Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Analysis finds that almost 4,000 jobs across 40+ US startups, operating in sectors including hospitality, transportation, and AI, were eliminated in March — - Over 3,500 start-up jobs were eliminated this month as the coronavirus crisis disrupted business-as-usual across the economy.
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Amazon, Walmart suspend commerce marketing deals with digital media such as BuzzFeed and Vox Media; ~20% of BuzzFeed 2019 revenue came from such deals — Publishers are bracing for a pullback in advertising amid the Covid-19 pandemic. And one big shoe has already dropped …
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
FCC announces that all phone carriers must adopt the STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication protocols by June 30, 2021 to combat robocalls — The FCC announced today all carriers and phone companies must adopt the STIR/SHAKEN protocol by June 30th, 2021. The regulatory requirement is designed …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Comcast says internet traffic from voice and video calls has risen 212% on its network over the past month and the overall peak traffic is up by 32% — Traffic zooms up as more people work from home — Voice and video calls have more than tripled on Comcast´s network …
Tristan Harris / Center for Humane Technology:
To save lives, we need technology that acts more like a thoughtful journalist, doctor, or other fiduciary agent that cares about the ethics of their choices — We are in an emergency. This article is a call to action for major tech platforms to get more aggressive about saving lives.
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Instacart says worker strike had “no impact” on its operations and that its workforce has seen 40% earnings rise in the past month compared to the month prior — Why workers at Instacart, Whole Foods, and Amazon are walking off the job in protest.
Airbnb will issue full refunds for trips starting on or before May 31 booked before March 14, will make a $250M fund to pay hosts 25% of regular cancelation fee — - Airbnb announced it will allow guests to receive full refunds for trips starting on or before May 31 that were booked prior …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: in early March, Apple started letting some engineers take home early versions of future devices to continue work during the lockdown period — With its 175-acre campus in Cupertino, California, and several dozen more offices across the rest of the world, Apple Inc. wasn´t designed as a work-at-home company.
Zara Stone / OneZero :
A look at video chat service Houseparty, which has topped the Australian, Canadian, and UK iOS App Stores and is like Zoom but with built-in games — ast Saturday night, Jason Shaverin, a 36-year-old project manager in London, spent three hours talking to friends on Houseparty …
Forager, which lets users book, track, and manage shipments between the US, Mexico, and Canada, raises $10M Series A led by US Venture Partners — Forager, a Chicago, IL-based technology company providing cross-border solutions to the logistics industry, raised $10m in Series A financing round.