Today, traces of the former tenant are still visible. But aside from the occasional Sun sign or logo, much of the campus' look and feel has been completely reimagined. Gone are the warrens of cubicles. Instead, Facebook has opted for clusters of desks to foster collaboration. The adequate, but rather ordinary, Sun Micro cafeteria has been replaced with Philz Coffee, the Burger Shack, and … Read more
Apple's brick-and-mortar workers are getting a special perk, a new report claims.
During a recent meeting discussing Apple's plans for the fourth quarter, the company announced that it will roll out a new perk for retail employees, called "App Discovery," 9to5 Mac is reporting today, citing unidentified sources with knowledge of the company's program.
Once they have access to App Discovery, employees will be able to download a host of popular paid applications for free to their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Although it might be viewed as a perk, 9to5Mac points out that the … Read more
Employees love their perks, be it cheap gym memberships, lower-priced ski lift tickets, or discounted restaurant meals, and a new startup is aiming to do for these kinds of rewards what Groupon and LivingSocial have done for local coupons.
The startup, Los Angeles-based BetterWorks, has a simple idea: reach out to local merchants and strike deals for year-round offers while at the same time signing up companies that will offer those deals to their employees. The result? The companies have new ways to incentivize workers, merchants have a new source of regular customers, and employees get a wide range of … Read more
Making decisions isn't always the easiest thing to do in the morning. Coffee drinkers and tea lovers usually know what they want, but sometimes they want a change--coffee instead of tea or vice versa. Naturally, the process of making the newly desired brew would have to change, possibly ending with disastrous results because of the sleepy-eyed, precaffeine morning. Unless of course, the same familiar equipment was used.
Practically speaking, making a mug of coffee or a cup of tea requires different contrivances to get the job done. One could use a French press to extract all the goodness out … Read more
Now you can get your weekend 404 fix with throwback episodes coming atcha every Saturday! We're always open to suggestions on which episodes you guys want to hear, so hit us up at th404(at)cnet[dot]com and let us know your favorites.
First up, check out this episode from wayyy back in May 2008: it's the first official appearance of yours truly, Justin Yu, as the OFFICIAL HOST of the show! Before you judge me though, take note that I'm still learning the ropes and exactly what I can, and more importantly, CAN'T say … Read more
Add Hewlett-Packard to the list of companies reining in the number of corporate perquisites that once defined the high life in Silicon Valley. In a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said it had changed its policy covering personal use of corporate aircraft.
Here's the fine print:
HP will no longer provide its executive officers with a gross-up to cover the individual income tax incurred when corporate aircraft are used for personal purposes (including spousal travel on business trips).
Previously, the policy provided that the chief executive officer would receive a gross-up for the tax … Read more
Storage maker NetApp ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine's list of the top 100 companies to work for, bumping Google from its perch, according to a report in the publication on Thursday.
NetApp, which employs nearly 8,000 people worldwide, was selected for its "employees enthusiasm," along with its benefits from nearly $11,400 in adoption aid to five paid days to do volunteer work.
And even better still, the company is one of the few in the hiring mode during these recessionary times, seeking to fill 55 positions as of January 13.
This year's ranking … Read more
Microsoft's effort to woo Internet searchers with financial incentives strikes one Wall Street analyst as a "desperate move" that will make little headway.
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced SearchPerks, a frequent-flier-like program that gives searchers one "ticket" for every search they do via Microsoft's Live Search engine.
To Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal, though, SearchPerks is just another sign that Microsoft lacks a "Plan B" strategy to gain share against Google without buying Yahoo.
"Our preliminary reaction is that SearchPerks will likely result (in) a sub-standard outcome," Aggarwal wrote in a … Read more
Microsoft has introduced SearchPerks, a sort of "frequent flier" program that lets people cash in for every search they do. What's it worth for consumers? And what does Microsoft hope to gain from it? CNET News reporter Ina Fried explains.
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