Feb 10, 2017

Uber reportedly sees double standard in Trump outrage

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Bloomberg's Eric Newcomer reports that "senior management and investors" at Uber are frustrated by the fact that they faced backlash over an affiliation with Donald Trump, while Elon Musk hasn't.

Hold up: Uber is forcefully pushing back on the report, calling it "not representative of how we feel." "No one working at Uber would want another company to experience what we have over the past few weeks," spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker told Bloomberg.

It's complicated: Musk, the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, has indeed faced some criticism for his presence on two administration advisory councils. Some customers have said they are cancelling their orders for Teslas over that connection. But it's nowhere near the experience of Uber chief Travis Kalanick, who ended up quitting the council after users started deleting their Uber apps en masse. The vocal reaction may be due, in part, to the large reach of Uber's service with the urban set, who tend to skew younger and more left-of-center politically.

For his part, Musk has repeatedly defended his engagement with the administration, saying activists should be urging more moderate voices around the table with Trump.

The bigger picture: The backlash felt by tech companies working with Trump reached a new level after the administration's ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. And there's little sign that it will let up anytime soon.

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The wreckage of summer

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We usually think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer, with all of the fun and relaxation that goes with it — but this one is just going to remind us of all of the plans that have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Why it matters: If you thought it was stressful to be locked down during the spring, just wait until everyone realizes that all the traditional summer activities we've been looking forward to are largely off-limits this year.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 5,410,228 — Total deaths: 345,105 — Total recoveries — 2,169,005Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 1,643,499 — Total deaths: 97,722 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,915Map.
  3. World: White House announces travel restrictions on Brazil, coronavirus hotspot in Southern Hemisphere Over 100 coronavirus cases in Germany tied to single day of church services — Boris Johnson backs top aide amid reports that he broke U.K. lockdown while exhibiting symptoms.
  4. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks headed into Memorial Day weekend Report finds "little evidence" coronavirus under control in most statesHurricanes, wildfires, the flu could strain COVID-19 response
  5. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Public employees brace for layoffs.
  6. Federal government: Trump attacks a Columbia University study that suggests earlier lockdown could have saved 36,000 American lives.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

The CDC is warning of potentially "aggressive rodent behavior" amid a rise in reports of rat activity in several areas, as the animals search further for food while Americans stay home more during the coronavirus pandemic.

By the numbers: More than 97,700 people have died from COVID-19 and over 1.6 million have tested positive in the U.S. Over 366,700 Americans have recovered and more than 14.1 million tests have been conducted.