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Sources: Trump says NFL should start on time

President Donald Trump told the commissioners of 12 major sports that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, sources told ESPN.


Mark Kaufman

Wearing a coronavirus face mask isn't about you

Dr. Fauci has spoken.

It might seem pretty dystopian that top U.S. infectious disease experts now recommend Americans wear cloth masks outside, particularly in places like markets. But there's a good reason why. 

As the coronavirus spreads rapidly around the nation, a significant number of infected people may never show any symptoms (perhaps as high as one in four people). What's more, it takes an average of five days after infection for symptoms to develop in those that do eventually have...

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Global scramble: Coronavirus sparks a 'war for masks'

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across Europe and the United States, a global scramble for medical equipment such as respirator masks and gloves is underway. Several countries have accused the United States of trying to hijack their orders, but the details of who may have done what to whom are still murky.


Alex Lubben

A Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship Spent Weeks Trying to Dock. It Just Arrived in Miami With Two Dead People Aboard.

A cruise ship carrying two dead passengers and a dozen people infected with coronavirus has been looking for a place to dock for over two weeks. It just arrived in Miami.

Seven passengers and five crew members have tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the Coral Princess, according to multiple reports, and two people aboard the ship died overnight. For the last several days, more than 1,000 passengers have been holed up in their cabins, self-isolating to keep from infecting each other.



Eric Eldon

Startups Weekly: SaaS companies feel the churn but hope for a brighter tomorrow

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There are a few online productivity stocks booming, and a few popular remote-first product companies still announcing funding rounds amid a huge new wave of unicorn layoffs. But what about the previously white-hot software-as-a-service category overall?

Pullbacks in spending are expected in general, obviously, which means higher churn and slower growth for major SaaS...


Anthony Ha

Original Content podcast: ‘The Platform’ offers a gruesome metaphor for capitalism

“The Platform” is not a subtle movie.

That’s true of its approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that prompted plenty of screaming and pausing from your hosts at the Original Content podcast. It’s also true of its thematic material — right around the time one of the characters accuses another of being communist, you’ll slap yourself on the forehead and say, “Oh, it’s about capitalism.”

The new Netflix film takes place in a mysterious prison, with two prisoners on...


Kellen Beck

The best YouTube videos to watch if you want to make your own face mask

Now that the CDC is recommending we all wear cloth face masks in public, you may be wondering how exactly you can use what you have on hand to get out on public and keep others safe.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people are uploading helpful videos on YouTube to show everyone how to make their own masks at home. Whether you're showing COVID-19 symptoms or not, you could be infected with the virus and be spreading it to others without knowing. That's where the masks come in. Covering...

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Live Coronavirus News Updates

The C.D.C. begins testing people for previous coronavirus infections. Despite new travel restrictions, about 40,000 people have flown to the U.S. from China. More than 3,500 people have died in New York State.


Jon Bois Alex Rubenstein

The History of the Seattle Mariners, Part 2

Cometh the Kid, cometh the hour

Ken Griffey Junior was a baseball singularity. His swing was perfectly calibrated to both crush opposing pitches and demonstrate the unmatchable, iconic coolness of its wielder. No other player in a generation came close to touching Griffey Jr.’s raw magnetism. The swing, the smile, the backwards cap — he was the face of baseball. And, somehow, he did this in Seattle.

Griffey was the pivot on which the whole franchise turned. Before his arrival, the...

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12 Times Teachers Were Sent Very, Um, Bizarre Things From Students And Parents

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24 Products For Grown-Ups Who Basically Live For Nap Time

These are some nap-friendly finds you won't want to sleep on.

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Sarah Perez

This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founder’s new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019,...


Walter Thompson

Cultivating adaptability is a pandemic coping skill

Jason Shen Contributor Share on Twitter Jason Shen is a three-time startup founder and the CEO of Midgame, a gaming technology company backed by Techstars and Betaworks.

It’s no secret that adaptability has become a critical trait for knowledge workers. To stay on top of a rapidly evolving world, we must assess new situations, make intelligent decisions and implement them effectively.

A 2014 research report by Barclays indicated that 60% of...


Danny Crichton

Why telehealth can’t significantly flatten the coronavirus curve—yet

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis How the coronavirus outbreak will stress-test startups



Jonathan Shieber

New guidance on SBA loans means most startups are still excluded from $349 billion stimulus

Under new guidance issued by the Small Business Administration it seems non-profits and faith-based groups can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to keep small business afloat during the COVID-19 epidemic, but most venture-backed companies are still not covered.

Late Friday night, the Treasury Department updated its rules regarding the “affiliation” of private entities to include religious organizations but keep in place the same rules that would deny most startups...


Sources: NFL teams to draft virtually from home

High-level officials from multiple NFL teams are now preparing to conduct the April 23-25 draft virtually, from home, away from their team facilities, sources told ESPN.


Vanessa Bryant says HOF 'peak' of Kobe's career

Vanessa Bryant said Kobe's election to the Hall of Fame is an "incredible accomplishment and honor."


Chloe Bryan

Now might be a good time to finally try a retinoid

Some of the most touted beauty treatments come with an uncomfortable break-in period. The viral foot peel Baby Foot, for instance, works wonders but makes your feet shed horrifying sheets of skin for a few days. Retinoids, which are basically the skincare gold standard in fighting dullness, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, often cause temporary facial dryness, flaking, and irritation before the results kick in.

But if you're practicing social distancing, that period of irritation is no big...

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Tom Warren

British 5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories

A 5G cell tower | Photo by Mikhail PochuyevTASS via Getty Images

5G phone masts are being set alight in the UK, after online conspiracy theories have misleadingly linked the cell towers to the coronavirus pandemic. The BBC reports that at least three 5G towers were set alight last week, and police and fire services were called to extinguish the flames.

Rumors and conspiracy theories over a link between the roll out of 5G and the spread of coronavirus have been spread primarily through...

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