IN THE NEWS: AMAZON CHALLENGES IN CORONAVIRUS AGE

UNDATED (AP) — You could say in many ways, it’s both the best and worst of times for Amazon. The coronavirus pandemic has millions of homebound people depending on the online retail giant to get them the items they need and/or want. That’s obviously good for business. But even as it has a captive audience, the company is facing challenges trying to pack, ship and deliver those goods to doorsteps and depots around the world. Recently there have been delivery delays, even Amazon Prime members, who pay an annual fee to get quick deliveries. And the company is facing increasing complaints from workers who worry about contagion on the job.

IN THE NEWS: APPLE REPORTS EARNINGS

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Apple’s current profit picture is being clouded by some of the early fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The tech giant says that while its revenues rose in the January-March quarter, its profits have dipped, albeit slightly. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the current downturn could be harder on the company than what it experienced during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 — a time when consumers were still captivated by the then-new iPhone.

ON THE WEB: QUEEN REMAKES “CHAMPIONS” FOR COVID-19 WORKERS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Queen and singer Adam Lambert say the new champions of today are workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle. And the group is reflecting that in a remake of their classic song, “We Are the Champions.” The new version is titled “You Are the Champions” — and it’s dedicated to health care workers, first-responders and others fighting to keep us alive, healthy, safe and fed during the pandemic. The song is now available online on all streaming and download services. Proceeds from it will go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

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