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  • It happens every spring: Literally millions of workers go online to fill out NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament bracket selection sheets in order to take part in a March Madness office pool. There are mixed sentiments about these activities from a workplace perspective. Far more U.S. managers feel that March Madness has a positive impact on morale than those who feel the impact is negative, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. However, companies lose literally hundreds of millions of dollars due to the distractions of the tournament, as many workers will watch the games during office hours, and some will even call in sick to follow the action, according to additional research from Challenger, Gray & Christmas and RetailMeNot. To help keep a proper balance, OfficeTeam has come up with a number of best practices for professionals to ensure an enjoyable—but not disruptive—tourney experience. "These activities don't have to be viewed as negative workplace distractions," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Organizing friendly contests or watching big games together can give employees much-needed breaks and opportunities to build camaraderie."

  • A security threat report warns that new ransomware types have developed and are being distributed through email spam, malvertising and watering hole attacks.

  • The Top 100 Employment Brands report puts Google in the top spot and ranks the tech industry among the most successful in career branding for recruiting talent.

  • The company was founded in 1968 by two ex-executives from Fairchild Semiconductor: a chemist named Gordon Moore and a physicist named Robert Noyce, who also happened to be the co-inventor of the integrated circuit. Together, they formed Intel, which is now the world's largest semiconductor company, with $52.7 billion in annual revenue and a nearly 15 percent share of the global market. In the beginning, Intel's random-access memory (SRAM) semiconductor, which applied Schottky Bipolar technology, was nearly twice as fast as those produced by the competition. By 1971, the company had introduced the Intel 4004, the first microprocessor made available commercially. Since then, it has branched out into security (with the 2010 purchase of McAfee), wireless solutions (after a deal the same year with Infineon Technologies) and network switches (thanks to its acquisition of Fulcrum Microsystems in 2011). More recent events demonstrate that Intel continues to break new ground in wide-ranging ways. We've included a number of the most interesting developments here, along with a couple of intriguing tidbits about Intel's earlier days. The following was compiled through published news articles and materials posted by Intel.