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Whether in the workplace or the mall, people can expect that an opened-up world will involve more intrusive security measures and surveillance, managing editor Jennifer Kingson writes from New York.
While there's evidence that people are less concerned with privacy than before the pandemic hit — and more concerned with health — they still may not be ready for a world where their blood is tested for antibodies before boarding an airplane, as Dubai-based Emirates airlines has started doing.
Other options could have a far broader reach:
Where it's going: Companies are going to be collecting a lot more information about people — through contactless payment systems, and through various technologies in development that will track people's virus exposure.
The bottom line: "[W]e’re going to be forced to be more biosecure, because my infection could infect an entire village," James Canton, CEO of the Institute for Global Future, tells Axios.
The "sharing economy" — embodied by Uber, Airbnb and WeWork — is in critical condition, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, managing editor Scott Rosenberg writes from the Bay Area.
Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft have seen their business crater, according to analysts.
Airbnb has added cleaning protocols and 24-hour between-stay buffers. The privately held company hasn't disclosed how its business is faring, but it took on two separate $1 billion loans earlier in April.
The pandemic has brutally shut down these companies' fundamental bets.
The big picture: The sharing economy — an idealistic vision birthed and branded in the late 2000s, during the last economic crisis — held that Americans were moving beyond an ethos of acquiring and protecting stuff.
What's next: In some ways, the pandemic opens a door to the revival of the sharing economy's original, grassroots ideals of community cooperation and peer-to-peer trust.
🧼 Milestone: More than 1 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for the coronavirus, accounting for about a third of the world's total confirmed cases. See our state-by-state map.
🍽️ Thousands of independent restaurant owners from across the country will join a Zoom press conference at 11 a.m. ET to push Congress to create a "restaurant stabilization fund" for small eateries on the brink of insolvency.
I was arrested by these two winning images in an annual global contest by the World Press Photo Foundation, based in Amsterdam:
World Press Photo of the Year went to "Straight Voice" (above), showing a young man in Khartoum, Sudan, illuminated by mobile phones during a blackout as he recites protest poetry, while demonstrators chant slogans calling for civilian rule.
The Environment Singles winner (above) was a photo for The New York Times of a polar bear and her cub checking out equipment placed by scientists from Polarstern, a ship that was part of a scientific expedition investigating the consequences of climate change in the central Arctic Ocean.
During a "Virtual Women’s Town Hall " staged for her endorsement, Hillary Clinton told Joe Biden: "Think of what it would mean if we had a real president,” rather than one who “plays one on TV.”
Major League Baseball sees midsummer as the likely best case for opening the season, probably with no fans in the stands, sources tell me.
One scenario calls for a few weeks of "spring training" in June, ahead of a shortened season.
Nothing is decided, and you'll hear all kind of possibilities floated by the league, players, agents and broadcasters. But I'm told that given the expectation that the games will be closed to fans, it makes sense to use as few ballparks as possible.
39% of Americans in an AP-NORC poll favor all-mail elections, up from 19% in 2018, with Democrats much more likely to favor ... 40% of voters are opposed.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided — by Zoom, of course — that with so many theaters shut down, streamed-only movies will be eligible for Oscars this year. —Hollywood Reporter
The cable-news hosts Tucker Carlson, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Chris Cuomo, Bret Baier, Nicolle Wallace, and Anderson Cooper each recorded their most-watched month ever in April, AP Media Writer David Bauder reports.
While hosting from his Hampton basement because he had COVID-19, CNN's Cuomo beat MSNBC's Rachel Maddow among younger viewers for the first time.
Among the broadcast nets, ABC's "World News Tonight" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 10.2 million viewers. NBC's "Nightly News" had 9.6 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 6.7 million.
Tom Nook is a player's financial master in the "Animal Crossing" series. Photo: Nintendo
When video games mirror real life .. Nintendo's "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" slashed its in-game interest rates, the gaming news site Kotaku reports.
Think of it as a virtual stimulus. Users on Reddit theorized that — in a game where trading turnips functions as the stock market — the move was meant to force players to pump cash into local economies, rather than live off savings.
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