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WARC (July 30)

2020/ 07/ 31 by jd in Global News

“With India’s government reported to be considering a ban on more Chinese apps, advertisers are having to re-evaluate their media strategies… Brands that have successfully leveraged TikTok in India… will need to figure out if their TikTok audiences can be replicated on platforms like Instagram Reels, Roposo or Chingari.”


Philadelphia Inquirer (July 29)

2020/ 07/ 31 by jd in Global News

“Philadelphia’s ban on indoor dining will continue until at least Sept. 1.” In the metropolitan region, “new daily case numbers and averages keep rising…. That means progress made in May and June in flattening the curve of infections appears to be eroding.”


The Guardian (July 29)

2020/ 07/ 30 by jd in Global News

“Ireland’s place in the global hierarchy appears on the rise, and the UK has continued marvelling at the shrewd cunning of their plucky little neighbour.” But some of the praise seems unwarranted. “Ireland hasn’t turned into some 24th-century futurist utopia so much as installed sensible public policy that should seem unremarkable in a modern democracy.” It’s simply that Ireland’s “mild competency… can appear to be stone-cold genius compared with the UK’s blundering mess.”


San Francisco Chronicle (July 27)

2020/ 07/ 29 by jd in Global News

Half a year into the pandemic, a “role reversal of sorts” took places for the giants of the east and west coasts. “California passed New York with the most coronavirus cases in the United States. That grim convergence occurred as the nation reached its own dark milestone: 4 million reported cases. California, as of Sunday, has about 452,000 cases, to New York’s 412,000.” With about 425,000 cases, Florida has also passed the Big Apple.


Bloomberg (July 26)

2020/ 07/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Countries around the Mediterranean Sea were praying that a glimpse of tourism would get them through the summer before the cold snap drives people indoors and ushers in a second chapter to the pandemic. Now,” with resurgence in Spain and France, “it appears the spread of the virus may not wait for the winter months.”


BBC (July 25)

2020/ 07/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Barely a month after Spain ended its state of emergency, cities including Barcelona, Zaragoza and the capital Madrid have seen a surge in new infections, prompting the government to warn that a second wave could be imminent.” The UK has imposed a 14-day quarantine period for travelers from Spain.


New York Times (July 25)

2020/ 07/ 26 by jd in Global News

The U.S. recorded over 73,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. “California. South Carolina. North Dakota, Kentucky. Hawaii. Those are among the 18 states that set single-day case records in the last week, putting the country on track to breaking a national single-day record for new coronavirus cases set less than two weeks ago.”


Boston Globe (July 24)

2020/ 07/ 25 by jd in Global News

Baseball’s return “resonates so strongly in this time of pandemic, one that channels the basic gratitude we feel for the one sport that has always made summer feel like summer.” But bringing it back isn’t easy. It’s a fragile achievement that raises competing priorities. “It’s good to have baseball back, but it’s complicated too.”


Financial Times (July 22)

2020/ 07/ 24 by jd in Global News

“As their booming share prices testify, technology groups have been brimming over with new business during the pandemic. For banks, there has been a special tech awakening…. After years of foot-dragging, many have been abandoning their cautious approach to cloud-based services and signing up with gusto to outsource their storage of data and other activities that demand high-intensity computing power.”


WARC (July 21)

2020/ 07/ 23 by jd in Global News

“High levels of concern over COVID-19 come as countries struggle to contain virus outbreak in tandem with the slow reopening of their economies. While 77% of respondents in China were worried, 90% of respondents were also confident about their country’s ability to deal with the virus compared the global percentage of 36%. In India, 53% of respondents were confident, down from a high of 64% in previous surveys, while Japan had the lowest confidence level at 19% but was up from a low of 11%.”


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