How Office Work Has Changed Forever

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March 25, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

How Office Work Has Changed Forever

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From where we work to how our work is measured, office work will be permanently different after the pandemic, Recode reports. High-skilled workers whose jobs are done on computers will likely see the biggest change.

2_APPS

Slack’s New Frontier: The Messaging App


As it tries to reimagine the way people communicate at work, Slack now aims to reinvent the text message, Protocol reports. Any Slack user will be able to direct message any other Slack user with the new system called Connect DMs. Its launch was a bit rocky: In response to concerns the feature could be used to send abusive messages, The Verge reports, it’s now disabling the option to send a message alongside an invite.

3_LAW

Zuckerberg Brings Reform Ideas to Washington

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today will lay out steps to reform a key internet law, saying that companies should have immunity from liability only if they follow best practices for removing damaging material from their platforms, Reuters reports. He is slated to testify at a joint hearing before two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees.

4_SECURITY

The Price to Access All of Your Texts: $16

A gaping flaw in SMS lets hackers take over phone numbers in minutes by simply paying a company to reroute text messages, Vice reports. This overlooked attack vector shows not only how unregulated commercial SMS tools are but also how there are huge holes in our telecommunications infrastructure.

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5_STRATEGY

Fiverr Expands to Data and Analytics 


Fiverr, best known as a way to procure freelance talent for everything from marketing to graphic design to writing and video, is expanding to data and analytics via a new vertical, ZDNet reports. Fiverr's first new vertical in nine years is aimed at smaller businesses looking to get spot help for data science, analytics, data processing, visualization, databases, and data entry.

6_TECHNOLOGY

The Tech Needed for Hybrid Work 


Some days you’ll go to the office, some days you’ll work from home. Your tech life is about to get messy. The Wall Street Journal looks at some solutions.

7_DESIGN

The Power of Nostalgia and Authenticity

Dispo, a new photosharing app that mimics a disposable camera, uses a design that combines a nostalgic societal experience—taking and developing disposable photos—with simplicity, authenticity, and community to create a powerful product experience, UX researcher and strategist Meghan Wenzel writes on UX Collective. There are lessons for all designers.

8_BUSINESS

Wikipedia to Big Tech: Pay Up


Wikipedia wants to rebalance its relationships with Google and other big tech firms like Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, whose platforms and virtual assistants lean on Wikipedia as a cost-free virtual crib sheet, Wired reports. The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates the Wikipedia project, has launched a commercial product, Wikimedia Enterprise, that is designed for the sale and efficient delivery of Wikipedia's content directly to these online behemoths (and eventually, to smaller companies too). 

9_WORK

Digital Bots Are Coming for Skilled Jobs


Software bots are getting smarter and more capable, Axios reports, and the better they get, the more competition they pose to skilled workers who might have thought themselves exempt from the job-disrupting effects of automation.

10_SAY WHAT?

Surely, He Jests?

Comedic actor John Cleese wants a piece—a big piece, in fact—of the NFT action. He drew a (not very good) picture of the Brooklyn Bridge on his iPad and is selling it as an NFT—with a buy-now price of $69,346,250.50, or 50 cents over Beeple's record. On Wednesday, the top bid on OpenSea was $35,839.65.

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