An increasing number of tech employees are opting to leave for fully remote companies as organizations put forth inconsistent remote policies, according to Protocol's recent survey of tech workers, in partnership with Morning Consult. The survey found that 39 percent of workers strongly agree it's important for their company to let them work remotely indefinitely. The research found frustration with firms that are discouraging fully remote work while some executives are afforded more flexibility.
Military-grade spyware licensed by the Israeli firm NSO Group to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and two women close to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an investigation by the Washington Post and 16 media partners has revealed. NSO Group is a worldwide leader in the growing and largely unregulated private spyware industry.
Holed up in Oxford, England, during the pandemic, Francesca Howland and Julia Mallaby Rossler—a couple of formerly globe-trotting corporate refugees—created an app for travelers to save, share and recommend favorite watering holes, tiny hotels, independent bookstores and eateries. Launched in June, Bimble has attracted some heavyweight investors and is on track to have 300,000 users within the year, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Andreessen Horowitz is placing a big bet on non-fungible tokens, leading a $100 million funding round for the largest of the NFT trading marketplaces, OpenSea. With the round, OpenSea, founded in 2017, has a valuation of $1.5 billion, Fast Company reports. The top-tier VC firm sees NFTs as foundational technology for the internet of tomorrow.
TikTok is partnering with video delivery platform Vimeo to help small businesses, Ad Age reports. The new integration will connect Vimeo’s video creation tools with TikTok Ads Manager, allowing Vimeo users to drop their own branding into TikTok-ready templates. Vimeo becomes the first video software company in TikTok’s Marketing Partner Program.
Digital payments company Square is now offering checking and savings accounts for small business customers, CNet reports. On Tuesday, the company unveiled Square Banking, a suite of tools to collect payments, manage banking and view cash flow all at once.
Substack has made its first major podcasting investment, launching a new podcast network called Booksmart Studios, executives tell Axios. Substack sees the venture as a way to deepen its commitment to podcast publishing on its platform and as a case study for what’s possible for independent podcast networks.
Americans would be freer to repair their broken cellphones and computers themselves or to use independent repair shops under changes being eyed by federal regulators that target manufacturer restrictions, AP reports. Responding to a new competition directive from the Biden White House, the Federal Trade Commission is moving toward writing new "right to repair” rules.
Silicon Valley remains the world’s predominant technology hub. But it is exorbitantly expensive and its grip on superiority has been slipping. Rest of World takes a global look at six tech hubs, modeled after Silicon Valley, that have been growing in power and prominence.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's recently upgraded Merlin smartphone app features an AI-infused “Sound ID” feature that can capture bird sounds and compare them to crowdsourced samples to figure out just what bird is making that sound. Since the feature launched late last month, people have used it to identify more than 1 million birds, Fast Company reports.