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Week in Review

This week, Dropbox unveiled its new "Dropbox for Business" initiative, which gives employees a greater ability to establish digital work-life balance.  The product includes two data folders - one for business data and one for personal data so that businesses and workers have the ability to segregate digital work and personal data.  The Dropbox announcement came on the same day that Amazon unveiled a similar product. Airbnb also frequented the headlines this week, both for its new, streamlined app and for the scrutiny its vacation and home rental business is under from regulators.  Meanwhile, technology continues to cause problems in the courtroom as social media sites are used to intimidate witnesses in criminal trials.

Technology and the Workplace
Another Facebook Firing Is Upheld (Delaware Employment Law Blog)
Dropbox Is All Business on the Same Day Amazon Announces Competing Product (Forbes(LA Times
Microsoft Abolishes Employee Evaluation System (NYTimes)
"Drug-free Workplace Policy Builder" from the Department of Labor (Employer Handbook)

Technology and the Law
Airbnb Looks To Rally Support as Regulators Scrutinize Business (LA Times)
Cybersecurity Legislation Gets Push from Financial Firms (WSJ)
Teen Accused of Using Twitter and Instagram to Intimidate Witnesses (WSJ)
Violent Crimes Witnesses Targeted on Instagram (NBC)
Apple, Samsung Deliver Opening Statements in Patent Retrial (LA Times)

There's an App for That
6 Ways to Boost Productivity with iCloud (Mashable)
Twitter Lets You Organize Tweets into Custom Timelines (CBS)
Airbnb Launches New Apps Streamlined for Hosts (Mashable)
Amazon's New AppStream Service (TechCrunch)
New Platform Transforms Excel Spreadsheets into Working Web Apps in Minutes, Automatically (Venture Beat)

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  • Pamela J. Kovacs

    As a former recruiter, Pamela Kovacs brings a unique insight into her work in employment and labor law, including having advised clients in the areas of discipline and discharge, employee handbooks, wage and hour, professional ...

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