Farewell to Gummy Bear Jars: Tech Offices Get a Virus Safety Makeover

When employees at Salesforce, the cloud software giant based in San Francisco, eventually return to their office towers, they may find that the fun is gone from their famously fun-loving workplaces.
No more chatting in the elevator. No hugging. No more communal snack jars.

Gaining Skills Virtually to Close the Inequality Gap

When the word came in early March, Ashley Russell recalled his first reaction as “sheer astonishment.” Within a week, Year Up, a nonprofit job-training program in cities across the country, would go entirely online after being held entirely in person.
The promise of Year Up is th..

South Korean Ends Yearlong Tower Protest After Samsung Apologizes

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean man who spent 355 days at the top of a slender traffic-camera tower in a protest against Samsung ended his demonstration on Friday after the company apologized and agreed to resolve his grievances.
The man, Kim Yong-hee, 60, climbed the 82-foot..

Google Rescinds Offers to Thousands of Contract Workers

OAKLAND, Calif. — Google, facing an advertising slump caused by the pandemic, has rescinded offers to several thousand people who had agreed to work at the company as temporary and contract workers.
“We’re slowing our pace of hiring and investment, and are not bringing on as many..

A Little E-Commerce Has Big Ripples

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Online shopping is not as big a deal as you think, and it’s a much bigger deal than you think.
In the “meh” camp: While for some it can feel like e-commerce is the only commerce, American..

A.C.L.U. Warns Against Fever-Screening Tools for Coronavirus

Airports, office buildings, warehouses and restaurant chains are rushing to install new safety measures like fever-scanning cameras and infrared temperature-sensing guns. But the American Civil Liberties Union warned on Tuesday against using the tools to screen people for possibl..

‘Way Too Late’: Inside Amazon’s Biggest Outbreak