Atlassian Tells Employees They Can Work From Home Forever

Software company Atlassian is telling employees that they don’t have to return to its offices, unless they want to use them. CNBC reports: “We will seek out amazing, diverse talent unbounded by the physical footprint of our offices,” the company said in an internal blog post published on Wednesday. “We will continue to compete for talent in the global hubs, …

Last Fall a Drone Swarm Surveilled America’s Largest Nuclear Reactor — Twice

America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission honored a document request from a UFO group — which has inadvertently revealed a very real incident last fall at America’s largest nuclear reactor in Arizona, reports Forbes: Documents gained under the Freedom of Information Act show how a number of small drones flew around a restricted area at Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant on two …

Facebook Removes QAnon Conspiracy Group With 200,000 Members

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Facebook has deleted a large group dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that a “deep state” network of powerful government, business and media figures are waging a secret war against Donald Trump. A Facebook spokeswoman said the group was removed for “repeatedly …

Microsoft Signals Renewed Interest In Windows With Latest Reshuffle

Microsoft is making some significant changes to the way it runs its Windows organization this week, signaling a renewed focus on the operating system that made its name. The Verge reports: The software giant placed Surface chief Panos Panay in charge of Windows earlier this year, and is now reshuffling parts of that team. It follows Microsoft’s decision to slice …

Coronavirus Clobbers Uber, Leading To $1.8 Billion Quarterly Loss

In the second quarter of 2020, Uber announced that its ride-hailing business plunged by 75 percent compared with a year earlier — from $12.2 billion to $3 billion. “That was offset somewhat by rapid growth in Uber’s delivery business,” reports Ars Technica. “Delivery bookings more than doubled from $3.4 billion to $7 billion.” From the report: The company lost $1.8 …

Microsoft Accuses Apple of Treating Gaming Apps Differently

Hour after Apple explained why Microsoft’s xCloud wouldn’t be coming to iOS, Microsoft shot back and accused the company of “consistently treating gaming apps differently.” AppleInsider reports: On Wednesday, Microsoft ended its xCloud TestFlight program on iOS and said that the service would not be arriving on iPhone and iPad. In a statement on Thursday, Apple explained that it bars …

Trump Blew Up More Than Just TikTok and WeChat

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to ban dealings with ByteDance, owner of video-sharing sensation TikTok, appears to codify what his administration has already been warning. A second edict targeting messaging app WeChat and its parent, Tencent, seems weirdly overdue. The executive orders issued by the White House go beyond stopping average Americans …

Firefox Gets Fix For Evil Cursor Attack

Firefox has fixed a bug that was being exploited in the wild by tech support scammers to create artificial mouse cursors and prevent users from easily leaving malicious sites. From a report: The bug was discovered being abused online by UK cyber-security firm Sophos and reported to Mozilla earlier this year. A bugfix was provided and has been live in …

Google Sets Timeline For Deprecating ‘Classic’ Google Sites

Google has announced that its structured wiki- and webpage-creation tool “Google Sites,” which it launched in 2008 after acquiring JotSpot, will be shutting down in 2021. 9to5Google reports: This morning an email was dispatched to “active” users of classic Sites detailing its retirement, which will take place over the next year. The email, which had the subject line “Migrate your …

Toshiba Formally and Finally Exits Laptop Business

The Register reports that Toshiba has transferred its remaining shares of Dynabook to Sharp, thus ending the company’s time as a PC vendor. From the report: […] As the 2000s rolled along Toshiba devices became bland in comparison to the always-impressive ThinkPad and the MacBook Air, while Dell and HP also improved. Toshiba also never really tried to capture consumers’ …