Welcome back, readers! Apologies that I am appearing in your inbox a little later than usual this morning, we were having some technical issues. I hope you had a restful weekend. I'm your host, Jordan Parker Erb. In today's edition, Apple staff are hitting back against the company's return-to-office plans.
Let's get started.
1. Earlier this month, Apple asked staff to return to the office for at least three days a week. However, Apple employees are now pushing back against the plans.
- A group of Apple employees tweeted a petition, arguing that the company's return-to-office mandate does not consider the unique demands of specific jobs or the diversity of individual employees.
- In the petition, workers said they have shown over the past two years that they can do "exceptional work" from home.
- They outlined a number of "compelling reasons and circumstances" that warrant allowing staff to work from home, including disabilities and care responsibilities — while some staff said they might simply just be "happier and more productive" when working from home.
In other news:
2. Staying with Apple, the company has released emergency security updates for its iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The company said a flaw in its latest update allows hackers to take complete control of a device. We break down how to update your iPhone to protect against security flaws.
3. Former Oracle employees criticized the unit's leadership as out of touch. Laid-off employees recalled how executives dismissed their concerns about a lack of raises, and then began boasting about their car collections. Workers describe "a real arrogance" among execs.
4. Twitter employees are on course to get only half of their typical annual bonuses. Per The New York Times, Twitter's CFO told workers that the company's financial challenges could result in smaller annual bonuses for staff. What we know so far.
5. Dozens of Google's external recruiters just lost their jobs. The affected contractors — nearly all of whom work remotely to recruit technical talent like engineers and data scientists for Google — found out about the cuts during a wave of seemingly pre-recorded videos, and told Insider the situation was "handled horribly."
6. Tesla will increase the price of Full Self-Driving next month. Elon Musk said the price of the driver-assistance software will increase to $15,000 — or 25% — on Sept. 5. Get the full rundown.
7. VMware employees are leaving the firm in droves. After Broadcom announced its plans to buy the firm, many employees have turned to competitors for better offers, and those who stayed are worried that their jobs are at risk. Inside the souring morale at VMware.
8. Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new metaverse avatar. After social-media users mocked Zuckerberg's previous creepy and dead-eyed avatar, the Meta CEO released a new, boyish version, which you can see here.
Odds and ends:
9. Los Angeles-based startup Azure is using recycled plastic to 3D print prefab tiny homes. With prices starting at $25,000, Azure says it can build homes 70% faster and 30% cheaper than "traditional home construction methods." See inside the tiny homes.
10. A Tesla driver implanted his car key in his hand. As part of a beta testing group for VivoKey, a biotech company, the tech worker and Tesla owner had the chip implanted into his right hand by a professional piercer for $400. Here's how it was done.
What we're watching today:
- Zoom and others are reporting earnings. Keep up with earnings here.
- The Mobile Payment Conference kicks off today in Atlanta.
- HITBSecConf is happening in Singapore.