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Google to Start Reopening U.S. Offices

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"Conditions vary significantly from state to state, so you'll hear directly from your local leaders when your office is eligible to reopen," Ms. Cicconi said in the email, which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal. The company is advising workers to get vaccinated against Covid 19, but isn't making it mandatory for returning to the workplace. Returning to the office remains optional at Google until September, according to Ms. Cicconi's email to employees. Corporations that scattered their staff to work remotely have been gaming out when--if ever--employees should start reoccupying sites that have largely been empty since the pandemic broke out about a year ago. A number of big companies have said they will test so-called hybrid work arrangements, where employees split their time between home and office.


Instacart Cutting 1,900 In-Store Jobs

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On Tuesday, Instacart said in a blog post it would be winding down in-store operations at some retailers over the coming months as several customers moved to use their own employees but Instacart technology to fulfill orders. The company didn't say in the post how many workers would lose positions. Instacart is also planning on cutting the positions as it focuses on having workers both fulfill and deliver orders, the letter says. That approach streamlines "the selection and delivery process so that one…contractor simultaneously selects and delivers an order to a customer," according to the letter. The company now has about 500,000 people who work using that approach, the letter says.


Netflix Hires Facebook Exec to Lead Communications Efforts

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In June, Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings said he fired Jonathan Friedland as the company's top communications official for using the "N-word" in conversation with colleagues, including black employees at Netflix. Mr. Friedland has apologized for his remarks. He didn't direct the slur at any co-worker, the Journal previously reported. Last month, the president of Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Television was fired, and the founder of Papa John's International Inc. resigned, both over inappropriate remarks. Ms. Whetstone has also worked as a political adviser in the United Kingdom as well as in senior communications and public policy roles at both Google and Uber Technologies Inc., according to Netflix.


Salesforce Revenue Rises as New Leadership Structure Takes Shape

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Separately, Salesforce created an office of ethical and humane use, after facing questions from employees and activists this summer over its contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the role it plays in the Trump administration's immigration policy. The office will work with employees, customers and partners to develop standards for "the ethical and humane use of technology," co-CEO Marc Benioff said during a conference call with analysts. Mr. Benioff didn't say who would lead the group or detail its purview, and a company spokeswoman declined to elaborate beyond the brief statement during the call. The San Francisco company's financial performance comes as Salesforce moves into a new phase, with Mr. Benioff and Keith Block sharing top duties as co-chief executives. Mr. Block was promoted to the role from president and chief operating officer earlier this month.


IBM Earnings: What to Watch

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REVENUE FORECAST: Analysts expect total revenue of $19.9 billion for the quarter, up 3.1% from a year earlier. MEETING DEMAND: World-wide spending on information technology is expected to grow 4.5% to $3.7 trillion this year, with enterprise software expected to clock in a 9.5% jump to $389 billion, according to a report from Gartner Inc. That underlying demand should help IBM, but investors need to see the company is getting its share of the pie. "Folks are going to be looking for IBM to post a reasonably good quarter given where the environment is," said Arvind Ramnani, equity analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets. In the first quarter, IBM grew revenue for the second period in a row after close to six years of declines.