Supreme Court Could Soon Limit Employees’ Computer Access At Work

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Van Buren v. United States, a criminal case about a federal antihacking law that could have far-reaching implications for workers’ rights.

The case centers around Nathan Van Buren, a former Georgia police sergeant who was convicted of felony computer fraud in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Van Buren was accused of extracting a $6,000 payment to run a license plate search to find out whether a strip club dancer was actually an undercover officer.

An Atlanta federal judge ruled in October 2017 that Van Buren violated the CFAA when he accessed the Georgia Crime Information Center for an improper purpose. Two years later, the Eleventh Circuit Court

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Salesforce to acquire Slack for $27.7 billion amid remote work boom

Cloud computing giant Salesforce said it will acquire workplace messaging service Slack in a deal valued at $27.7 billion.



text: The Salesforce logo is seen at its headquarters on Dec. 1, 2020 in San Francisco.


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The Salesforce logo is seen at its headquarters on Dec. 1, 2020 in San Francisco.

Salesforce announced the deal on Tuesday, saying that under the terms of the agreement, Slack shareholders will receive $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share. The deal is subject to shareholder approval and expected to close in the second quarter of Salesforce’s fiscal year 2022.

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Salesforce shares slipped Wednesday, falling 10% in early trading as Slack slipped by about 3%.

The move comes as the pandemic has accelerated demand for remote work and workplace management software, and signals that some believe that workforce shifts could become permanent.

MORE: Salesforce announces layoffs after quarterly revenue tops $5 billion

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff called it

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Salesforce acquires work chat app Slack for $27B

Dec. 1 (UPI) — Cloud computing company Salesforce acquired workplace chat app Slack in an agreement announced by the two companies Tuesday.

Salesforce agreed to pay $27.7 billion for Slack, with Slack shareholders receiving $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share. The valuation was based on the closing price of Salesforce’s common stock on Monday.

Marc Benioff, chair and CEO of Salesforce, praised Slack CEO and co-founder Stewart Butterfield for building “one of the most beloved platforms in enterprise software history.”

“This is a match made in heaven,” he said. “Together, Salesforce and Slack will shape the future of enterprise software and transform the way everyone works in the all-digital, work-from-anywhere world.”

Butterfield similarly said the two companies see a “massive” opportunity in working together.

“As software plays a more and more critical role in the performance of every organization, we share a

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Foreign-student work permit OPT upheld in court

A federal judge has ruled that a controversial work-permit program for foreign students will survive a challenge from a union representing U.S. technology workers that wanted it killed.

A who’s who of Bay Area tech giants including Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber, Tesla, HP, Oracle and Salesforce had joined the fight, seeking to protect the Optional Practical Training program — which is often used as a path to an H-1B visa. In a court filing last year, they argued that the program, which gives foreign students and graduates up to three years to live and work in the U.S., expands job opportunities for American workers by spurring economic activity.

The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2014. It claimed the agency used the OPT program to get around the numerical cap on H-1B visas, which are intended for jobs requiring specialized skills, and that

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SoFi expert on what work will look in 2021

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that predicting the future is practically impossible.

The COVID-19 pandemic derailed any personal or professional goals that were set at the start of the new decade. The promise of the New Year quickly became a mandatory quarantine which changed the way in which we work for the future.

Out went the in-person meetings and in came the rise of virtual meetings. Zoom fatigue became an epidemic in office culture, while companies have adapted toward remote working (and in some cases, implemented permanently).

Return dates to the office remain murky as companies continue to push back dates until a vaccine is available. The commute remains sacrificed and quick jolts around the block are hard to come by before at-home responsibilities like childcare creep in the way of Excel spreadsheets.

With a second wave of the coronavirus knocking on the door, what exactly should workers

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Labor Unions Work to Find Ways to Bargain With AI’s Black Box

(Bloomberg) — Unions are trying to figure out how to protect their members from artificial intelligence programs they can’t see and may not even be sure are really there.



A screen displays a video of Huawei Technologies Co.'s pedestrian and vehicle recognition system at an exhibition hall at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Huawei is seeking about $1 billion from a small group of lenders, its first major funding test after getting hit with U.S. curbs that threaten to cut off access to critical suppliers.


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A screen displays a video of Huawei Technologies Co.’s pedestrian and vehicle recognition system at an exhibition hall at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Huawei is seeking about $1 billion from a small group of lenders, its first major funding test after getting hit with U.S. curbs that threaten to cut off access to critical suppliers.

The U.K.’s Trades Union Congress, an umbrella group for British unions representing more than 5.5 million people, is forming an AI taskforce to lobby employers and regulators to increase transparency around where the technology is being deployed, and to offer workers recourse if they believe they’ve been discriminated against.

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Employees who spoke to the

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Working around Covid-19: the software suite helping businesses operate safely | The new rules of work

With this year’s ongoing disruption to working lives, business leaders have struggled to take stock of changing norms, changing attitudes and changing concerns.

But one enduring concern centres on workplace safety in the context of the global health pandemic. To better understand these concerns, ServiceNow recently commissioned The Work Survey, a global survey of 9,000 executives and employees. The report found that 60% of employees believed their company would prioritise business continuity over workplace safety and, even if a company put safety first, 46% of employees doubted their employer would take the necessary steps to ensure their safety.

These apprehensions were anticipated by ServiceNow, which is why at the beginning of the pandemic the company launched the Safe Workplace suite, a collection of apps that allay staff concerns by streamlining the complex health and safety logistics of reopening large business premises – issues that cut across departments such as HR,

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How Cyberpunk 2077 Cross-Saves Work On PS5 And Xbox Series X/S

Developer CD Projekt Red has outlined the way Cyberpunk 2077 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can transfer their saves to their respective next-gen consoles.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players who upgrade to the next-gen system in their respective console family can pick up their Cyberpunk 2077 save file on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S / Series X from where they left off when the game drops on December 10. As you’d expect, the process of transferring saves from one console to the other is different for each console family.

Xbox is very simple. Thanks to Smart Delivery, Cyberpunk 2077 players on Xbox One can upload their save to the cloud and simply pick up their file on Xbox Series S / Series X. Similarly, players can connect both consoles to the same network and download their saves via selecting the System Network Transfer option.

PlayStation, on

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Does Facebook Portal work with Messenger? Yes, here’s how you can use Facebook’s messaging app and video-calling devices together



a person standing in front of a television: Portal users can link their Messenger account to the video-calling device, but not all Messenger features are available. Facebook


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Portal users can link their Messenger account to the video-calling device, but not all Messenger features are available. Facebook

  • You can use a Facebook Portal device with Messenger to call certain contacts.
  • Not all features of the Messenger chat app are available on Portal devices.
  • Having Facebook Messenger isn’t a requirement to use Portal, but the chat platform can enhance your experience through Rooms, AR, and more.
  • Portal is a series of specialized tablets and video-calling devices made by Facebook that feature an enhanced camera and speaker. 
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Portal, Facebook’s proprietary tablet, is explicitly geared to video chatting with your cadre of Facebook contacts.

That includes your Messenger contacts, an advantage for those Facebook users who spend more time on the chat app than the social media platform. 

Despite being a Facebook-made device, it’s not a requirement

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Responding To The Future Of Work And Life

By Johnny Clemmons, Global Vice President Industry Business Unit Head of Engineering, Construction, and Operations 

At the beginning of the pandemic, the construction industry was forced to play catch up alongside every other industry, adjusting to work-from-home mandates and an immediate interest in larger living spaces.

But now the tides are changing, with the construction industry have been able to plan and digitize to meet shifting needs – this is especially critical because about 75% of the infrastructure that will exist in 2050 will be via net-new construction.  

The Construction Industry and COVID-19: From a Wrecking Ball to an Innovation Boon

With productivity levels nearly stagnant in the United States between 1947 and 2010, the construction industry was ripe for disruption. As technology advanced, new additions to the arsenal, such as modular building brought a much-needed jolt to the industry.

The pandemic has accelerated building trends like prefabrication. McKinsey estimates 

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