No. 229 – Friday Reads

Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

Source: Google

Banks Have Too Much Money Now – “But ideally what you want is for banks to have lots of capital in bad times, and then relax those requirements—let them lever up and buy stuff and take deposits and lend and trade Treasuries and generally support the financial system and the economy—when the crisis comes.”

How the South African government will track you if you have the coronavirus – ““The National Department of Health shall develop and maintain a national database to enable the tracing of persons who are known or reasonably suspected to have come into contact with any person known or reasonably suspected to have contracted COVID-19,””

SoftBank scraps $3 billion deal to buy WeWork stock from Adam Neumann and other shareholders – “In the deal, the Japanese conglomerate would have taken a stake of almost 80% in the company and buy $3 billion in shares from investors as well as current and former employees. Neumann, ousted in the deal, was set to sell up to $970 million in shares.”

Ventilator Tycoon Adds $3.7 Billion to Wealth on Demand Rush – “The Society of Critical Care Medicine estimates that 960,000 patients would need ventilator support in the U.S., but the nation only has about 200,000 such machines.”

Google uses location data to show which places are complying with stay-at-home orders — and which aren’t – “The company considered requests from public health officials to make more data available for contact tracing — using an individual’s location to identify other people who may have been around them during the time they were infectious.”

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