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Coronavirus-related economic disruption and uncertainty could yet slow the pace of 5G deployment in the U.S. — but for now, the major carriers say they're moving full speed ahead, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill and I report.
Why it matters: The pandemic has highlighted the importance of connectivity as businesses shift to remote work and schools move classes online, making network performance more vital than ever.
What's happening: The major wireless carriers say the coronavirus has not altered the pace of their 5G rollouts, but industry observers and federal officials question how long that will remain true.
There may also be fewer 5G-ready devices as a result of the pandemic.
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said she's pleased that U.S. carriers are moving forward with their 5G plans right now.
What they're saying: The carriers insist it's business as usual for their 5G plans.
Between the lines: Some carriers may be in a better position than others to keep moving forward. Sharma noted that for T-Mobile, for example, only a software update is required to add support for Sprint's mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum.
Yes, but: The picture is more mixed internationally.
YouTube's product chief tells Axios that the Google-owned video site has removed thousands of COVID-19 videos — including some from the Brazilian president's channel — for violating policies related to the spread of medical misinformation.
Why it matters: Though criticized in the past for allowing misinformation to flourish, Facebook, Google and Twitter have all been taking a tougher stand when it comes to the coronavirus.
What they're saying: In an interview, chief product officer Neal Mohan said YouTube has been focused on a twofold approach: making authoritative information more prominent and aggressively removing policy-violating content.
Meanwhile: YouTube is also aggressively enforcing existing medical misinformation policies that prohibit promoting false cures or encouraging people not to see a doctor.
Be smart: In all, Mohan said, YouTube has removed thousands of videos.
Unlike Facebook and Twitter, YouTube's policies are entirely focused on the content of a video and not who is doing the speaking. That means politicians, journalists and entertainers are all held to the same standard, at least in theory.
Mohan was more equivocal when asked if someone could post, say, a video suggesting people try a medicine that had yet to be approved by the FDA for treating the coronavirus.
"That gets at the challenge," Mohan acknowledged. "It's a balancing act.... We are not medical experts ourselves."
Mohan said that he has other product changes on his to-do list, but acknowledges the virus and related issues have occupied most of his attention.
Correction: This story originally said that YouTube, unlike Facebook and Google, based its misinformation policy solely on the content rather than who is saying it. That should have said that, unlike Facebook and Twitter, Google and YouTube both base their decisions solely on content, while Twitter and Facebook have some different policies for certain people, such as politicians.
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Airbnb has raised $1 billion in debt and equity from Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
Why it matters: Airbnb, like the rest of the travel industry, has taken a major business hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The company recently halted all marketing spending and froze hiring. Questions also remain about its plans to go public this year.
Go deeper: The gig economy's coronavirus test
Intel today announced a $50 million COVID-19 relief program designed to support more research, technology for patient care, and help for lower income students' distance-learning needs. Of that amount, $10 million will be set aside to help fund employee-led and community efforts.
Why it matters: Intel's donation comes on top of an earlier $10 million pledge and amid other large donations from Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Google, Facebook and others.
Details: Among the projects that will be funded is one that taps Intel and Cisco technology to turn hospital beds into "virtual ICU" rooms, Intel senior VP and PC unit head Gregory Bryant told Axios.
Bryant declined to comment on the business impact to Intel's PC unit from COVID-19, citing the company's quiet period before quarterly earnings, but he noted that technology is more important than ever.
"People are physically interacting less. They are connecting more than ever. That’s all based on technology. The technology we deliver is essential to helping people get through this as safely as possible."— Intel's Gregory Bryant
Poutine delivered on the end of a hockey stick. Now that's social distancing, Canadian-style.