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By Abhay V
LinkedIn's massive mobile app and website redesign brings Stories, new UI, and more
by Abhay Venkatesh
LinkedIn today announced a major design refresh for its web and mobile clients. The company says that this redesign comes almost five years after the previous refresh, and aims to make the experience “easy, inclusive, enjoyable”. As part of the refresh, the firm is bringing UI enhancements that improve navigation, new features for search, and focuses on accessibility as well.
The UI now brings more rounded corners, larger icons, and warmer colors. The larger touch targets and overall UI changes help improve interaction capabilities for those that use accessibility features and for the differently-abled. The Microsoft-owned company also plans to add a dark mode to the app and web client soon.
In addition to the look and feel, the company has also revamped the search experience. Search results are now organized by categories such as jobs, groups, courses, and more. The mobile versions of the service are also receiving keyword filters. Users can filter through these categories from a carousel at the top on mobile, or use the filters on the search results page itself, on the web. Search results are also personalized with the results displaying similar “liked” courses or “People also Viewed” lists in addition to the search query’s results.
The redesign also brings the ‘Stories’ feature that the firm has been testing internally. The company says that it “took the time to understand how this format fits in the professional context” and calls Stories a “more human way of sharing”. The feature is identical to Stories on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
Another significant area of improvement is the messages section. The company is working to add support for users to directly connect to video meetings on Teams, Zoom, and other third-party services right from direct messages. Other features include the ability to edit, react to, and bulk manage messages.
The redesign begins rolling out today to users globally and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
By Jay Bonggolto
LinkedIn sells presentation-sharing platform SlideShare to Scribd
by Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft's LinkedIn announced today that it has sold SlideShare, the presentation-sharing service it acquired in May 2012, to Scribd. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Scribd will take over the operations of Slideshare on September 24, including its 100 million users, presentation upload and hosting tools, as well as its existing documents. Trip Adler, Co-founder and CEO of Scribd, said:
Over the past eight years, after its acquisition by LinkedIn, SlideShare has powered the social networking site's content experience for professionals with the capability to upload, share, and discuss documents on the platform, LinkedIn noted. For Scribd, the addition of SlideShare to its family means an expansion of its reading ecosystem by more than 40 million presentations. The company said it provides information and educational resources like study guides, business templates, academic papers, and public court filings as part of its premium subscription service. It also offers audiobooks, podcasts, sheet music, and magazines.
By Abhay V
LinkedIn cuts 960 jobs due to impacts of the pandemic
by Abhay Venkatesh
In a late-night email to employees yesterday, LinkedIn has announced that it will be cutting around 960 jobs, which is close to 6% of its overall workforce. The letter from CEO Ryan Roslansky cites that the “extremely difficult decision” is being made because of the global pandemic and because fewer companies are hiring. The layoffs affect the Global Sales and Talent Acquisition organizations.
Roslansky notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to reduced demand for the company’s “internal hiring and for [its] talent products globally”. Therefore, some roles across the Sales and Talent Acquisition organizations are no longer needed. He also adds that for sales team, an online servicing model makes more sense over a field sales team and that the company has made investments in this regard.
As for those that are affected by the cuts, the company will be providing a minimum of 10 weeks of severance pay. However, the amount may increase based on tenure, country-specific practices, and other variables. Additionally, the firm will be paying out all due bonuses in full for those eligible. In the U.S., employees affected will receive pay for 12 months of health insurance. Across other regions, the Microsoft-owned company will provide six months of healthcare or cash equivalent for premium payments.
In addition to the payments, Roslansky notes that the employees will be offered a six-month training program called Momentum to help them prepare for interviews, job search strategies, LinkedIn learning courses, and more. Laid-off employees will be allowed to keep cell phones, laptops, and “recently purchased equipment to help work from home”. The firm is also providing immigration support and for those on company-sponsored visas. Affected employees will also be considered for hiring for newly created roles in the company.
Impacted employees will be communicated in a staged manner. While employees in North America, Brazil, and parts of the APAC region will be reached out to in the next 24 hours, those in France, Sweden, and Spain will be informed in August and those in Italy in September. Employees that are being informed this month will be with the company until August 21.
By Jay Bonggolto
LinkedIn will let you add a recorded name pronunciation to your profile
by Jay Bonggolto
LinkedIn announced today a new feature that lets you record your name's correct pronunciation and add that audio clip to your profile. The audio will be accessible to anyone visiting your profile.
The company says the feature is intended to help your contacts understand how you prefer your name to be pronounced. On the other hand, you can also visit the profiles of other users in order to learn the proper pronunciation of their names, assuming they have made their own recording available. LinkedIn noted that correct pronunciation is "an important part of making a good first impression and creating an inclusive workplace".
It is worth noting that recording your name pronunciation can be done only via LinkedIn's mobile apps. On both iOS and Android, you can get started by tapping on your profile photo and selecting View Profile. Then tap on the edit button and the "+Record name pronunciation" option next, after which you'll need to hold the record button to record your name. If you're satisfied with the result, tap on the "Use" option, and finally save it. Otherwise, you can always cancel and take another shot at it.
Keep in mind that the total recording time is 10 seconds only. LinkedIn also recommends recording in a setting with low background noise and speaking each syllable clearly. Your recorded audio will then appear next to your name in your introduction card. Although audio recordings can be made only through mobile, anyone can listen to the clip via any device.
The feature will be made available starting this week. Next month, it will be rolled out to all members worldwide.
By Abhay V
LinkedIn fixes iOS app to stop clipboard snooping, Reddit says fix due later this month
by Abhay Venkatesh
Apple announced iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 during its WWDC annual conference last month. A beta of the OS for developers was then released right away, providing users a look at all the changes that are coming, including highly-requested functionalities such as an App Library and widgets on the home screen on the iPhone, and more. However, the update will also bring new privacy features, such as the ability to notify users when an app accesses their clipboard.
Now, that feature is highlighting the apps that are accessing the clipboard, especially some that seem to pick up data after every keystroke. Users began reporting earlier this weekend that those apps include LinkedIn, Reddit, AccuWeather, and more. Twitter user Don Morton shared a few examples of the clipboard notifications on LinkedIn and Reddit on an iPad Pro.
Interestingly, some companies have responded to the allegations, clarifying that the clipboard access is indeed a bug. LinkedIn’s Erran Berger responded to Morton’s tweet noting that the behavior is due to an “equality checker” between the clipboard contents and contents in a text box. He added that the data is not stored or transmitted. A fix has already been rolled out for the iOS app that removes the code responsible for the behavior.
Reddit also responded to The Verge stating that the issue was with the ‘post composer’ that “checks for URLs in the pasteboard and then suggests a post title based on the text contents of the URL”. That company too says that the clipboard contents are not stored or sent to any parties. A fix for the issue will be rolled out on July 14. TikTok too promised to remove the feature last month and called it an “anti-spam” feature.
Considering that some companies are aware of the behavior, it will be interesting to see if more app makers come forward and remove the ability to access the clipboard at each keystroke, including for their Android counterparts.