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Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Tuesday March 31

Truist, the USA’s sixth-largest bank, has made a pledge of $25 million in philanthropic support to provide aid for basic needs, medical supplies, and financial hardship across the US. The company will immediately donate $1 million to the CDC Foundation and Johns Hopkins Medicine through the Truist Charitable Fund. This funding will aid in response and recovery efforts and assist in the purchase and delivery of much-needed medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The Truist Foundation w...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, UK, France, New York City, Advertising, US, Toronto, Linkedin, Cisco, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Manhattan


How Can A Speaker Be Funny Across Cultures?

Being funny is hard, being funny across cultures is really hard Image Credit: Gregory Gill As speakers we all understand just how tricky humor can be to deal with. If we want to make things just a little bit more tricky, we can introduce the challenge of trying to deliver a speech to people who belong to a different culture than we do and all of a sudden the whole humor thing becomes that much more difficult. What’s the best way for a speaker to come across as being funny to different cultu...
Tags: Technology, Language, Humor, English, Slides, Joke, Feedback, Skype, Virtual, Speaking, Offensive, WebEx, Face-to-face, Jim Anderson, Communicate, 1 - Plan


The CEO of Slack explains how market downturns will make it both easier and harder to hire the top talent it needs: 'It's going to take us a while to figure out what that new reality is like' (WORK, MSFT)

Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield told Business Insider that the coronavirus pandemic and the new, work-from-home reality is forcing a lot of companies to accelerate their digital transformation plans. Slack has experienced a huge influx of new customers and that's creating novel hiring challenges for the company, Butterfield said. It's clear that engineering talent is needed to ensure the product can support all the new users. But, Butterfield said, the company is still thinking about how to hire...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Cisco, Louisiana, Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Butterfield, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Slack Butterfield, COVID


The CEO of Slack explains how a recession would make it much harder for it to hire the people it needs to sustain its growth and take on Microsoft (WORK, MSFT)

Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield told Business Insider that the coronavirus pandemic and the new, work-from-home reality is forcing a lot of companies to accelerate their digital transformation plans. Slack has experienced a huge influx of new customers and that's creating novel hiring challenges for the company, Butterfield said. It's clear that engineering talent is needed to ensure the product can support all the new users. But, Butterfield said, the company is still thinking about how to hire...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Cisco, Tom Cruise, Mariah Carey, Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Butterfield, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Slack Butterfield, COVID


What are you doing at quarter past? WebEx wants you on calls then, to ease Corona-congestion

Remember landlines? Cisco service wants you to remember them too, to make dial-in part of your isolation arsenal Cisco's Webex collaboration service has urged users to turn off video and avoid starting meetings on the hour, to help ease pressure on public networks during the Coronavirus-avoidance crisis.…
Tags: Cisco, Software, Corona, WebEx


School Quits Video Calls After Naked Man 'Guessed' the Meeting Link

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A school in Norway has stopped using popular video conferencing service Whereby after a naked man apparently "guessed" the link to a video lesson. According to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, the man exposed himself in front of several young children over the video call. The theory, according to the report, is that the man guessed the meeting ID and joined the video call. One expert quoted in the story said some are "looking" for links. Last ...
Tags: Tech, Norway, WebEx, NRK


The coronavirus crisis is putting Amazon's cloud to the test like never before. Here's how it keeps its massive data centers running smoothly, helping apps like Netflix and Zoom stay reliable. (AMZN)

As coronavirus spreads around the world, more people are being required to stay home, and they often rely on apps that run on Amazon Web Services, like Zoom, Slack, WebEx, Netflix, and Hulu. AWS's network of data centers around the work are designed to handle peak demands, and they're routinely tested to make sure applications can stay running, even if some data centers go down. If there were to be a lockdown, AWS's data center sites would likely stay open, and it has processes in place to res...
Tags: Google, Amazon, US, America, Trends, Cisco, Spain, Dhs, Netflix, United States, Aws, North America, Hulu, Department Of Homeland Security, Oracle, Amazon Web Services


A Norwegian school quit Zoom after a naked man ‘guessed’ the meeting link

A school in Norway has stopped using Zoom, the popular video conferencing service, after a naked man apparently “guessed” the link to a video lesson. According to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, the man exposed himself in front of several young children over the video call. The theory, according to the report, is that the man guessed the meeting ID and joined the video call. One expert quoted in the story said some are “looking” for links. Last year security researchers told TechCrunch that ...
Tags: Health, Security, Technology, Privacy, Tech, Norway, Video Conferencing, Zoom, WebEx, NRK, Web Conferencing, Groupware, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Johns Hopkins University Norway, Zoombombing


A Norwegian school quit using video calls after a naked man ‘guessed’ the meeting link

A school in Norway has stopped using popular video conferencing service Whereby after a naked man apparently “guessed” the link to a video lesson. According to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, the man exposed himself in front of several young children over the video call. The theory, according to the report, is that the man guessed the meeting ID and joined the video call. One expert quoted in the story said some are “looking” for links. Last year security researchers told TechCrunch that malici...
Tags: Health, Security, Technology, Privacy, Tech, Norway, Video Conferencing, WebEx, NRK, Web Conferencing, Groupware, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Johns Hopkins University Norway


Practicing real estate from a distance? 5 virtual meeting platforms you need to know

Online buyer meetings, continuing education and digital listing presentations will become more popular than ever, even after coronavirus wanes. Here are some of the more popular virtual meeting options worth checking out.
Tags: Technology, Opinion, Radio, Facetime, Join.me, Zoom, Distance Education, WebEx, Select, News Brief, Google Meet, GoToMeeting, Virtual Meetings, UberConference, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Looking back at Zoom’s ascent a year after it filed to go public

Zoom, a video chat service then popular with corporations, filed to go public on March 22, 2019 . Best known in venture and corporate circles, Zoom was far from a household name at the time. However, the groundwork for its 2020-era consumer breakthrough during the novel coronavirus epidemic was detailed during its IPO march in the years leading up to its public debut. The company didn’t begin trading until mid-April last year, but it was through its March 2019 IPO filing that its name t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ipo, Tech, Cisco, SaaS, Slack, Zoom, WebEx, Videoconferencing, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Here's a big list of free tech from companies like Microsoft, Google, and Cisco to help companies deal with remote work amid the coronavirus crisis (MSFT, CSCO, GOOG, GOOGL, ZM, WORK, TEAM)

The coronavirus pandemic is giving enterprise technology vendors a moment to shine. Companies are suddenly mandated to allow the vast majority of their white-collar employees to work from home. Enterprise tools that support and assist with remote work are offering free versions of their tools to help IT pros deal with the sudden situation. Here's a list of some of the most useful offers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In an quirk of fate, the coronavirus pandemic is givin...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Okta, China, US, Trends, Cisco, Salesforce, Sap, Intermedia, Stewart Butterfield, Atlassian, Jira, HIPAA, Akamai, Microsoft Google


Shelter in Place: the global family stays home

Like most folks in the world right now, I’m homebound. Not homebound, exactly; the new term is ‘shelter in place’ or ‘home stay.’ But I’m not entirely in the house. Each day I take a 2 mile walk. I go out to buy groceries. Plus I live in a houseboat, and spend time daily sitting on my deck on the Columbia River, watching the ducks, sea lions and cormorants go by. Not to mention taking a daily paddle up the river. So I’m not staring at the walls all day. I’m one of the lucky ones. My clients have...
Tags: Sales, Behavior, Columbia River, WebEx, Sharon Drew Morgen, Sharon Drew


The CEO of Cisco explains why the tech giant is committing $225 million to fight COVID-19: 'Business must step up and the government must move more quickly' (CSCO)

Cisco is committing $225 million in cash and other forms of support to fight COVID-19, the coronavirus disease. The tech giant is providing $210 million worth of access to technologies, such as the Webex video conferencing system, to help governments and other organizations respond faster to the crisis. Cisco is also allocating cash for health, education and other initiatives. "Business must step up and provide interim assistance in all of these cases and the government must move much more qui...
Tags: US, NFL, Trends, Cisco, US Senate, Robbins, Business Insider, Silicon, Chuck Robbins, WebEx, CSCO


Zoom warns investors that the app's huge boom in popularity is making it more expensive for the company to do business (ZM)

Zoom has experienced a huge increase in usage over the past few weeks — consumers and businesses alike are turning to the red-hot video chat app to stay connected amid the spread of coronavirus. Zoom executives said earlier this month that much of that new usage is for its free product, so its too early to tell how it will translate into more business.  However, the increased usage puts more pressure on Zoom to keep up the quality of its product and forces the company to invest in growing its ...
Tags: Microsoft, China, NFL, Trends, Cisco, Yuan, Amazon Web Services, Zoom, Microsoft Google, WebEx, Eric Yuan, Microsoft Teams Google, COVID


What do you not want right now? A bunch of Cisco SD-WAN, Webex vulnerabilities? Here are a bunch of them

Switchzilla says remote networking gear has a grab-bag of holes Cisco has issued a series of security updates for its SD-WAN and Webex software, just when they're most needed.…
Tags: Cisco, Software, WebEx, Switchzilla


Corporate America steps up to deal with #COVID-19

You might be wondering how companies are taking care of their people during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are a few of the many companies who have stepped up to care for and protect their teams, customers and vendors. Zoom is offering free services and technical support to nonprofits, medical institutions, and NGOs as well as schools for online education. Comcast and T-Mobile upgraded everyone to unlimited data for the next 90 days. Comcast made their Xfinity hotspots open to anyone for free. And T-...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Washington, Kaiser Permanente, US, America, San Francisco, Seo, General Motors, Nike, Cisco, Comcast


NEA, venture capital’s quiet giant, closes on $3.6 billion

While many venture capital firms spend their days either chasing the limelight or shunning it, for the last 42 years New Enterprise Associates has just done the work of investing capital and building startup businesses. Now the firm has closed its latest investment vehicle, a $3.6 billion fund that brings its total capital under management to nearly $24 billion, according to a statement. Unlike some firms, the partnership at NEA hasn’t really focused on star-making. For the last several years...
Tags: Travel, TC, Asia, Money, Finance, Investment, President, Venture Capital, Food And Drug Administration, Plaid, Paul Walker, Head, Nea, Accel, Jet.com, Visa


Cisco has issued a mandatory two-week work from home policy for most of its employees all over the world thanks to coronavirus fears (CSCO)

Cisco is instituting a mandatory work from home policy for many of its 75,000 or so employees around the world over coronavirus fears. The policy affects Cisco's main campus in San Jose, California, as well as several of its other offices around the world — including San Francisco, New York City, and all of Washington State. It also extends internationally, to offices in countries including China, Italy, South Korea, and Australia. Cisco has not released information about any confirmed cases o...
Tags: California, Washington, Africa, US, Trends, Cisco, Kuala Lumpur, Fox News, San Jose, Washington State, Santa Clara, San Francisco New York City, Santa Clara County, San Jose California, Europe Middle East, Chuck Robbins


Brand Moves Roundup

In a fast-moving global crisis such as the current coronavirus outbreak, brands have an important role to play. Staying true to their ambition creates a perception of integrity. Reputations can be made by activating brand purpose during a crisis – and just as quickly lost by perceived opportunism. Moves that create value for communities, customers and employees are both bold and smart. Bold, because they may come at a short term cost to profit or margin. A tough call – but consider the cost of ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, Hbo, UK, New York, Cook, Milan, Microsoft, Australia, China, Russia, Singapore


Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Tuesday March 10

In a fast-moving global crisis such as the current coronavirus outbreak, brands have an important role to play. Staying true to their ambition creates a perception of integrity. Reputations can be made by activating brand purpose during a crisis – and just as quickly lost by perceived opportunism. Moves that create value for communities, customers and employees are both bold and smart. Bold, because they may come at a short term cost to profit or margin. A tough call – but consider the cost of ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, Hbo, UK, New York, Cook, Milan, Microsoft, Australia, China, Russia, Singapore


AS HEARD ON – The Jim Polito Show – WTAG 580 AM: New Movie Technology, Coronavirus, Remote Work and more

Welcome! Good morning, everybody. I was on with Steve Fornier who was sitting in for the vacationing Jim Polito this morning. We discussed a some of the new technology being used in the film industry that is coming from the gaming sector and the new LED soundstages and the difference that is making for actors and filmmakers. Then we discussed the Coronavirus and remote work and online education. So, here we go with Steve Fornier. For more tech tips, news, and updates visit – CraigPeterson.com — ...
Tags: Facebook, Podcast, Boston, New York City, US, Sem, Ireland, Italy, Michael Jordan, Ibm, Vpn, Jack Black, Craig, Steve, Disney World, Don


Cybersecurity company Cloudflare is making a directory of free tech services to support the surge in remote workers during the coronavirus outbreak (NET, MSFT, GOOG, CSCO, BOX, LOGM)

Cloudlfare has created a hub to centralize offers of free tech services to make it easier for companies to access virus-related offers.  After Cloudflare's CEO reached out over the weekend, Box, Google, GoToMeeting, Microsoft, and Cisco's Webex have also posted offers on the hub.  Cloudflare also announced Monday it is offering free IT and security support for small businesses.  A surge in remote workers because of the virus has created increased strain on IT — and new security vulnerabilities...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, US, Trends, Cisco, Vpn, Louisiana, Prince, Cloudflare, WebEx, Matt Prince, Cloudlfare


Cybersecurity experts warn that hackers are targeting people now working from home amid the coronavirus outbreak: 'They're not always as diligent' (MSFT, GOOG, CSCO)

Employees sent home due to the coronavirus outbreak now work in isolation as opportunitstic hackers use the crisis in phishing email attacks.  Widespread email attacks urgently cite the virus – some 10% of Italian organizations got a fraudulent emailing claiming to be from health officials, researchers find. Offers from tech companies of free web-conferencing, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Slack, adds to fast adoption of platforms that hackers can target, IT pros say.  It's more difficu...
Tags: Google, Europe, Microsoft, California, China, Virginia, US, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Indianapolis, Dhs, Fbi, Italy, World Health Organization


How To Hire And Train A New Employee During The Summer (When Most People Are On Vacation)

by Leonard Callejo, Director of Online Marketing at Cisco Webex Recruiting and hiring employees is challenging, if only because the stakes for making the right choice are so high. Say you had to replace a worker who had been hired only recently, since they turned out to be a poor cultural fit. Doing so could cost as much as one-third of their annual compensation, according to an Employee Benefits News report. On top of the normal difficulties of the hiring process, HR also has to deal with its ...
Tags: Startups, Summer, Cisco, Vacation, Hiring, Online Marketing, Leonard, WebEx, Professionalisms, Hiring Practices, Cisco WebEx, Leonard Callejo, Cisco Webex Recruiting


AS HEARD ON NH Today with Jack Heath WGIR-AM 610: Security for Businesses When Employees are Working at Home and More

Welcome, Good Monday morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. I was on with Jack Heath this morning. We discussed the Coronavirus, Covid-19, the different tools that can be used for remote work and the security issues that businesses are facing during these quarantines. Here we go with Jack. These and more tech tips, news, and updates visit – CraigPeterson.com —  Automated Machine Generated Transcript: Jack Unlike stay quarantined for a couple of weeks, what do they say? Justin 12 days, 14 days ...
Tags: Chuck, Podcast, Cisco, Sem, Vpn, Jack, Facebook Live, Don, Justin, Craig Peterson, Craig Craig, Craig Good, WebEx, Craig Subscribe, Jack Heath, Craig Hey


Cisco is closing a building at its massive Silicon Valley campus after a worker was exposed to the coronavirus — read the email to employees (CSCO)

Cisco told its employees that a worker at its Silicon Valley headquarters was in "close contact" with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. A spokesperson confirmed that Cisco closed the building where the employee worked and said employees were told earlier this week they could work from home if they were more comfortable. Read the email Cisco sent to employees about the exposure and its next steps below. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. C...
Tags: Chuck, California, US, NFL, Trends, Cisco, Silicon Valley, Building, Milpitas, San Jose California, WebEx, Julie Bort, CSCO, COVID, SJC Building, Building 24


Cisco is closing a building at its massive Silicon Valley campus after a worker was exposed to coronavirus — read the email to employees (CSCO)

Cisco is warning its employees that a worker at its Silicon Valley headquarters was in "close contact" with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the coronavirus disease. A spokesperson confirms that Cisco has closed the building in which the employee worked, and says that employees were advised earlier this week they could work from home if they were more comfortable. Read the email Cisco sent to employees about the exposure and its next steps below. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stor...
Tags: Chuck, California, Trends, Cisco, United States, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Milpitas, WebEx, Julie Bort, CSCO, COVID, SJC Building


Ask Slashdot: What Features Would Your Ideal Telework Systems Incorporate?

couchslug writes: Physical commuting has a horrific and enormously expensive carbon footprint. It's costly in lives (auto and other transportation accidents, pollution) and wasted time (billions of hours every year) better spent doing something else. What software and hardware features would your ideal telework systems incorporate to minimize physical interaction? How can we use technology to avoid costly, wasteful and sometimes dangerous meatspace gatherings? What don't you like about existing ...
Tags: Tech, Cisco, WebEx


EXCLUSIVE: Remote Proximity – a new mindset and digital skill set

Authored by Chris Nurko, Global Chief Innovation Officer at Interbrand We know that temporary confinement can drive the conditions that foster creative and innovative market solutions. Back in 2003, when the SARS coronavirus hit China, the social conditions enabled the expansion of digital services. The outbreak was a key driver for the adoption of social media and e-commerce platforms across the region. Looking back 17 years, JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant was little more than a chain of...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, China, Advertising, Remote Work, Dave, Beijing, Alibaba, Group, Skype, Liu, Lui, Interbrand, WebEx, Brand News, Richard Liu