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California Court: Work E-Mails Aren't Protected Under Attorney-Client Privilege

If you're a California resident planning on filing a lawsuit against your employer, you probably shouldn't communicate with your lawyer via your work e-mail account -- because whatever you say won't be protected under attorney-client privilege. Yesterday, the Sacramento Third Appellate District court ruled that e-mails sent from work accounts can't be considered legally confidential, because se...

Office Gladiators: Turn Your Employed Life Into a Battle With Cubeduel

From what we've heard (because we've certainly never used it), LinkedIn is a social network with twice the "work" and none of the fun -- a sort of Facebook without the face. Well, the minds behind Cubeduel hope to change that perception. Drawing its information from your Linked In profile, Cubeduel goes through your past and present fellow employees, asking you to rank them as coworkers. It's sor...

'BranchOut' Will Help You Land a Job by Spamming Your Facebook Friends

Are you unafraid to annoy your Facebook friends until you finally land that new job? There's now an app for that. According to its description, 'BranchOut' is supposed to provide you with "inside connections at hundreds of companies" by "expanding your career network through all of your friends on Facebook." And how does it do that? With spam, apparently. Once you download 'BranchOut,' the too...

'Team Players' Need Not Apply to LinkedIn's Most Overused Resume Words

Hey there, motivated team player with incredible problem solving skills! Are you looking for a job? Well, you probably won't find one -- at least, not using those words. Along with "results-oriented," "innovative" and "fast-paced" (your writer being guilty of that one, herself), the aforementioned are among the ten most overused words on professional networking site LinkedIn. LinkedIn's job-nabbin...

National Labor Board Supports Employee Fired Over Facebook Post

We've seen plenty of people lose their jobs over things they post on Facebook. Now, the National Labor Relations Board has stepped to their defense. As the New York Times reports, the NLRB filed a complaint last week against American Medical Response of Connecticut, an ambulance service that fired an employee for posting comments about her boss. The employee, Dawnmarie Souza, allegedly posted a...

Facebook Infests Everything! Living in Zuckerberg's Social New World Order

Share Even though the Facebook story seems far from over, David Fincher's 'The Social Network,' the first major motion picture to document the rise of Mark Zuckerberg and his creation, is hitting theaters this week. Facebook may have launched less than a decade ago, but the site has already burrowed its way so deeply into our collective consciousness that it's hard for many of us to imagine a wor...

Woman Quits With E-Mail Reveal of Boss's 'FarmVille' Addiction

Updated: Well it looks like the tale of our sassy quitter may be too good to be true. Peter Kafka at All Things Digital did some homework and uncovered that the guys behind theCHIVE (the site that broke the Jenny story) were also behind a prank piece about Donald Trump leaving a $10,000 tip that tricked The New York Post and Fox News. Leo Resig, one of the site's founders refused to confirm or ...

Windows XP Still Used by 74-Percent of Businesses

Windows XP refuses to die. Nine years after the OS first landed on the scene, an approximate 74-percent of business users are still saddled with it. To make matters worse, the average age of the PC running the outdated software is 4.4-years old, which means a vast majority of users are running already outdated software on hardware that is quickly approaching obsolescence, itself. Windows 7 is s...

Almost Half of Workplace IT Admit to Spying on Workers

Take this as yet another reason to be careful about what you say and do at work. Chances are that your IT guys are digging a little deeper than they should. A survey conducted by Cyber-Ark Software found that 41-percent of IT pros admitted to "abusing" their administrative privileges. This means using passwords to access HR records and customer databases and finding other confidential information...

Best Buy Extends Olive Branch to Viral Video Maker, Guy Says 'No Way'

Just a few days after threatening to fire employee Brian Maupin because of a couple of videos he'd posted on YouTube, Best Buy has extended the olive branch. But Maupin is refusing to grab it. In a statement, Best Buy declared, "Our investigation is over, and these videos are no longer on the Web. Contrary to rumors, Brian has not been fired, and is scheduled to return to his job at Best Buy th...

Best Buy Worker Faces Firing Over Viral iPhone vs. Evo Videos

What began as an innocent viral joke may end up costing one Best Buy worker his part-time job. Brian Maupin, of Missouri, recently posted two videos making fun of iPhone and Evo acolytes, respectively. Although neither video made explicit reference to his employer, managers at the Independence, MO Best Buy decided to suspend him from his duties after Maupin refused their polite suggestion that he...

Apple Overtakes Microsoft, Foxconn to Thwart Suicides With Nets

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple relished and celebrated its role as an industry outsider for decades, but recent incidents have inspired significant doubts about its anti-corporate, cool-guy attitude. According to Reuters, Apple has now officially overtaken its archenemy Microsoft as the world's leading tech company in terms of market value. Microsoft does sti...

Anybots QB Prototype Strikes Fear in the Hearts of Telecommuters

As telecommunication becomes faster, more capable and more easily accessible in the developed world's largely post-industrial economy, it matters less and less where a worker does his or her job. And take it from us, the benefits abound. For one, before we took up our blogging mantles, we'd never done laundry while at work. Or let in the guy from the gas company. Or, glory be, participated in conf...

Pizza Joint Waitress Fired for Trashing Customers on Facebook

At this point, we find it hard to have sympathy for people who get fired because of something they posted on Facebook. It's like touching a hot stove -- you know not to do it and it will hurt if you do. But for some reason, people just haven't learned. According to the Charlotte Observer, a UNC-Charlotte student was fired from her waitress job for complaining about restaurant customers on her ...

Potential Employers Go to Google, Facebook to Dig Up Dirt on You

We already knew that employers and hiring managers do Web-based during the job-hiring process. There's enough anecdotal evidence out there that you probably didn't need to read Microsoft's study that found 70-percent of U.S. hiring managers rejected applicants based on their online activities. But that tidbit of information is pretty useless unless you know where they're looking (though you shoul...