Amazon: The first American union of workers of the e-commerce giant was recently created in New York

Employees at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse in New York voted to form the e-commerce giant’s first American union. In the vote, 2654 employees said they were in favor of the union and 2,131 were against, according to data provided by the National Labor Relations Board of Brooklyn.

The historic vote is the result of the battle of Christian Smalls, a former Amazon employee fired for organizing a protest in 2020 for greater protection against Covid, which created the Amazon Labor Union with which he obtained victory over the Seattle giant that in the past it had managed to block any other attempt at unionization.

When the results were announced, applause rang out from the small crowd gathered for the occasion at the foot of the building in the Brooklyn neighborhood where the counting took place. The name of the union, ALU, is sung several times. Its president Christian Smalls uncorks a bottle of champagne: “People have spoken today, they want a union,” he said. Shortly after, in front of the press, he ironically thanked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos for going into space, “because while he was up there, we were able to create a union.”

In decline for several decades, unions have achieved several symbolic victories in the United States in recent months, starting with the explicit support of US President Joe Biden. He also greeted the victory of the ALU union, saying “happy” that the employees can “be heard”.

The ‘cover photos’ are coming to WhatsApp

There are several features coming to WhatsApp, and among them the development team is working on the cover photos. The “cover photos”, so we could translate them into Italian, will be used to enrich the profile of WhatsApp Business accounts in order to be more recognizable. Together with the “collections”, that is the new method for managing the Catalog, the novelty is designed to put users in contact with companies more and more so that the latter can offer a better support service via chat.

The team behind the messaging app is working to make it possible to configure a cover photo in WhatsApp Business company profiles, a feature that currently seems not to be provided for standard accounts. At the moment it is only present on some selected accounts of users who have decided to participate in the beta program, so not all participants can try it today on their devices. When enabled on your Business profile, the cover photo will be displayed behind the profile photo, and the ability to edit it.

The manager of the WhatsApp Business account can modify the cover photo, through a key represented by a stylized camera: the admin can select an already present photo or take a new one with the camera of the device in use. Once chosen, it will appear on the profile page of the account, along with the traditional profile photo that can also be entered today. The cover photo will be visible to all users who visit the WhatsApp Business account profile, both on iPhone and on any Android device.

As usual, the novelty has been spotted by the prolific WABetaInfo, which, however, does not have information regarding the timing of the release of the novelty. The cover photo is currently under development, and the company has not yet released official information on the matter. Like every feature under test (for example the Reactions on WhatsApp we talked about recently), developers could decide to delete it, without ever presenting it on the stable client for end users.

♬ Elton John & Stevie Wonder – FINISH LINE

LYRIC

You, oh you
Are still a beauty to behold
You’ve been my muse
Every story that I’ve told
Oh, take me back some years
To when we were young without a fear
All along you have been the song that I wanna hear

I’ve been down the darkest alleys
Been to the bottom where the angels cry
Thought it had all been, all for nothing
Until I saw you at the finish line

Forgive me for the ways I’ve let you down
Won’t you give me, another chance to make you proud?
Oh, flash forward twenty years
Forever keep me young and my conscience clear
All along, you have been the song that I wanna hear, ooh yeah, ah

I’ve been down the darkest alleys
Been to the bottom where the angels cry (where the angels cry)
Thought it had all been, all for nothing
Until I saw you at the finish line

Yeah, yeah
Yes, I’ve been down the darkest alleys
Been to the bottom where the angels cry (angels cry)
Thought it had all been, all for nothing
Until I saw you at the finish line (at the finish line)

Oh, I’ve been down the darkest alleys
Been to the bottom watching life go by (watching life go by)
Thought it had all been, all for nothing
Until I saw you at the finish line (at the finish line, yeah, oh, woah)

I’ve been down the darkest alleys
Been to the bottom where the angels cry
Thought it had all been, all for nothing
Until I saw you (saw you) at the finish line

Chinese New Year, 2022 is the year of the Tiger: it happens once every 60 years.

The Spring Festival commonly known as Chinese New Year. In the Eastern tradition, the calendar is lunisolar, that is linked to the phases of the moon (not the sun) and the months begin with each new moon. This is why we also speak of the Lunar New Year. The beginning of the new year always coincides with the second new moon after the winter solstice, therefore on a date between January 21 and February 20. A day that – this year on 1 February precisely – kicks off two weeks of celebrations for a large part of the Far East. Not only China, in fact, the Lunar New Year is also celebrated in Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Bhutan and Vietnam. Each year, according to Chinese astrology, is marked by an animal sign (12 in total) and one of the five fundamental elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth. 2022 is the year of the Water Tiger. The 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and so on were also of the Tiger, but the combination with water recurs every 60 years. In the Chinese horoscope this sign embodies strength, courage and impulsiveness (characteristics similar to those of Leo in our local horoscope). The meaning attributed to it, therefore, is that of an unpredictable year. It mitigates the water element, but months of ups and downs are expected. Surely a better prospect than 2020, which was the year of the Rat: a year of great upheavals. The actual party, a bit like Christmas, begins on the evening of New Year’s Eve, with a family banquet. Then the first day opens with the lion dance, a traditional ritual. The party alternates between myths and superstitions. We visit parents and grandparents, not on the fourth day of celebration, however, because it brings bad luck and we fight. Among the traditional foods there are the Jiaozi, the famous steamed meat ravioli, which are eaten especially on the fifth day of the festival. To close the Chinese New Year cycle there is the Lantern Festival, the main recurrence of these holidays, in which you walk at night with the iconic rice paper lanterns. In modern times, plastic has replaced paper, and the decorations are written and drawings of anime, traditional Japanese cartoons. In the streets there are dances and other artistic performances, then the inevitable fireworks. But where do these customs come from?

♬ Laura Pausini – SCATOLA

LYRIC

Ti ricordi quando noi eravamo solo una
In un viaggio un po’ insicuro per la nostra età, e
Dormivamo anche di schiena, perché non ci preoccupava
Il crescere o il doverci separareE ballavamo sulle note di Billie Jean
Rompendo le doghe del letto
Truccandoci in un modo orrendo
Io ti dicevo che volevo cantare
Tu cosa volevi fare?
E tu cosa volevi fare?Ti ho lasciato in una scatola per poterti ricordare
Perché cucire di ricordi il sole serve a non dimenticare
Ti ho trovato in una scatola, c’era il tuo numero di cellulare
Ti ho cercato ma niente da fare, chissà se mi hai dimenticataMa io non ti ho dimenticata, io non ti ho dimenticata
Ricordati che io, ricordati che tu, siamo la stessa cosaTi ricordi quando noi fissavamo il cielo scuro
Chiedendoci cosa ci fosse oltre, e
Giocavamo con il buio, l’innocenza e le paure
Cercando un senso a tutte quelle coseE leggevamo solo libri sull’amore
Sognando le più belle storie
Amando le più misteriose
Poi ti dicevo mi volevo sposare
Tu cosa volevi fare?
E tu cosa volevi fare?Ti ho lasciato in una scatola per poterti ricordare
Perché coprire di ricordi il male serve a non dimenticare
Ti ho trovato in una scatola, c’era il tuo numero di cellulare
Ti ho cercato ma niente da fare, chissà se mi hai dimenticata
Chissà se mi hai dimenticataMa io non ti ho dimenticata, io non ti ho dimenticata
Ricordati che io, ricordati che tu, siamo la stessa cosa
Ma io non ti ho dimenticata, io non ti ho dimenticata
Ricordati che io, ricordati che tu, siamo la stessa cosa

♬ ADELE – Oh My God

LYRIC

I ain’t got too much time to spare
But I’ll make time for you to show how much I care
Wish that I would let you break my walls
But I’m still spinning out of control from the fall
Boy, you give good love, I won’t lie
It’s what keeps me coming back, even though I’m terrifiedI know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Mmh, yeah
Mmh, yeahI know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Mmh, yeah
Mmh, yeahOh my God, I can’t believe it
Out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping
Out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe, baby, I’m just losing my mind
‘Cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of Heaven and Hell
Is a battle that I cannot fightI’m a fool, but they all think I’m blind
I’d rather be a fool than leave myself behind
I don’t have to explain myself to you
I am a grown woman and I do what I want to doI know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Mmh, yeah
Mmh, yeahI know that it’s wrong
But I want to have fun
Mmh, yeah
Mmh, yeahOh my God, I can’t believe it
Out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping
Out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe, baby, I’m just losing my mind
‘Cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of Heaven and Hell
Is a battle that I cannot fightLord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (oh Lord)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (don’t let me let myself down)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (oh my God)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (oh, oh, oh)
I said Lord don’t let me let me downOh my God, I can’t believe it
Out of all the people in the world
What is the likelihood of jumping
Out of my life and into your arms?
Maybe, baby, I’m just losing my mind
‘Cause this is trouble, but it feels right
Teetering on the edge of Heaven and Hell
Well it’s a battle that I cannot fightLord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (I know that it’s wrong)
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (but I want to have fun)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (mmh, yeah)
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (mmh, yeah)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (I know that it’s wrong)
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (but I want to have fun)
Lord don’t let me, I said Lord don’t let me (mmh, yeah)
I said Lord don’t let me let me down (mmh, yeah)

♬ KYLIE MINOGUE & YEARS & YEARS – A Second To Midnight

LYRIC

Tick tick tick
Tick tick

Remember back in 99′? Oh, I
We danced like maniacs all night, oh, I
Now the world is turning
Faster with time
And I’m slowly going out of my mind
Yeah, I, I think we’re the same
Yeah, think we’re the same

And oh-oh, where do we go, oh?
I gotta know, show me your page
Cause the clock’s keeps ticking the tock
I ain’t gonna stop, no how, no way

I’m chasing after midnight
Show me the way to your heart
Ready for the start of my real life
To shine like a light in the dark
Waiting for this moment to work right for you
I’m done hesitating
Oh yeah, only got a second to midnight

(Show me the way to your heart)
Ooh

I wonder if you question why, oh, I
We left our fantasy behind, oh why? (Oh why?)
Now the world is turning
Faster with time
And I’m slowly going out of my mind
Yeah, I (Oh, I)
I think we’re the same, yeah
I think we’re the same

And oh-oh, where do we go, oh?
I gotta know, show me your page
Cause the clock’s keep ticking the tock
I ain’t gonna stop, no how, no way

I’m chasing after midnight
Show me the way to your heart
Ready for the start of my real life (Real life)
To shine like a light in the dark
Waiting for this moment to work right for you (Oh yeah)
I’m done hesitating
Oh yeah, only got a second to midnight

So love, run
Freedom
Go on
Get some (Oh, get some)
Dig (Dig!), deep (deep!)
Let (Let!), go (go!)
Oh (Oh!), oh (oh!)
Oh
Yeah

I’m chasing after midnight
Show me the way to your heart (Yeah, yeah)
Ready for the start of my real life (Real life)
To shine like a light in the dark (Shine)
Waiting for this moment to work right for you (I’m waiting)
I’m done hesitating
Oh yeah, only got a second to midnight

Log4Shell is the new zeroday flaw: a bug present in most applications, and very easily exploitable

Log4Shell is a new zeroday vulnerability discovered last Thursday when it was exploited to remotely compromise Minecraft servers. The vulnerability was traced with the code CVE-2021-44228 and was assigned a severity level of 10 out of 10 as it can be exploited very easily and allows the execution of remote unauthenticated code.

The vulnerability concerns in particular Log4j, an open source event logging tool based on Java and available from Apache that is used by hundreds of thousands of apps, especially in the cloud and including those commonly used in almost all companies on the planet. .

Event logging is a process by which applications keep an up-to-date list of the activities performed and which can thus be analyzed later in the event of errors. Almost all network security systems run some kind of event log, which gives libraries such as Log4j nearly endless coverage.

The exploitation of the vulnerability occurs by managing to have a special sequence of characters recorded on the log, as Cloudflare illustrated in detail in its analysis. And, as mentioned, the vulnerability can be exploited with ease: in the case of Minecraft, for example, it was possible to record the sequence of characters on the log simply by sending a message in the chat within the game.

Since the compromise of the Minecraft servers occurred, the security company Greynoise has detected an active scan in progress on the Internet that attempted to identify vulnerable servers. The researchers point out that they have observed that the vulnerability is exploited for various purposes: from the installation of malware to cryptomining, to the hardening of Linux botnets, passing from the extraction of data and configurations.

♬ ZUCCHERO – The Scientist


LYRIC
Come up to meet you
Tell you I’m sorry
Don’t know how lovely you are
I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart

Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh, let’s go back to the start
Running in circles
Coming up tails
Heads on a science apart

Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh, take me back to the start

I was just guessing
At numbers and figures
Pulling your puzzles apart
Questions of science
Science and progress
Don’t speak as loud as my heart

Tell me you love me
Come back and haunt me
Oh, and I rush to the start
Running in circles
Chasing our tails
Coming back as we are

Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I’m going back to the start

♬ ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – 3D Feelings

LYRIC

Can’t fight the feelings, they’re forever everywhere I go
Might be illusions or I might be going blind, don’t know but
I live in glasses holographic, I mean what a trip
I got my passes panoramic ’round your fingertips
I wanted to tell ya, I fell in before it’s over
And I wanted to make the file before my trial runs outYou give me 3-dimensional feelings
Thought that I was just dreaming
Can’t keep up with them all
I see 3-dimensional feelings, bouncing off of the ceiling
Coming off of the wallDo-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
(I love it)
Do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
(I do)All my emotions are explosions into stereo
I don’t just feel them, I convert them into audio
End of a rainbow, geometric, like a movie script
And now our touch feels so electric at my fingertips
I wanted to tell ya, I fell in before it’s over
And I wanted to make the file before my trial runs outYou give me 3-dimensional feelings
Thought that I was just dreaming
Can’t keep up with them all
I see 3-dimensional feelings, bouncing off of the ceiling
Coming off of the wallDo-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
(I love it)
Do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
(I do)You give me 3-dimensional feelings
Thought that I was just dreaming
Can’t keep up with them all
Oh, I see 3-dimensional feelings, bouncing off of the ceiling
Coming off of the wallDo-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
(I love it)
Do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do-do
(I do)