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Twitter has officially confirmed that it’s exploring the idea of a paid subscription model, and now the company has started to survey users about potential features that might be added as part of a prospective paid service, via reporter Andrew Roth on Twitter.
Roth’s thread shows a variety of features that Twitter is apparently considering as part of a paid tier, including the option to quickly undo tweets immediately after they’ve been sent and the ability to post longer and higher-resolution videos. Surveyed users are asked to select the most and least important of the suggested ideas.
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More than 40% of Bay Area-based tech workers say they'd move to a less expensive city if they were asked to permanently work from home, according to a new study from job-search database Hired.
They survey found that 42% of Bay Area respondents said they'd leave, compared with 40% in New York and 33% in the UK.
San Francisco is the most expensive US city for homebuyers, and only 18% of households are able to afford to purchase a median-priced home in the region.
Some tech companies have said their remote workforce will grow in the next several years. Twitter has offered the option for employees to work from home forever; Facebook has said employees may move outside of the Bay Area, but may take a pay cut.
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Faced with a permanent work-from-home situation, more than 40% of San Francisco Bay Area tech workers would leave the region, a new survey found.
Job-search database Hired surveyed 2,300 tech workers based in New York, the UK, and the Bay Area. When asked what they'd do if they were told by their employer to work from home full-time, 42% of respondents in the Bay Area said they'd move to a less expensive city, and 47% of Bay Area respondents said their primary motivator for relocating to a new city would be a lower cost of living.
The survey found that 40% of tech workers in New York also said they would move somewhere cheaper, while 33% of UK employees said they'd do the same.
A recent survey from Blind, an anonymous work-focused social network, produced similar findings. Blind surveyed 4,400 workers — about 2,800 of whom live in the Bay Area — about working remotely and how it might affect where they decide to live. Two-thirds of the respondents said they would leave the region if asked to work from home permanently.
The Bay Area region is known for its high cost of living. In fact, San Francisco is the most expensive city in the US for homebuyers: only 18% of households are able to afford to purchase a median-priced home in the region, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco's median income is $112,376, but anyone interested in buying a home in the city would need to make a salary of at least $172,153 to be able to afford the mortgage.
The move to remote work during the coronavirus crisis has already affected housing within the city. In May, a report from Redfin showed that 72% of its San Francisco-based users were searching for homes outside of the city.
And data from home rental site Zumper showed that rents were plunging across the Bay Area in May, with decreases of as much as 15.9% in Mountain View, where Google is based, and similar drops in Facebook's home of Menlo Park and YouTube's home of San Bruno. In San Francisco proper, there's been a 9.2% drop in rental prices since this time last year, with the city experiencing its lowest rent since early 2017, Zumper found.
While all of the major Bay Area tech companies asked their employees to begin working from home in March, some are considering sending employees back in a few months. Apple has had some employees reporting to its campus in Cupertino since May, while Facebook appears to have opened its offices beginning in July. A recent surge in cases in California led Google, which had planned to start sending employees back July 6, to change its plans. Google now says employees will return in September at the earliest.
But some tech companies are reconsidering whether employees need to return to the office at all. Twitter announced in May that employees can work from home forever if they want, and in Facebook's case, Mark Zuckerberg recently told employees that eventually, as many as half of the company's employees would most likely work from home.
A move outside of the Bay Area may have consequences for employees when it comes to their salaries, however. Zuckerberg recently told employees that beginning in January, employee salaries will be adjusted based on where they live, which the company will check by monitoring where employees are when they log in to the company's internal systems, according to The New York Times. SEE ALSO: With no mandate to shut down even if employees get sick, one expert calls Silicon Valley's reopening 'a very easy route of transmission'
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Mozilla last week launched its virtual private network (VPN) in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and three other countries, part of its strategy to expand revenue opportunities for its Firefox browser.Dubbed Mozilla VPN, the service costs $4.99 per month and is available for devices running Windows and Android. Besides the U.S., Canada and the U.K., Mozilla VPN is also available in Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand. The service will be offered on macOS and Linux devices "soon," while the iOS version is currently in beta, Mozilla said. For the monthly fee, users can access the VPN from up to five devices.[ Related: 9 steps to lock down corporate browsers ]
Mozilla kicked off a VPN preview – then tagged Firefox Private Network – nearly a year ago that relied on a browser extension and was free to users within the U.S. The Firefox Private Network was seen as the first of the paid services Mozilla would eventually introduce – another might be online storage – in an attempt to create new revenue streams to augment what the organization is paid to make specific search engines the Firefox default.To read this article in full, please click here
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Amazon told sellers on Monday that it's putting in more stringent, first-time storage restrictions in its warehouses to prepare for the holiday shopping season ahead of time.
The changes include quantity limits for certain products and higher storage efficiency requirements for sellers, the note said.
The move shows how Amazon wants to get ahead of the shopping surge as COVID-19 makes it difficult to predict the demand spike during this year's holiday season.
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Amazon is making a few first-time changes to its warehouse policy to make sure it has enough storage space ahead of the upcoming holiday shopping season.
In a note sent to third-party sellers on Monday, Amazon said it's putting in more stringent warehouse restrictions to prepare for the demand spike expected later this year. The changes include quantity limits for certain products and a higher efficiency requirement for sellers storing their products in Amazon's warehouses through the company's Fulfillment by Amazon service.
The restrictions, coming for the first time during the "peak" holiday season, are intended to help Amazon stock up on the best-selling products and avoid clogging up its limited warehouse space with slow-moving inventory. The changes were first reported by CNET.
"Even though it's July, we're preparing early for the holiday season to meet sustained increased demand, and have already reduced our own Retail product ordering to accommodate more of your products and help you continue to see sales growth," the note said.
The new quantity limits will "maximize selection for customers during peak," the note said, as sellers will prioritize storing best-selling products. Most products will still have enough storage space available for over three months of sales, the note said.
To improve warehouse efficiency, Amazon said it's raising the minimum requirement for Inventory Performance Index, a measurement system Amazon introduced in 2017 to quantify how quickly sellers are moving their products in and out of the warehouses. Amazon said sellers failing to keep an IPI score of 500 or above will face additional quantity limits, although most won't be affected by this change.
On top of that, Amazon said it's waiving the product removal fees from its warehouses starting on Tuesday. Amazon typically penalizes sellers that fail to use its warehouses efficiently, and requires an extra fee for long-term storage or a removal of certain products that clog up space.
The move underscores the urgency Amazon is moving with as it continues to face unpredictable demand from the COVID-19 pandemic. During the March and April period, Amazon experienced long shipment delays and put in heavy warehouse restrictions to meet the order spike from shoppers sheltered at home. The company recently delayed its annual Prime Day shopping event for the third time amid concerns of another round of demand increases as COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the US.
In an email to Business Insider, Amazon's spokesperson confirmed the changes, saying the goal is simply to give sellers using Amazon warehouses enough storage space during the holiday season.
"Our commitment to our selling partners has never been more steadfast and we are taking steps now to help ensure all sellers using Fulfillment by Amazon have space for their products," the statement said.
Here's the full note Amazon sent to sellers:
Given the unprecedented challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on all of us, we are preparing early to deliver a great holiday season for our customers and selling partners—building out capacity as quickly as we can so we can deliver products customers need and want directly to their doorsteps and help you continue to grow your business.
We've been investing heavily for many years to support selling partners like you, and over the course of 2019 and 2020, we'll invest more than $30 billion to build capacity, tools, services and programs for sellers, as well as to hire more people. We're on track to open 33 new fulfillment centers in the US this year, which will increase peak fulfillment center standard-sized product storage capacity by nearly 35 million cubic feet more than last year.
Since the pandemic hit, COVID-19 has impacted supply chains around the world, and we've all had to make fast adjustments. Amazon hired more than 175,000 employees and invested billions of dollars in COVID-related initiatives to help meet increased customer demand and protect the health and well-being of our employees as they pick, pack, and ship your products to customers. As a result, selling partners have had record sales on Amazon and continue to account for more than 50% of units sold in our store.
Even though it's July, we're preparing early for the holiday season to meet sustained increased demand, and have already reduced our own Retail product ordering to accommodate more of your products and help you continue to see sales growth.
To ensure we're ready to best serve all of our selling partners and customers, we are introducing the following adjustments as we begin our ramp into peak:
Inventory Performance Index threshold change
We are working to manage inventory performance to ensure all products have space available during peak. To enable this, we are changing the IPI minimum threshold requirement to 500. Sellers below 500 will be subject to limits effective August 16, 2020 through the end of the year.
The majority of sellers will not be impacted by this change. Most sellers with IPI scores below 500 will have more storage space than last year.
You can improve your IPI by following guidance on improving sell through or reducing your excess and stranded inventory in the Inventory Performance Dashboard 3.
To maximize selection for customers during peak, we are introducing ASIN-level quantity limits on products in FBA. Most products will have enough space available for over three months of sales.
You can view quantity limits for your products on the Restock Inventory 6 page and the Restock report 5. We will continually review this and, when possible, make adjustments to allow for more of your products.
Free removals promotion
To help you avoid storage fees for products that have not been selling and create room for more productive inventory, we are offering a free removal fee promotion for a limited time. We will waive your fees for any removal order submitted for inventory in our fulfillment centers beginning July 14, 2020.
To create a removal order, please visit Inventory Age 1 and choose Create removal order from the menu next to any FBA item in your inventory.
For further guidance, you can review frequently asked questions on this Help page 1.
While no one has a perfect playbook for how to respond to COVID-19, our commitment to supporting your business has never been more steadfast. We will continue to make adjustments to best support your business and keep you informed along the way. We appreciate your partnership as we improve the efficiency of our fulfillment network to prepare all selling partners for a successful peak season.SEE ALSO: Leaked emails show Amazon is delaying Prime Day again to October as concerns grow that a new COVID-19 demand spike may hit supply chains
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80 data providers are signed up, including ReutersAmazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a “data exchange” service that allows its customers to connect and ingest data from an array of third-party data providers, allowing users to augment their data sets and build richer machine learning models.The AWS Data Exchange launches with 1000+ licensable data products from over 80 data providers AWS cites a “diverse catalogue” of free and paid offerings across financial services, health care / life sciences, geospatial, weather, and mapping.“Once subscribed, customers can use the AWS Data Exchange API or console to load data they subscribe to directly into Amazon S3”, AWS said.These include services from Change Healthcare, Deloitte, Foursquare and Reuters.(Change Healthcare has access to over 14 billion healthcare transactions and $1 trillion in claims annually, while Foursquare processes data of 220 million consumers.)
Utredningen om nedskjutningen av passagerarflygplanet MH17 över Ukraina säger sig ha tillgång till inspelade telefonsamtal mellan höga ryska befattningshavare och personer som åtalats för händelsen.Men ännu en gång ifrågasätter Ryssland utredningens uttalanden.Alla 298 personer ombord dödades – varav 196 var från Nederländerna, 38 från Australien och övriga från 15 olika länder.Internationella utredare har slagit fast att planet träffades av en rysktillverkad BUK-robot, som förts in i Ukraina från Ryssland och avfyrats från territorium som kontrollerades av proryska separatister i den självutnämnda Folkrepubliken Donetsk (DPR).I juni klargjorde utredningen att tre ryska och en ukrainsk medborgare ställs inför rätta i en rättegång som startar i Nederländerna i mars nästa år.De åtalade har satts upp på nationella och internationella listor med namn på efterlysta men det är högst osannolikt att de kommer att närvara vid rättegången.