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  • Thai celebs turn to gigs (#4)
  • Running out of bikes (#19)
  • Instacart human cost (#6)
  • Curfew pauses Uber (#22)


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South China Morning Post

Now that the spread of the novel coronavirus has been contained, the government has been taking steps to revive consumption.


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The ongoing COVID crisis is having a deep impact on the sharing economy in China. Yujie Xue reports on trends including a big move away from shared karaoke booths and massage chairs.

The Citizen (South Africa)

Lindiwe Rasekoala is a Johannesburg-based digital creator who makes a dual-income as a monetised YouTuber and OnlyFans content creator and coach. While everyone else is panicking about what the lockdown would mean for their job security and budgets, Rasekoala – who is also a certified sexual wellness coach – is raking in the bucks.


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HuffPost

With a recession on the horizon, workers are turning to the one sector that appears to pandemic proof: home delivery.


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Nikkei Asian Review

BANGKOK — Actor Pheerawas Khunlanunthwatn hopes his latest role — as a delivery driver for Grab — will be an inspiring one for his fellow Thais as the kingdom emerges from its coronavirus outbreak.


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Daily Maverick (South Africa)

As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases rises on the continent, the plight of journalists becomes a more urgent cause. For many who are without any medical benefits, Covid-19 is an illness they cannot afford to catch, nor can they afford to avoid reporting about it. Kenyan freelance journalist Winnie Kamau says her journey with Covid-19 was made easier by her country’s universal healthcare cover.


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The Verge

Once people got too scared to leave the house, there was lots of money to be made as a shopper-for-hire.


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NBC News

An elaborate and updated version of a classic check scam that has found renewed life on freelancing platforms.


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Harvard Business Review

The term “gig economy” was coined by the former New Yorker editor Tina Brown in 2009. It described how workers in the knowledge economy increasingly were pursuing “a bunch of free-floating projects, consultancies, and part-time bits and pieces while they transacted in a digital marketplace.”


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The Malaysian Reserve

There is an increased awareness of the need to provide more protection to gig economy workers among industry players, said Malaysian Employers Federation ED Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan.


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Times Now News

The Union Government has begun the process of granting regulatory permissions to the operation of drones for commercial purposes, during the lockdown. Thirteen consortia have received permission to conduct trials for their drones and submit proof of concept to the DGCA, but when will we see them in operation? Read on to find out.


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Fast Company

When gig workers received no-strings-attached emergency cash grants up to $1,000, they were able to get back to work quicker after an emergency, felt less stressed, and, in some instances, got on track toward new financial goals, like saving to be able to cover future emergency expenses.


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Making the most of financial resources is vital for workers in any industry. Here, Kristin Toussaint covers the results of a study that looked at financial and personal aspects of emergency cash grants.

New York Times

Doh Ouattara drove for Uber and Lyft from 2016 until mid-March of this year, when he became concerned about the pandemic. With three children under 6 to provide for, he decided to apply for unemployment benefits.


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Bloomberg

Yes, people are itching to travel, but their first holidays are likely to be close to home.


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National Interest

In a move that has prompted outcry among bike enthusiasts and environmentalists, Uber is in the process of scrapping tens of thousands of electric bikes and scooters that originally cost millions of dollars.


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Financial Express

The penetration of technology in logistics will only increase from here. Logistics software-as-a-Service (SaaS) will see a lot of reception as companies will want to pay-as-they-go.


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Inside Sources

Forced to limit our social interactions to get through this pandemic, millions of us are using apps and online services to try to bring some measure of normalcy and convenience to our lives.


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Bloomberg

Some are getting government loans designed for small businesses, but many are still waiting for desperately needed financial aid.


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Uber drivers have been among the hardest hit workers during this pandemic. This article from Joshua Brustein highlights their plight as he wonders how long will it take for normalcy to resume.

The Atlantic

The private Slack message arrived at 12:15 p.m., as I was toasting a year-old bagel, exhumed from my freezer: “Are you around?” It was the CEO, my direct manager. Normally she texts my phone when she wants to chat. Weird. “Yup!” I typed back. Where else would I be?


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Vox

Last week, I realized my decade-old Mongoose bike was falling apart. Its brakes honked like an aggrieved bird, and the back frame had bent enough that a repair shop called it a significant safety issue. So, anticipating several months of traveling by bike, I started to call my local shops to see what was available.


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Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy sets off with newfound friends to find the elusive Wizard of Oz, a being said to be so powerful, he could help them out with their troubles and grant them their biggest wishes.


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Payments Source

People who order groceries for delivery may be using digital payments or a plastic card to pay for their food, but the person picking up the groceries may be making a separate payment at the point of pickup — and in the process, influencing the global shift toward contactless payments.


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USA Today

Ride-sharing and food delivery service apps are suspending operations in some cities across the nation in order to comply with curfew orders.


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Forbes

How to break $1M in revenue in a business staffed only by the owners.


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Quartz ($)

Lockdown orders around the world have forced businesses that rely on face-to-face exchanges to think deeply about what they’re selling, if only to figure out how to capture the essence of the experience in a new, virtual form. Why do people go out for a meal, anyway? What are you seeking when you buy a ticket for a magic show? How easily will customers accept remote versions of things they’ve only ever done in person?


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Reuters

The number of Americans seeking jobless benefits fell for an eighth straight week last week, likely as some people returned to work, but claims remained at astonishingly high levels, suggesting it could take the economy a while to rebound as businesses reopen.


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