Weekly#371

  • How coronavirus is shifting consumer behaviour and attitudes in China
  • FT: Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus
  • Pinterest makes it much easier to buy what you see
  • Walmart Grocery app sees record downloads amid COVID-19, surpasses Amazon by 20%
  • Pepper, a platform for restaurants and suppliers, pivots to deliver food to consumers
  • Disney+ has more than 50M subscribers
  • Airbnb rolls out new features aimed at its next big bet: longer-term stays
  • Google expands AI calling service Duplex to Australia, Canada, and the UK
  • Apple, Google team up on coronavirus contact tracing
  • Microsoft says video calls in Teams grew 1,000% in March
  • People Are Open-Sourcing Their Patents and Research to Fight Coronavirus
  • White House advisor Dr Fauci says handshaking needs to stop even when pandemic ends—other experts agree
  • iOS 14: Apple developing ‘Clips’ feature for using apps without requiring full downloads
  • The Humble Phone Call Has Made a Comeback…”…Verizon said it was now handling an average of 800 million wireless calls a day during the week, more than double the number made on Mother’s Day…”
  • All Microsoft events will be digital-only until July 2021
  • “…And in the long run, the firms that survive will have to master a new environment as the crisis and the response to it accelerate three trends:
    • an energising adoption of new technologies
    • an inevitable retreat from freewheeling global supply chains
    • a worrying rise in well-connected oligopolies…” (paywall)