My musing from last night: It's amazing how tired one can get without even leaving the house.
Situational awareness: Uber is leading a $170 million investment round in Lime, in a deal that will see Lime absorb Uber's own scooter division, Jump.
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With much of the world sheltering in place, there has been a marked increase in domestic violence, as experts had feared. Not all abuse is physical, though: Many abusers are using smartphones and apps to inflict additional pain.
Why it matters: Technological forms of abuse, which can include hacking accounts and using digital tools for stalking, can persist even after survivors have physically escaped their abusers.
Of note: Abuse facilitated by technology is now the most common form of domestic abuse, followed by in-person psychological abuse, physical and sexual abuse, according to Alison Marganski, an associate professor at New York's Le Moyne College.
The big picture: The rise in home technology has made it possible for abusers to spy on their partners' online accounts, track their physical movements and share personal information.
A clinic at Cornell University provides help to those that find themselves in such a situation. But it’s not always possible for technological abuse survivors to safely contact such resources, noted Sarah St. Vincent, who runs the clinic.
Where it stands: COVID-19 has only made things worse.
Yes, but: Technology-based abuse doesn't necessarily end even after a survivor has been able to physically escape.
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Facebook named the leadership for its Oversight Board Wednesday and cut the ribbons on the project, which will now operate independently of the company to handle appeals of its most thorny content moderation decisions, Axios' Scott Rosenberg and Sara Fischer report.
The big picture: The board is a first-of-its-kind internet governance body, which Facebook spent $130 million to fund.
How it works: Users who are unhappy with a content takedown or other moderation decisions by Facebook will be able to file an appeal with the board, which will choose a handful of key cases to decide.
What they're saying: On a press call before the announcement, the board's four co-chairs described their work as novel and experimental and said they expect to make mistakes.
One huge challenge will be sifting through a perpetually growing pile of potential controversies to pick the few that the organization will be able to adjudicate.
History lesson: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg first discussed the idea of a Supreme Court-like independent board in April 2018 as a way to counter criticism that the company was inconsistent and unaccountable in its decisions to take content down or leave it up.
Our thought bubble: The board is full of expertise in law, free speech, and human rights. It may find itself wishing for deeper knowledge of misinformation, disinformation, and the complexities of algorithmic media.
Go deeper: Facebook's constitutional moment
Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau. Photo: Zynga
Zynga CEO Frank Gibeau told Axios that even though COVID-19 has meant all of the online gaming firm’s employees are working from home, the company hasn’t missed a beat.
The big picture: Video game usage has picked up substantially amid the crisis, as plenty of single adults and students sheltering at home have more time on their hands. That looks to be the case across the board, from hardcore console gaming to casual mobile games.
Driving the news: Zynga on Wednesday beat first-quarter revenue expectations and upped its top-line guidance for the year.
Of note: Zynga has also seen an increase in lapsed players returning to classic games like Words with Friends and Farmville. "People are going back to brands and fantasies and universes that they love," he said.
Meanwhile: Gibeau, who has no set timeframe in mind for when Zynga employees will return to the office, says he doesn’t anticipate a need for layoffs.
As tech's pandemic earnings season continues, results from Lyft and Grubhub illustrate how hard it is for most companies to get through the crisis unscathed, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
The big picture: Lyft's ride-hailing service is way down, Grubhub's food delivery business is up, yet both companies posted mixed results, and Lyft's stock rose while Grubhub's dropped.
Driving the news: Lyft's stock price shot up by 15% in after-hours trading after the company yesterday yet also posted a loss per share more than double what analysts expected.
Meanwhile: GrubHub saw its stock price drop 5% after posting widening losses and a decrease in daily average orders despite beating revenue expectations.
The big picture: Several other tech companies also posted earnings Wednesday.
Today is World Password Day. Instead of making you read a story on the worst passwords of 2020 or 20 tips to a secure password, I will just leave you with this classic scene from "Spaceballs."