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A US probe found that AT&T, T-Mobile, and other mobile carriers failed to protect user location data. The top cellphone carriers in the US now face hundreds of millions in fines, after the Federal Communications Commission determined that they still allowed certain third parties to harvest location data after telling Congress they’d stopped.The Wall Street Journal
The US is paying rural telecom carriers to scrub themselves of all things Huawei. In a unanimous vote, the US senate approved $1 billion in funds to cover the costs of ripping out any Huawei or ZTE parts from their hardware setups. President Donald Trump is expected to approve the bill.POLITICO
Amazon is laying down the hammer on products that falsely claim to cure or treat coronavirus. It didn’t take long for more than one million products to capitalize on epidemic fears and slap misleading statements—or outright lies—onto their Amazon listings. The etailer also put a stop to coronavirus-related price gouging.Reuters
Japan shuttered all schools for a month in the face of an epidemic. Prime minister Shinzo Abe ordered every elementary, junior high and high school closed until April’s spring break, to fend off the spread of coronavirus in the country. Daycare centers and elementary after school programs will remain open.The Japan Times
The list of world events cancelled due to coronavirus is getting longer. Fear over the spread of the disease has already disrupted schools and cruise ships. Now, it's coming for your social and professional calendar, too.Quartz
I’ve started to hear whispers of more cancelled research summits and conferences, one of which is focused on coronaviruses in general. While safety is key, I worry that the virus itself will impact research in so many areas. These conferences are where researchers get to know each other for key collaborations.
Light and Building held every 2 years in Frankfurt in March and attracting 100,000+ visitors globally has been cancelled and ‘rescheduled’ for September this year....this is the lighting industry’s largest trade fair.
The unprecedented rise of TikTok
The Chinese “app factory” behind the global rise of TikTok. Although described as “the Chinese owner of TikTok,” ByteDance has another nickname in China: “app factory.” Since its inception in 2012, the company has created an ever-expanding app universe that now has at least 21 products, ranging from a popular news aggregator to productivity tools. Here’s a glimpse into that universe. ✦Quartz
Listen to precious metals sellers trying to ensnare older conservatives. Quartz obtained recordings of Metals.com salespeople tapping into the fear of immigrants and socialism to move money into coins, which the company has been accused of selling at a huge markup.Quartz
This story might give you insight what your older relatives or friends are hearing from those who want to capitalize on their fears and their politics. The salespeople are deft in harnessing conspiracy theories and political polarization, as well as classic persuasion techniques. This wild story came
This story might give you insight what your older relatives or friends are hearing from those who want to capitalize on their fears and their politics. The salespeople are deft in harnessing conspiracy theories and political polarization, as well as classic persuasion techniques. This wild story came to us after we published a big investigation about the company, and received an outpouring of more information from sources
Europe’s deals have consequences
Europe’s single market for data won’t free it from American tech giants. Users are unlikely to turn away from established players like Facebook-owned WhatsApp, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud in favor of local operators.Quartz
There is a useful way to compare the UK and EU’s negotiating positions. The word “partnership” appears just once in Britain’s just-published mandate document; the EU mentions it 209 times. By contrast, the UK uses the word “agreement” 240 times, more than four times as often as the EU.Quartz
What can word choice tell us about trade talks and bilateral relations? A lot, I think.
In the UK's just-released mandate for negotiating with the EU, the word "partnership" comes up... once. The EU mentioned it a whopping 209 times when they released their own version this week.
The business of coronavirus
Coronavirus is drying up the supply chains of Southeast Asia’s factories. Even as China pushes factories to reopen, the ripple effects of the epidemic are inescapable for manufacturers outside the country.Quartz
The not-so-friendly skies
The dark side of the flight attendant lifestyle. “A lot of us are suffering”: The life of cabin crew members can come with a side of abject lows, including poor mental health, sleep disorders, and substance abuse issues.Quartz
It's hard to pick a career that would be worse for someone prone to substance abuse that working as a flight attendant. As Natasha Frost brilliantly illustrates, many of the triggers —erratic hours, bad sleep, fatigue, loneliness and stress—are part of a normal work week in the air. Combined with proximity
It's hard to pick a career that would be worse for someone prone to substance abuse that working as a flight attendant. As Natasha Frost brilliantly illustrates, many of the triggers —erratic hours, bad sleep, fatigue, loneliness and stress—are part of a normal work week in the air. Combined with proximity to alcohol and a party atmosphere in hotels on the ground and it adds up to a toxic environment, with few easy options for a career change.
We’re obsessed with the middle finger
Reading the fine print
The US Supreme Court weighed in on what it means to “actually know” something. Intel claimed its online disclosures about retirement savings were sufficient notification. A worker said he didn’t recall seeing them, sued, and won. Employers nationwide now have to scramble to get their people actually reading financial disclosures.Quartz
The US Supreme Court justices spend an awful lot of time parsing the meaning of words and phrases that the rest of us may take for granted. That happens because litigants come up with creative arguments about how common language should be interpreted. This week, the court opined on "actual knowledge
The US Supreme Court justices spend an awful lot of time parsing the meaning of words and phrases that the rest of us may take for granted. That happens because litigants come up with creative arguments about how common language should be interpreted. This week, the court opined on "actual knowledge" in a case that's a win for workers and English and a loss for Intel and employers.
Netflix, you may stay
Corona Hard Seltzer will continue to market itself as such. It’s unfortunate timing for Constellation Brands, which is mid-marketing push worth $40 million for its new brand of hard seltzer. Some have called the ads themselves in poor taste, but Constellation says it’ll soldier on.CNBC
Well, at least almond milk could be cheaper for US consumers. A surprising silver lining: China is slowing down on ordering US almonds, causing a historically huge California harvest to pile up and prices to drop—though the effects will take awhile to show up on price tags.MarketWatch
Tech platforms and human rights
A US court ruled tech giants can censor content. Privately-owned internet platforms don’t have to abide by the US First Amendment, a federal court said in a case about an online nonprofit’s conservative videos flagged as inappropriate on YouTube. The group argued it violated their free speech.The Wall Street Journal
Google Earth finally goes global
Wherever you are on the globe, have a great rest of your day
South Koreans are visiting the US instead of JapanQuartz
Your Netflix binging isn’t killing the planet—yetQuartz
Intel loses and English wins in a refreshingly simple SCOTUS decisionQuartz
Coronavirus forced Chinese food delivery to evolve. Will it do the same in the US?Quartz
Europe’s single market for data won’t free it from American tech giantsQuartz
Coronavirus is drying up the supply chains of Southeast Asia’s factoriesQuartz
Beijing’s city government issued 10 anti-coronavirus rules for workplacesQuartz at Work
Internet shutdowns in Africa were more frequent and lasted longer in 2019Quartz Africa
An easy way to measure the gulf between the UK and EU’s trade negotiating positionsQuartz
The EU subsidies which cause overfishing in West Africa’s waters also drive illegal migrationQuartz Africa