United, Delta, American Airlines offer COVID-19 fee waivers, but what if you booked in advance?

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The coronavirus outbreak has would-be air travelers scrambling to change their plans or cancel their trips. Here’s what some major airlines are offering. You booked a flight months ago. You were getting super excited about your upcoming dream vacation to Italy or Bangkok or the Grand Canyon or Los Angeles. But now the new coronavirus outbreak has you rethinking your plans. Do you go and take your chances or cancel and take the financial hit? Read Full Story

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Consumers Are Streaming More Since the COVID-19 Outbreak – but What About Pay-TV On-Demand?

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It is not just streaming video services whose viewing hours have increased in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to new data [press release] from The Diffusion Group (TDG), pay-TV on-demand viewing has also been on the rise. The survey of almost 2,000 adults with broadband service in the home reveals that almost 8… Read More » The post Consumers Are Streaming More Since the COVID-19 Outbreak – but What About Pay-TV On-Demand? appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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How to remake the entrepreneurial spirit in the wake of COVID-19

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Amid this crisis, we need to make sure that entrepreneurship is open to all—making a commitment to promoting diversity and putting in place education and funding mechanisms to make sure that people of every age, economic or cultural background have a chance to go out, take a risk, and build something new. Entrepreneurship is a deeply personal journey, and it remains difficult because it is so personal. This unpleasant truth is often overlooked by Silicon Valley’s startup myth-making, which romanticizes entrepreneurship and glorifies risk-taking with macho slogans about embracing failure, but rarely, if ever, acknowledges the actual human cost of that. This is the difficult truth about what it means to be an entrepreneur and the real reason, beyond economics, why so few people (one in ten Americans) decide to become one, despite all the glamour associated with it. Read Full Story

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Why our shrinking natural world is increasing the pace of global pandemics

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As we live in closer proximity to wild animals, there’s more chance of viruses hopping from species to species—and it’s happening more and more. Conservation is suddenly a public health issue. While pandemics and major epidemics have been defining moments throughout history, compared to now, they used to be relatively rare. That’s changing this century: first came SARS, then the swine flu, MERS, a new outbreak of Ebola, Zika, Dengue fever, and now COVID-19. And while scientists race to develop a vaccine and drugs for the new coronavirus, that won’t solve the larger problem. There’s a clear link between the spread of viruses and the relationship between humans and the natural world—and if that relationship doesn’t change, we can expect to see more pandemics in the near future, some of which may be far deadlier than COVID-19. Read Full Story

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