About that time, Amazon was hit by a huge wave of orders, a surprise surge the likes of which it had never experienced. Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and chief executive, called it “the hardest time we’ve ever faced.” The company paid workers extra to stay on the job and announced that it would hire 175,000 more to fill orders. Bezos told investors that pay increases, safety measures and testing efforts would cost more than $4 billion this quarter. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | ‘Way too late’: Inside Amazon’s biggest outbreak
Today, Fabian’s team is working on its own software-based Ebola aid program in Liberia. UNICEF’s Innovation Unit is expanding the distribution of a text messaging service called U-Report, which uses local slang to distribute information about Ebola to the many young people who already own dumb phones. In order to develop the tool, Fabian and his team worked with Liberian kids to find out what kind of information they’d even be interested in receiving (like school openings and closures), then translated it. (For example: “What has changed the most in your community because of Ebola” becomes “wat bother U d most abt Ebola.”) … [Read more...] about Can 1,000 Smartphones Make A Difference In The Fight Against Ebola? Or Just Make Us Feel Better?