La Libra, Facebook's digital currency, announced for 2021 in reduced format

The launch of Facebook's digital currency, Libra , could take place in 2021. The project may benefit from favorable factors in the global economy, but regulators will have to be convinced first.  Facebook could launch Libra, its digital currency in 2021, we learn from the British media Financial Times, which quotes people close to the process. The product is expected to arrive in a limited version, after the project has met with great aversion from regulators, including in the United States, the country where the headquarters of the social media management company are located. The stakeholder association behind this digital currency project is now planning to launch a single version of Libra that will itself be pegged to the dollar, at the rate of one unit of US currency for each Facebook digital currency . “The other forms of currencies will be deployed at a later stage,” the FT source added. The exact launch date will depend on when the project

Donald Trump opposes WHO as Lady Gaga challenges Emmanuel Macron

Each week, the Journal du Geek takes stock of developments in the world of tech, pop culture but also science and politics in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the general confinement has been extended until next May 11, the Journal du Geek undertakes to keep you informed each week of the progress of this health crisis. This weekly press review will cover the worlds of tech and pop culture as well as those of the political and scientific sectors. As a reminder, all of the information concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus and the current pandemic from which it originated is gathered in our file, which has been constantly updated since the beginning of January 2020.
 
Donald Trump opposes WHO as Lady Gaga challenges Emmanuel Macron

State of scientific knowledge

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that in view of current figures COVID-19 is "ten times more deadly" than influenza A, of the H1N1 strain, which caused the pandemic of 2009-2010 . The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is the source of COVID-19, is said to have a fatality rate of between 2 and 3% - equivalent to that estimated for the “Spanish flu” of 1918-1919.

Political measures

Singer Lady Gaga spoke directly to French President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter to elicit political and financial support from her government in the fight against COVID-19.

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has decided to suspend funding to the WHO from his country as part of the current health crisis. This measure is, he said, in the face of growing suspicion of false information issued by China at the start of the pandemic. A study “to examine its role in the mismanagement and concealment of the spread of the coronavirus” will be carried out by the American intelligence services in the coming months. This decision was obviously criticized by WHO itself, but also by leaders of the European Union. (Source: 20 Minutes)

The state of Florida has designated WWE wrestling shows produced and broadcast by WWE as "essential services", along with supermarkets and hospitals.

After a month of closure, schools have reopened in Denmark. Germany has decided to extend its containment measures (including the closure of schools) at least until May 3.

Drug abortion, prescribed at home, is now temporarily authorized for the next nine weeks.

The 700 crew members of the Celebrity Apex will remain stranded off Saint-Nazaire. Some have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.


The situation of private companies

Sony launched the "Play At Home" initiative to support independent game developers and offered free video game deals for PlayStation 4 owners.

Like Google, Apple will make available its movement analysis and geographic data tools from its Apple Plans platform to better interpret the effects of containment measures.

The Nanterre court has prohibited Amazon from selling and delivering IT, cultural or gardening products in order to limit its activities. Indeed, according to a union, Amazon would put its employees in danger by keeping its delivery rate despite the implementation of certain priorities since the aggravation of this health crisis. Amazon is threatening to restrict its services across the country.

In the United States, the radical increase in webcam sales (in order to keep in touch with loved ones remotely, via videoconference systems) in March would today cause a real shortage. This phenomenon also benefited the blackmail on the webcam, practice of cybermalveillance in vogue.

Google has announced financial support for local media around the world "which produces news in original ways".

Cultural and sporting events

Despite the postponement of a large number of film releases and film shoots in recent times, an upcoming Marvel and Sony co-production will escape the rule: the third installment of the Spider-Man saga with Tom Holland is still scheduled for July 2021.

The Tour de France 2020 will finally take place from August 29 to September 20. The Lyon BD Festival, the largest gathering of authors and comic book lovers in the region, has been canceled: it was scheduled for June 12-14.