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Skimm'd while talking hustle and mentorship with Lindsay Peoples Wagner

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Quote of the Day

"Harry Azcrac" – The name that Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) was pranked into reading during a virtual graduation ceremony. Some senior class traditions can survive the test of times.

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The Story

Apple and Google have a tech fix for COVID-19.

Let's hear it.

Yesterday, they launched a new software that allows public health officials around the world to create their own contact tracing apps. Thanks to Bluetooth (so fancy), the app could detect people nearby you may have interacted with. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 and shares it with the app, users who were near them within the last 14 days will get notified.

The power of technology.

Yup. The idea is to boost regular contact tracing, usually done by humans. That's when public health staffers help an infected person track down who they came into contact with – in an effort to trace the spread of the virus and try to contain it. Contact tracing is seen as a potentially critical tool to help slow COVID-19's spread. And Apple and Google's software is meant to make the process faster and more effective.

*Raises hand* privacy concerns, though...

Right. Both companies have had their fair share of scandals. See: recording people's personal convos, collecting medical data without consent, a bug that exposed millions of users' data, the list goes on. The companies are saying 'we hear you' and that they're limiting who can access the data. Everything will apparently be kept private – only used by health officials – and not stored in a central database. The companies also promise the software won't use GPS tracking or collect phone numbers.

Ok then. When does it roll out?

That's unclear. But the tech is officially up for grabs for health officials to use and create their own apps. Apple and Google said several states (hi, Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina) are jumping on board. And that 22 countries have requested the software. Germany, Italy, and Ireland are reportedly expected to release theirs in the coming weeks.


Countries like China and South Korea have gotten praise for their widespread use of contact tracing. And Apple and Google's help could prove valuable, especially as all 50 US states look to ease restrictions and get their economies back on track. But coming after years of scandals, some aren't ready to take tech's assurances at their word.

PS: GV (formerly Google Ventures) is a minority investor in theSkimm.

And Also...This

Who's making threats…

President Trump. Yesterday, he said he'd withhold federal money from Michigan and Nevada if they go ahead with plans to expand vote-by-mail efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. He called the states' moves "illegal" and said mail-in ballots could lead to "voter fraud." But studies have shown fraud is rare for mail-in voting and that it doesn't necessarily benefit one party over the other. It wasn't clear what money Trump would hold back. And if he'd have the power to withhold federal funds approved by Congress.

  • Anyone else: A growing number of states have sent absentee ballot applications to voters amid the coronavirus pandemic. That includes Iowa, Georgia, Nebraska, and West Virginia.

What else Michigan has on the mind...

These dams. This week, floodwaters breached two dams in central Michigan, forcing about 10,000 people to evacuate. Recent heavy rains were blamed for the record-level rise of Tittabawassee River. And Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) worried this would be the worst flooding "in 500 years." She declared a state of emergency for Midland County, whose downtown area could be under nine feet of water. So far, no deaths or injuries have been reported. And President Trump tweeted he had "sent our best" military and FEMA teams to help.

  • Rising concerns: Midland is also home to the Dow Chemical Company. And that's raising concerns because there's a Superfund – a contaminated, hazardous waste site – downriver from the company's plant. Dow's enacted its flood preparedness plan, but many worry the floodwaters could spread polluted sediments downriver.

  • History of problems: In 2018, federal officials revoked the license of the company running one of the dams for its inability to handle major flooding. That same year, Michigan rated the dam in unsatisfactory condition. The other dam had been rated fair. And unfortunately the issue isn't unique to Michigan – by one count, there are more than 2,100 potentially dangerous dams in the US.

Where people are watching...

India and Bangladesh. Yesterday, the most powerful cyclone in over a decade hit the countries. At least 22 people were killed. But officials evacuated nearly 3 million before the storm, a move they said saved lives. Bangladesh reportedly said at least a million people lost power.

Who's mastered some escape rooms…

These guys. Yesterday, US authorities arrested a former Green Beret and his son for their alleged roles in helping smuggle Carlos Ghosn out of Japan. Back in December, the former Nissan chief was facing trial there on charges of financial crimes (think: underreporting his income for years). But the two men – who clearly watched too much David Blaine – are accused of helping him sneak onto a private jet in a large box and flee to Lebanon. Now, the two men are expected to be extradited to Japan to face trial.

While some babies are cute...

Other babies...need time.

Thing to Know

Bamboo Knit

Before we get into it, let's talk about bamboo for a sec. And why it's sustainable.

When bamboo is harvested, it regenerates from its own roots. Meaning it doesn't need to be replanted, and can be grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Shoe company Cariuma got wind of this, and had an idea. Drumroll please...bamboo knit. Aka a material that combines bamboo and recycled materials.

Cariuma uses it to make their IBI sneakers (which had a 12k person waitlist – NBD – but are now back in stock). So you can reduce your carbon footprint, one foot step at a time. Even better: Skimm'rs get 15% off for a limited time only. Add to cart.


If you're bored of being bored, do more...from home. See: virtual museum tours, longer streaming service trials, free French classes. And say 'oui' to saving on entertainment with our new guide.


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all in different ways. No matter your situation, sometimes you just need to press pause. Enter: our picks to help you take a break…

1. The 20 best Netflix comedy specials. Because all the 'you're on mute' jokes aren't cutting it anymore.

2. 47 podcasts to keep you company. For when your own thoughts have overstayed their welcome. Listen to Jonathan Van Ness or Oprah instead. You get a pod, you get a pod...

3. Bedazzle by number. This art project involves some serious bling. The '90s called, they want their hobbies back.

PS: Sign up to get a list of things to do, watch, eat, and more to your inbox every Monday.


For when you need some motivation...

Here's a podcast ep with someone who's worked her way to the top. Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, joined us on our latest episode of "Skimm'd from The Couch," sponsored by Estée Lauder. She talks about why hustle actually pays off, and how she's pushing industry boundaries to be more inclusive. Listen here.*

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For when you're tired of spending time in the kitchen...

Check out our fave products to make things a whole lot easier. This list has a gadget that will chop all your veggies, something to make produce last longer, a cold brew maker, and more.

*PS This is a sponsored post.


In times like these, community matters more than ever. Let us know how you (or someone you know) is making an impact by helping others.

Taking a breath with...Gina M (NY). She's a therapist in New York and spoke to us about why the discomfort many people are experiencing right now is actually grief. And she gave us some tips for how to cope. Watch here.

Getting crafty with...Caroline G (DC). She worked with a group of friends to start Supply Love, a nonprofit that makes cloth masks and supplies for hospitals in DC. They've donated 2,500 cloth masks, 15k gloves, and thousands of other supplies. Learn more here.

(Some) Birthdays...Mason Rudnick (NY), Jaclyn Chesner (NY), Allison Fields (NY), Jeff Aprati (IL), Tina Sharkey (CA), Anne VanderWal, Arnaud Karsenti (FL), Hanisha Grover (NJ), Emily Schwartz (CA), Laura Taylor (WI), Heather Dawson (CAN), William McManus (VA), Amy Rasberry (CO), Maggie Dudgeon (AR), Rachel Nutted (TX), Marne Friedman (NY), Linda DePeri (FL)

*Paging all members of theSkimm. Reach out here for a chance to be featured.