The Lockdown Effect

1_TOP NEWS

How Internet Habits Have Changed

Stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have been spending more of their lives online. But a New York Times analysis of internet usage in the U.S. reveals that online behaviors have shifted as the virus spread. One change: Instead of squinting all day at little phone screens, American are turning back to computers.


2_BUSINESS

The PPP’s Messy Rollout

 

Disaster. Fiasco. Debacle. That’s how the start of the CARES Act's Paycheck Protection Plan is being widely described, USA Today reports. PPP is supposed to enable small businesses to get loans and have them forgiven if they spend at least 75 percent of those funds on payroll costs within eight weeks. But a crush of applications has disrupted the rollout.


3_LEADERSHIP

How Jack Dorsey Plans to Give $1B to Charity


Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter and Square, this week said he would move $1 billion of his Square stock into a limited liability company called Start Small, where the funds would go, in part, to addressing the COVID-19 crisis, Recode reports. Dorsey, who could become the country’s biggest public philanthropist during the crisis, promised to disclose Start Small's donations on a publicly viewable spreadsheet.


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4_DESIGN

Quarantine UX: Will It Be a Lasting Change?

 

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the definition of a successful user experience is changing, Fast Company reports. But which of these trends will stick around after the 12-18 months it takes the world to recover from COVID-19?


5_EMAIL

OnMail Takes Aim at Gmail 

 

After years of building email apps, Edison decided the only way to fix email was to do it from the ground up, Protocol reports. With OnMail, it's taking on Gmail head on.


6_MEDIA

CNN Acquires Personalization Engine Canopy


CNN has acquired Canopy, an all-purpose content personalization engine that uses human curation, on-device machine learning and differential privacy to help readers discover things they actually want to see, TechCrunch reports. The startup will become an anchor of CNN’s upcoming news project, codenamed “NewsCo."


7_MANAGEMENT

A Five-Year Digital Plan Completed in a Week

 

The University of Sussex in England fast-forwarded a five-year digital transformation strategy and got 22,000 people working remotely in a week, ZDNet reports. The transformation included the introduction of cloud-based applications, networking and video-conferencing technology.


8_BROWSERS

Firefox 75 Debuts with a New Address Bar 


Mozilla on Tuesday rolled out Firefox 75, its latest update for the open source Web browser, Ars Technica reports. The big change is a redesign of the address bar, which comes with some tweaks to how searches work when you're using it.


9_APPS

How to Pick the Right Socializing App


As self-quarantining in the face of COVID-19 continues, many people have begun socializing via apps: organizing online happy hours, game nights, TV watch parties and more. But it can be tough to figure out which app fits your particular social habits. The Washington Post offers some tips.


10_SAY WHAT?

Avatar Cum Laude

 

A university in Japan has held a graduation ceremony for students using avatar robots remotely controlled by graduating students from their homes, The Guardian reports. Dubbed “Newme” by developer ANA Holdings, the avatar robots were dressed in graduation caps and gowns for the ceremony, complete with tablets projecting the graduates' faces.