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Consensus seems to be building globally around the idea that Bluetooth-based contact tracing could be a practical use of technology to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Why it matters: Both governments and advocacy groups agree that using Bluetooth to sense the proximity of users' phones could be more effective and less of a civil rights problem than tapping location-based data that apps and service providers often collect.
Driving the news:
The big picture: A number of entities are working on similar technology approaches that would appear to be able to meet the goals outlined by the EU and ACLU.
Yes, but: Any contact-tracing approach — those above or something new — will need widespread adoption to be of much use.
Meanwhile: Pew reported in a new survey that Americans are not only divided on whether they find tracking apps acceptable, but are also skeptical such apps will really be effective.
What they're saying:
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The team behind the Facebook-backed Libra digital currency effort announced several key changes scaling back what once seen as a monetary instrument that could be used to rival and subvert national currencies.
Why it matters: The moves are designed to address concerns from governments and others, but also represent a further reining in of ambitions for the initiative, which launched with great fanfare last year.
Among the changes:
Between the lines: The Libra effort has been seen as a way for Facebook to expand the ways it makes money as the company plots a shift toward private, encrypted messaging, which could limit advertising potential.
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Uber said on Thursday that it's withdrawing its forecasts for certain revenue and earnings metrics for the year, and will write down between $1.9 billion and $2.2 billion from its investments in other startups hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
Why it matters: While Uber is seeing a surge in its food delivery business, demand for rides has dramatically dropped — by as much as 60–70% in Seattle at the peak of its outbreak — as people stay home to curb the virus spread.
The T-Mobile-Sprint merger closed earlier this month, but did so without final approval from California's Public Utilities Commission. That approval came Thursday, along with several conditions.
Why it matters: While the deal wasn't likely to be unwound, this removes the key remaining legal cloud over the transaction.
As part of its approval, California regulators mandate that T-Mobile:
The CPUC will also appoint an independent monitor to oversee compliance and the agency notes it may take enforcement action should T-Mobile not comply with any of the conditions.