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AppleMagazine #446

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5 Min.
musk becomes champion for businesses defying shutdown orders

At the Fit4All Gym in Lebanon, Illinois, owner David Tate considers Elon Musk a huge ally in the fight against government coronavirus orders that Tate says are driving him into the poorhouse. Tate reopened his 250-member gym in defiance of state orders on Monday, the same day Musk restarted his huge San Francisco Bay Area factory despite being told not to by the county Health Department. Like other business owners hit hard by coronavirus shutdown orders, Tate says Musk is a leader in the growing movement to reopen in the face of government orders, giving smaller businesses a boost and letting them know they’re not in the fight alone. “We needed somebody with a voice as big as his to step up and say what he did,”Tate said. Musk, with 34 million Twitter followers,…

3 Min.
dispute over reopening california tesla factory may be over

It appears the dispute between Tesla and San Francisco Bay Area authorities over the reopening of a factory in the face of shutdown orders is coming to an end. The Alameda County Public Health Department announced on Twitter that the Fremont, California, plant will be able to go beyond basic operations this week and start making vehicles this coming Monday — as long as it delivers on the worker safety precautions that it agreed to. It wasn’t clear from a press release whether Tesla would face any punishment for reopening Monday in defiance of county orders. Messages were left early Wednesday seeking comment from health officials and Tesla. The release said Fremont police would verify whether Tesla was holding up its part of the agreement. The release says that public health indicators have to…

3 Min.
twitter to label disputed covid-19 tweets

Twitter announced it will start alerting users when a tweet makes disputed or misleading claims about the coronavirus. The new rule is the latest in a wave of stricter policies that tech companies are rolling out to confront an outbreak of virus-related misinformation on their sites. Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, have already put similar systems in place. The announcement signals that Twitter is taking its role in amplifying misinformation more seriously. But how the platform enforces its new policy will be the real test, with company leaders already tamping down expectations. Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of site integrity, acknowledged as much: “We will not be able to take enforcement action on every tweet with incomplete or disputed information about COVID-19.” Roth said the platform has historically applied a “lighter touch” when enforcing…

5 Min.
a distinct possibility: ‘temporary’ layoffs may be permanent

In late March, Britney Ruby Miller, co-owner of a small chain of steakhouse restaurants, confidently proclaimed that once the viral outbreak had subsided, her company planned to recall all its laid-off workers. Now? Miller would be thrilled to restore, by year’s end, three-quarters of the roughly 600 workers her company had to let go. “I’m being realistic,” she said. “Bringing back 75% of our staff would be incredible.” Call it realism or pessimism, but more employers are coming to a reluctant conclusion: Many of the employees they’ve had to lay off in the face of the pandemic might not be returning to their old jobs anytime soon. Some large companies won’t have enough customers to justify it. And some small businesses won’t likely survive at all despite aid provided by the federal government. If…

7 Min.
zoom: thriving in a virtual environment

As billions of professionals tackle the transition from working in an office environment to staying productive at home, software like Zoom has exploded in popularity, climbing from 10 million daily users to 300 million. But with competitors like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook beefing up their teleworking alternatives, deciding which application to use can be tough. THE BIG TELEWORK BATTLE The coronavirus has had an impact on virtually every aspect of our lives, from our finances to our social lives - and work is no exception. With all-but-essential businesses and offices forced to close for the foreseeable future in key markets like Europe and the United States, businesses have had to adapt at breakneck speed and transform their processes. Products like Zoom and Microsoft Teams are experiencing a huge surge in adoption as…

5 Min.
cubicle comeback? pandemic will reshape office life for good

Office jobs are never going to be the same. When workers around the world eventually return to their desks, they’ll find many changes due to the pandemic. For a start, fewer people will go back to their offices as the coronavirus crisis makes working from home more accepted, health concerns linger and companies weigh up rent savings and productivity benefits. For the rest, changes will begin with the commute as workers arrive in staggered shifts to avoid rush hour crowds. Staff might take turns working alternate days in the office to reduce crowding. Floor markings or digital sensors could remind people to stand apart and cubicles might even make a comeback. “This is going to be a catalyst for things that people were too scared to do before,” said John Furneaux, CEO of…