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But by March 2015, only 85% of Zappos employees had begun the process. By May, 210 Zappos employees, or 14% of the company, had taken the offer. We spoke with Hsieh, Zappos leadership, Hsieh's self-management advisers, and some employees to find out. "The auditorium filled with Zappos employees — dressed up in animal costumes in the spirit of the meeting's theme, 'Gone Wild' — fell silent," Groth wrote. YouTube/ZapposFor example, although official titles were abolished, Zappos employees could choose how to represent themselves outside of the company.
Persons: Tony Hsieh, Zappos, Hsieh, Hsieh's, Charley Gallay, Getty Hsieh, Alfred Lin, Lin, LinkExchange, Nick Swinmurn, Swinmurn, Robert Scoble, It's, Edward Glaeser's, Jeff Bezos, Brian Robertson, Robertson, Arthur Koestler, Robertson impatiently, " Robertson, Vegas . Hsieh, Holacracy, HolacracyOne, wouldn't, John Bunch, Bunch, Alexis Gonzales, Black, Gonzales, Hollie Delaney, Fred Mossler, Aimee Groth, Delaney, , Groth, Frederic Laloux's, Laloux, Ken Wilber's, Teal, he's, there's, Nellie Bowles, Jeffrey Pfeffer, " Pfeffer, autocratically, Arun Rajan, We've, We're, I'm Organizations: Bay Area, Harvard, Sequoia Capital, Stanford, Microsoft, Venture, Flickr, Blue Man, Amazon, Downtown Project, YouTube, New Management, Partners, McKinsey, Morning Star Co, Companies, Holacracy, Employees, Las Vegas Locations: Zappos, Las Vegas, Bay, Silicon, San Francisco, Vegas, Austin, Vegas ., California, , Belgium, Glassdoor, Las, Kentucky
South Korea mulls stricter social distancing as COVID-19 spike continues
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Cynthia Kim | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Women wearing face masks walk past a banner promoting a social distancing campaign displayed on the wall of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean authorities will consider tighter social distancing restrictions on Sunday to clamp down on economic activities after last week saw the fastest spread of infections since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Korea reported 450 infections of the new coronavirus on Sunday after reporting more than 500 new coronavirus cases for three days in a row, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. This third wave marks the highest level of infections in nearly nine months. South Korea on Tuesday began applying Level 2 social distancing rules, the third-highest in the country’s five-tier system, in greater Seoul area.
Persons: Ran, Chung Sye Organizations: Seoul City Hall, REUTERS, Yonhap, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ran SEOUL, Korea
An Iranian diplomat and three others have gone on trial in Belgium accused of planning a terrorist attack on a rally where Rudy Giuliani was the keynote speaker. If the powerful bomb had exploded, it could have caused carnage in a packed crowd of 25,000. An Iranian diplomat has gone on trial in Belgium for his part in a planned terrorist attack on a rally where Rudy Giuliani was the keynote speaker. They have all been charged with attempting to carry out a terrorist attack and terrorist group activity and could face life in prison. Ran has denied being behind the alleged thwarted attack, according to France 24.
Persons: Rudy Giuliani, Iran's Assadollah Assadi, Maryam Rajavi, Newt Gingrich, Assadollah Assadi, Amir Saadouni, Nasimeh Naami, Assadi, Naami, Mercedes, TATP, Yusuf Ozcan, France24, Mehrdad, Ran, Rajavi, Hassan Rouhani, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Donald Trump's Organizations: Representatives, National Council of Resistance, BBC, New York Times, ABC News, Belgian, The Washington Post, ABC, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Security Service, Iran's Department, The New York Times, Washington Post, Iran's, AP Locations: Iranian, Belgium, Vienna, Villepinte, France, Iran, Belgian, Brussels, Austria, Germany, Belgium's
The PDSA Dickin Medal is considered the animal equivalent of the UK's prestigious Victoria Cross. Kuno PDSA courtesy photoAs the fight continued, another insurgent concealed in a doorway opened up on the assault force with grenade and machine-gun fire, pinning the team down. The U.S. Army Reserve 149th Veterinary Detachment (Forward 2) treated Military Working Dog, Kuno, for injuries received in the line of duty. "I'm delighted that Kuno will receive the PDSA Dickin Medal," British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement. "I am very proud of the role our military working dogs play on operations at home and abroad," he added.
Persons: Kuno, Belgian Shepherd Malinois, Kuno PDSA, Read, Marisela, Jake Lowry, Leah Smith, Jan McLoughlin, I'm, Ben Wallace, Maria Dickin Organizations: Victoria, Visit, Sick, Victoria Cross, US Army, U.S . Army Reserve, 149th Veterinary Detachment, Staff, Army, US, U.S . Army, 149th Veterinary, British Locations: British, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Belgian
The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain conducted a freedom-of-navigation mission that challenged Russia's excessive maritime claims in the Sea of Japan. Russia accused the US of violating its territory and claimed that the destroyer Admiral Vinogradov warned the American vessel and threatened to ram it. The Russian defense ministry said that the US warship violated its maritime borders by sailing through Russian territorial waters and that the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov was sent to drive the American ship away. Russia claims that after the warning was issued, the Admiral Vinogradov changed course, and the McCain returned to international waters. McCain conducted this FONOP in accordance with international law and continued to conduct normal operations in international waters."
Persons: John S, McCain, Vinogradov, Peter the Great, Admiral Vinogradov Organizations: US Navy, Navy, US, 7th Fleet, Fleet, US Air Force Locations: Japan, Russia, Soviet, Russian, Pacific
BlackRock to Buy Equity-Index Provider Aperio for $1 Billion
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Kimberly Chin | ) www.wsj.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
BlackRock Inc. has agreed to acquire equity-index provider Aperio Group LLC from private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital and Aperio employees in a $1.05 billion all-cash deal, as the company looks to add more personalization to its wealth management offerings. BlackRock, one of the leading providers of separately managed accounts—professionally managed portfolios created for a single client rather than managed as a fund for many investors—for U.S. wealth managers, said the combination will help increase its SMA assets by about 30% to over $160 billion. The world’s largest money manager—with $7.8 trillion in assets—said it intends to operate Aperio as a separate brand, but it will be fully embedded within BlackRock’s U.S. Aperio’s Chief Investment Officer Ran Leshem and Liz Michaels, its chief of staff, will become co-heads of Aperio following the deal, and will retain its investment, business development, client service and ESG processes, the company said. Aperio’s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Geddes will stay in his role as the company’s chief tax economist and will become a senior adviser at BlackRock.
Persons: , Ran Leshem, Liz Michaels, Patrick Geddes Organizations: BlackRock Inc, Aperio, Wealth, BlackRock Locations: Golden, BlackRock
South Korea reports more than 300 new coronavirus cases for fifth straight day
  + stars: | 2020-11-22 | by ( Josh Smith | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians wearing masks walk with umbrellas as it rains amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in central Seoul, South Korea, November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day on Sunday, as officials warned that stricter rules could be imposed if the trend continues to threaten the highly populated capital of Seoul and surrounding areas. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 330 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Saturday, a drop from 386 reported the day before, a level not seen since August. South Korea has employed an aggressive tracing, testing, and quarantine effort to stamp down outbreaks without imposing lockdowns. But the country has been dogged by a persistent number of small infections, bringing the total number of cases to 30,733 with 505 deaths.
Persons: Ran, Chung Sye Organizations: REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ran SEOUL, Korea
Newsmax’s founder, Mr. Ruddy, contends that he is merely staying open-minded. Mr. Ruddy is a longtime confidant of Mr. Trump and a member of his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. (Newsmax is still more prominent than One America News, another network that Mr. Trump has promoted.) Mr. Kelly recently thanked viewers for their “deliberate effort” in finding the network. (Mr. Kelly was the subject of a sexual assault claim in 2012; prosecutors declined to file charges.)
Persons: Biden, Ruddy, , Newsmax, Mr, Trump, Reagan, Bill Clinton —, Vincent Foster, Kelly, Kristin Fisher, Greg Kelly, Mark Halperin Organizations: Lago, New, New York Post, Clinton Foundation, London School of Economics, Fox News, Trump, Fox News White House, Associated Press, United Nations TV, America Locations: Palm Beach, New York, Cheddar
South Korea's COVID third wave may be largest if not curbed, says official
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Joyce Lee | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A couple wearing masks stand at a street amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea grappled with a resurgence in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as a senior official warned it could be the country’s largest wave of infections if the spread is not quickly contained. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 386 new daily coronavirus cases as of midnight on Friday, bringing total infections to 30,403, with 503 deaths. New cases topped 300 for the fourth day in a row, after Tuesday saw the highest since August. The Seoul metropolitan region recorded 262 new cases on Friday, up from 218 cases on Thursday.
Persons: Ran, , Lim Sook, Lim, Chung Sye Organizations: REUTERS, Korea Disease Control, Prevention Agency, Health Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ran SEOUL, Korea
Japan's capital raises coronavirus alert to highest as cases set record
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Chang-Ran Kim | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese capital of Tokyo posted the highest coronavirus alert level on Thursday with its daily tally of new cases set for a record high of more than 500, and its governor warned of much worse unless action is taken. Slideshow ( 2 images )The nationwide tally also hit a new high of 2,201 on Wednesday, according to state broadcaster NHK. The daily tally of new infections in Tokyo were set to hit 534 cases on Thursday, broadcaster TBS reported, surpassing a record 493 the previous day. The city’s highest alert level on a scale of four indicates that “infections are spreading” compared with the previous level of “infections appear to be spreading”. “I ask citizens once again to be vigilant about taking basic precautions,” Suga told reporters, stressing the risk of infections particularly at eateries.
Persons: Yuriko Koike, Yoshihide Suga, ” Suga, Organizations: NHK, Games, TBS Locations: TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan
Johnny Milano for The New York TimesJohnny Milano for The New York TimesCredit... Johnny Milano for The New York TimesThe New York City Marathon Was Canceled. Runners Ran the Course Anyway. The 50th New York City Marathon would have been Sunday. Some runners still ran the 26.2-mile course despite the cancellation.
Persons: Johnny Milano, The New York Times Johnny Milano Organizations: The New York Times, The New York Times Credit, The New York, New York, Marathon Locations: Sunday
WSJ Opinion: Trump to Biden: 'I Ran Because of You'
  + stars: | 2020-10-23 | by ( ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Goodbye, Laptop Fan Noise! Apple's M1 MacBooks Run Fast and CoolThe latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are powered by Apple's M1 chip, so they run cooler and quieter than their counterparts with Intel inside. So what does it take to rev their fans? WSJ's Joanna Stern tries to turn up the heat with some punishing tests. Photo illustration: Preston Jessee for The Wall Street Journal
Persons: WSJ's Joanna Stern, Preston Jessee Organizations: Air, MacBook, Intel, Wall Street
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