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Ana Kova

Good evening. It's been a very coronavirus-themed day.

Coronavirus cancellations

The list of world events cancelled due to coronavirus is getting longer. Fear over the spread of the disease has already disrupted schools and cruise ships. Now, it's coming for your social and professional calendar, too.Quartz

The growing list of world events canceled due to coronavirus

I’ve started to hear whispers of more cancelled research summits and conferences, one of which is focused on coronaviruses in general. While safety is key, I worry that the virus itself will impact research in so many areas. These conferences are where researchers get to know each other for key collaborations.

Light and Building held every 2 years in Frankfurt in March and attracting 100,000+ visitors globally has been cancelled and ‘rescheduled’ for September this year....this is the lighting industry’s largest trade fair.

The unprecedented rise of TikTok

Are you on TikTok? The short-form video app has already been downloaded 1.3 billion times, making it one of China’s most successful global apps ever. It’s also helped create new popular dances, expose little-known musicians, and welcomed new forms of creativity.Quartz

TikTok — Quartz Daily Obsession

If social media platforms are meeting places, then TikTok is “the club where nobody knows your name”. Users/influencers on TikTok dislike it when people from their “real life” find them on the app. It’s different from other apps in that way.

From browsing the Indian content on the app myself, it has

If social media platforms are meeting places, then TikTok is “the club where nobody knows your name”. Users/influencers on TikTok dislike it when people from their “real life” find them on the app. It’s different from other apps in that way.

From browsing the Indian content on the app myself, it has a lot more educational content compared to the English content. Videos can be either 15 or 60 seconds and I saw a lot of 60 second videos with educates people explaining things behind desks.

Quartz investigates...

Listen to precious metals sellers trying to ensnare older conservatives. Quartz obtained recordings of Metals.com salespeople tapping into the fear of immigrants and socialism to move money into coins, which the company has been accused of selling at a huge markup.Quartz

Listen to how precious-metals sellers psychologically manipulate elderly conservatives

This story might give you insight what your older relatives or friends are hearing from those who want to capitalize on their fears and their politics. The salespeople are deft in harnessing conspiracy theories and political polarization, as well as classic persuasion techniques. This wild story came

This story might give you insight what your older relatives or friends are hearing from those who want to capitalize on their fears and their politics. The salespeople are deft in harnessing conspiracy theories and political polarization, as well as classic persuasion techniques. This wild story came to us after we published a big investigation about the company, and received an outpouring of more information from sources

Europe’s deals have consequences

There is a useful way to compare the UK and EU’s negotiating positions. The word “partnership” appears just once in Britain’s just-published mandate document; the EU mentions it 209 times. By contrast, the UK uses the word “agreement” 240 times, more than four times as often as the EU.Quartz

An easy way to measure the gulf between the UK and EU’s trade negotiating position

What can word choice tell us about trade talks and bilateral relations? A lot, I think.

In the UK's just-released mandate for negotiating with the EU, the word "partnership" comes up... once. The EU mentioned it a whopping 209 times when they released their own version this week.

The business of coronavirus

The not-so-friendly skies

The dark side of the flight attendant lifestyle. “A lot of us are suffering”: The life of cabin crew members can come with a side of abject lows, including poor mental health, sleep disorders, and substance abuse issues.Quartz

“A lot of us are suffering”: The dark side of the flight attendant lifestyle

It's hard to pick a career that would be worse for someone prone to substance abuse that working as a flight attendant. As Natasha Frost brilliantly illustrates, many of the triggers —erratic hours, bad sleep, fatigue, loneliness and stress—are part of a normal work week in the air. Combined with proximity

It's hard to pick a career that would be worse for someone prone to substance abuse that working as a flight attendant. As Natasha Frost brilliantly illustrates, many of the triggers —erratic hours, bad sleep, fatigue, loneliness and stress—are part of a normal work week in the air. Combined with proximity to alcohol and a party atmosphere in hotels on the ground and it adds up to a toxic environment, with few easy options for a career change.

We’re obsessed with the middle finger

Reading the fine print

The US Supreme Court weighed in on what it means to “actually know” something. Intel claimed its online disclosures about retirement savings were sufficient notification. A worker said he didn’t recall seeing them, sued, and won. Employers nationwide now have to scramble to get their people actually reading financial disclosures.Quartz

Intel loses and English wins in a refreshingly simple SCOTUS decision

The US Supreme Court justices spend an awful lot of time parsing the meaning of words and phrases that the rest of us may take for granted. That happens because litigants come up with creative arguments about how common language should be interpreted. This week, the court opined on "actual knowledge

The US Supreme Court justices spend an awful lot of time parsing the meaning of words and phrases that the rest of us may take for granted. That happens because litigants come up with creative arguments about how common language should be interpreted. This week, the court opined on "actual knowledge" in a case that's a win for workers and English and a loss for Intel and employers.

Netflix, you may stay

Coronavirus and...beverages?

Tech platforms and human rights

Google Earth finally goes global

Wherever you are on the globe, have a great rest of your day