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The Tech I.P.O. Comes Roaring Back in the Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO — As the coronavirus spread in March, Vroom, a start-up that sells used vehicles online, shelved its plans to go public and rushed to shore up its operations. But with many dealerships closed under shelter-in-place orders, people started buying more cars online, benefiting Vroom with record sales in March and April, the company […]

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What Pandemic Scams Are People Falling For

Never have we been so attractive as targets for fraudsters and scammers as we are right now. That’s because the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic has created more opportunities for robocallers, hackers and other thieves. For one thing, millions of people are filing new claims for unemployment benefits and awaiting stimulus checks. So when a […]


User-generated content platforms like Roblox and Minecraft are in ‘good position’ during pandemic

Game studios have been in a unique position since the beginning of the pandemic. Many other industries have faced huge hardship, with local governments ordering nonessential business to close in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The game industry, especially the owners of user-generated content platforms like Roblox and Minecraft, are in a good […]

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How Tech’s Lobbyists Are Using the Pandemic to Make Gains

WASHINGTON — Last month, lobbying groups representing advertising giants like Google and Facebook asked California’s attorney general to wait to enforce the state’s new online privacy rules given the coronavirus ripping around the world. In Washington, lobbyists representing cloud computing giants like Amazon pushed for more money to help federal employees work remotely. And Uber […]