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Microsoft’s Ann Johnson. Photo: Microsoft

Tech CEOs Surprised by White House Task Force Announcement

April 15, 2020 · 8:57 AM PDT
Trump named more than a dozen tech and telecom CEOs to a task force to advise on restarting the economy, but some participants weren’t notified in advance.

Layoffs Hit Yelp as Local Businesses Struggle

April 9, 2020 · 3:09 PM PDT
Online recommendations app Yelp is the latest victim of Covid-19 related layoffs, announcing 1,000 layoffs and 1,100 furloughed employees Thursday.

Google Bans Zoom Desktop Client

April 8, 2020 · 1:53 PM PDT
Citing security vulnerabilities, Google employees will no longer be able to use Zoom software on their work computers.

More Clarity, Possibly More Funding for Federal Loan Program

April 7, 2020 · 9:20 AM PDT
The Treasury Department released new guidance on small business loans that might be good news for startups. Meanwhile, the program might get a funding boost.

Congress Moves to Digital Documents

April 7, 2020 · 8:00 AM PDT
Switching from paper to electronic documents is one way the coronavirus is slowly prompting Congress to adapt to the digital age.

Paycheck Protection Program Slowly Begins

April 6, 2020 · 2:37 PM PDT
Banks are starting to accept applications to the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program as VC-backed startups hope for more guidance.

Peloton Pausing Live Class Recording Amid Pandemic

April 6, 2020 · 8:25 AM PDT
The live-cycling startup, which has seen a boost in sales amid the Covid-19 pandemic, will stop recording new content in its New York City studios.
Glowforge CEO Dan Shapiro. Photo: Glowforge

Federal Guidance Appears to Still Exclude Startups From Loans

April 4, 2020 · 1:00 PM PDT
Guidance issued by the Small Business Administration late Friday offered some clarity but no final answers on whether startups qualify for stimulus loans.

Pressure Ramps Up on Global Essential Worker Rules

April 3, 2020 · 2:02 PM PDT · 1 comment
Groups representing technology companies are increasing pressure on foreign governments to classify essential tech workers the way the U.S. does.

Venture Capital-Backed Startups to Be Eligible for Stimulus Loans

April 2, 2020 · 12:03 PM PDT
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy offered some hope for venture capital-backed startups wishing to secure loans from the federal government.

Bureaucracy, Tech Glitches Could Delay Coronavirus Checks

April 1, 2020 · 8:41 AM PDT
The Trump Administration wants to send recovery checks to Americans as quickly as possible, but numerous hurdles could slow the timeline.

Startups Agonize Over Qualifications for Coronavirus Stimulus

March 31, 2020 · 2:02 PM PDT
While awaiting guidance from the Small Business Administration, startups are struggling to figure out if they can keep functioning.

Pet Care Startup Rover Lays Off 41% of Workforce

March 31, 2020 · 12:55 PM PDT
Demand for pet sitters has slumped as owners are forced to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Startup Groups Urge Trump Administration for Rule Fix

March 30, 2020 · 6:59 AM PDT
Groups representing startups are urging the the Trump administration to include them in the emergency coronavirus relief loan program passed last week.

Instacart Workers Plan Strike Amid Pandemic

March 27, 2020 · 8:14 AM PDT
Instacart shoppers plan to strike nationwide Monday to take a stand against the app’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Art by Ben Didier

State AGs Write to Amazon on Price Gouging

March 25, 2020 · 11:55 AM PDT
Almost three dozen state attorneys general criticized Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook and Walmart for what they see as a lack of action on price gouging.

DOJ, FTC Easing Antitrust Guidelines During Coronavirus Crisis

March 24, 2020 · 1:29 PM PDT
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice said Tuesday they would alter regular antitrust procedure due to the coronavirus pandemic.