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Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content (Nour Haydar/ABC)

Nour Haydar / ABC: Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content  —  The Federal Government has ordered the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct to govern commercial dealings between tech giants and news media companies.

A look at PTT, a 25-year-old Reddit-like forum in Taiwan that is gaining attention for its role in warning the country early about COVID-19 on December 31 (Masha Borak/Abacus)

Masha Borak / Abacus: A look at PTT, a 25-year-old Reddit-like forum in Taiwan that is gaining attention for its role in warning the country early about COVID-19 on December 31  —  Taiwan´s 25-year-old forum PTT helped limit the spread of the coronavirus  —  In the early hours of December 31st, Luo Yi-jun couldn´t sleep.

Cameo, which lets fans pay for shoutout videos from celebs, has become a gig economy for celebs during the pandemic as some use it to compensate for income loss (Zach Schonfeld/VICE)

Zach Schonfeld / VICE: Cameo, which lets fans pay for shoutout videos from celebs, has become a gig economy for celebs during the pandemic as some use it to compensate for income loss  —  On March 20, Steven Galanis, the CEO and co-founder of Cameo, took a call from Akon, the R&B singer behind the 2006 hit “Smack That.”

The tech industry, with an eye towards improving its reputation, is quickly pivoting to offer remedies to the pandemic crisis (Shelly Banjo/Bloomberg)

Shelly Banjo / Bloomberg: The tech industry, with an eye towards improving its reputation, is quickly pivoting to offer remedies to the pandemic crisis  —  Before the pandemic, Yiying Lu was known for her work designing the Twitter Fail Whale and the dumpling and boba tea emojis.  In the past few weeks, Lu said she was called to a higher purpose.

Lime to reactivate small fleets of scooters in some US and European cities and offer free 30-minute rides for health workers and law enforcement officers (Sam Mehmet/Intelligent Transport)

Sam Mehmet / Intelligent Transport: Lime to reactivate small fleets of scooters in some US and European cities and offer free 30-minute rides for health workers and law enforcement officers  —  The pandemic has had a notable impact on transportation, and Lime aims to offer its scooters in select cities as an easy way for people to travel while social distancing.
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