Covid-19

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

Amazon shortens COVID isolation, paid leave for U.S. workers

Amazon.com Inc has told workers they only have to isolate for a week after testing positive for COVID-19, instead of 10 days, following updated US health guidance.

Blackberry

BlackBerry loses bid to dismiss BlackBerry 10 lawsuit in NY

A US judge rejected BlackBerry Ltd’s bid to dismiss a long-running lawsuit claiming it defrauded shareholders by inflating the success and profitability of its BlackBerry 10 ...

Platform News: Twitter App

Twitter, Meta, Pinterest drop CES plans over COVID-19 concerns

Meta Platforms, Twitter and Pinterest have separately said they will not send teams to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month as concerns grow about the Omicro...

Platform Industry: SAP software logo

How SAP uses ‘social sabbaticals’ to retain employees

The pandemic era upended the world in all sorts of ways, but one of the most fascinating is the so-called ‘Great Resignation.’ Employees are moving out of their previou...

Platform News: Google search engine team

Google says employees flouting vaccination rules will eventually be fired

Alphabet Inc’s Google told its employees they would lose pay and eventually be fired if they do not follow its COVID-19 vaccination rules, news network CNBC has reported, cit...

Facial Recognition software

South Korea to test AI-powered facial recognition to track COVID-19 cases

South Korea will soon roll out a pilot project to use artificial intelligence, facial recognition and thousands of CCTV cameras to track the movement of people infected with the co...

Deliveroo

EU targets Uber, Deliveroo model with gig workers’ rights plan

The European Commission announced draft rules to give many drivers for online firms such as Uber and Deliveroo employee benefits, a move labour unions say is overdue but some compa...

Platform News: Google search engine

Google delays mandatory return to office beyond January the 10th

Google has said it is pushing back its January return-to-office plan globally amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and some resistance to company-manda...

Facebook is Meta

Facebook, Instagram remove Chinese network over fake ‘Swiss biologist’ COVID claims

Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc has said it had removed accounts used by an influence operation originating in China that promoted claims of a fake “Swiss biologist” ...

Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

New York accuses Amazon of backsliding over worker safety

New York state’s attorney general has asked a state judge to appoint a monitor to oversee worker safety at an Amazon.com Inc fulfilment centre in New York City, citing the re...

Platform News: Amazon packages ready for delivery

Amazon exec says Omicron’s impact on holiday spending uncertain

A senior Amazon.com executive said it remains too early to predict how the Omicron coronavirus variant will impact consumer spending during the holiday season but suggested that sh...

Pinduoduo

Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo slumps after revenue miss

US-listed shares of Pinduoduo plunged as much as 18% in early trading on Friday after the Chinese e-commerce platform missed quarterly revenue expectations as new coronavirus outbr...

Platform News: Airbnb

Airbnb revenue surges as countries open up for vaccinated travelers

Airbnb Inc’s quarterly revenue topped Wall Street expectations and the short-term home rental company said, a rebound in global travel amid rising vaccination rates in the la...

Platform News: Lyft ride-hailing app is part of the sharing economy

Lyft soars as company charts a path out of the pandemic

Lyft Inc shares soared more than 13% in extended trading after the company reported an adjusted profit for the third quarter and outlined a path to sustained profitability on the b...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon’s holiday forecast disappoints as labour, supply issues mount

Amazon.com Inc has reported a slump in profit that it expects will continue through the holiday quarter, as higher wages and spending to attract workers diminish the company’...