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Instacart’s workers will strike for safety protections and hazard pay. A lifeline of groceries could be caught in the middle.

Gig workers have become akin to first responders for some people during the crisis, but they perform this labor without meaningful health benefits or pay protection. Instacart hasn’t provided workers with any hand sanitizers or protection, Vanessa Bain, a veteran shopper for Instacart who helped organize the strike, told The Washington Post. “It’s so scary […]

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GameStop reportedly told employees to wrap their hands in plastic bags while they continued working during the coronavirus outbreak

Ben Gilbert/Business Insider A Manhattan-area GameStop store. Across America, non-essential services and businesses are temporarily shuttered as people stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Embattled retailer GameStop, the world’s largest video game retail chain, argued it was “essential” and stayed open until March 21. While the company is still operating a “delivery at […]

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While the Bay Area shelters in place, construction on mansions and luxury condos continues

Local officials say residential construction all of kinds is necessary to address the region’s housing crisis. The exemption means affordable housing projects are moving forward, too. “San Francisco is experiencing a housing shortage and creating more housing has consistently been Mayor [London] Breed’s top priority in office,” said Sarah Owens, a spokeswoman for the mayor. […]

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Surging Traffic Is Slowing Down Our Internet

WASHINGTON — In late January, as China locked down some provinces to contain the spread of the coronavirus, average internet speeds in the country slowed as people who were stuck inside went online more and clogged the networks. In Hubei Province, the epicenter of infections, mobile broadband speeds fell by more than half. In mid-February, […]

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Morgan Stanley says these are the 10 bargain software stocks to buy now and 8 more to watch, with the best chances of rebounding after the coronavirus crisis is over

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The Technology 202: Social networks want you to stay home — and to tell your friends to do the same

With Tonya Riley A nearly empty California Street in San Francisco on Saturday. (Jeff Chiu/AP) Ctrl + N Social networks perfected peer pressure. Now the coronavirus crisis is testing whether they can use that power to encourage social distancing aimed at stopping the spread of the virus. Companies are increasingly experimenting with new features that […]