Mar 25, 2017

Delivery startup Postmates cuts up to 30 jobs

Postmates, the on-demand delivery service, has reportedly laid off roughly 30 "community managers" across the company, according to a report from BuzzFeed citing an anonymous source. Forbes reports the layoffs as fewer than 30.

The move comes as Postmates shifts the responsibilities of employees in the various cities where it operates, according to a statement from operations VP Russell Cook that Postmates sent to Axios. While the company confirmed the layoffs, it declined to share the exact number of jobs it cut.

Financial goals: Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann recently told Forbes that the company plans to become profitable by late 2017 or early 2018. He also said the company will go public by 2019—a prediction Axios' Dan Primack finds improbable. Still, it's no surprise the company is taking measures to cut costs and boost margins.

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South Korea and Italy see spikes in coronavirus cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting these are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the United States.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,446 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel and Lebanon, while Iran reported its sixth death from the virus. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 Friday to 433 on Saturday and Italy's case count rose from 3 to 62 by Saturday.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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Heat wave melts 20% of snow cover from Antarctic island in days

The effects of February's record heat wave on Eagle Island in Antarctica. Photo: NASA

Antarctica's Eagle Island now has a side that's almost ice-free following this month's searing heat wave in the region, images released by NASA show.

Why it maters: "The warm spell caused widespread melting on nearby glaciers," NASA said in its report. It's the third major melt event of the 2019-2020 Southern Hemisphere summer, following warm spells in January and last November, according to the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO).