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THE COMUNICANO for Wednesday April 15th 2020

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In case you've been under a rock...It's NOT TAX DAY TODAY!!! Yesterday my new MacBook Air arrived. I
 
April 15 · Issue #722 · View online
Andy Abramson
In case you’ve been under a rock…It’s NOT TAX DAY TODAY!!! Yesterday my new MacBook Air arrived. I traded in 3 old, lagging and slowly value losing MacBooks of various vintages and scored $800 of credit. In return I bought a fully loaded MacBook Air for less than the entry level one….Score..
Has Covid-19 rekindled past pursuits for you? For me I’ve rediscovered my kitchen. I’m eating three regular meals a day (haven’t done that since I was 17)…I rediscovered iTunes after 5 years or more of Spotify and Pandora, and you know what, it’s like going back in time to when I hunted for music in Philly’s best record shops (do you remember those places)….Ok, enough about me…now on to the news…Trump forms his teams of leaders….Cookie Monster returns to help kids cope…Don’t ask “where’s the beef”.Internet outages drop last week….Social distancing and dating…The new “pickup” line…How to work better from home…Bank says no Zoom, Hangouts and go with BlueJeansGitHub goes free…Businesses tell consumers on the phone to “just hold on”……Delivery services will be going to court…Innovation and Covid-19…Amazon is slashing commissions and firing some workers…Get ready for Peacock….YouTube adds ads builder….Sex games talent is mouthy…Google to help out local media…The secrets of focus according to Steve Jobs…those stories and more are all here today, in the hump-day edition of THE COMUNICANO!!!

The Lighter Side of The News
If Google Was a Guy: Quarantine Edition
Corona Watch
Cookie Monster Is Hosting a Weekly ‘Snack Chat’ to Help Kids Deal with Staying Home During COVID–19 Cookie Monster Is Hosting a Weekly ‘Snack Chat’ to Help Kids Deal with Staying Home During COVID–19
Meat processing emerges as Covid-19 hot-spot in North America Meat processing emerges as Covid-19 hot-spot in North America
The Network Impact of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic The Network Impact of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic
President Donald J. Trump Announces Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups President Donald J. Trump Announces Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups
President Donald Trump Picks His Sports Cabinet President Donald Trump Picks His Sports Cabinet
How Thousands in China Gently Mourn a Coronavirus Whistle-Blower How Thousands in China Gently Mourn a Coronavirus Whistle-Blower
Head of Match Parent Navigates Social Distancing in Coronavirus Crisis Head of Match Parent Navigates Social Distancing in Coronavirus Crisis
Coronavirus Clarity Coronavirus Clarity
Social distancing until 2022?! Hopefully not! Social distancing until 2022?! Hopefully not!
WFH Watch
These tips will put on a shine on your work-from-home experience These tips will put on a shine on your work-from-home experience
E911 Watch
Tracking Coronavirus the Old-Fashioned Way: 911 Calls Tracking Coronavirus the Old-Fashioned Way: 911 Calls
Delivery Watch
The U.S. Postal Service Has Never Been More Important or Endangered The U.S. Postal Service Has Never Been More Important or Endangered
Grubhub, DoorDash, and Other Delivery Services Are Getting Sued Over Restaurant Prices Grubhub, DoorDash, and Other Delivery Services Are Getting Sued Over Restaurant Prices
It's Time to Delete Your Delivery Apps It's Time to Delete Your Delivery Apps
PickUp Watch
ID on the Glass, Please. The New Normal of Walmart Grocery Pickup ID on the Glass, Please. The New Normal of Walmart Grocery Pickup
eCommerce Watch
The shops are closed but we can still order stuff online. What gives? The shops are closed but we can still order stuff online. What gives?
Innovation Watch
How Innovators Are Adapting Existing Technologies to Fight COVID-19 How Innovators Are Adapting Existing Technologies to Fight COVID-19
Valley Watch
'Let them get wiped out': Why some tech leaders are blasting bailouts 'Let them get wiped out': Why some tech leaders are blasting bailouts
Amazon Watch
Amazon slashes commission rates for program that gives publishers a cut of sales Amazon slashes commission rates for program that gives publishers a cut of sales
Amazon fires three workers who criticized warehouse conditions Amazon fires three workers who criticized warehouse conditions
Streaming Watch
NBCU readies Peacock preview launch despite COVID-19 impact NBCU readies Peacock preview launch despite COVID-19 impact
VideoConferencing Watch
Stay off Zoom and Google Hangouts, Standard Chartered chief tells staff Stay off Zoom and Google Hangouts, Standard Chartered chief tells staff
Hangouts Watch
Hangouts takes another step towards the Google Graveyard Hangouts takes another step towards the Google Graveyard
Telecom Watch
Press 1 for frustration: Customers run into record phone waits as companies grapple with worker safety Press 1 for frustration: Customers run into record phone waits as companies grapple with worker safety
YouTube Watch
YouTube Video Builder: New tool for small businesses to create ads YouTube Video Builder: New tool for small businesses to create ads
YouTube Music replacing 'Hotlist' with new 'Explore' tab YouTube Music replacing 'Hotlist' with new 'Explore' tab
Slack Watch
How to manage Slack and email for laid-off and furloughed workers How to manage Slack and email for laid-off and furloughed workers
Coding Watch
GitHub is now free for all teams GitHub is now free for all teams
Apple Watch
Steve Jobs' Advice on Becoming More Productive Is Quite Brilliant Steve Jobs' Advice on Becoming More Productive Is Quite Brilliant
This $10 iOS simulator makes your laptop work like an iPad [Deals] This $10 iOS simulator makes your laptop work like an iPad [Deals]
Cisco Watch
Cisco to Provide $2.5 Billion in Financing for Customers Cisco to Provide $2.5 Billion in Financing for Customers
Broadband Watch
Charter still hates broadband competition, asks FCC to help prevent it Charter still hates broadband competition, asks FCC to help prevent it
Music Watch
How the ‘Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World’ Got Its Logo How the ‘Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World’ Got Its Logo
Blockchain Watch
Inside China's Plan to Power Global Blockchain Adoption Inside China's Plan to Power Global Blockchain Adoption
Media Watch
Workers at Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Vandalize Website After Getting Laid Off Workers at Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Vandalize Website After Getting Laid Off
Google creates Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to support local news Google creates Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to support local news
Game Watch
Sex Games Are Voice Acting's Wildest New Frontier Sex Games Are Voice Acting's Wildest New Frontier
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