Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest design fair, is postponed due to coronavirus

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The new trends are taking a backseat to global health concerns. As coronavirus spread through China, it halted production on all sorts of goods, as employees fell sick or under quarantine. Now that it’s found its way into Italy, coronavirus is impacting the world of design: Salone del Mobile in Milan is being delayed to June 16-21 from its original start date in April. The new dates are in big, bold lettering on the event’s website . Read Full Story

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Bumble hits 100 million users—and has new plans to take over the dating world

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Led by CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd, the dating app has a new president and board of directors and is already imagining a new wave of values-based innovations. Just as Bumble, the dating app that allows women to swipe first, hits a milestone of 100 million users, the company is announcing a major reorganization and rebranding that will make the mission-oriented company the new overseer of its sibling dating app, Badoo. Until now, the two apps had been under the umbrella of the holding company MagicLab. But that company is being renamed Bumble after its flagship product. Read Full Story

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Introducing Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas honorees for 2020

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The winners and honorees of this year’s World-Changing Ideas Awards are rising to the steep challenges that threaten our existence. By the time the World Health Organization officially designated the coronavirus a pandemic, COVID-19 had already swamped northern Italy, reducing its formidable modern healthcare system to something resembling a MASH unit. The National Guard rumbled into New Rochelle, New York, to secure the perimeter of a viral hot spot. Universities began closing their physical campuses for the remainder of the academic year. The NBA, NHL, and MLS all suspended their seasons. Broadway went dark, the NCAA pulled the plug on March Madness, and businesses around the world told their workers to log in from home, with millions likely to lose their jobs. Read Full Story

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The EU is launching the world’s greenest coronavirus recovery plan

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The proposal would invest 750 billion euros in energy-efficient renovations, clean transportation, and renewable energy. While the Trump administration tries to help struggling oil companies and continues to roll back environmental policies , the European Union is planning a green recovery, with a new proposal to pour hundreds of billions of euros into new renewable energy, clean transportation, building renovation, and other programs designed to help Europe shrink its carbon footprint. Read Full Story

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Advertising with a made-for-mobile mindset

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30-second summary: Advertisers need to review their approach to mobile advertising to not only ride the tide of ad blockers, but to provide a positive user experience that will make mobile users want to engage. Mobile users see little value in generic, sales-heavy messaging, they want mobile creative to tell an engaging brand story, mixing beneficial content with advertising to deliver an enhanced experience. At this time of global crisis, consumers are far more likely to engage with ads that tell a genuine story than with those displaying pushy and generic sales messaging. In addition to choosing made-for-mobile formats and telling a brand story, advertisers also need to ensure mobile ads reach users in the right context to engage. The number of unique mobile subscribers in APAC is expected to rise to over three billion by 2025 , when the region will account for half of all new subscribers globally. …

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Nursing home design is deadly. Here’s how to change it

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COVID-19 exposed the fatal flaws in eldercare. Nursing homes have long been seen as grim and sterile, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve also been fatal— 1.3 million individuals living in nursing homes around the world have died from the virus. While elderly people and those with preexisting conditions are high-risk populations, the infection’s rapid rate of spread is also due to the way nursing homes are designed. Most rooms have two or four beds that are placed in close proximity; sinks and windows can be hard to access; and dated systems require surfaces to be frequently touched. In the face of coronavirus, it’s time to rethink how nursing homes are designed. Here’s what experts suggest. Read Full Story

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Need a new puzzle? Here are some gorgeous ones that celebrate great design

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If you’re doing puzzles to stay sane, why not immerse yourself in ones created by artists, photographers, and designers? When future generations look back to the Great Lockdown of 2020, as the world sheltered in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus, they will no doubt ask what people did during this strange period in history. And the answer is very clear: Many of us sat around doing puzzles. Read Full Story

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The coronavirus just took down Facebook’s F8 event. Who’s next?

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The developer confab was to be the first major event of 2020’s developer-conference season—assuming there’s one at all this year. It turns out that Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress was not the only big tech event to fall victim to the coronavirus . Facebook has canceled the 2020 edition of its F8 developer conference , citing “the growing concerns around COVID-19.” The event—which was to take place on May 5 and 6 in San Jose, California—will be replaced with live-streamed content, local meetings, and other elements less susceptible to risks and fears associated with the coronavirus . Read Full Story

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Banker Jane Fraser is democratizing the cashless economy

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She helped drive a new platform that enables anyone, including those without bank accounts, to make cashless payments. Mexico runs on cash—some 90% of transactions in 2018 were settled in cash, versus 26% in the U.S. Many Mexicans must travel or wait in line to pay for services, carrying cash that makes them susceptible to theft. Last year, the country’s central bank launched Cobro Digital (CoDi), a platform enabling anyone, including the 38% of Mexican adults without bank accounts, to make cashless payments. Jane Fraser, then Citibank’s CEO of Latin America, and her team helped design QR code specs to simplify transactions on mobile phones. She tapped Citibank experts from around the world (mobile banking is hugely popular in Asia) to work with the Mexico team to build and market the app. Today the bank’s Mexican subsidiary, Citibanamex, serves 6.5 million digital clients, and transactions under 8,000 pesos, or about …

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