UAEFauci clashes with Rand Paul over ‘gain of function research’Pelosi staffer and White House official test positive for Covid 8.30pm BST Florida congressman Charlie Crist and South Carolina congresswoman Nancy Mace have joined the #FreeBritney movement and introduced bipartisan legislation to protect the rights of those under conservatorship arrangements.Britney Spears shocked the world last month when she delivered impassioned test...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, New York, Technology, Media, Republicans, California, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, United States, US politics, United Arab Emirates


Mural raises $50M Series C after tripling its ARR in the last year

This morning Mural, a startup that builds digital collaboration software with a focus on visual presentation, announced that it has closed a $50 million Series C. The new capital, co-led by prior investors Insight Partners and Tiger Global, values the startup at more than $2 billion. Previously, Mural was valued at around $500 million when it closed a $118 million round last August. Mural also raised a $23 million Series A at the start of 2020. Mural’s product focuses around a visual collaborati...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Tiger Global, Mural, ARR, NDR, Insight Partners, Sachdev, Mariano Suarez Battan, Suarez Battan, COVID, Nikhil Sachdev


The recent stock sell-off is a short-term 'healthy pullback' as the market hits extremes, according to one technical analyst

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 9, 2020. Bryan R Smith The ongoing sell-off in the stock market represents a "healthy pullback," technical analyst Katie Stockton said in a note on Monday.The S&P 500 is down about 3% from its record high, with losses accelerating in Monday's trading session."We think the pullback will be short-lived, maturing later this week," Stockton said.Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York, US, Trends, Delta, Stockton, Tom Lee, Bryan R Smith, New York Stock Exchange NYSE, Matthew Fox, Katie Stockton, COVID, McClellan Oscillator


The latest stock sell-off is a 'healthy pullback' and investors should refrain from panicking, according to one technical analyst

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., March 9, 2020. Bryan R Smith The ongoing sell-off in the stock market represents a "healthy pullback," technical analyst Katie Stockton said in a note on Monday.The S&P 500 is down about 3% from its record high, with losses accelerating in Monday's trading session."We think the pullback will be short-lived, maturing later this week," Stockton said.Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York, US, Trends, Delta, Stockton, Tom Lee, Bryan R Smith, New York Stock Exchange NYSE, Matthew Fox, Katie Stockton, COVID, McClellan Oscillator


What to Sell on Shopify?

Creating a Shopify store is one thing and making it a success is another. To grow your store fast, you have to start selling products that have a high purchase rate and healthy profit margin. So now comes the million-dollar question: what to sell on Shopify? We have conducted thorough research to prepare this complete guide on products to sell online. In this guide, you will explore profitable niches and top-selling items in those niches. Whether you’re to search for trending existing products ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Ecommerce, Etsy, Ebay, US, Sales, United States, North America, Google Shopping, Google Trends, Shopify, Cagr, Statista, Goldstein, APPA


Apple just tapped a key health exec to work on its cars project

Hello,Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I'm Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:We got the scoop on a key Apple Health exec's new project;What experts think we should do about the rise in COVID-19 cases in kids;Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would be "reasonable" to assume vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are less likely to spread it.If you're new to this newsletter, sign up here. Comments, tips? Email me at [email protected] or tweet @lydiaramsey125. Let's get t...
Tags: Apple, California, US, Trends, New York Times, Connecticut, Healthcare, Vaccine, Anthony Fauci, Wwdc, Don, Cleveland Clinic, Lynch, Newsletters, Kevin Lynch, Apple Health


Just 12 people are responsible for the majority of COVID-19 conspiracy theories online, study finds. JFK's anti-vaxxer nephew is one of the 'disinformation dozen.'

The disinformation dozen, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Jr, are twelve anti-vaxxers who play leading roles in spreading digital misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Getty Images 12 people are responsible for the majority of COVID-19 disinformation shared online, according to a new study. The CCDH found that 65% of anti-vaccine posts on Facebook and Twitter could be attributed to the "disinformation dozen." The disinformation dozen includes a bodybuilder, a wellness blogger, and JFK&...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, News, Instagram, Trends, News UK, Conspiracy Theorists, Jfk, Misinformation, Facebook Instagram Twitter, Robert F Kennedy Jr, Anti-vaxxers, Kelly Brogan, Coronavirus


Fired Covid-19 Data Manager is Now Running for Congress

Florida's fired Department of Health data manager Rebekah Jones lost access to her 400,000 followers on Twitter last month — which she'd been using to criticize Florida governor Ron DeSantis for downplaying the severity of the state's Covid-19 crisis. Then Jones announced she'd be running for Congress. "This also means, under Desantis' recently signed social media law, I get to fine Twitter $250K per day until my account is restored starting July 1." Orlando Weekly reports: After a media frenz...
Tags: Twitter, Florida, Instagram, Congress, America, Tech, Jones, Department Of Health, Slashdot, Ron DeSantis, Daniel Ellsberg, DeSantis, U S White House, Orlando Weekly, COVID, Rebekah Jones


Facebook rejects Joe Biden's claim it's 'killing people' with misinformation, saying vaccine hesitancy among its users has dropped by 50%

President Joe Biden, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Reuters/Alan Freed; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Joe Biden said vaccine misinformation on platforms like Facebook is "killing people." Facebook responded by saying vaccine hesitancy among its users has fallen 50% since April 2020. Facebook said Biden is trying to blame it for missing his goal of 60% vaccination by July 4. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook is firing back at Joe Biden for claiming the social me...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Vaccine, Biden, University Of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon University, Kennedy, Rosen, Tom Williams


Weekend reading: Turning on the triple-lock

What caught my eye this week. I was a big fan of real-time strategy computer games in my frugal but otherwise misspent youth. You know – those games in which you’d martial digital resources and deploy armies to expand your burgeoning industrial-military complex (or gold based goblin empire). At their best, real-time strategy games gave you a glimpse of what it was like to be Napoleon or Marcus Aurelius – commanding legions! At their worst, they were invariably broken by glitches that threw th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Hong Kong, UK, England, Yahoo, Marketing, US, Bloomberg, Bbc, David Willetts, Natwest, Office for Budget Responsibility, State Pension, Cnbc


Influential Ivermectin Study Accused of 'Totally Faked' Data

"The efficacy of a drug being promoted by rightwing figures worldwide for treating Covid-19 is in serious doubt," reports the Guardian, "after a major study suggesting the treatment is effective against the virus was withdrawn due to 'ethical concerns'." The preprint study on the efficacy and safety of ivermectin — a drug used against parasites such as worms and headlice — in treating Covid-19, led by Dr Ahmed Elgazzar from Benha University in Egypt, was published on the Research Square website...
Tags: London, Sweden, Tech, Egypt, Guardian, Brown, Lawrence, Linnaeus University, Nick Brown, Jack Lawrence, COVID, Meyerowitz Katz, Research Square, Ahmed Elgazzar, Benha University, University of Wollongong Gideon Meyerowitz Katz


Massachusetts startup OPT Industries is perfecting a 3D-printed nasal swab for COVID-19 tests

In 2020 and 2021, we all became well-acquainted with nasal swabs. But small sticks we stuck up our noses, it turns out, were harder to come by than anyone could have predicted. A May 2020 survey of 118 labs in the US found that 60 percent reported limited swab supplies – making lack of swabs the most commonly reported supply-chain problem. One small company that stepped into the fray of swab production was the two year old OPT Industries, a Massachusetts-based company with fifteen ...
Tags: TC, Science, Cdc, Kaiser Permanente, Massachusetts, US, Tech, Delta, Biotech, Wall Street Journal, Henry Schein, OU, Alberta Canada, NDA, Amazon Amazon, Biomedical


Google Meet Now Enforces Group Call Length Limit For Free Gmail Users

In light of COVID-19 driving all communication online, free Google Meet users with personal Gmail accounts could take advantage of group calls without a duration limit over the past year. That benefit ended at the start of this month and Google has detailed the new limitation. 9to5Google reports: When Meet became available for all users in April of 2020, Google said it wouldn't enforce a 60-minute time limit on calls until September 30. That deadline for group calls that could run all day long w...
Tags: Google, Tech, COVID


How working at Google allows me to keep giving back

I was born in a small town in the South of France to an Algerian dad and a Vietnamese mom. Like many kids from immigrant families, I took school seriously because I saw success in the classroom as a way to fit in. I was incredibly lucky to have teachers in high school who spent extra hours after school pushing me and surfaced opportunities I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise. Without them, I probably would have settled for less. Instead I’m the first in my family to go to university. The helping ...
Tags: Google, UK, London, France, Spain, Google.org, Hatch, South Of France, Vanessa, COVID, Vanessa Bouaroudj


This chart shows the type of jobs that are still working from home

MoMo Productions/Getty Images The US is looking a lot different than the height of the pandemic, and that includes remote work. Some occupations are seeing fewer people working from home than just a few months ago. The following chart shows the share of employees working from home by occupation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Americans still want to work from home, even if it's just part of the week. But some industries are saying it's time to come back to the of...
Tags: Apple, Google, US, Trends, Glassdoor, Gallup, Zhao, Jed Kolko, Sarah Jackson, Kolko, Daniel Zhao, COVID, Madison Hoff, MoMo Productions Getty


This startup just created a fast, accurate COVID test that only needs saliva and links to an app

We’re entering a phase in the COVID-19 pandemic where transmission is going to go through the roof because of the Delta variant. But as vaccinations ramp up around the world, the main cost to society now will not be the health services being overwhelmed, but mass disruption to businesses as staff are forced to self isolate by track and trace systems. Thus, biosecurity in the workplace (or any other setting for that matter) is going to matter a lot. The paragraph you just read above is in fact a ...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, Medicine, US, Tech, United States, NHS, United Kingdom, Fda, Oxford University, Biotechnology, Partner, Sheppard, Localglobe


Partnering with Google for Startups helped us redefine community

It seems like yesterday when I launched Centraal to serve as a meeting point for the Mexico City startup world: a place where people from different walks of life meet, collaborate and facilitate the flow of ideas and innovation. Eight years in, we are proud to be one of the leading tech hubs in Latin America, having helped more than 25,000 entrepreneurs — more than 40% of whom identify as women — through our coding school, corporate innovation programs, Google for Startups Accelerators and cowor...
Tags: Google, Mexico, Entrepreneurs, Canada, Mexico City, Montreal, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Black, U S, Rogelio, Centraal, Google for Startups, Google in Latin America, COVID, Google for Startups Black Founders Fund


Global Wind and Solar Power Capacity Grew At Record Rate In 2020

The world's wind and solar energy capacity grew at a record rate last year while the oil industry recorded its steepest slump in demand since the second world war, according to BP. The Guardian reports: The impact of coronavirus lockdowns on the energy industry led carbon emissions to plummet by 6% on the year before, the sharpest decline since 1945, according to BP's annual review of the energy sector. But the report says the impact of Covid on carbon emissions needs to be replicated every year...
Tags: UK, China, Tech, Bp, Dale, COVID, Spencer Dale BP


A Matter of Impact: June updates from Google.org

This week we wrapped up Pride Month, and while events looked a little different than usual, I was happy to still take part in virtual celebrations at Google and in my community. For me, Pride represents a time to celebrate progress, and also reflect on how much work is left to be done. Like it has for so many marginalized groups, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a distinct impact on LGBTQ+ people. Research from The Trevor Project and BeLonG To,  both Google.org grantees, shows that LGBTQ+ youth are...
Tags: Google, Mali, Lgbtq, Nonprofits, Google.org, Jacquelline Fuller, Institute, MIT Technology Review, Kaiser Family Foundation, Trevor Project, Riley Wong, COVID, Marsha P Johnson Institute, Elle Moxley, Pride Month Google, Transgender Legal Defense Education Fund Hear


Fitbits Detect Lasting Changes After Covid-19

An anonymous reader writes: One in five Americans uses a Fitbit, Apple Watch or other wearable fitness tracker. And over the past year, several studies have suggested that the devices -- which can continually collect data on heart rates, body temperature, physical activity and more -- could help detect early signs of Covid-19 symptoms. Now, research suggests that these wearables can also help track patients' recovery from the disease, providing insight into its long-term effects. In a paper publ...
Tags: Tech, Scripps, Radin, JAMA Network Open, COVID, Jennifer Radin


A new generation of Korean startups

In Korea today, a new generation of startup founders are making their mark — continuing Korea’s long tradition of forward-thinking in technology, building a more diverse Korean economy and contributing to the recovery from COVID-19. Supporting these founders is a priority for Google in Korea, part of our mission to help improve Koreans’ lives and give Korean businesses a platform to grow. In 2015, we established a Google for Startups Campus in Seoul — our first in the Asia-Pacific region — to su...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Stanford, US, Entrepreneurs, Korea, Silicon Valley, OECD, Seoul, Asia Pacific region, KRW, Ringle, Google in Asia, Google for Startups Campus, COVID, Harrison Kim


We want your city in TechCrunch’s European Cities Survey 2021!

Do you want your city to get its own TechCrunch Survey? They join in!   So if you are a tech startup founder or investor in one of these cities please fill out our survey form here   Check the list of European cities we’ve surveyed so far in our regular survey of European founders and investors in cities outside the larger European capitals, and see below.  We want entrepreneurs and investors to talk about their ecosystems, in their own words.   This is your chance to put your city...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tech, COVID, Amsterdam Netherlands Athens Greece Berlin


Amazon is now selling its own Covid-19 test kits for $39.99 in the U.S.

Amazon announced this morning it would begin to sell its own brand of Covid-19 at-home tests to Amazon shoppers in the U.S. The test retails for $39.99 on the Amazon.com website and is available to any U.S. customer without a prescription. The Covid-19 PCR collection kit is shipped to the customer’s home via Amazon Prime, offering everything needed to perform a nasal swab. Customers will then return the collection tube with the swab inside via the included return box. Amazon says it will be able...
Tags: Health, Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Medicine, US, Tech, Amazon Prime, Amazon.com, E-commerce, UPS, United States, Hawaii, CLIA, EUA, HSA


Byrd raises $19M to expand Amazon-style fulfillment and logistics to more e-commerce merchants in Europe

E-commerce in Europe is set to grow 30% percent this year, with the online shopping surge that started at the rise of Covid-19 showing little sign of abating. Today, a startup that’s building infrastructure in the region to help merchants fill and deliver those orders — and present an alternative to using Amazon for fulfillment — is announcing funding to expand its footprint to meet that demand. Byrd, which builds software to manage warehouses and logistics operations, and also runs a service to...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Europe, France, Funding, Tech, Spain, Logistics, Fulfillment, FBA, Vienna Austria, Byrd, UK Germany the Netherlands, Manuel Silva Martínez, COVID, Mouro Capital


COVID Vaccines To Reach Poorest Countries in 2023 -- Despite Recent Pledges

Most people in the poorest countries will need to wait another two years before they are vaccinated against COVID-19, researchers have told Nature. From a report: Around 11 billion doses are needed to fully vaccinate 70% of the world's population against COVID-19. As of 4 July, 3.2 billion doses had been administered. At the current vaccination rate, this will increase to around six billion doses by the end of the year, researchers from the International Monetary Fund, based in Washington DC, pr...
Tags: Japan, New York City, US, Tech, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, United Kingdom, International Monetary Fund, Pfizer, France Germany, Mainz Germany, Cornwall UK, BioNtech, COVID


Why former Alibaba scientist wants to back founders outside the Ivory Tower

Min Wanli had a career path much coveted by those pursuing a career in computer science. A prodigy, Min was accepted to a top research university in China at the age of 14. He subsequently obtained Ph.D. degrees in physics and statistics from the University of Chicago before spending nearly a combined decade at IBM and Google. Like many young, aspiring Chinese scientists working in the United States, Min returned to China when the country’s internet boom was underway in the early 2010s. He joine...
Tags: Google, London, China, Tech, United States, Alibaba, United Arab Emirates, Ibm, University Of Chicago, Siemens, Shenzhen, Abb, Ivory Tower, RPA, Lingumi, MIN


Google update will allow digital Covid-19 vaccination cards and test results to be stored on Android devices

Google is making it possible to store digital versions of either Covid-19 test results or vaccination cards on users’ Android devices. The company on Wednesday announced it’s updating its Passes API, which will give developers at healthcare organizations, government agencies, and other organizations authorized by public health authorities the ability to create digital versions of tests and vaccination cards which can then be saved directly to the user’s device. The Passes API is typically used t...
Tags: Health, Google, Android, Mobile, Japan, Technology, Israel, Tech, Eu, United States, Healthcare, Mobile Payments, Vaccination, Api, Google Pay, COVID



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