Amazon General Motors faces complaints from workers about its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to General Motors, face mask manufacturing is going fast, and we have some numbers that quantify the boom in video conferencing. Here is your daily crisis for March 31, 2020.
1. Amazon warehouse workers go out and Whole Foods workers go on strike
Yesterday, warehouse workers on Staten Island, New York, quit their jobs to protest Amazon's treatment of the crisis. Meanwhile, Whole Foods, Amazon-owned, is organizing a strike to demand better protection at work, Vice reports.
"We have taken extreme measures to ensure people's safety, triple deep cleaning, procure available safety stocks, and change processes to ensure that people in our buildings keep safety distances," said an Amazon spokesman. "The truth is that the vast majority of employees keep showing up and doing the heroic job of delivering to customers every day."
2. General Motors is turning the global supply chain to manufacture 50,000 face masks a day
The automotive giant announced in a published statement that it is expected to deliver 20,000 masks on April 8 – and soon it should be able to produce 50,000 masks a day once the production line is at full capacity.
3. Videoconferencing apps recorded a record 62 million downloads over a week in March
According to a new report from App Annie, business conference apps have experienced record growth and have just reached their biggest week to date in March, reaching 62 million downloads in the week of March 14-21. In the meantime, the social networking video app Houseparty has also experienced phenomenal growth in Europe during closures and quarantines.
4. Uber co-founder Garrett Camp resigns from the role of director of the board
Camp gives up his role as board director and moves to the board observer, where he will focus on the product strategy for the hail giant. In his medium post announcing the shift, Camp says he looks forward to helping Uber "work out the next big idea".
5. Leading VCs discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the digital health world
We asked several of the VCs who participated in our latest digital health survey to learn how COVID-19 affects digital health startups and broader health systems around the world. (Additional crunch membership required.)
6. Niantic faces Apple and Facebook by taking over the AR startup 6D.ai.
The studio behind Pokémon Go has acquired 6D.ai, a promising augmented reality startup that focuses on creating software that smartphone cameras can use to quickly recognize the 3D layouts of spaces around them.
7. Disney + starts April 3rd in India
The service, which is available in around a dozen markets worldwide, is launched in India on Hotstar, one of the country's most popular on-demand streaming services (also owned by Disney). The company announced that it will increase the annual subscription cost of the Disney + Hotstar affiliate from Rs 999 (R $ 13.20) to Rs 1,499 (USD 20).
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