Daily LA: Foursquare Merges With Factual, Verizon is canceling home internet installations during the pandemic

Colleges and universities in all 50 states are closing in a race to stop the spread of coronavirus. While the closures have created chaos for students, they’ve also made empty dorm rooms available as quarantine spaces for people with the virus who need medical attention but aren’t among the sickest of hospital patients. Read more.

Here’s your Daily LA for April 7, 2020.

Happening in LA

Foursquare Merges With Factual (LA-based location-based provider)

Foursquare Labs Inc. is merging with yet another location-focused startup, Factual Inc., in an all-stock deal, the companies said on Monday. The financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The announcement comes less than a year after Foursquare bought Placed, another purveyor of location data and software, from Snap Inc.

Headspace Offers Up Mindfulness Tools To New Yorkers

Santa Monica-based Headspace is looking to help New Yorkers manage their stress with a new website, offering up a number of exercises to help people reduce their stress levels during the pandemic.

California’s latest coronavirus forecast projects peak in late May: Officials

Californians’ efforts to stay home and socially distance themselves from others is helping to “bend” the coronavirus curve, buying the state some much-needed time to prepare for an anticipated peak next month, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.

Garcetti orders employees, customers of LA non-medical essential businesses to wear masks

Employees and customers at businesses in Los Angeles that are remaining open to the public during the coronavirus pandemic will be required to wear masks while in the business, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

These Local Brands Are Selling Non-Medical Masks to Help You Stay Safe

The best prevention is staying home, but if you do venture outside for a walk or food pick-up, authorities recommend wearing a face mask over your nose and mouth. Not, of course, the in-demand medical-grade N95 masks–those are still urgently needed by health care workers and shouldn’t be bought up by the general public–but at least a decent shield to keep your microbes in and other microbes out as well as fabric can.

Headlines

China lifts 76-day lockdown on Wuhan

China has ended its lockdown of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, as the city, reemerges from a deadly outbreak that is now raging across the globe. But even as Wuhan reopens its borders after 76 days, some restrictions within the city will remain in place, and officials warn that the threat of further infections remains far from over.

Verizon is canceling home internet installations during the pandemic

Verizon is canceling scheduled appointments for internet installation and repairs, according to some customers and two Verge reporters with persistent internet issues. The decision potentially leaves Fios subscribers without wired internet at a time when they’re likely relying on it for work and to see friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

United cuts SFO schedules to the bone

After several rounds of coronavirus-related reductions, United Airlines plans to make even deeper cuts to its operations at San Francisco International Airport. Starting April 12, it will offer just 50 flights per day from SFO to 37 destinations “to better match demand.”

Jack Dorsey creates $1B COVID-19 relief fund using Square equity

Jack Dorsey announced in a series of tweets today that he is shifting $1 billion in his Square equity to create a fund dedicated to COVID-19 relief. The Twitter and Square CEO is calling the fund Start Small and posting a tally of disbursements and recipients in a public spreadsheet.

Furloughs Surpass 1 Million With T.J. Maxx Adding to Retail Toll

Employee furloughs in the retail industry are now well over 1 million after the owner of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, one of America’s biggest clothing store chains, suspended its store workers.

Black people are overwhelmingly dying from coronavirus in cities across the US

Black Americans are overwhelmingly dying of coronavirus at much higher rates compared to other Americans in some major cities, but most federal officials and states are not keeping track or releasing racial data on coronavirus victims, raising concerns about care for the nation’s most vulnerable populations.

Good To Know

How This Instagram-Centric Brand Successfully Attracts Gen Z: A Case Study

CASETiFY, a company that creates custom, personalized phone cases. I took some time to chat with founder Wes Ng, a Hong Kong native who left a career in digital design and consumer experience to start the Gen Z-focused company.

A guide to helping and getting help during the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is overwhelming, and one of the most excruciating parts for many people is the feeling of utter helplessness in the face of widespread suffering and hardship. Though staying inside and staying healthy are the most crucial ways to stave off this outbreak, CNN’s Impact Your World has compiled a list of donation opportunities and tips to help those affected by the crisis.

Nike turning shoe parts into face shields for COVID-19 workers

 

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