Fast Company has undergone a redesign

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Mike Schnaidt, the creative director of Fast Company, writes about its redesign.Schnaidt writes, “We now have a stronger emphasis on branding. Our Next section features everything from a diagram of timber architecture to infographics on gene editing to a beautifully photographed Q&A with influencer chef Alison Roman. These pages make up just a few of Fast Company’s franchises: “Material World,” “Data Dive,” and “Master Class.” Because they are so integral to the Fast Company brand, we developed an icon system to give each an identity. And our Recommender section, which is brimming with product suggestions and life hacks from some…

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School children will not return until Autumn education secretary suggests

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Schoolchildren will not all return to lessons at the same time, the education secretary has confirmed, in a strong hint that many will not be back until the autumn. Gavin Williamson told a committee of MPs today that he could not give a date for schools to begin reopening, but that it would have to be “phased”. He revealed that he had asked the government’s scientific advisory group (SAGE) to report on which children should return first – taking into account the effect of coronavirus on children, and whether black and ethnic minority school staff may be at higher risk.…

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Fortune CEO Murray declines request for additional severance

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Fortune magazine CEO Alan Murray sent Tuesday the following email to the union that represents its journalists after the union asked for more severance pay for the laid-off workers it represents:Members of the Fortune Union,Thank you for your thoughtful note in response to our recent difficult decision to downsize our workforce. As I explained in the town hall two weeks ago, it was a very painful conclusion to reach, and we are very said to lose so many valued colleagues. I certainly understand and respect your concern for their welfare in these difficult times.The severance packages Fortune has offered are…

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UK business leaders call for clarity over ending lockdown

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Business leaders have called on the UK government to provide greater clarity over when and how the coronavirus lockdown will end as ministers step up efforts to help companies restart operations. Although prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday signalled that it was too early to lift social distancing measures, the business department has set up six working groups with industry to draw up guidelines for the safe return of employees to different working environments. Alok Sharma, the business secretary, has privately ordered officials to work with businesses on guidance covering outdoor, leisure, offices, non-food retail, factory and warehousing. The guidance…

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Fortune Union asks for more severance for laid-off workers

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The union that represents journalists at Fortune magazine sent the following letter to CEO Alan Murray about its layoffs last week:Dear Alan,As Fortune employees, we love this publication and have tremendous gratitute for the ways we have been supported as journalists over the years. That’s why we were so deeply let down by management’s counteroffer, with zero additional severance for laid-off employees, on Thursday. It felt like a cold and avoidable exception to the leadership management has historically shown and, if not remedied, will damage Fortune’s reputation as an attractive place to work for years to come.We recognize that Fortune…

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How Reuters is using artificial intelligence

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Viktoriia Samatova, the managing director of the applied innovations team at Reuters Technology, spoke with Valentina Gianera of the London School of Economics about how the news service uses artificial intelligence.Here is an excerpt:Apart from how the content is delivered to the users, do you also use artificial intelligence in content creation?Within Reuters there are a lot of different initiatives. One of them is using artificial intelligence to create a synthetic speaker that can talk about the data it is fed. Let’s say that there was a sports event, for example a soccer match. The user might want to know…

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Bloomberg Environment hires Lunney as senior reporter

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Kellie LunneyBloomberg Environment has hired Kellie Lunney as a senior reporter.Her last day at E&E News will be April 20. She will start at Bloomberg Environment on May 11.Lunney covers Congress and public lands for Greenwire and E&E News. Before joining the company, she covered federal agencies, focusing on veterans’ issues, military families and the federal workforce for Government Executive.She also reported for National Journal for five years, profiling influential Washingtonians and writing occasionally about lobbying and affordable housing.Before becoming a journalist, Kellie worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department. She is a graduate of Colgate University, where she…

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IoT News – Online IoT Marketplace, Ioterra, Emerges Independent from Tech Company Acquisition

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On March 31, 2020 StoneAge Inc, a manufacturer of industrial waterblast tools and automated equipment, acquired Breadware Inc., an Internet of Things engineering consultancy. Ioterra, a division within Breadware, was not included in the acquisition and has emerged as an independent company. Ioterra is an online marketplace for companies to buy and sell services and solutions related to Internet of Things development.Originally launched in May 2019, Ioterra exists to help companies locate and engage with premium IoT solutions and services across a number of industry verticals. Ioterra hosts over 200 hardware and software solutions for companies to discover, compare, and…

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New Report for America corps include 16 business reporters

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Report for America announced Thursday the selection of 225 journalists for its 2020 reporting corps. The new cohort will be placed with more than 160 local news organizations across 46 states, Washington, D.C.,  and Puerto Rico.The following journalists will be covering business-related topics:Mara Abbott, Buffalo Bulletin, energy production industry in Johnson County.Kate Hidalgo Bellows, The Island Packet, Hilton Head’s working class.Katie Brown, Pine Tree Watch, Energy and environment.Michael Butler, Technical.ly, Winners and losers in the tech economy in PhiladelphiaLana Cohen, The Mendocino Voice, The effect of environmental regulation on salmon runs, wild fires, the economy and other issues.Kristina Karisch, The…

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IoT News – Telit Introduces ML865G1-WW to xL865 Family Form Factor

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Telit OneEdge enabled, the ML865G1-WW offers smooth evolution of Telit xL865 2G and 3G designs, with no need for redesignBased on Qualcomm® 9205 LTE Modem, 3GPP Release 14 compliant with global bands, optimized in cost, size and powerTelit today announced the addition of the ML865G1-WW to its well-known portfolio of low power NB-IoT and LTE-M modules.Compliant with 3GPP Release 14, the ML865G1-WW LTE UE Cat M1/ NB2 module enables increased power saving for IoT applications using Power Saving Mode (PSM) and extended Discontinuous Reception (eDRX), allowing devices to wake up periodically, delivering only the smallest amounts of data necessary before…

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Reporter Drange among layoffs at Protocol

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Matt DrangeReporter Matt Drange is among the 13 layoffs at technology site Protocol on Tuesday.He joined Protocol from The Information.Drange joined the investigative unit of The Information in March 2018. He recently won the Birger Award from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing as the best business journalist under the age of 30.He previously the businesses of President Donald Trump for Forbes. Before that, Drange covered tech and money and power in Silicon Valley.He previously covered  Silicon Valley for the Center for Investigative Reporting, a position he has held since September 2012. Before moving to the Bay Area, he…

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Time, teamwork put WA on front foot in viral fight

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Hard-border closures and a partial lockdown in WA are providing medical researchers with the opportunity to explore potentially life-saving COVID-19 treatments. Recent data suggests Australia as a whole is doing a good job of reducing the rate of new COVID-19 infections and managing to flatten the curve. However, of all states and territories, Western Australia has stood apart for its comparatively aggressive response to the disease in recent weeks, implementing strict border controls and expanding its testing criteria. Those measures have contributed to the caseload in WA currently standing in the hundreds, with little evidence to indicate sustained community transmission…

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Stella McCartney joins Victoria Beckham in furloughing staff

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Fashion designer Stella McCartney has furloughed hundreds of her staff and asked those who remain working to take a pay cut during the coronavirus crisis. McCartney will use taxpayers’ money offered as part of the Government’s job retention scheme to pay salaries, in a move similar to Victoria Beckham, who has been slammed for furloughing people despite her £335million fortune. One employee said staff were ‘extremely hurt’ by the decision taken by McCartney, who has a personal fortune estimated at more than £60million. ‘What she has done is morally wrong and socially unacceptable,’ said one of the workers who has…

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Lord Sugar says Apprentice could air two series in one year after filming for latest show was cancelled due to coronavirus

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Lord Sugar has revealed the BBC is in talks to air two series of the Apprentice in one year after filming for the latest show was cancelled due to coronavirus. The Apprentice boss, 73, has said that producers hope they can start shooting for series 16 in September and put the show on at the start of 2021. Businessman Lord Sugar, who aims to do another four series of the Apprentice before retiring, said: ‘We hope that if things calm down by July we might be able to start filming in September, in which case the show will be on…

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Virgin Atlantic will close without aid, warns Sir Richard Branson

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Sir Richard Branson has warned that airline Virgin Atlantic needs government support to survive. The boss of the Virgin Group said he was not asking for a handout, but a commercial loan, believed to be £500m. In an open letter to staff, Sir Richard said: “Many airlines around the world need government support and many have already received it. The plea comes as Virgin Australia, the country’s second largest airline, faces going into administration without aid. An open letter to Virgin employees https://t.co/Nv1RLBhp3j pic.twitter.com/Qj16CUT5N0 — Richard Branson (@richardbranson) April 20, 2020 Sir Richard wrote in his letter that without UK…

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