Hashtag Trending May 9 – Remote work doesn’t hinder productivity; Amazon Curbs Fake Reviews; Nvidia fined by SEC

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Another research finds remote work doesn’t reduce productivity, Amazon sues fake reviewers, and Nvidia was fined for hiding how much money it made from crypto miners.

It’s all the tech news that’s trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. Today is Monday, May 9, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

New research from the Texas A&M University School of Public Health has found that remote work does not reduce productivity, confirming established evidence during the pandemic. The study recalls that remote work actually increases the resilience of companies and employees. Some of the evidence for the study came from examining the displacement of labor during natural disasters, in this case, Hurricane Harvey. He found that while work capacity naturally suffered when disaster struck, the pace quickly returned to normal once employees found ways to work remotely. As well as urging employers to give their employees the freedom to choose where they work, one of the researchers suggested that ensuring they take regular breaks can improve workforce health. .

Source: Interesting engineering

Amazon is now taking legal action against four companies it accuses of flooding the platform with fake reviews. According to BBC, three of the companies had nearly 350,000 examiners on their payroll. They work by acting as a broker for sellers who want positive reviews. In return, each reviewer receives a free product or a small fee, while the company also charges the seller for their service. Amazon says these companies have targeted its platforms in the US, UK, Europe, Japan and Canada. Following Amazon’s lawsuits, one of the businesses has already shut down and at least one other has leaked the sellers’ names to Amazon as part of a settlement agreement.

Source: BBC

Chip designer Nvidia was fined $5.5 million for concealing the number of graphics cards sold to crypto miners in 2018. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the charge and the rule. The Verge reported that the Commission’s order accused Nvidia of misleading investors by hiding the portion of its revenue gains that relied on crypto miners. Instead, the order said the company reported the earnings as gambling. Nvidia denied any wrongdoing but agreed to the settlement to prevent unlawful breaches of disclosure.

Source: The edge

EVE Online, a space exploration online video game, has partnered with Microsoft to bring Microsoft Excel support into the game. In response, gamers overwhelmingly praised the partnership for the feature film. Although it is a video game, EVE Online has a complex economy, with a market that prices in-game items based on supply and demand, all of which are player-driven. EVE’s collaboration with Microsoft allows players to seamlessly export game data into Excel spreadsheets. The integration is made more humorous because the game is so complex that it has been called a “spreadsheet simulator in space”.

Source: Ars-Technica

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