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Barr Lambasts Tech, Encryption at White House Trafficking Event

Attorney General Bill Barr took a shot at technology companies’ use of encryption at a White House event on human trafficking Friday, saying it poses a “serious challenge” and that combatting it is a main focus of the Justice Department, according to White House pool reports.  Barr’s comments shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the Justice Department’s comments on...

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Amazon Struggles in India as Lockdown Sows Confusion

When U.S. cities began telling people to shelter in place, it propelled a huge surge in demand for deliveries from Amazon.com. But when India’s prime minister late last month ordered the country of more than 1.3 billion people to stay home for three weeks, Amazon’s India operations spiraled into chaos.

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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 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.