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Business • Entrepreneurship & Startups
The We Company reverts back to WeWork name
The We Company reverts back to WeWork name
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The We Company, once known as WeWork, will revert its name back to WeWork.

"We want to be strategic. We want to be innovative. We want to be impactful. We want to be WeWork," so the new CEO of the once and future WeWork, Sandeep Mathrani in the internal memo seen by Reuters.

The "We" brand was first introduced in January 2019 as the parent company of shared office provider WeWork to broaden its brand from shared office spaces to a lifestyle company.

Regional News • Europe • Spain
Spain updates Official State Gazette to enable work from home for 2.5 million public employees
Spain updates Official State Gazette to enable work from home for 2.5 million public employees
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Around 2.5 million public employees will be potentially able to work from home due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The agreement reached by the Government and the main representatives of this group of workers (CSIF, CC OO and UGT) to update the Basic Statute of the Public Employee (EBEP) was published this Wednesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE).

The autonomous communities now have six months for the adaption of the new regulations.

Business • Jobs & Careers
Salesforce to extend work from home policy until August 2021, give six extra weeks of time off for parents
Salesforce to extend work from home policy until August 2021, give six extra weeks of time off for parents

Salesforce announced it is extending the work from home policy to all 49,000 employees until at least July 31. Previously, the company guideline allowed work from home until the end of 2020.

The company also announced it is expanding benefits, offering employees an additional $250 to purchase office supplies to work from home and giving parents six additional weeks of paid time off.

Business • Jobs & Careers
Facebook extends WFH policy until July 2021
Facebook extends WFH policy until July 2021
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Facebook has announced that it is extending its work from home policy until July of 2021 for all of its 48,000 employees. Facebook is the latest tech giant to offer prolonged remote work amid the pandemic, following Google and Twitter.

"Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021. In addition, we are giving employees an additional $1,000 for home office needs," so Facebook spokesperson Nneka Norville.

Business • Economy
Google will reportedly keep staff working remotely until at least July 2021
Google will reportedly keep staff working remotely until at least July 2021
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The Wall Street Journal has reported that Google plans to keep its 200,000+ employees working remotely until at least July 2021. Google would be the first technology company to extend the Covid-19 remote work measures into the next year.

Business • Jobs & Careers
Study finds 37% of U.S. jobs can be performed entirely at home
Study finds 37% of U.S. jobs can be performed entirely at home
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A study by the University of Chicago evaluating the "economic impact of 'social distancing' measures" found that "37% of jobs in the United States can be performed entirely at home". It further found that remote jobs pay more while "lower-income economies have a lower share".

Technology • Internet & Web
Microsoft enhances Teams with Together Mode, support up to 1,000 participants in a meeting
Microsoft Team's Together Mode
Microsoft Team's Together Mode Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft announced Wednesday new features to improve the Microsoft Teams experience and beat Zoom, including the new Together Mode and the support to up to 1,000 people in a call.

Together Mode, digitally place up to 50 participants in a shared background, so it emulates the experience of sitting in the same room while meeting remotely.

Microsoft Teams also support for up to 1,000 participants in meetings, soon allow up to 20,000 viewers in presentations and seminars.

Technology • Internet & Web
Zoom to bring end-to-end encryption to all users, including non-paying
Zoom to bring end-to-end encryption to all users, including non-paying
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The video call and conferencing provider Zoom rolled back the decision to excluding encryption for free users. Zoom official announcement about the new release states: "This will enable us to offer E2EE as an advanced add-on feature for all of our users around the globe – free and paid."

Business • Economy
Facebook announces permanent remote work option for employees
Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote
Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote Credit: Anthony Quintano (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

During a live-streamed talk, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company will allow permanent remote work for many of its existing 45,000 employees and "aggressively open up" remote hiring..

Zuckerberg expects that about 50% of Facebook's workforce will work remotely within the next five to 10 years.

Business • Economy
Mastercard announces that employees can decide by themselves "when they feel comfortable" to return to offices

According to Mastercard about 90% of its employees are currently working remotely, despite most offices being open for work. The chief executive Ajay Banga said that "I'm not planning on getting back to a pre-Covid growth scenario for another year. I think that could be sometime next year when a vaccine is readily available and readily distributed." All employees can "make the decision on when they feel comfortable returning to an office. They know their personal circumstances and needs".

Technology • Internet & Web
Twitter plans on changing work from home rules permanentely

In an email to the employees of Twitter the CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that he doesn't think the company will go back to the presence work culture it had before and move up the timeline to a fully "distributed" way of work. Only jobs that require physical presence will be exempt from this.

Health
Google announces May 22 as a worldwide company holiday
Googleplex Campus
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Google's Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai announced today the company has asked employees to take a day off on May 22. The announcement, via a memo sent to employees, stated: “I know many of us have been running hard non-stop for weeks now and may be experiencing some burnout,”.

The company said it would begin reopening more offices globally as early as June, but most employees would likely work from home until the end of 2020.

Technology • Games
PlayStation to provide full pay to employees, regardless of ability to perform remote work

Reporter Patrick Klepek announced on Twitter that he obtained a memo stating that all PlayStation employees are set to work from home until April 30. Employees will be paid "regardless of ability to perform remote work due to job function or responsibilities". Additionally, employees will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 to purchase any equipment needed to continue their work remotely.