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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.