Well, hello there. I can't promise what the week ahead will bring, but I'm guessing it will be one unlike any other thus far. And we will be here to bring you the tech side of that experience.
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President Trump's exaggerated claims about a Google-developed website to triage coronavirus diagnosis and treatment nationwide are the latest instance of a longstanding presidential pattern of tech-related misrepresentations and hype, Axios' Kyle Daly reports.
Why it matters: At a moment when the public needs solid, trustworthy information from leaders, institutions and news sources, the president is spreading confusion and doubt.
Driving the news: Trump has several times since Friday insisted that Google is working with the government to build a nationwide website to help manage coronavirus diagnosis and treatment.
The big picture: It's not the first time that Trump has made a big promise or distorted claim on behalf of a tech company that later has to be pulled back to reality.
Be smart: Tech companies have learned not to contradict the president, even when they know he is wrong, to stay on his good side.
The other side: Trump has feuded with Amazon CEO (and Washington Post owner) Jeff Bezos.
Companies from across the tech industry are trying to figure out not only how best to support their employees during the coronavirus crisis, but also how they can be a resource to their users.
Why it matters: There are a lot of unknowns about what the next few weeks and months hold, but there are some clear needs as the U.S. heads into uncharted territory.
Here are some of the ways tech companies and leaders are pitching in:
The big picture: Behind the scenes, companies are also looking to see if they can do more to aid in the response, from helping support hospitals, researchers and doctors, to supporting workers without jobs and helping families in the community.
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Uber released more details on Sunday about how it will compensate drivers personally affected by the coronavirus. As Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports, it will be based on their average daily earnings over the last six months.
Why it matters: Ride-hailing and delivery drivers are among the most vulnerable as the virus spreads, both because of the very social nature of their jobs and because they don't qualify for sick leave as independent contractors.
Lyft, which also announced it will compensate drivers diagnosed or quarantined, will base the amount on their earnings over the previous four weeks, though it hasn't released more details.
The bottom line: Neither company's approach is perfect, and many circumstances could lead to disappointing payouts for drivers. But the gig economy companies' arrangements never anticipated this kind of crisis.
If you need a good activity this week while trapped inside, this looks pretty fun.