Trump’s foreign visa restrictions take effect today: Here’s what to know about the immigration ban

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The ban is seen as an extension of Trump’s sweeping effort to limit immigration both before and during the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, President Trump signed an order temporarily suspending employment-based visas for foreigners through the end of the year. The ban includes the H-1B visa for highly skilled workers, and is seen as an extension of Trump’s sweeping effort to limit immigration both before and during the coronavirus pandemic. Read Full Story

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How to stream Apple TV Plus content for free during lockdown

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Apple announced the free streaming offer as nearly a third of the world is now under lockdown or other stay-in-place orders. Apple has announced that it is making nearly a third of its premium Apple TV Plus original content available to stream for free—no subscription required, reports Variety . Apple announced the free streaming offer as nearly a third of the world is now under lockdown or other stay-in-place orders. Read Full Story

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How Silicon Valley put a friendly face on payday lending

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Earnin, Dave, and a slew of other fintech startups claim to address the needs of lower-income Americans by offering them early access to their wages. But in Silicon Valley, as in Vegas, the house always wins. Qwatasia has a full-time job as a fraud analyst in Dallas, where she works the third shift—5 p.m. to 2 a.m.—Monday through Friday. But she finds it difficult to live on her salary. Sometimes, she’s short on rent as she waits for her next paycheck to hit. Read Full Story

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Ordering face masks and other COVID protection online leaves many consumers empty-handed

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The FTC logged more than 34,000 e-commerce gripes in April and May. More than 18,000 of those were about items that the shopper never received. With Americans shopping online as the COVID-19 pandemic rages, the Federal Trade Commission is handling a record number of complaints. Chief among them are complaints about face masks that were ordered but never delivered. Read Full Story

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What restaurants will actually be like in a post-COVID-19 world, according to CEOs and food experts

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Here’s how Chipotle, Panera, street food vendors, and others envision the new food order, from mirrors on the ceiling to disposable menus. For Fast Company’ s Shape of Tomorrow series , we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their industries. Here’s what’s been lost—and what could be gained—in the new world order. Read Full Story

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Oil prices have fallen below $0 a barrel. What does it mean for the climate?

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This could be an opportunity to reshape our energy system. But it could also simply lead to a bailout of oil companies. As the pandemic has shut down much of the global economy—at the same time as a price war on oil—oil prices have cratered. In the U.S., crude oil prices went negative for the first time in history on Monday. Whiting Petroleum, a large shale oil company, filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, and hundreds of other oil companies are also now at risk of bankruptcy. Natural gas prices are also falling. At a time when the world needs to transition from fossil fuels to avoid the even bigger catastrophe of climate change, what does the state of the industry mean for the climate? Read Full Story

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This ‘airlock’ for restaurants ensures that picking up your takeout order is 100% contact free

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The design—open-source, so any restaurant can implement it—makes it so restaurant workers and customers never breathe the same air. Restaurant workers at takeout windows, like cashiers in supermarkets, face a greater risk of catching the new coronavirus because of the sheer number of people they see each day. But at Creator , a restaurant in San Francisco, a new pressurized “transfer chamber” means that germs can’t come in when an order goes out. The restaurant is now sharing the open-source design for other retailers to copy. Read Full Story

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