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Tucked right at the end of Google's flurry of announcements at its annual conference on Wednesday (find them all here) was a timely new initiative: Google for Jobs. In short, this means that Google will turn up job listings through its search engine, and it has partnered with job sites including LinkedIn, Monster.com, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, and CareerBuilder to pull from their content.

Modern-day job seeking: It's not hard to see that the new feature is inspired by other recent employment trends, notably the rhetoric of many "on-demand" services like Uber and TaskRabbit. Like them, Google for Jobs wants to make it more efficient for job seekers to pull out their phones (or laptops) and quickly be matched with a job thanks to the Internet.

Bigger picture: Google's initiative is happening at a time where a lot of Americans are worried about the economy and ongoing employment changes created by new technology (the "robots are taking jobs" fear). In a way, Google is attempting to show that tech companies like itself and artificial intelligence, which it's using to help match job listings to seekers, can also be good for humans and their job prospects. Google is also quietly testing another job tool, application tracking system Google Hire, as Axios previously reported.

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Why it matters: A report out Thursday morning suggested the ad tools were causing campaign ads, even those that adhered to Facebook's new rules, to be paused. Very quickly, political campaigners began asserting the tech giant was enforcing policies in a way that was biased against their campaigns.

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Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles' heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don't have the cash.

Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.

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