Everything you need to know about ‘mortgage forbearance’ and skipping mortgage payments during the pandemic

Everything you need to know about ‘mortgage forbearance’ and skipping mortgage payments during the pandemic

Subscribe to Outbreak, a daily roundup of stories on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on global business, delivered free to your inbox. Yet another feature of the federal government’s coronavirus stimulus package is struggling to work as intended. This time, it’s the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s provisions around mortgage forbearance. […]

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Don’t expect an easy flight refund for your canceled trip during the coronavirus pandemic

Don’t expect an easy flight refund for your canceled trip during the coronavirus pandemic

Subscribe to Outbreak, a daily roundup of stories on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on global business, delivered free to your inbox. Airlines grappling with their biggest peacetime crisis face a European Union legal headache after offering customers vouchers instead of immediate refunds for flights canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumer groups say the […]

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Coronavirus is putting millions of jobs at risk. Here’s what to do if you’re worried about getting laid off

Coronavirus is putting millions of jobs at risk. Here’s what to do if you’re worried about getting laid off

In stressful national moments like these, there are different types of fear—irrational fear based on panic, like buying vast quantities of toilet paper, and rational fear based on evidence and common sense. Your fear for your job and finances is legitimate. We are in uncharted waters here, and the effects of a coronavirus-related economic slowdown […]

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Waymo gets way, way more money for its self-driving car effort

Waymo gets way, way more money for its self-driving car effort

In January, when I interviewed Sundar Pichai, he revealed that “most” of Alphabet’s far-out R&D efforts would seek outside investors. These are the vaunted “other bets” that were the brainchildren of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The presumption was that Pichai, the professional manager the dreamer-billionaires installed to run their empire, would cast a […]

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The 1-meter rule: virologists pan high fives, ‘bro hugs,’ and kissing as the coronavirus spreads

The 1-meter rule: virologists pan high fives, ‘bro hugs,’ and kissing as the coronavirus spreads

King Henry VI of England banned kissing in 1439 to battle the plague. As the world confronts the coronavirus spreading from China, some health authorities are again urging people to refrain from physical displays of affection. Epidemiologists say limiting contact could help slow the march of a disease that’s turned up in dozens of countries […]

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Udacity’s new, online A.I. course targets an important market: bosses

Udacity’s new, online A.I. course targets an important market: bosses

Udacity, the online education company co-founded by Google X moonshot founder Sebastian Thrun, is trying to capitalize on executive interest in artificial intelligence. The company announced Thursday that it would offer a new online program intended for executives looking to incorporate A.I. into their businesses. Udacity’s online courses have previously been oriented towards people wanting […]

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