Tech Companies in a Pandemic: Uber, Lyft, Zoom, Google

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, provides his perspective on technology in the age of the coronavirus pandemic: How are rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft doing? Can they survive this pandemic?

They're not doing well. People are worried about getting into Ubers and Lyfts. I mean the economy is doing badly, but they have a particular problem. Will they survive? Yes, they'll survive. They're massively capitalized companies with somewhat diversified businesses. Also, I think that the autonomous revolution will be accelerated. Maybe they can take advantage of that.

Will Zoom disappear as fast as it appeared with the software now being banned by schools and companies?

No, Zoom's taking a hit because of their privacy problems, but the software is really good. People like it. So, they'll lose a few users here and there, but they're going to be fine.

Any advice or tech recommendations to help remind me what day it is?

Yeah, it is a little hard. We lose our routines. It's hard to remember, but I don't know. OK Google, what day is it?

Google: "It is Thursday, April 9th, 2020."

There we go. See you next week.

Microsoft announced earlier this year the launch of a new United Nations representation office to deepen their support for the UN's mission and work. Many of the big challenges facing society can only be addressed effectively through multi-stakeholder action. Whether it's public health, environmental sustainability, cybersecurity, terrorist content online or the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, Microsoft has found that progress requires two elements - international cooperation among governments and inclusive initiatives that bring in civil society and private sector organizations to collaborate on solutions. Microsoft provided an update on their mission, activities for the 75th UN General Assembly, and the team. To read the announcement from Microsoft's Vice President of UN Affairs, John Frank, visit Microsoft On The Issues.

Over the past eight days, the US-China relationship got notably hotter. None of the new developments detailed below is big enough by itself to kill hopes for better relations next year, but collectively they point in a dangerous direction.

US jabs over Hong Kong: On September 14, the US State Department issued a travel warning for the city because of what it calls China's "arbitrary enforcement of local laws" by police. The US is closely monitoring the case of 10 people detained by China while attempting to flee to Taiwan by boat. China's response to US criticism of its new security law in Hong Kong remains muted. That could change if relations deteriorate further.

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Kevin Sneader, global managing partner for McKinsey & Company, provides perspective on how the pandemic has influenced climate action:

Has the pandemic helped or harmed efforts to tackle climate change?

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In a new interview with GZERO World host Ian Bremmer, conducted on the eve of the 2020 General Assembly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres confronts the challenges of leading a multilateral organization in an increasingly nationalistic world. "I am not naïve," he tells Bremmer. "I know this is going to be a very tough ideological battle."

Watch the episode: UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Why we still need the United Nations

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