The coronavirus is wiping out tech conferences, and that’s not all bad

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As tech giants cancel their developer events in favor of virtual education, more people might get access to the information they need. Is 2020 going to be the year all of Big Tech’s developer conferences got canceled? It’s looking like it might well be. In the wake of the coronavirus, the in-person versions of Facebook’s F8 and Google’s Cloud Next have been canceled and are set to be replaced with virtual events that will be streamed to participants. Google has also canceled Google I/O , and has been less specific about any plans to host an online version. Read Full Story

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What would happen if the world reacted to climate change like it’s reacting to the coronavirus?

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What would a fast, coordinated, collective response to climate change look like? The coronavirus has transformed everyday life so significantly that the effects are already visible from space. In China, where hundreds of millions of people were quarantined to help stop the spread of the disease, before-and-after satellite photos show pollution disappearing as work came to a standstill. In the U.S., as the number of coronavirus cases has grown quickly, companies are asking employees to work from home and canceling conferences. Schools are canceling classes. In Italy, another massive quarantine is underway. The changes have been sudden, driven by widespread recognition that it’s a public health emergency—and, although the window of opportunity may have already closed, a chance to prevent another deadly disease like the flu from becoming a permanent, ongoing problem. Read Full Story

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The COVID-19 economy is devastating for creative workers. Here’s how to navigate it

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Some options for artists and designers in need. To say that the coronavirus crisis will devastate the creative community is an understatement. Design and other creative industries rely heavily on freelancers and independent studios, both of which are seeing their work dry up and earnings plummet. According to a recent study conducted by the Freelancer’s Union, 85% of freelance visual artists and photographers report contract cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, and 91% of freelancers expect to lose income in the coming weeks. Read Full Story

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Carnival’s Princess Cruises line just cancelled all voyages for the next two months due to coronavirus

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The move affects all 18 of Princess Cruises’ ships and any passengers who had a cruise scheduled between now and May 10. Neither cruise passengers nor cruise operators have had an easy time since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Myriad instances have occurred across the globe of cruise passengers being unable to disembark their ships after occupants of the cruise came down with the COVID-19 virus. Several cruise passengers have sadly passed away due to the on-ship outbreaks. Read Full Story

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People are mad that ‘The View’ keeps getting preempted for news updates about the coronavirus

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The perils of doing a live daytime talk show during a pandemic. These are challenging times. COVID-19 has incited the panic-buying of toilet paper and toothpaste, cancellations of just about every type of event from weddings and funerals to basketball games and Broadway shows, and catastrophic closures of many businesses. With everyone now at least aware that they should #stayhome to #staysafe, there are not many places to turn to escape the chaos. Read Full Story

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Here’s the Plan B if the party conventions get cancelled. There is no Plan B.

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Amid the coronavirus crisis, both the GOP and the Democrats may turn to tech solutions to select delegates and even hold virtual conventions. It’s hard to remember amid the onslaught of terrifying coronavirus updates, but there’s a crucial national election going on. And w hile Joe Biden appears to have locked up the Democratic nomination for president, and Donald Trump will be the GOP’s nominee, the primaries are still ongoing and hurtling toward both parties’ conventions this summer. But how do you hold a convention with tens of thousands of your party’s most faithful supporters and delegates while maintaining social distance? Read Full Story

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