Nico Belmonte. Photo: Mapbox

Mapbox has tapped Uber's Nico Belmonte to be its GM of maps.

Details: At Uber, Belmonte led a team of more than 50 engineers working on the core business as well as future areas including autonomous vehicles.

  • He was also very familiar with the company's digital mapping technology, having used it for Uber's analysis of its dispatch and routing as well as self-driving car visualization.
  • "For the past four years, we've been using Mapbox," he said. "I feel this is such a natural transition for me to just move there."

Why it matters: Mapping remains a hot area for companies like Google, Apple, Here, and Mapbox that are in the business, as well as for all the internet and transportation companies that rely on such technology.

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As an advertiser boycott of Facebook over its tolerance of hate speech continues to snowball, the company has begun making small, incremental changes to mollify activists while it tries to buy time to evolve its content policies.

Driving the news: Sources tell Axios that the product and policy changes sought by the #StopHateForProfit campaign were long under discussion both inside Facebook and with some external groups. Meanwhile, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly told employees that the boycotting advertisers will be back before long.

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Nursing homes have been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, prompting more urgent discussions about alternative housing situations for elderly Americans.

Why it matters: Deaths in nursing homes and residential care facilities account for 45% of COVID-19 related deaths, per the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity — but there are few other viable housing options for seniors.

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If Joe Biden wins in November, his coronavirus response would feature a no-expenses-spared federal approach to mitigating the virus and a beefed-up safety net for those suffering its economic consequences.

Why it matters: It’s nearly inevitable that the U.S. will still be dealing with the pandemic come January 2021, meaning voters in America will choose between two very different options for dealing with it.