Zoom Providing K-12 Schools Free Access to Videoconferencing Tools During COVID-19 Crisis: They’ll Power Your Online Courses

FYI: Zoom provides a turnkey video conferencing solution that's high quality and easy to use. And now universities across the country use Zoom to power their online courses. Today, Zoom announced that K-12 schools can gain free access to Zoom during the COVID-19 crisis. Students or teachers can sign up here. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing ...
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Fact Check: Trump's Claims About His Response to the Coronavirus

The president inaccurately described travel restrictions he had announced, falsely blamed his predecessor for testing shortages and misstated the role Google was playing in mitigating the outbreak.
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Apple Closes All Retail Stores in Spain Due to Coronavirus

Apple has closed all 11 of its retail stores located in Spain as the coronavirus continues to spread in the country. Spain earlier today declared a state of emergency. In a message posted on all of its store websites in Spain, Apple says that health precautions have forced the closure of its retail locations, with no word on when the stores will reopen.Due to current health precautions, this store will remained closed until further notice. If you need online support, visit
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Israel can and should become an important contributor to the international geroscience research, development, application and education

Vetek (Seniority) – the Movement for Longevity and Quality of Life (Israel) Summary Due to the aging of the global population and the derivative increase in major aging-related non-communicable diseases and their economic burden, there is an urgent international need to promote the research, development and application of and education on effective and safe therapeutic geroscience interventions. These interventions are designed to mitigate degenerative aging processes, thus preventing and elim...
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Google, Walmart join U.S. effort to speed up coronavirus testing

Corporate America joined the fight against the spread of coronavirus on Friday, as President Donald Trump and executives announced that Google would offer a website to help people determine whether they needed tests and retailers would set up drive-through testing in parking lots.
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White House and House Democrats agree to funding package for paid sick leave, funding for tests

Late Friday night, after nearly two full days of negotiations, the House of Representatives is finally set to pass a bipartisan plan to provide sweeping new benefits to workers and businesses affected by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. The new bill will offer paid sick leave, stronger unemployment benefits, free virus testing and more money for food assistance and Medicaid and was approved only after 13 phone calls between the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury ...
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Scientists Draw Inspiration From Shark Skin For Novel New Smart Material

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: So-called "acoustic metamaterials" are specifically designed to control and manipulate sound waves, usually for the purpose of dampening or transmitting sound. But such an acoustic device can only perform the function for which it was created, such as dampening outgoing sound in a submarine, for example. That same device could not be repurposed to communicate with another passing vessel should the situation aboard the submarine require it; a...
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An Improved MacBook Air Could Debut as Early As Next Week

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple hasn't really touched the current MacBook Air design since its 2018 debut unless you count the addition of True Tone, but it might be close to a substantial update. A MacRumors source with a largely positive track record has claimed that a refreshed MacBook Air will launch sometime the week of March 16th. It's not certain what that tweak would entail, but it's safe to presume Apple would use the more reliable, better-feeling scissor switch keyboard it i...
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Trump said Google is making a website to help coronavirus testing. It’s not

Google was shocked by the president's announcement
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Trump’s False Claims About His Response to the Coronavirus

The president inaccurately described travel restrictions he had announced, falsely blamed his predecessor for testing shortages and misstated the role Google was playing in mitigating the outbreak.
Tags: Google, News, Food And Drug Administration, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Telemedicine, Travel Warnings, Trump, Google Inc, Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Tests (Medical, Swine Influenza, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Amazon cancels re:MARS 2020 event amid COVID-19 outbreak

Amazon has canceled re:MARS 2020, an annual AI event that focuses on machine learning, automation, robotics and space, over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was scheduled to be held June 16 to 19, 2020 in Las Vegas. Organizers of the event said in a statement on its website that the event will be cancelled and guests who purchased tickets will receive a full refund. Here’s the statement: Thank you for your interest in re:MARS 2020. Our top priority is the well-being of our employe...
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Here’s how pi matters every day not just March 14

March 14 is Pi Day for 3.14, an important concept that touches almost all aspects of math and science. Let’s dish up some fun with all things pi. In math, pi is what’s known as an irrational number — a number that does not terminate when written as a decimal number and cannot be exactly represented by a fraction. The Guinness World Record for a calculation of pi was set in 2019 by Emma Haruka Iwao using Google cloud software. She calculated pi to 31,415,926,535,897 digits. Pi has been around sin...
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Scientists Invent a Lithium-Ion Battery That Works Even When It's On Fire

A team of scientists led by Yi Cui, a materials scientist at Stanford, have created a new "fireproof" solid-state electrolyte for use in lithium-ion batteries. IEEE Spectrum reports: They used a flame-retardant material called decabromodiphenyl ethane, or DBDPE for short. To make their new solid-state electrolyte, the team first created a thin film by combining DBDPE with polyimide, a mechanical enforcer. Using polyimide has many advantages, says Wan. Apart from being "mechanically really strong...
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How to Strategically Generate Search Engine Traffic

It's easy for a newcomer to the world of search engine marketing to assume that the search engines (e.g., Google, Microsoft) are all the same and that clicks from them all behave in the same ways. In order to optimize your efforts, you need to know the differences between Google and Microsoft, their search engines and shopping engines, mobile vs. desktop and much more. Learn about what you're doing wrong and how to do it right.Read the rest of this post in Entrepreneur, which I guest authored t...
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Google says it's not publishing a national-scale coronavirus site anytime soon after Trump announcement

Google will not be publishing a national-scale website for coronavirus testing anytime soon, contrary to claims made by President Donald Trump during a Friday news conference.
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Trump Blindsides Google With Announcement That It's Building a Nationwide Screening Site [Updated]

During a Friday press conference to declare the novel coronavirus outbreak a national emergency—“two very big words”, mind you—President Donald Trump and other White House members touted a coronavirus screening website supposedly being developed by Google that would soon be available nationwide. According to Trump,…Read more...
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Business fallout: Apple goes online, Delta slashes flights

Apple said its annual developers conference would take place entirely online this year, joining a growing list of companies that are canceling big, in-person events as the coronavirus spreads. Thousands of engineers and customers attend the Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC, which is in its 31st year. Apple said it would give $1 million to organizations in San Jose, California, to help with the money they would lose from Apple canceling the in-person event. The event had been held in San ...
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You Can Now Take Up To 12 Ounces of Hand Sanitizer Through Airport Security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will now allow passengers to bring on board hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces in size, which is much larger than the standard 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) previously allowed. The Verge reports: There are some caveats, though. The updated policy only applies to hand sanitizer. And larger containers will be subject to additional screening by TSA agents, which will likely lead to increased wait times. So ask yourself before heading out to the...
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Trump Blindsides Google With Announcement That It's Building a Nationwide Screening Site (It's Not)

During a Friday press conference to declare the novel coronavirus outbreak a national emergency—“two very big words”, mind you—President Donald Trump and other White House members touted a coronavirus screening website supposedly being developed by Google that would soon be available nationwide. According to Trump,…Read more...
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Facebook has set aside $20 million to match donations to 2 separate funds being set up to fight the global coronavirus pandemic

Facebook has launched a fund for people to donate money to fight the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping across the world, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday.  The company also committed a total of $20 million to fight the outbreak, dedicating $10 million toward matching donations to the fund and $10 million to match donations to an upcoming fundraiser held by the CDC Foundation.  Earlier in the day, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced that she and a group of high-profile tec...
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Look Closely: What Exactly Did Trump Promise On COVID-19 Testing Capacity?

President Trump’s Rose Garden press conference was a self-congratulatory, glad-handing celebration of what Vice President Mike Pence called a “historic public-private partnership” to roll out nationwide testing for COVID-19 starting … wait, when exactly? That’s the question after the national TV broadcast where the President, top government officials and business leaders extolled the virtues of the new program but failed to offer a specific timeframe for when mass testing for the novel corona...
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Want to make deliveries during the virus crisis? Join the Mutual Aid Network

Let’s do this. (Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) As Portlanders come to grips with life during the time of the coronavirus outbreak, people are already finding ways to help those in need. One thing I’ve just come across is the Mutual Aid Network. Set up just yesterday, this collective of organizations has already signed up hundreds of volunteers. With a Facebook page, Instagram account and a Google Form, they want to connect people who can make deliveries with people who need stuff but are un...
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Three travel startups tell us how they’re responding to the coronavirus crisis

With the globalized world going into partial or complete lock down over the Covid-19 pandemic, startups in the travel sector are facing a huge stress test and immediate disruption to business as usual as public health concern spirals and entire populations are encouraged or even forced not to travel. The traditional travel hub of Europe has emerged as a secondary hotspot for the virus, after SARS-CoV-2 first emerged in China late last year. Italy, France and Spain have all reported thousands of ...
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Trump announces Google will launch coronavirus site – just don't expect it anytime soon

New Google site will pre-screen people who think they may be infected with the coronavirus with a questionnaire.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Coronavirus Could Force ISPs To Abandon Data Caps Forever

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The coronavirus threat and official policies of "social distancing" are leading millions to stay home, doing meetings via video chat and probably watching Netflix and YouTube the rest of the time. That means a big uptick in bytes going through the tubes, both simultaneously and cumulatively. ISPs, leery of repeating Verizon's memorable gaffe of cutting off service during an emergency, are proposing a variety of user-friendly changes to their p...
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Google tweeted a description of its coronavirus screening site hours after Trump touted it – and it sounds very different than the nationwide test Trump promised (GOOGL, GOOG)

Verily, an Alphabet company, is building a website to help triage people for coronavirus testing in the Bay Area. Earlier today, President Donald Trump appears to have exaggerated these claims, describing it as a nationwide website being built by Google to help with coronavirus screening. A Verily spokesperson clarified the project and says it hopes to expand the project from the Bay Area over time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump appears to have mi...
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Teleconference Apps and New Tech Surge in Demand Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Global downloads of business apps including Tencent Conference, WeChat Work, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Slack have risen nearly five fold since the start of the year, data showed, as the coronavirus outbreak changes how corporations work. From a report: While such apps attracted 1.4 million new users across the App Store and Google Play in the first week of January, that figure jumped to a record 6.7 million in the first week of March, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower. The outbreak, w...
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Coronavirus pandemic latest: Trump declares 'two very big words' – national emergency – and unexpectedly ropes in Google to help in some form

There'll be a website, at some point, that will work in some way, maybe In a Friday press conference, US President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus... with the help of Google, which was seemingly news to Google.…
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Despite Trump’s claims, Google isn’t building the coronavirus screening site — and it’s not ready

In a press conference at the White House, President Trump today announced that 1,700 Google engineers were working on a Coronavirus screening site. That site was supposedly the first step in a new screening process that would lead people from figuring out if their symptoms warranted more testing to the location of new ‘drive through’ testing stations. But Trump was wrong. This screening site isn’t being developed by Google . Instead, it’s being built by Verily, Alphabet’s life science division...
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ZTE is being investigated over possible bribery

ZTE’s struggles with the U.S. government generally haven’t been as high-profile as fellow Chinese mobile giant Huawei, but the company has still had its share of issues in recent years. The latest wrinkle, first reported by NBC and later confirmed by The Wall Street Journal, finds it under investigation over bribery charges. The issues stem from a 2017 settlement with the U.S. government, which found ZTE pleading guilty of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. The company was hit with a hefty $8...
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