Global North America 

Human Capital is an engineering talent agency and a VC fund all in one

Michael Ovitz didn’t invent the idea of a talent agency, but one might argue that he perfected it. He founded the CAA in 1975, and grew it into the world’s leading talent agency, serving as chairman for 20 years. Now, Ovitz is investing in a brand new type of talent agency called Human Capital. Human Capital is a hybrid organization, one part VC fund, one part recruiting business and one part creative agency. (Human Capital did not invest in its agency startup from its VC fund.) The Human Capital VC…

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Energy Global 

Our love of the cloud is making a green energy future impossible

Mark Mills is the author of the book, “Digital Cathedrals: The Information Infrastructure Era,” and is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, and a partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners, an energy-tech venture fund. An epic number of citizens are video-conferencing to work in these lockdown times. But as they trade in a gas-burning commute for digital connectivity, their personal energy use for each two hours of video is greater than the share of fuel they would have consumed on…

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Australasia Global 

Puppy scammers rob people looking for company in COVID-19 lockdown

Puppy scammers have been making a killing during the COVID-19 lockdown, with the consumer watchdog reporting a five-fold increase in complaints in April alone. More than 300 Australians have collectively lost almost $300,000 to puppy scammers already this year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says. That compares to a $360,000 loss recorded for the entire year of 2019. ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said people were throwing caution to the wind while in social isolation, in the rush to buy a new furry companion to help get them…

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Global North America 

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

A California woman in her seventies was dreaming of a grocery store. Her cat had instructed her to buy a specific brand of chicken, but it was too expensive. When she got to the register with her cheaper chicken in tow, the cashier told the woman she’d have to submit the proper paperwork for the chicken later because the system couldn’t find the correct part number. The woman apologized for her stupidity but had to ask: Where was she supposed to find a part number on a chicken carcass? Erin…

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Global North America 

Apple opens access to mobility data, offering insight into how COVID-19 is changing cities

Apple is providing a data set derived from aggregated, anonymized information taken from users of its Maps navigational app, the company announced today. The data is collected as a set of “Mobility Trends Reports,” which are updated daily and provide a look at the change in the number of routing requests made within the Maps app, which is the default routing app on iPhones, for three modes of transportation, including driving, walking and transit. Apple is quick to note that this information isn’t tied to any individuals, as Maps does…

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