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Update: Cohuman has been acquired by Mindjet and the service is part of their longterm plans. Cohuman is here to stay!

We’re cleaning up the place

As of today, we've simplified our top navigation, closing down the Collaboration and Broadband channels. We'll still cover these areas, but we're making the changes to help our site reflect GigaOM's more focused approach to tech news and analysis.

Pharmaceutical giant goes deskless

New ways of working demand new workspaces, a fact that pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline clearly understands. It's building its second deskless office in Philadelphia, replacing cubes with fluid spaces, laptops and personal lockers, and saving money and speeding decision making as a result.

One group that really gets remote work? Vacationing small business owners

Vacation season is in full swing, but small business owners continue to be besieged, as ever, with a tidal wave of responsibilities. The collision of these two realities could equal frustration, but according to a new survey, there's actually a happier result– more remote work.

The secret ingredient for successful cross-cultural communication

High-tech tools and innovative management practices to ease coordination hassles may have their role in leading cross-cultural teams, but according to one expert on communicating with folks from different backgrounds, the real key to success is simpler and rarer.

The social recruiting start-up wars heat up

With Microsoft's recent acquisition of Yammer, it's clear social has arrived. And what goes for internal communication goes for recruiting as well, writes Josh Bersin, CEO of consultancy Bersin & Associates, in an article laying out the feverishly hot social recruiting start-up scene.

Women can have it all… if we get rid of “time macho”

An article on women and work-life balance is stirring a predictable flurry of debate on the internet, but the piece is worth reading for those interested in remote collaboration as well as gender issues for what it says about "time macho" work culture and telecommuting.

Employees skeptical of execs touting enterprise social, survey finds

Executives may believe the hype that social enterprise tools boost transparency and cohesive company culture, but employees by and large aren't buying it, a new survey reveals. Instead frontline folks see social as just another form of empty rhetoric out of the C-suite.

PRO: Understanding project management in the new era of work

Three common problems in project management today are complexity, linear working and poor management. Avoiding these leads to smoother processes, more-productive workers and better business practices, and distributed project management tools now on the market can make this possible.

Is the free agent mindset infecting employees too?

You have probably heard about the rise of the independent worker and the impact of this trend on business practices. But your team is still all traditional employees, so this shift doesn't affect you, does it? Maybe more than you think, argues SAP's Julien Vayssiere.

How to make contingent workers feel like family

Call it the gig economy, Generation Flux or Freelance Nation, but whatever you term the rise in independent workers, the trend is reshaping management. How can you ensure that the contingent workers on your team feel as engaged and appreciated as the long-term employees?

What’s the role of HR in building a social business?

So your company is trying to be more social, leveraging new ways of communicating to break down barriers to collaboration and information sharing. Great, but what role should HR play in mandating or refereeing that process? IBM's VP of social software weighs in.

Tony Hsieh outlines Zappos’ plans for the office of the future

The online shoe retailer has big plans for its new downtown Las Vegas digs, CEO Tony Hsieh recently explained at Venture For America's Summer Celebration, where he laid out his vision of the community-focused, creativity-inspiring future of the office.

My iMac and ChromeBook just hooked up. And I like it!

With Google and Apple jockeying for position in the mobile markets, now probably isn't the best time to try and get the two talking. But that's just what I did with my 27-inch iMac and my new Google ChromeBook. And guess what? They get along famously!

4 tips on managing remotely from the founder of Treehouse

Apparently, ProofHQ isn't the only successful British startup with a remote team across the pond. Ryan Carson, the founder of Treehouse, recently took to his blog to explain how he manages his widely dispersed team of 40 from his home in the UK.

Workspaces go slash

As careers become more fluid, diverse and self-directed and more of us work flexibly at multiple gigs or projects, the hard lines between spaces for work, family and play are also becoming less stark. Behold the railway station/office and coworking space/daycare.

Collaboration on the move has a long way to go, survey finds

A new survey by collaboration tools company reveals that working while you're on the go is far from painless, finding that while mobile working is hugely common, remote collaboration tools are still slowing productivity, leading to errors and causing headaches.

Study: Management should mandate co-ed teams

A new study reveals that we're much more likely to choose others of the same gender to collaborate with and suggests that management should get involved to ensure teams are co-ed and chosen based on skills rather than personal comfort level. Is this really necessary?

FaceTime over 3G? A bargain vs. carrier voice plans

At WWDC Apple unleashed FaceTime on the 3G network. While you would think a high-quality video chat service would be poison to consumers' restricted data plans, there’s another way to look at it: Compared to what mobile operators charge for voice, FaceTime is really a bargain.

No one agrees what coworking is, academic finds

A UT researcher spent several years asking Austin area coworkers and space proprietors to define what the movement was all about. The wide array of different and even contradictory answers he came up with is both intriguing and bewildering. Can anyone define coworking?

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