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Ideally suited morning each person! We’re attend – and it’s supreme-looking to be attend – for our first contemporary episode of 2021! This day we’re talking about Slack’s big outage, Alphabet employees searching for to unionize, and Change Insider’s tech trends for 2021.

It’s the total tech records that’s in style today. Welcome to Hashtag Trending! It’s Tuesday, January 5, and I’m your host Baneet Braich.


Slack suffered a gigantic outage the day prior to this and customers had effort loading channels or connecting to Slack. At around 10: 30 am ET Monday, Slack’s set of abode online page showed that its messaging and connections have been undergoing a technical topic. Log-ins, messaging, calls, and connections have been all unavailable. Whereas this became as soon as taking place, CNN discovered employees have been switching to discord, LinkedIn, and naturally email. The topic became as soon as discovered internal an hour however it undoubtedly’s mild unclear what precisely took position.

Alphabet employees have a vital announcement: They’re taking a peek to unionize. More than 200 employees joined forces to unionize with the Communications Workers of The United States, forming the Alphabet Workers Union. Here is horrid records because the tech alternate, and colossal tech in snarl, is identified to squash such job. Here is the largest and high-profile unionization amongst tech works up to now with others being Kickstarter and Glitch. After we peek at this by a greater lens, the unionization follows events of employee discontent. As an illustration, the firm’s dealing with of sexual harassment prompted a well-organized walkout in 2018. The National Labor Household Board furthermore no longer too long ago filed a grievance against Google alleging the tech big illegally spied and fired two employees who had organized protests. Google says they always labored onerous to procure a supportive and rewarding administrative heart. Regardless, a union reveals how the dynamic of employees in tech firms would possibly possibly possibly just alternate going forward. [

It’s a new year meaning new tech trends are coming in hot. Business Insider reached out to venture capitalists and here’s what they had to say. Virtual events as we know them will cease to exist, once it’s safe to gather in person, people will go. Startups will push to never have a physical office. Climate tech is the next big essential thing that every business buys and many VCs fund. Gen Z has lots of opportunities to launch businesses online from digital content, cloud kitchens, to online storefronts. Future offices may look more like hotels where people go to gather rather than a place to just work and Silicon Valley will make a comeback. Although companies are moving to places like Texas, they will fail to find the right execs, team leaders, and materialize, according to at least one VC. [Twitter thread]

That’s the total tech records that’s trending today. Hashtag Trending is a portion of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home every single day briefing. And take into accout, right by the leisure of this week, we prefer you to state us what you have became as soon as final year’s biggest Canadian tech story. Enable us to snatch on Twitter @ITWorldCa, or proceed a comment on the state notes for this episode at ITWorldCanada.com. Respondents will be entered right into a plan for one more to use an IT World Canada mug! I’m Baneet Braich, thanks for listening!

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