Remember when I used to start off these newsletters by gloating about whatever exotic locale I was in that day? Well, I'm not going to let coronavirus stop me.
Greetings from the kitchen, where I am slated to give a lecture at my son's home school.
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The major tech companies are scrambling to craft digital options for this year's summer intern class, as businesses remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Why it matters: Internships serve as key learning opportunities for students, but are also critical for the recruiting and diversity efforts of the big tech companies who compete fiercely for college talent.
Driving the news: These companies said they’re moving their programs online:
These companies are still hoping have at least some interns on-site for at least part of the summer:
And Facebook’s plans are still up in the air.
The big picture: All of the companies that commented on pay said they are planning to pay their virtual interns the same rate they would have received for in-person work.
A key question is how meaningful the online experience proves to be, both as a learning experience and a recruiting tool. Employers understand they need to try to find effective remote substitutes for in-person networking and social events, in addition to finding work tasks that can be done fully online.
Between the lines: Despite sincere efforts to go digital, some tech folks privately acknowledged that a virtual internship is unlikely to have the same meaning and impact for participants as an in-person experience.
Common Sense Media is urging Congress to use the next round of coronavirus relief legislation to make sure all U.S. students can connect to the internet, Axios' Kyle Daly reports.
The big picture: The campaign, dubbed "Connect All Students," comes as a poll from the group and SurveyMonkey finds that teens are worried they'll fall behind in school due to the pandemic. The campaign launch and poll results were shared exclusively with Axios.
What they're saying: Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense, which focuses on the impact of tech and media on kids, said in a statement: "With the majority of kids now learning from home instead of school and, as this poll indicates, struggling to keep connections with teachers, the nation is confronting a huge equity challenge."
By the numbers: The survey, which polled 849 U.S. teenagers between March 24 and April 1, found that more than half of students whose in-person classes have been canceled — and some 95% of respondents reported canceled classes — worried about not being able to keep up with schoolwork and extracurricular activities.
Samsung is announcing a host of new smartphones in its mid-tier "A" series, including two models that support 5G cellular networks.
Why it matters: Adding 5G into mid-tier devices ensures that more people who buy a new smartphone this year will be ready to access such networks. As we reported in yesterday's Login, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile say they are moving full speed ahead on 5G deployment.
Specifically, Samsung is introducing:
Details: Verizon will be the first to launch the A51 and A01 on Thursday, with Sprint to follow with the A51 on Friday. The models will be available online from Samsung itself and from retailers and carriers, as well as for in-store pickup, where available.
The 5G models will be coming to the U.S. this summer, Samsung said.
The big picture: The Galaxy A-Series has been a mainstream part of Samsung's global phone lineup, but in the U.S. the focus has been largely on the high-end Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines.
Yes, but: It remains unclear how many people actually want to buy a new smartphone this year, and whether more affordable mid-tier models can gain share.
Jack Dorsey. Photo: Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Chrome Hearts
Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey is taking $1 billion of his Square holdings and putting it toward relief for the coronavirus pandemic, Axios' Orion Rummler reports.
What he's saying: "After we disarm this pandemic, the focus will shift to girl's health and education, and UBI," or universal basic income, Dorsey tweeted Tuesday.
Nintendo and Lego revealed more details on their Super Mario collaboration which will mix the digital and physical worlds with bluetooth-equipped bricks and a digital companion game. There will be a $60 starter set and add-on kits ranging from $30 for the Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set to $100 for the Bowser's Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set. Lego is taking pre-orders for those sets now, with the full collection slated to be available in Aug. 1.
Lead designer Jonathan Bennick shared more in a video.