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Despite the tech industry's relative health during the pandemic, tech product roadmaps and schedules have been revisited, shaken up and in some cases completely rewritten thanks to the coronavirus.
What's happening: Both giants and startups are trying to focus on projects that are doable, relevant and critical. Those that don't meet any of these criteria are likely to fall by the wayside.
The big picture: Although tech may be the best-positioned industry of all for an era of remote work, and companies in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area were among the first to send workers home.
It's still too early to know the full impact, but early casualties have already begun to surface.
Videogame development, as a whole, has been dramatically slowed, as noted by the New York Times.
This is surely just the start. In a recent interview with Axios, Box CEO Aaron Levie said he made the call several weeks ago that the coronavirus' impact would be much greater than initially assumed.
Between the lines: Here are some of the factors that lead to products being scrapped or delayed.
Yes, but: Overall product output will probably slow, but some efforts are being accelerated.
While usage of many mobile apps has remained neutral during the coronavirus pandemic, social media app usage has exploded during the lockdown, Axios' Sara Fischer reports, citing new data from Nielsen.
Why it matters: Before the coronavirus crisis, consumers and tech companies were both becoming more aware of the overuse of social media and actively trying to limit it. In a time when people can't connect with friends and family in person, companies have put these efforts on pause.
By the numbers: Prior to the pandemic hitting the U.S., social media usage for most of January, February and early March remained relatively flat at around 20% of total mobile app usage, according to Nielsen's data.
The bottom line: The coronavirus pandemic is deepening users' immersion in social media at a moment when society had just begun to question it.
Intel reported strong quarterly earnings Thursday but its shares fell in after-hours trading amid concerns around its near-term outlook.
Why it matters: Investors are trying to figure out what to expect from the tech sector as the impact of the coronavirus and related shutdowns works its way through the economy. Some parts of the tech sector would appear to still be seeing strong demand amid the shift to remote work and e-commerce.
Details: Intel’s Q1 revenue and earnings per share were ahead of estimates, and its Q2 revenue forecast was slightly above prior expectations. But its profit outlook for the current quarter was weaker than expected and the chip giant declined to offer a full-year forecast.
Between the lines: Intel has also benefited some from supply chain disruptions.
Meanwhile: Intel investors were also digesting a fresh Bloomberg report that Apple has developed multiple in-house chips that could power future Macs, supplanting Intel chips.
Yes, but: Apple's planned shift to use its A-series processors for future Macs has been long reported, with earlier expectations the transition could have begun as early as this year. So, Intel may get more Apple business over the next 12 months than might have been expected.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Some warehouse workers at Amazon are expected to call in sick today as a protest against what they say are inadequate protections for employees and retribution from the company against those who speak out.
Why it matters: Amazon has become a critical source of goods amid a pandemic that has shut down much of traditional retail. However, critics say the company has not done enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among warehouse workers.
Driving the news:
Meanwhile: The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that, contrary to its testimony before Congress, Amazon used data from third-party marketplace sellers to make decisions on what products to launch itself.