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Atlassian tells employees they can work from home forever

  • Software company Atlassian isn't getting rid of its offices.
  • Besides freeing up current employees, the new approach could help with hiring outside major areas where the company would ordinarily have to pay generously while competing with other major companies.
  • Atlassian's products help software developers and others keep track of code, projects, issues and other work.
  • One of Atlassian's competitors, privately held GitLab, has never had an office despite having grown past 1,000 people.
  • Employees will be welcome to return to the offices should they want to use them.
  • The company hasn't decided how compensation might change for employees who relocate to other regions, nor has it figured out the right number of people to work in each time zone to ensure a sufficient amount of overlap, the person said.
  • Atlassian will measure outcomes, rather than the number of hours each person spends working, according to the blog post.

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US suffers world's biggest jump in economic misery as COVID cases surge - Business Insider

  • Bloomberg's Misery Index, which ranks major economies by inflation and unemployment expectations, shows the country sinking to rank 25 from rank 50 in 2020.
  • The US was hit by both plunging inflation expectations and spiking joblessness.
  • The nation's unemployment rate spiked as high as 13.4% in the second quarter from a pre-pandemic reading of 3.5%, ranking among the worst labor market tumbles around the world.
  • Of the world's largest economies, China and Japan declined the least, while the eurozone and the UK both experienced bigger jumps in joblessness and drops in inflation.
  • Some higher rankings were fueled by demand hits that pushed inflation expectations into negative territory.
  • The top four least miserable economies of 2020 all expect deflation to hit in the near future.
  • Read more: Harding Loevner's global stock fund has trounced the market for over 30 years.

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US suffers world's biggest jump in economic misery as COVID cases surge - Business Insider

  • Bloomberg's Misery Index, which ranks major economies by inflation and unemployment expectations, shows the country sinking to rank 25 from rank 50 in 2020.
  • The US was hit by both plunging inflation expectations and spiking joblessness.
  • The nation's unemployment rate spiked as high as 13.4% in the second quarter from a pre-pandemic reading of 3.5%, ranking among the worst labor market tumbles around the world.
  • Of the world's largest economies, China and Japan declined the least, while the eurozone and the UK both experienced bigger jumps in joblessness and drops in inflation.
  • Some higher rankings were fueled by demand hits that pushed inflation expectations into negative territory.
  • The top four least miserable economies of 2020 all expect deflation to hit in the near future.
  • Read more: Harding Loevner's global stock fund has trounced the market for over 30 years.

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Wasabi fire alarm a lifesaver for the deaf (2008)

  • Japan has developed a smoke detector for deaf people that is based on the pungent smell of Japan’s spicy green horseradish, an eye-watering condiment more typically found tucked under fish in a piece of sushi.
  • If it detects smoke, the alarm sprays out a synthesized wasabi smell that wakes up people who might have slept through a conventional fire alarm.
  • Assistant professor Makoto Imai from the Shiga University of Medical Science, who built the alarm in collaboration with Seems, a company that makes perfume, says the smoke detector may save lives among the hard of hearing.
  • He said the Wasabi smoke detector was tested on 14 people, including four deaf people.
  • Imai said trial production of the Wasabi smoke detector would be completed in a year and the product would be sold in shops within two years.

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Westinghouse Files for Bankruptcy, in Blow to Nuclear Power

  • The filing comes as the company’s corporate parent, Toshiba of Japan, scrambles to stanch huge losses stemming from Westinghouse’s troubled nuclear construction projects in the American South.
  • Even before the filing, Toshiba had essentially retired Westinghouse from the business of building nuclear power plants.
  • The power companies — Scana Energy in South Carolina and a consortium in Georgia led by Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Company — would face the possibility of new contract terms, long lawsuits and absorbing losses that Toshiba and Westinghouse could not cover, analysts say.
  • Dennis Pidherny, a managing director at Fitch Ratings who is sector head of the United States public power group, said that it was possible that the company’s bankruptcy filing could terminate the contracts and that it could be difficult for the utilities to find another builder to take them over.

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Hiroshima after 75 years: Walking the path of the atomic bomb

  • Now it sits, essentially ignored, on the Pacific island of Tinian, from where the US Army Air Force B-29 bombers that performed those atomic strikes on Japan departed.
  • At the site of the atomic bomb assembly building, my guide and I hop into the rented Toyota Corolla for the next steps in the bombs' journey, a short drive to pits into which they were lowered, then hoisted up into the bellies of the bombers that would carry them to their targets.
  • I stop the car and line it up on the center of Runway Able, trying to recreate the movements of Enola Gay's pilot, Col. Paul Tibbets, 75 years ago.
  • Inside the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which sits near ground zero in the Japanese city, a permanent exhibit gives details of some of the schoolchildren who were killed by the bomb.

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Android version of popular Dark Sky weather app shuts down

  • The Dark Sky Android app is not the only popular service on the chopping block as a result of the acquisition.
  • Several app developers on both iOS and Android have used Dark Sky's API for weather data for a while now, but like Android support, that's going away.
  • When the acquisition was first announced, Dark Sky was slated to stop working on Android on July 1.
  • The Web version of Dark Sky was slated to end today, but Apple has extended that deadline, though embeds have been disabled.
  • Below: Screenshots from the iOS and desktop Web versions of the app.
  • Apple's public iOS 14 preview page makes it pretty clear that the next version of the iPhone's operating system is incorporating Dark Sky-related features and data.
  • The Weather app and widgets display government alerts about certain severe weather events including tornados, winter storms, flash floods, and more.

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The 4a and 5 will be Google’s first 5G-enabled Pixels

  • The latest version of Google’s budget Pixel device will be one of the first two to get its next-gen technology.
  • It’s an odd strategy, to be sure, but sometimes roadmaps work out like that, I guess.
  • You can read basically everything you need to know about the Pixel 4a in my review here.
  • It’s a pretty basic addition to the line, albeit one that bumps up battery life from its predecessors and maintains the brand’s focus on excellent imaging with limited hardware.
  • It’s promised more on both in the coming months, though we do know for sure that both models will be available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Australia.
  • It’s a strange strategy that bucks previous next-gen technology roll outs (not the mention how virtually every other manufacturer has approached 5G).

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Trump gives Microsoft 45 days to clinch TikTok deal

  • NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
  • Trump said on Friday he was planning to ban TikTok amid concerns that its Chinese ownership represents a national security risk because of the personal data it handles.
  • But following a discussion between Trump and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the Redwood, Washington-based company said in a statement on Sunday that it would continue negotiations to acquire TikTok from ByteDance, and that it aimed to reach a deal by Sept.
  • This is a deadline that was put to ByteDance and Microsoft by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which scrutinizes deals for potential national security risks, according to the sources.

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