Briefs: Half of Irish staff store contacts on personal social media sites
A social media and employment research report produced by William Fry has revisited the topical issue of social media usage within the workplace. The annual report, the third in the series, outlines that in Ireland,
Half of Irish employees keep work-related contacts on their personal social media accounts, according to a new report from the law firm, William Fry. The figure represents 20pc rise on similar research in 2014.
"More and more employees are moving jobs, bringing valuable work-related connections with them to new roles," said Catherine O'Flynn, partner in William Fry's employment group.
"Whereas the position surrounding ownership of work-related content, such as confidential information, is usually clearly addressed in employment contracts, this will not be sufficient to address the issues regarding work-related contacts on social media accounts," Flynn added.
The research also found that men (26pc) are more likely to use social media to apply for new jobs than women (21pc).
The research also found that a growth of workplace social media usage in recent years has led to employers having to discipline staff due to inappropriate social media behaviour.
Over the last 12 months, 15pc of employees said they knew of colleagues being disciplined for misuse of social media which included inappropriate reference to the company (8pc), bullying or harassment of colleagues (6pc), inappropriate comments or photos (6pc), inappropriate reference to clients or colleagues (5pc) and referencing confidential information (4pc).
Microsoft to cut more jobs despite overhaul, according to reports
Microsoft plans to lay off more workers to cut costs amid waning demand for some devices and services, the 'New York Times' reported, citing people briefed on the plan.
The cuts will be in addition to about 18,000 workers the software maker said it was dropping about a year ago, according to the newspaper.
The cuts will affect workers in the hardware group among other parts of the company, it said.
The new reductions would come less than two weeks after the company exited the Web display advertising business. Chief executive Satya Nadella has said he's narrowing the focus to personal computing, cloud platforms and business productivity.
Since becoming CEO last year, Nadella has been paring the workforce, acquiring mobile and cloud software makers, and cutting units not central to his strategy. Microsoft said June 30 that it's selling part of the Bing maps unit to car-booking company Uber Technologies.
Uber will offer jobs to about 100 Microsoft employees. The Redmond, Washington-based company is also stumbling in smartphones as it has failed to turn its operating system into a significant alternative to Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
Uber plans €1bin in new funding for its expansion in China
Uber, the car-booking company, is seeking to raise as much as $1bn in funding for its Chinese business. Uber China has been discussing a valuation of about $7bn to $8bn with potential backers, the people said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are confidential.
Baidu, the Beijing-based internet firm that's already an investor in Uber's global operations, plans to buy a new stake in the local unit, according to two of the people.
The deal marks the first time the San Francisco-based startup is separating operations in a specific country to introduce outside investors.
Uber is spending to gain customers as it competes with larger rival Didi Kuaidi, which is backed by local internet giants Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings and said Wednesday it had raised $2bn in new funding. "Uber has been burning through cash by providing subsidies," Mark Tanner, founder of Shanghai-based research and marketing agency China Skinny, said yesterday.
"Didi is a very strong competitor." Uber plans to invest more than $1bn in China this year, according to a June letter to investors from Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick. Users of the Uber app complete almost one million rides daily in the country, with business doubling in the past month, Kalanick said at the time.
Switzerland switches on drone delivery for its postal service
Switzerland's postal service said on Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, above, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely to kick in for another five years.
Postal service executives showed off the drones for the first time and said initial tests of the machines' post-delivery abilities would run until the end of July.
The snow-white drones consist of four branches with propellers on the end extending from a hollow ring the size of a toilet seat. A yellow box, bearing the postal service logo, is lodged in the middle.
"The drone has an extremely light construction and is capable of transporting loads of up to one kilogram over more than 10 kilometres with a single battery charge," Swiss Post said in a statement.
The drone "flies autonomously, following clearly defined, secure flight paths, which are drawn up by cloud software developed by Matternet (the drone's US manufacturer)", Swiss Post added. Swiss Post, which is co-operating on the project with Swiss WorldCargo - the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines - stressed that the drones would be thoroughly tested before being put to wide-scale use.
"Until the time of their realistic commercial use in around five years, there are various requirements which need to be clarified," the statement said.