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Uber, Lyft and Airbnb cut thousands of jobs as pandemic batters Silicon Valley

Juul, Yelp and hundreds of startups among tech firms cutting jobs while Amazon and Zoom see huge boosts Coronavirus – latest US updates Coronavirus – latest global updates The economic fallout from the coronavirus has come to Silicon Valley, with major tech firms announcing layoffs in recent weeks. On Wednesday, Uber became the latest company […]

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Will Facebook’s new oversight board be a radical shift or a reputational shield?

The panel has the potential to reshape how Facebook shapes the world and possibly introduce a new era of social media governance A new era of social media governance began Wednesday, when the first 20 members of Facebook’s long-awaited oversight board were announced. The international panel of free expression advocates, journalists, a former prime minister, […]

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Coronavirus has Elon Musk acting like just another used car salesman

The Tesla CEO is welcome to argue for reopening America. But he is relying on bad science to make his case What has happened to Elon Musk? A highlight reel of the billionaire Tesla CEO’s activities since early March includes his pooh-poohing the coronavirus “panic” as “dumb”; keeping his northern California factory open in defiance […]

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You, in your bedroom, with your laptop. That’s not the future of film festivals | Peter Bradshaw

In the wake of Covid-19, We Are One: A Global Film Festival is taking the experience online. But cinema is a bigger encounter Every year, at Cannes (and other festivals) there’s a plaintive argument about what Cannes (or other festivals) are really all “about”. Some Savonarola-type person will dash the glass of rosé out of […]

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Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread

Mobile advertising companies can collect detailed data about Americans’ movements Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A transatlantic divide on how to use location data to fight coronavirus risks highlights the lack of safeguards for Americans’ personal data, academics and data scientists have warned. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Oliver Letwin, the unlikely merchant of technological doom

After battling to stop a no-deal Brexit, the ex-MP has written a modern fable, Apocalypse How?, warning of the catastrophe our tech dependence could cause Oliver Letwin’s strange and somewhat alarming new book begins at midnight on Thursday 31 December 2037. In Swindon – stay with me! – a man called Aameen Patel is working […]

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