The Big Stories
Microsoft announces more layoffs that are mostly a result of its failed Nokia acquisition. Over 1,300 Finnish employees are among the former Microsoft employees thrown into the job market. “Sad day,” Tomi Ahonen calls it.
“Can gig economy workers receive benefits & protection without having to unionize?” asks Kavi Guppta concerning Uber’s recent labor deal. The deal with The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers included the formation of an Independent Driver’s Guild for rideshare drivers.
Facebook says its skewed trending news results from individual judgement, not an institutional bias. Patrick Laforge comments: “It should be no surprise that inexperienced people making news judgments led to trouble for Facebook.”
Home router maker eero raises $50m and plans to sell its routers in Best Buy starting this summer. Daniel Brusilovsky tweets: “No one has quite cracked consumer WiFi, and I think eero has the best shot at turning something complex and making it simple.”
TransferWise, a money transfer startup based in London, just raised $26 million in a round led by investment management firm Baillie Gifford. Joonas Wallenius tweets “The fintech unicorn club has a new member.”
Michael Dell talks about how his company is about to pull off the biggest tech acquisition in history. Steve Duplessie comments: “The more I hear from the combined Dell/EMC (VCE today) the more I realize they are actually thinking things through. Hard to find flaws.”
Adrian Aoun is reinventing healthcare with his new startup Forward. The company will use new technology to change the way we do medical diagnosis and treatment. Katie Jacobs Stanton offers her congrats: “Love seeing brilliant entrepreneurs invent ways to improve health care.”
Do you measure your employees’ productivity with wearables? Should you? Karl Meier comments: “#Wearables at work allow employers to track #productivity & #health indicators—and pose tricky #privacy issues.”