Adobe said it will place employees on unpaid leave if they're not vaccinated by Dec. 8, CNBC reported Friday. The company cited President Joe Biden's executive order on vaccines as rationale for the new rule, according to a notice the company sent to employees.
Over 90% of Adobe employees have told the company that they're vaccinated against COVID-19 or in the process of getting vaccinated. As for those who haven't yet gotten the vaccine, the company said it'll weigh religious or medical exemptions.
Earlier this month IBM also said that unvaccinated workers will be suspended without pay. On the contrary, companies like Apple and Amazon rolled out incentives for its employees to get vaccinated, but they haven't set an outright mandate.
Epic Games will no longer give employees every other Friday off, Bloomberg reported Friday.
The policy began during the pandemic and was always meant to be temporary, according to Epic Games, which didn't immediately return a request for comment from Protocol.
"Right now, we are seeing lots of Fridays off for deep work, and lots of people who must work Fridays anyways," Chief Operating Officer Daniel Vogel told employees in an email, according to Bloomberg. "This meant that many people were not benefiting from this policy equally."
A number of employees have posted to the company's Slack asking Epic to keep the policy, and an internal survey of 581 employees found that almost 90% of workers wanted Epic Games to keep letting them take Fridays off, Bloomberg reported.
A new Facebook whistleblower is accusing Facebook of prioritizing money over the fight against hate speech and misinformation, The Washington Post reported Friday. The whistleblower, who is a former member of the platform's Integrity team and spoke under the condition of anonymity to The Post, made those claims to the SEC as well.
The allegations are similar to those of whistleblower Frances Haugen, who has made her own SEC complaint and said earlier this month that Facebook prioritizes profit over safety. The person's remarks add to a pile of allegations made against the company over the past few weeks, which Facebook has consistently denied or defended itself against.
In the latest complaint, the former employee also claimed that Facebook communications official Tucker Bounds said, in reference to controversy around Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, that lawmakers would get upset, then move on, while Facebook kept making money. "It will be a flash in the pan. Some legislators will get pissy. And then in a few weeks they will move onto something else. Meanwhile we are printing money in the basement, and we are fine," the complaint quotes Bounds as saying.
Bounds, who is now a vice president of communications, told The Post that being asked about the alleged remarks "with a faceless person, with no other sourcing than the empty accusation itself, is a first for me." Facebook spokesperson Erin McPike told The Post that its reporting on the matter "is beneath The Washington Post."
According to the Post, the whistleblower's affidavit is dated Oct. 13. Haugen testified just a week before.
Walmart will now let customers buy bitcoin. And it's not a hoax this time.
The company is testing a program that lets customers buy the digital currency at certain Coinstar kiosks. The pilot program is rolling out at a select few locations; just 200 of the kiosks are installed in Walmart stores. Once people exchange cash for Bitcoin and pay a hefty transaction fee, they'll receive a paper voucher confirming their new coins.
Coinstar is leading the charge on the project, working with the exchange Coinme to offer bitcoin at 8,000 of its kiosks. The company is best known as the machine to dump your loose change into and get paper bills and gift cards in return, but now you can turn the cash in your couch cushions into cold, hard crypto.
Unlike the last time Walmart appeared to be getting into cryptocurrencies, this announcement is real. Last month, a false announcement that Walmart and Litecoin were partnering sent the value of the coin soaring for a bit before Walmart confirmed the news was fake. But the company did say it was interested in cryptocurrency in general. This is just a small toe in the water, placing a few bitcoin ATMs in a few stores, but it could be a signal of crypto's further movement into the mainstream.
Snap shares fell around 22% as the market opened Friday morning, the day after Snap announcing Apple's ad-tracking changes is presenting more of a challenge than it thought. "We grappled with industry changes to the way advertising is targeted, optimized, and measured on iOS that created a more significant impact on our business than we had expected," Snap's Chief Business Officer Jeremi Gorman said on the company's earnings call Thursday.
Snap continues to grow quickly, reaching 306 million daily active users during the most recent quarter and growing its revenue 57% year over year. But the company still missed its Q3 earnings target. Snap said the setback was brought on by a few different issues, namely supply and workforce problems, but seemed to pin the majority of the issues on Apple's new privacy rules that require apps to ask users if they want to be tracked. "While we anticipated some degree of business disruption," Evan Spiegel said on the earnings call, "the new Apple-provided measurement solution did not scale as we had expected, making it more difficult for our advertising partners to measure and manage their ad campaigns for iOS."
Facebook has also expressed concerns about the privacy change, saying the rule makes it harder to track ad performance. Lots of users have opted out of ad-tracking on Facebook's app since the change. Spiegel said that going forward, Snap is investing in building better "first-party tooling and measurement solutions" to better work with advertisers now that the third-party connects are increasingly untenable. Spiegel projected confidence for Snap's long-term future, but its investors are clearly nervous about where things go from here. And Snap's performance doesn't bode well for the other companies affected by Apple's policy change.
Correction: This story was updated to correct the number of Snap's daily active users. This update was made Oct. 22, 2021.