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Wednesday September 12nd, 2018 night edition

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Billionaire Richard Branson is pushing business leaders to embrace the idea of flexible work arrangements, claiming that with today's cutting-edge technology, there is no reason people can't work less hours and be equally — if not more — effective.

Hard work is key, but enjoying what you do and having fun is just as crucial, said the adventurous, fun-loving founder of Virgin.

In his international best seller "The Virgin Way: If It's Not Fun, It's Not Worth Doing," he wrote that "fun is one of the most important — and underrated — ingredients in any successful venture.".

Branson often touts the importance of relaxing, recharging and reconnecting with the people you love and believes flexible working allows Virgin's staff to find a better balance between their work and private lives.

"Through this balance they become happier and more productive," he said.

"It's easier to attract top talent when you are open and flexible," Branson said in a recent blog post.

"It's not effective or productive to force them to behave in a conventional way. »

Tesla workers speak out: 'Anything pro-union is shut down really fast'

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“They started changing rules without any remorse,” Vaughn, a 31-year-old former Tesla computer-numeric-controlled (CNC) heavy machinery operator, told the Guardian.

He provided his separation agreement with Tesla, which cited “failure to meet performance expectations” as the sole reason for termination.

Despite the complaints expressed by current Tesla workers, they remain committed to pushing the company to allow workers to unionize and improve working conditions. »

EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’

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The European Parliament has voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, a controversial piece of legislation intended to update online copyright laws for the internet age.

However, in parliament this morning, an updated version of the directive was approved, along with amended versions of Articles 11 and 13.

The directive itself still faces a final vote in January 2019 (although experts say it’s unlikely it will be rejected). »

If Netflix Adds Ads, It Could Lose a Quarter of Its Subscribers, According to Study

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The streaming giant has recently begun experimenting with promos for its other programming while consumers are binge-watching.

When the practice began, Netflix categorized this as “testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster.”

In the event that this is the first step to more frequent intrusions, this could lead to people dropping their Netflix subscriptions, according a recent study by Hub. »