With distance learning off to a wobbly start, LAUSD calls out for help

In homes across Los Angeles, the new coronavirus pandemic has many parents clambering to facilitate home learning for their children while they balance work or newfound unemployment, but it hasn’t been smooth-going. Just days after teachers were directed to send students home with two weeks of schoolwork, some are asking for patience from families as they help students log in to learning management platforms or crack video conferencing tools. LAUSD employees Kimberly Alegria, Marcela Navarre...
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Big Rigs Begin To Trade Diesel For Electric Motors

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Two years ago, the eCascadia [the electric version of the Freightliner Cascadia] was nothing more than a PowerPoint presentation -- a virtual rendering to expedite a diesel stalwart into a zero-emissions future for goods movement. Now it's one of several competing models, from start-ups as well as established truck makers, that are gearing up for production next year with real-world testing. Orders have poured in, from companies eager ...
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TikTok donates $3 million to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures

The social media giant TikTok said that it would donate $3 million to After – School All-Stars, a charity founded by actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to feed families whose food security was affected by the close of public schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. TikTok said in a statement Thursday that families in 60 cities with After-School All-Stars chapters would receive food vouchers and gift cards that can be spent on food and other essentials through loc...
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TikTok donates $3M to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures

The social media giant TikTok said that it would donate $3 million to After-School All-Stars, a charity founded by actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to feed families whose food security was affected by the close of public schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. TikTok said in a statement Thursday that families in 60 cities with After-School All-Stars chapters would receive food vouchers and gift cards that can be spent on food and other essentials through local...
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Facebook expands its ad ban to include hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and COVID-19 test kits to discourage pandemic price-gouging (FB)

Facebook has banned ads for hand sanitizer, surface disinfecting wipes, and COVID-19 testing kits on its platform, the company announced Thursday. The move comes weeks after Facebook  as well as . Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, and others are fighting a surge of misinformation and sellers using their platforms to take advantage of people's fears surrounding the global pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook has banned ads for hand sanitizer, surface disinf...
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IT Security Report Finds 97 Percent Have Suspicious Network Activity

According to a 13-page study from IT security vendor Positive Technologies, a whopping 97% of surveyed companies with at least 1,000 employees show evidence of suspicious activity in their network traffic and that 81% of the companies were being subject to malicious activity. TechRepublic reports: "In one in every three companies, there were traces of scans of its internal network, which could potentially mean that hackers are gathering intelligence inside the infrastructure. This includes netwo...
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Audible Providing Free Audio Books to Kids & Teens: Introducing the New Service, Audible Stories

A heads up to all parents, Audible has announced that they're providing free stories for kids during this period of social distancing, which inevitably means widespread school closures. They write: For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your deskto...
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Positioning B2B Brands Around Personal Value

Behavioral and marketing science have identified that building more mentally available brand associations is the primary purpose of marketing. But it is not the only way to build these associations. Understanding the mental architecture (or prioritization of different decision-making criteria) that influence the decision to purchase is important – as it will determine where to focus your efforts. That applies to well-known, recognizable brands, like Coca-Cola or Apple, you might think. Those ...
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YouTube Launches Verified Coronavirus Coverage Hub on Homepage

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, YouTube announced Thursday that its homepage will now feature a news shelf of trustworthy COVID-19 coverage for users to easily source up-to-date news.Read more...
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Former Googler Anthony Levandowski ‘fesses up to pinching trade secrets about self-driving cars

But only for a progress update document, as Feds recommend 30-month stretch after reaching a deal on theft of IP that made its way to Uber Former Google exec Anthony Levandowski has agreed to plead guilty to pinching secrets about Google’s self-driving car tech and sharing them with Uber.…
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Former Googler Anthony Levandowski ‘fesses up to pinching self-driving car secrets

Feds recommend 30-month stretch after reaching a deal on theft of IP that made its way to Uber Former Google exec Anthony Levandowski has agreed to plead guilty to pinching secrets about Google’s self-driving car tech and sharing them with Uber.…

Magic Leap Wants Workers To Use Its Headsets While They're Stuck At Home

Mixed reality startup Magic Leap is trying to tempt potential buyers with a package for people stuck working from home. The Verge reports: The "Collaboration Package" is a 45-day trial of four Magic Leap headsets, plus access to Spatial, a virtual collaboration program. It costs $5,000, with the option to extend the license or send the headsets back afterward. Spatial creates avatars of users based on photos, then lets them hold meetings with these avatars and virtual screens. It isn't exclusive...
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Former Uber Executive Pleads Guilty to Trade Theft

Anthony Levandowski was charged with stealing driverless-car plans when he left Google to form a company, which Uber then acquired.
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Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty to one count of trade secrets theft under plea deal

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has pleaded guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets while working at Google under a plea agreement reached with the U.S. District Attorney. While Levandowski still faces a possible prison sentence of between 24 to 30 months, the outcome is much rosier than it could have been. In August, federal grand jury indicted Levandowski on 33 counts of theft and att...
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California Governor Issues Statewide Order To 'Stay At Home' To Prevent Spread of the Coronavirus

All residents in the state of California are being ordered to "stay at home" to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. "We need to bend the curve in the state of California," Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference. "There's a social contract here, people I think recognize the need to do more. They will adjust and adapt as they have." Newsom added: "Home isolation is not my preferred choice... but it is a necessary one. This is not a permanent state, it is a moment in time." As of pub...
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Experts Say the Internet Will Mostly Stay Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

As millions of Americans hunker down to slow the spread of COVID-19, U.S. broadband networks are seeing a significant spike in usage. While industry insiders say that the U.S. internet should be able to handle the strain overall, broadband availability, affordability, and slow speeds could still pose a serious problem for many housebound U.S. residents. From a report: In a blog post, Cloudflare noted that Seattle, ground zero for the U.S. coronavirus spread, has seen internet usage spike by some...
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Here’s how TechCrunch is keeping our brains busy while we’re stuck at home

This is a difficult time. Whoever and wherever you are, your life is likely already changing in ways you never could have anticipated as the world grapples with the fast-spreading global outbreak of a virus we don’t yet fully understand. It’s weird and hard and we’re feeling it too. Now more than ever, diving into new skills, old interests and even — perhaps especially — totally fluffy mindless entertainment can keep our minds refreshed and our days full. From at-home workouts and soothing virtu...
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'We must set an example to prevent fear' – how San Francisco and Austin's giant tech conferences became the front lines that kicked off a frenetic fight against the coronavirus

  San Francisco and Austin were faced with dilemmas as big conferences approached and coronavirus  emerged as a global threat. The mayor of San Francisco wrote a letter to RSA Conference attendees urging them to "set an example to prevent fear, rumors, and misinformation from guiding our actions."  Two attendees of the RSA Conference contracted the virus and one – who returned to Connecticut and became his state's first case – is seriously ill. Austin officials searched for the right SXSW poli...
Tags: Apple, Google, Texas, California, China, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Austin, Connecticut, Who, World Health Organization, Ibm, Rsa, Cnbc

Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Thursday March 19

We started this series of brand updates just over a week ago, but the reaction has been so positive, and the crisis so fast-moving, that we’re going to move to a continuously updated rolling news format from now until it’s all over (hopefully soon). Keep checking back here for the latest updates on how brands are dealing with coronavirus. WhatsApp has launched a Coronavirus Information Hub aimed at helping governments, health organisations and community workers communicate truthful, helpful inf...
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The New iPad Pro's LIDAR Sensor Is An AR Hardware Solution In Search of Software

One of the biggest new additions to Apple's new iPad Pro is a new "Light Detection and Ranging" (LIDAR) system on the rear camera, which Apple argued was the missing piece for revolutionary augmented reality applications. "It claims that by combining the depth information from the LIDAR scanner with camera data, motion sensors, and computer vision algorithms, the new iPad Pro will be faster and better at placing AR objects and tracking the location of people," reports The Verge. "But it doesn't ...
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Watch Mark Zuckerberg talk live with epidemic expert Dr. Anthony Fauci

If there’s one face of scientific authority in the U.S. in the throes of COVID-19 chaos, it’s Dr. Anthony Fauci. One of the world’s top HIV/AIDS researchers, Dr. Fauci has served in his post as director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, helping steer the federal response to viral diseases like SARS, MERS, Ebola — and now COVID-19. Today at 4PM Pacific, Mark Zuckerberg is speaking live with Dr. Fauci to discuss steps that everyday people can take to help...
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American Airlines will use passenger planes for cargo-only flights to Europe

American Airlines today announced that it will fly a handful of cargo-only flights to Europe, using its standard 777-300 passenger planes, over the course of the next few days. The company says these flights will carry medical supplies, mail for active U.S. military, telecommunications equipment and electronics, as well as packages from e-commerce firms. This marks the first time American is operating cargo-only flights since 1984, when it retired its last 747 freighter (one of those retired pla...
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Apple Announces a New iPad Pro and Signals the End is Coming For Laptops (slashdot)

Despite COVID-19 forcing Apple to close down all retail stores outside of China indefinitely, the company just announced a new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (starting at $799 and $949, respectively). From a report: Last refreshed in 2018, the new iPad Pros come with a faster A12Z Bionic chip equipped with an 8-core CPU and GPU, a new ultra-wide camera and a "LiDAR scanner" for AR. However, the most surprising (or not surprising) announcement is a new Magic Keyboard accessory with a trackpad (which ...
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Wag! CEO Garrett Smallwood explains his firm’s ‘radically different path to profitability’

Garrett Smallwood Contributor Share on Twitter Wag! CEO Garrett Smallwood is a three-time entrepreneur with previous experience at Redbeacon (acquired by The Home Depot), Pillow (acquired by Expedia via Home Away Group) and Finrise (acquired by Wag!). Wag!, the petcare company known for connecting pet owners with local dog walkers, has recently undergone a series of sweeping changes. In late November, after I was named the ...
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Microsoft invented the 2-in-1, but Apple’s new iPad Pro will perfect it

Touchpad support makes the iPad Pro the ultimate 2-in-1
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Virtual dates and video speed dating: Group launches a $50 million corporate venture fund 

The dating startup world is notorious for few exits, and a similarly slim number of buyers. There’s Match Group, which owns Tinder, Hinge and OkCupid, and there’s Spark Networks, which owns Christian Mingle, JSwipe, Jdate and Zoosk. Group also owns a slew of dating brands, like Dil Mil, a dating app for South Asians. And it just closed a $50 million corporate venture capital fund to invest in more. Dmitry Volkov, the founder of Group, said that he’s looking for startup...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Usa, Tinder, Linkedin, Tech, Venture Capital, The League, Bumble, Hinge, Zoosk, Match Group, Jdate,

Gaming company Scopely adds $200 million more to its M&A stockpile

Scopely, the mobile gaming publisher behind titles including Marvel Strike Force, Scrabble Go, Yahtzee with Buddies, and Star Trek Fleet Command, has added another $200 million to its hoard of cash for mergers and acquisitions. While some startups are fearing a cash crunch, other businesses seem to be preparing to go on a shopping spree. The economic slowdown has many businesses reconsidering their prospects and it’s a good time for startups and established businesses with lots of cash to consid...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Companies, Digital Media, Humans, Scopely, TCG, Startup Company, Partner, Peter Chernin, Advance, Chernin, Chernin Group, The Chernin Group, Yahtzee

Investors up pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to stop sharing of terror attacks

Some of the world's biggest investors have sent an open letter to Facebook, Twitter and Google's parent Alphabet in a bid to put more pressure on the companies to prevent the sharing of objectionable content across social media.It's... [Author: [email protected]]
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Despite canceled trade shows, gaming startups can still win an extra life

Dave Struzzi Contributor Share on Twitter Dave Struzzi is the founder of Fame Arcade, a consultancy that works with innovative technology brands. His book, "App Store Fame and Fortune," was among the first to explore best practices for mobile app marketing. As organizers cancel events with massive attendance, like SXSW (400,000 attendees), E3 (66,000), GDC (65,000) and Mobile World Congress (100,000), mobile game developers ha...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Column, Tech, Nintendo, Twitch, Mobile World Congress, Growth, Video Game, Sxsw, South By Southwest, Game Developers Conference, Cuphead, Video Gaming, Extra Crunch, Dave Struzzi

Gaming Peripheral Company Razer Shifts Some Production To Surgical Masks

Razer CEO Ming-Liang Tan announced on Thursday that the company will shift a number of its manufacturing lines from producing its own products to making surgical masks. Polygon reports: As COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, continues to spread around the world, healthcare officials are reporting shortages of essential resources, including surgical masks. Tan said Razer intends donate up to 1 million masks to healthcare providers globally; its first shipments will go to health...
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