Canada: Tech Giants Collaborate To Fight COVID-19 Through Contact Tracing Technology - Bereskin & Parr LLP

On April 10, 2020, Google and Apple announced that they would partner to develop Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the COVID-19 through contact tracing.
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Author of infamous Google diversity manifesto drops lawsuit against web giant

James Damore decides he doesn’t need a day in court James Damore, the one-time Google developer who infamously suggested his bosses' diversity rules made it impossible to voice some opinions, has dropped his lawsuit against the internet titan.…
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Author of infamous Google diversity memo drops lawsuit against web giant

James Damore decides he doesn’t need a day in court James Damore, the one-time Google developer who infamously suggested his bosses' diversity rules made it impossible to voice some opinions, has dropped his lawsuit against the internet titan.…
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Author of memo claiming Google is ‘ideological echo chamber’ ends legal action

James Damore decides he doesn’t need a day in court James Damore, the former Google developer who infamously suggested the company’s diversity rules made it impossible to voice some opinions, has dropped his lawsuit against the company.…
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Author of memo claiming Google’s is ‘ideological echo chamber’ ends legal action

James Damore decides he doesn’t need a day in court James Damore, the former Google developer who infamously suggested the company’s diversity rules made it impossible to voice some opinions, has dropped his lawsuit against the company.…
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Google, Facebook Extend Work From Home Policies Until 2021

Most Google and Facebook employees likely will not be going back to the office full time until 2021. The two companies have told employees to settle into home-office routines through the end of the year amid the COVID-19 crisis. Both Google and Facebook this week said they will let most employees work from home through the end of 2020, while they also set timelines for gradually reopening corporate offices. - Google will begin a phased reopening of offices in June, but with just 10%-15% of staf...
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Laid Off? 10 Lessons I Learned From My Job Search

By Leslie King I was laid off from my job a year ago with no warning due to a company-wide reduction-in-force. I had only been at that startup company for six months, and so had just recently gone through the job search experience. With all the layoffs happening right now in the era of COVID-19, I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned at the time, along with helpful tips for searching for a new job. Being suddenly laid off certainly came as a shock, and it affected me emotionally. I reco...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Networking, Sales, San Francisco, Social Media, Linkedin, Job Hunting, Job Interviews, Databricks, Marketo, Resumes, Jim, Leslie, Tina, University of San Francisco

Is Amazon Losing Market Share?

For the first three months of 2020, Amazon's revenue was up 26% (to $75.5 billion). Yet several of its competitors in e-commerce "are showing dramatically faster growth rates," reports Bloomberg's opinion columnist, noting Shopify reported "the aggregated online sales of its merchant customer base grew 46% in the first quarter." And of course, after March sales began increasing even more: Online furniture retailer Wayfair said it had revenue growth of roughly 90% so far in its second quarter, ...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Bloomberg, Shopify, Wayfair, Costco Wholesale

Flowbee Haircuts, Abominable Cruises and Self-Driving Telescopes: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Yes, dear readers, another week has gone by. I’m just as amazed as you are. Although time has just about thrown me for a loop, I’ve been taking comfort in checking out what my favorite cats on Instagram are up to. It’s soothing to see them sleep the days away and play with their toys as if nothing was happening. I bet…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Star Wars, Astronomy, Podcast, Science, Sony, Sonos, Cruise Ships, Gdpr, Rick And Morty, Best Of Gizmodo, Coronavirus

America Urges Chipmakers to Build Factories in the US

Reuters reports that the Trump administration "is in talks with semiconductor companies about building chip factories in the United States, representatives from two chipmakers said on Sunday." Intel Corp is in discussions with the United States Department of Defense over improving domestic sources for microelectronics and related technology, Intel spokesman William Moss said in an emailed statement. "Intel is well positioned to work with the U.S. government to operate a U.S.-owned commercial fo...
Tags: South Korea, US, America, Tech, Intel, United States, Samsung Electronics, TSMC, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Reuters, Austin Texas, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, U S Department of Commerce, Intel Corp, United States Read

AI Drives Innovators To Build Entirely New Semiconductors

"AI has ushered in a new golden age of semiconductor innovation," reports Forbes: For most of the history of computing, the prevailing chip architecture has been the CPU, or central processing unit... But while CPUs' key advantage is versatility, today's leading AI techniques demand a very specific — and intensive — set of computations. Deep learning entails the iterative execution of millions or billions of relatively simple multiplication and addition steps... CPUs process computations sequent...
Tags: Tech, Alibaba, Gartner, Nvidia, Silicon Valley, Gpu, Neumann, Alan Kay, Lightmatter, Groq, Mark Hung, Google Amazon Tesla Facebook

Vista Partners founder calls for a fintech revolution to help pandemic-hit, minority-owned small businesses

The head of what is arguably private equity’s most successful technology investment firm — Vista Equity Partners — made a rare appearance on Meet The Press to discuss the steps that the country needs to take to help minority-owned businesses recover from the economic collapse caused by the COVID-19 epidemic. Robert F. Smith is one of the worlds wealthiest private equity investors, a noted philanthropist, and the richest African American in the U.S.  Days after announcing a $1.5 billion invest...
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Board Question #93069: I found old post trying to get information about my ...

Q: Dear 100 Hour Board,I found old post trying to get information about my problem. It is exactly the same as in Board question #49075, which I copied below. Is there any update, information or new knowledge about it?QTE==================Q: Dear 100 Hour Board,I have recently been struggling with a personal physiological phenomenon associated with fasting. All my life I have experienced pain on the roof of my mouth when I first eat after a 24 hour fast, but never as acute a pain as I experience ...
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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs scraps its ambitious Toronto project (ars technica)

Enlarge / Sidewalk Labs concept for the scuppered lakefront development in Toronto. (credit: Sidewalk Labs) When Google sibling Sidewalk Labs announced in 2017 a $50 million investment into a project to redevelop a portion of Toronto’s waterfront, it seemed almost too good to be true. Someday soon, Sidewalk Labs promised, Torontonians would live and work in a 12-acre former industrial site in skyscrapers made from timber—a cheaper and more sustainable building material. Streets paved with a ne...
Tags: Google, News, New York City, Toronto, Wired, Dan Doctoroff, Sidewalk Labs, Doctoroff

Coronavirus Grants Available for Struggling Small Businesses

It’s no secret that small businesses are facing massive financial challenges due to coronavirus. But there are some options available to help struggling entrepreneurs make ends meet until they reopen or regain some of the business lost during this unprecedented time. Coronavirus Grants for Small Business Below is a list of grants and financial assistance programs available to small businesses. Some are available to certain types of businesses and others are open to all SMBs struggling. Read t...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Europe, China, Sales, Pepsico, Rebecca Minkoff, Alice, Stacy, JPMorgan Chase, U S Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Freelancers Union, Small Business News, Coronavirus Biz Advice, Small Business Relief Fund

How to take a screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy S20 and other Android phones

Taking a screenshot on an Android smartphone isn't as complicated as you might think. Here's how to do it.
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Ex-Google engineer who alleged discrimination against conservative white men asks judge to dismiss lawsuit

James Damore worked as an engineer at Google before being fired after criticizing the company's efforts to improve diversity among its workforce.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Dozens More Arson Attacks on UK Phone Masts Over 5G Conspiracy Theory

"Mobile phone masts in the UK are still being attacked by arsonists on a daily basis," reports Wired, "because of a conspiracy theory linking 5G to the spread of coronavirus." New data seen by WIRED UK reveals that dozens of attacks have taken place in the last fortnight, with conspiracy theorists targeting both infrastructure and key workers in the misguided belief that they are somehow spreading coronavirus... Since March 30, there have been 77 arson attacks on mobile phone masts across the U...
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James Damore Silently Ends Lawsuit Against Google

"The high-profile discrimination dispute between Google and one of its former software engineers has quietly come to an end," reports USA Today. "Ex-Google employee James Damore has moved to dismiss his lawsuit against the internet giant two years after alleging discrimination against conservative white men." Damore worked as an engineer at Google before being fired in 2017 after criticizing the company's efforts to improve diversity among its workforce... On Thursday, Damore and three other me...
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Tesla Files Lawsuit Demanding Reopening of Plant As Musk Faces Criticism

Because a California county is preventing Tesla from reopening its plant, "The County's position left us no choice but to take legal action," Tesla announced Saturday. Reuters reports: Tesla filed a lawsuit against the county in San Francisco federal court on Saturday, calling the continued restrictions a "power-grab" by the county since California's governor had said on Thursday that manufacturers in the state would be allowed to reopen.... The county said it does not consider Tesla an essentia...
Tags: Elon Musk, California, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Mary Barra, Gm, Michigan, San Francisco Bay, County, Musk, Reuters, Assembly, Wedbush, The County, Inc

Google's New 'Read Along' App Can Help Elementary School Kids Improve Their Reading Skills

If you’re at home with a little one that’s just starting to learn to read, Google has a new free resource you can use to help them along.Read more...
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Will the Pandemic Finally Kill Cable TV?

In just the first three months of 2020, cable broadcasting's so-called "Pay TV" services have already lost 1.7 million paying subscribers, reports Variety: Comparing the losses against Q1 2019 paints a grim picture for most providers, but especially for AT&T, who lost a massive 3.6 million video customers in a year. Comcast has the second highest losses, down by 900k, with Dish down 600k and Charter losing 400,000 customers versus Q1 2019.... [R]ecall that COVID-19 only began to hit the country ...
Tags: Disney, Tech, Comcast, Barron, Moffett, Craig Moffett, Broadcasting Cable, YouTube TV, MoffettNathanson Research, Variety Intelligence Platform, Zoom Netflix

iPhone 12 Pro Rumored to Feature 120Hz ProMotion Display, 3x Camera Zoom, and Improved Face ID

iPhone 12 Pro may contain a 120Hz ProMotion Display, a 3x rear camera zoom, and improved Face ID, according to unreliable leaker Max Weinbach, who shared his information with YouTube channel EverythingApplePro. Weinbach suggests that iPhone 12 Pro, rumored to come in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes, will feature a high refresh-rate 120Hz ProMotion display, as currently seen on iPad Pro. The new flagship iPhone's display is said to dynamically switch between 60Hz and 120Hz as required to preserve ba...
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The Quarantine Stream: Warren Beatty’s ‘Dick Tracy’ Is One of the Greatest Comic Book Movies

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Movie: Dick Tracy Where You Can Stream It: HBO Now/HBO Go The Pitch: Hard-boiled detective Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, who also directs), based on the comic strip by Chester Gould, is searching for evidence that proves Alphonse “Big Boy” Caprice (Al Pacino) is the city’s most dangerous crime boss. He may have found the key to unravelin...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Hollywood, Movies, Tim Burton, Disney, Features, Roger Ebert, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Adaptation, Madonna, Warren Beatty, Batman, Al-Pacino, Sondheim

eBay Mother’s Day Sale: Save on Arlo Pro 3, Apple iPad Pro, and MacBook Pro

Mother's Day is a great day to look for great deals. That's the case with this curated device list from eBay.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Android, Mobile, Ebay, Trends, Macbook, Computing, Home Theater, Smart Home, Bose, Acer Spin 5, Commerce 2020, iPa Pro

Which Linux Desktop Environment is the Best?

Tom's Hardware "put five of the most popular desktop environments up against each other in a no-holds-barred, seven-round face-off. We've rated GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Awesome and Regolith on a 10-point scale based on Installation, Applications, User Experience, User Documentation, Performance, Extensions and Configurability." It's a good read, with a detailed and thoughtful 3,700-word analysis, especially about memory performance: When you use the standard desktops, Gnome and KDE, you will lik...
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Seven viral futures

Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Let housing rise from the empty offices and malls Magic Leap’s $2.6 billion bait and switch The entire world has run smack into the biggest economic wall since the Great Depressio...
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Zoom-based escape rooms are here for you and your friends or coworkers

Escape-room company Puzzle Break has created an online version of their traditionally in-person escape room, The Grimm Escape. Participants join a Zoom video call for a 90-minute game filled with team-building, problem-solving, and puzzles. The games are aimed at both small groups and companies. Online bookings cost $25 a person for groups of 4 to 6, with larger groups and enterprise pricing available upon request. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus pandemic h...
Tags: Apple, Australia, US, Trends, Nate Martin, Puzzle Break

'Murder Hornet' Meme Inspires Stupid Americans To Kill Pollinators En Masse

An anonymous reader writes: You really can't make this stuff up, but Americans across the country, out of fear of "murder hornets," have begun killing all kinds of bees en masse. According to Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist for the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside, a national panic has led to the needless slaughter of native wasps and bees, beneficial insects whose populations are already threatened... "Folks in China, Korea and Japan have lived side by side with these hornets for h...
Tags: Japan, Washington, Tech, Tennessee, Korea, Associated Press, China Korea, Japan China, UC Riverside, Department of Entomology, Doug Yanega, Washington Agriculture Department

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