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News - April 24, 2020

Around Town

ZOOM BOMBING WITH PURPOSE ... With many people sheltering at home, Zoom has seen a surge in users signing up for its video-conferencing software — and some of those users utilizing the platform to disrupt meetings with often vulgar messages. (The Palo Alto City Council's April 13 meeting was no exception.) Palo Alto-based Tibco Software found itself being Zoom bombed when a recent meeting was interrupted by an unexpected — yet welcomed — guest: comedian Conan O'Brien. The late-night talk show host barged into an April 13 strategy meeting in the middle of CEO Dan Streetman's remarks. O'Brien claimed he was "new to the company" and began joking with the group of eight employees. "I'm disappointed in our sales performance. I'm disappointed in a lot of you across the board," he said. O'Brien then dove into his "ideas'' to improve Tibco by reading points verbatim from the company's website. "I want to customize information exchanges by using APIs over public web in place of proprietary EDI networks. Has anyone thought of that?" The TV host then called on each employee by name to join his endeavor. Before he left the group chat, he counted down the participants to the cheer "Go Tibco!" After he signed off, O'Brien remarked, "Well, that helped no one." Watch him crash the meeting in a segment that aired Monday on O'Brien's TBS show, "Conan," at teamcoco.com/node/118463.

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