Google says work from home flexibility is here to stay

Google developing hybrid work from office/home model

According to a recent company-wide survey, 62% of Google employees want to come back to the office, but not everyday. The company is developing policies to support a blended, or hybrid work from home and office model. CNBC

dis-rup-shun: It seems that flexibility is the operative concept, and using flexibility as an employee benefit will be critical to attract and retain talent in the future. Zoom, Teams, Bluejeans, Skype, are all here to stay, and most workers seem to have convinced employers that performance is equal or higher from home, and many claim that their hours at work have increased as a result of not commuting.

Spotify founder pledges a billion Euros to moonshot startups

Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of the world’s most popular streaming music service, Spotify, has pledged one billion euros, about one third of his wealth, to funding European technology ventures. Ek hopes to promote and stabilize European tech companies and stop the trend of these companies being snapped up by U.S. based rivals, and for strong tech talent to be lured from European shores to Silicon Valley. CNBC

dis-rup-shun: It is a great world when billionaires like Bill and Melinda Gates, Mackenzie Bezos, Warren Buffet and Daniel Ek pledge billions towards making the world a better place. Hopefully these leaders will inspire both millionaires and billionaires alike to elevate economic opportunities, reduce poverty and disease, and clean up the environment.

The real security crisis — not China

Shelly Palmer’s essay on TikTok, WeChat and security concerns is well summarized and not political: the concern for data privacy and security is that Big Tech, regardless of country or cloud, is not regulated regarding what they can do with the data that they extract through their apps. Palmer states “TikTok and WeChat have no better opportunity to use data against a single American or America than Facebook or Google or China or Russia or Tom, Dick or Harry do. The “Chinese Data Boogiepeople” are not coming to get you via TikTok or WeChat. The data elite already manipulate your world in ways you do not understand and have zero control over.” Palmer calls for bipartisan legislation to regulate the use of data, and disclosure of that usage.

dis-rup-shun: Palmer states that there is no single documented case of Big Tech using the data it has collected on you and me in an abusive manner. The Russian election interference was not a case of Big Tech acting poorly, but rather a case of Facebook offering an open channel abused by bad actors. While the WeChat and TikTok cases will be a central focus of the upcoming election, what, unfortunately, is not being discussed is a uniform data privacy policy that will be used as a unit of measure for all companies from all countries collecting personal data.

Nest Audio Speaker leaked

From a Walmart source, it appears that Google will announce, by end of month, the Nest Audio Speaker, with, of course, Google Assistant built in. Speculation has pricing at $100. Engadget

dis-rup-shun: Looks like Amazon and Google, having packed voice assistant technology into darn near every product with an outlet, are going back to the basics and working on bringing high quality sound at low prices to the home. Will these products be on par with top quality connected speakers from the likes of Bose, Sonos and JBL? Watch for reviews to guide shoppers in the upcoming holiday season.

 

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