Netflix’s ‘Immigration Nation’ offers an unflinching portrait inside ICE—and a broken system

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‘Immigration Nation’ captures the pitfalls of the U.S.’s immigration policy, the ICE officers working within it, and the families torn up by it. Anti-immigration policies have been one of the defining initiatives of the Trump’s administration—and nothing has been more controversial than Trump’s use of ICE to try to enforce his efforts to deport both Latinx and Muslim immigrants. Read Full Story

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Mark Zuckerberg’s new work-from-home zeal is very, very convenient

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The CEO’s assertion that half of Facebook’s workforce will work remotely by 2030 runs counter to its company culture and physical offices, which are designed to encourage people to live at work. I’ve been to Facebook’s Menlo Park campus a number of times, and it’s easy to understand why employees don’t often leave. Inside the massive complex , you get the same feeling as when you’re inside some huge Las Vegas casinos—that there’s just no reason to go outside. Read Full Story

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This startup network wants to be the MTV for gaming culture

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If a 24/7 TV network for gaming culture sounds familiar, it’s because G4 tried the same thing but eventually fizzled out. Inside VENN’s game plan. In 2019, the gaming industry took in a record $120.1 billion, according to Nielsen’s gaming data researching arm SuperData . For context, the global box office and music industry last year generated $42.5 billion and $20.2 billion in revenue, respectively. Read Full Story

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The three early, maddening viruses that shook the world—and Microsoft

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On the ILOVEYOU virus’s 20th anniversary, former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky looks back at how it—and two gnarly precursors—changed software design. Steven Sinofsky worked at Microsoft from 1989-2012 and oversaw the Office (1998-2006) and Windows (2006-2012) teams. In this excerpt from his draft book , Hardcore Software: Inside the Rise and Fall of the PC Revolution , he writes about three Office viruses, WM/Concept.A, Melissa, and ILOVEYOU. Along with besieging PC users, they led the company to reassess some of its fundamental philosophies about its products. ILOVEYOU—the last, most infamous, and pernicious of these attacks—first hit inboxes on May 5, 2000, 20 years ago today. Read Full Story

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Steven Sinofsky lived Microsoft history. Now he’s writing it

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The man who led the Office and Windows teams on what he’s learned working on a book about his time at Microsoft, and why it may be awhile before you read it. On the 20th anniversary of the unleashing of the ILOVEYOU virus—which infected millions of PCs worldwide and reportedly cost companies billions of dollars as they cleaned up the damage— Fast Company is publishing Steven Sinofsky’s insider account of how Microsoft dealt with the virus as well as two predecessors, WM/Concept.A and Melissa. The piece is an excerpt from his memoir Hardcore Software: Inside the Rise and Fall of the PC Revolution, which is currently a work in progress. Read Full Story

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5 tips to use if you’re planning to ask to keep working remotely after COVID-19

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Managers, HR folks, and remote employees weigh in on best practices to successfully ask to work from home. Our recent work-from-home report showed that two-thirds of folks who were forced to work remotely would prefer to be in the office. But that leaves the remaining one-third, who aren’t looking forward to coworkers who chew loudly and don’t understand the concept of inside voices. If you fall into that group, you might be considering asking your manager if you can continue to work remotely even once everyone else goes back to the office. Read Full Story

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6 of the best bags to get you through quarantine, all under $150

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Out with your luxurious ‘it’ bag, in with hands-free, easy-to-clean bags for your new pandemic lifestyle. I recently took a peek inside the closet where I store my handbags, looking lovingly at each like it was an old friend who had accompanied me on adventures in my pre-pandemic life. Stylish purses don’t have much of a point when we’re confined to our homes, and leather work totes don’t serve much of a purpose when we no longer go to the office. Around the world, handbags will continue to gather dust through this strange moment in history. Read Full Story

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