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China Quarantines City at Center of Viral Outbreak

China has taken the unusual and drastic step of quarantining Wuhan, the city of 11 million people that is the center of the outbreak of a deadly and fast-moving virus. Despite all of China’s technological advances, the spread of the novel coronavirus highlights the limits of the regime. Local media are reporting that hospitals in Wuhan are overrun with patients. At the same time, the sudden...

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Three weeks ago I wrote a column about how the Covid-19 crisis was likely to affect the future of tech companies and technology policy. Since then, I have spent more time considering the inverse question: How is the state of technology in 2020 playing a role in shaping our experience of, and response to, the Covid-19 pandemic?

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Layoffs Accelerate Across Silicon Valley Startups
As the world braces for a recession triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, venture capital–backed startups across several industries are making significant cuts to their employee numbers.
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Airbnb to Halt All Marketing, Most Hiring as Losses Mount
Airbnb plans to halt all of its marketing, pause most hiring, and likely withhold employee bonuses as it tries to conserve cash amid a slide in bookings, CEO Brian Chesky told employees in a video conference call Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said.
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VC-Backed Sonder Cuts One-Third of Staff as Travel Plummets
Sonder, a venture capital-backed operator of apartment-based lodgings for tourists and business travelers, laid off or furloughed more than 400 people, about one-third of its staff, in a bid to offset a declining number of bookings as the travel market collapses.
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Lime’s Valuation May Fall 80% in Emergency Fundraising
Scooter rental startup Lime, one of the hottest startups in tech two years ago, is trying to raise emergency funds at a valuation slashed by 80% from last year, two people familiar with the matter said.
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Amazon, Walmart Suspend Marketing Deals With Digital Media Firms
Publishers are bracing for a pullback in advertising amid the Covid-19 pandemic. And one big shoe has already dropped: Amazon and Walmart have temporarily suspended commerce marketing deals with digital media firms such as BuzzFeed, two people familiar with the situation said.