Italy’s 5-Star rallies voters as rivals fret

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s 5-Star Movement told roaring supporters it was close to winning a looming election at the end of campaigning on Friday as its main rivals worried about the anti-establishment party’s popularity.

The Salary Chronicles: I Used Competing Job Offers To Negotiate A Salary Increase Of $62K

Being laid off is extremely difficult. Being laid off while you’re on a work visa adds additional complexity. This woman took a huge pay cut in order to have her work visa sponsored. Luckily, that situation didn’t last long and she used 3 competing job offers to land a big salary increase.

S&P 500 gains for day but posts weekly losses on trade war fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The S&P 500 ended another turbulent week on an upbeat note Friday, but major indexes posted their worst week of losses since early February as President Donald Trump’s threat to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum rattled investors.

Bitcoin thirst spurs Icelandic heist—“Grand theft on a scale unseen before”

Eleven people have been arrested in Iceland as a result of what local media are calling the “Big Bitcoin Heist”—600 mining computers were recently stolen from Icelandic data centers in four separate burglaries between December 2017 and January 2018.

According to the Associated Press, which cited Icelandic authorities, it is “the biggest series of thefts ever” in the island nation.

So far, a Reykjanes District Court judge ordered two of the 11 arrested individuals to remain in custody. Apparently, the specialized machines have not yet been located and are worth approximately $2 million.

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To one-up Slack, Google invites workers to hangout, chat in “Hangouts Chat”

Slack, Stride, HipChat—workplace chat apps that integrate with various project management and collaboration services are all the rage. It’s surprising, then, that Google hasn’t jumped on board yet. Workers are using Google Hangouts in offices all over the world, but it doesn’t offer the kinds of features that Slack does. Now, Google has launched Hangouts Chat, its Slack competitor—sorry, “messaging platform built for teams.” It’s part of the G Suite at every pricing tier, though the features vary by plan.

Announced last year, Hangouts Chat looks and behaves just like regular Hangouts, but it has several enterprise features. It integrates more deeply with various other productivity products in the G Suite like Google Drive, but it also offers some features and integrations for popular third-party services like Salesforce and Trello, just like Slack does. Google says you can “schedule meetings, create tasks, or get updates from your team right within Chat.”

Google also promises that it works without any plugins, and that includes the expanded Hangouts feature, Hangouts Meet, which went live a while ago. Hangouts Meet has a leg up over regular Hangouts in the form of tighter integration with Google Calendar and automatic inclusion of old-fashioned conference line call-in numbers. Below, find images from the initial announcement of the service.

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