Coronavirus live news: global deaths near 500,000 as Australia considers new lockdown in Melbourne

Cases approach 10m; new Covid-19 clusters across world spark fear of second wave; UK NHS will take four years to recover. Follow the latest updatesAustralia considers new lockdown in MelbourneVictoria nurse tests positive as state reports jump of 41 casesGlobal report: India cases reach half a millionUS one-day case high as states delay reopeningSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.14am BST Hi, Helen Sullivan here. A reminder that you can get in touch with me directly – questions, comments, fe...
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How to Create Zoom Meetings with Google Script

This guide describes how you can programmatically create user meetings in your Zoom account with the help of Google Apps Script and the official Zoom API.As a first step, go to the Zoom Developer Dashboard and create a new app. Choose JWT as the app type and make a note of the Zoom API key and secret. We can build Zoom apps with the OAuth2 library as well but since this app is only for internal use and will not be publish to the Zoom marketplace, the JWT approach is easier. ...
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How Did the World Miss Covid-19's Silent Spread?

Long-time Slashdot reader hankwang writes: The New York Times has an article on how the transmission of Covid-19 by seemingly healthy individuals was discovered in Germany on January 27, but the report was discredited because of a quibble over whether it was really asymptomatic or rather presymptomatic or oligosymptomatic transmission. Oligosymptomatic means that the symptoms are so mild that they are not recognized as symptoms... It took until March before asymptomatic transmission was publicly...
Tags: China, Germany, Tech, European Union, Munich, New York Times, World Health Organization, Wuhan, Slashdot, HONG KONG SINGAPORE, Libman, Munich University Hospital, Rothe, Agoritsa Baka

One star reviews: Auckland businesses' Google ratings attacked by trolls

Internet trolls have targeted two Auckland businesses with a co-ordinated wave of fake reviews.The business owners say the dozens of reviews are damaging their brands and raised questions about who is orchestrating them.Police,... [Author: [email protected]]
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Whatever Happened to the 'Flash Crash' Trader?

British stock trader Navinder Sarao was accused of helping cause a $1 trillion stock market crash in 2010. But the rest of his story is now being told in a new book titled Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt, and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History. "I think that he was a gamer and, for him, markets were honestly the ultimate form of game," author Liam Vaughan tells the New York Post: Sarao was more concerned with the rise of high-frequency trading, a method of buying and se...
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Apple Will Force Apps to Ask for Permission Before Tracking Users

"Apple Inc. will force iPhone apps to get permission from users before tracking them," reports Bloomberg, "dealing a potentially major blow to app developers who rely on advertisements to make money." Apple facilitates tracking on its phones by providing app developers with unique numbers for each user, something security advocates have long said contradicts the company's frequent statements in support of privacy. The update to the iPhone's operating system doesn't do away with the tracking sys...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Bloomberg, Apple Inc, Lukasz Olejnik

Journalist's Phone Hacked: All He Had To Do Was Visit a Website. Any Website.

The iPhone that Moroccan journalist Omar Radi used to contact his sources also allowed his government to spy on him (and at least two other journalists), reports the Toronto Star, citing new research from Amnesty International. Slashdot reader Iwastheone shares their report: Their government could read every email, text and website visited; listen to every phone call and watch every video conference; download calendar entries, monitor GPS coordinates, and even turn on the camera and microphone...
Tags: Tech, Morocco, Amnesty International, Toronto Star, Radi, Iwastheone, Omar Radi, Amnesty International Slashdot

AWS Launches 'Amazon Honeycode', a No-Code App Building Service

"Amazon Web Services on Wednesday launched Amazon Honeycode, a fully-managed service that enables companies to build mobile and web applications without any programming," reports ZDNet: Customers can use the service to build apps that leverage an AWS-built database, such as a simple task-tracking application or a more complex project management app to manage multiple workflows. "Customers have told us that the need for custom applications far outstrips the capacity of developers to create them,...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Customers, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Larry Augustin, Amazon Honeycode

Startups Weekly: US visa freeze is latest reason to build remote-first

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. While the US tech industry relentlessly tries to do business with the rest of the world, this week it became further embroiled in national politics. High-skill immigration visas have been suspended until the end of the year by the Trump administration, precluding thousands of present and future startup employees and founders from coming to the US and bui...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, New York, Supreme Court, China, Ipo, New York City, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Robinhood, Anthony, Anthony Ha, Gdpr, Alex Wilhelm

Firefox 79 Stable Will Let Users Test Unreleased Features Using 'Experiments'

Both Edge and Chrome already allow users to try unreleased, experimental features (by typing about:flags in the address bar). Soon there'll be a similar "Firefox Experiments" option starting in Firefox 79. Slashdot reader techtsp shares this report from the Windows Club: Mozilla has a dedicated Experimental Features page on MDN just for that. But limiting experimental features to Firefox's Nightly channel has a limitation: A fairly limited number of "curious" users. Now, extending some of thes...
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Google to start paying some publishers for news

Google says it will start paying some publishers for their news content, in a move that could pave the way for reduced tensions between the internet search giant and the beleaguered news industry. Read More Faafoi hints at Facebook/Google... [Author: [email protected]]
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2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Review: Should You Put This Sporty SUV On Your List?

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport In Our Opinion: The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport is a more athletic and stylish version of the current Atlas. Abundant cargo space and available all-wheel drive are among the high points. While overall driveability is good, the Atlas Cross Sport can feel top-heavy at times, making it harder to maneuver around tighter corners. While we are generally pleased with the Atlas Cross Sport, there are many SUVs and crossovers on the market to choose from. It's best to alwa...
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After 19 Years, Python May Finally Get a Pattern Matching Syntax

"A proposal under consideration by Python's development team would finally bring pattern matching statements to the language," reports InfoWorld: The creators of the Python language are mulling a new proposal, PEP 622, that would finally bring a pattern matching statement syntax to Python. The new pattern matching statements would give Python programmers more expressive ways of handling structured data, without having to resort to workarounds... While Python has lacked a native syntax for pat...
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Apple 'Suddenly Catches TikTok Secretly Spying On Millions Of iPhone Users', Claims Forbes

In February, Reddit's CEO called TikTok "fundamentally parasitic," according to a report on TechCrunch, adding "it's always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone... I actively tell people, 'Don't install that spyware on your phone.'" TikTok called his remarks "baseless accusations made without a shred of evidence." But now Apple "has fixed a serious problem in iOS 14, due in the fall, where a...
Tags: Apple, Google, China, Tech, Illinois, Sdk, Forbes, Don, Slashdot, Bytedance, Tiktok, Zak Doffman, Talal Haj Bakry, Tommy Mysk

Accenture is laying people off as Wall Street braces for big cuts next year

  Welcome to Wall Street Insider, where we take you behind the scenes of the finance team's biggest scoops and deep dives from the past week.  If you aren't yet a subscriber to Wall Street Insider, you can sign up here. Accenture is cutting US staff, and top execs just warned of more pain to come as the consulting giant promotes fewer people and looks to control costs, Meghan Morris and Dakin Campbell first reported. Their story got a lot of attention this week, and for good reason. It could be ...
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10 Tips for Learning Lessons and Evolving Your Small Business Marketing Strategy

Running a business requires being open to new concepts and ideas. Whether it’s a new product or a new marketing strategy, entrepreneurs must always be prepared to learn and grow through the years. Here’s some tips and ideas from members of the online small business community to help you adapt and learn about new concepts that might help your small business marketing today. Learn the Four P’s of Marketing Before you can get really specific with your marketing strategy, you need to cover the ba...
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Bots Still Trying To Reach Cyberbunker 2.0 Addresses 9 Months After Raid

Long-time Slashdot reader UnderAttack writes: In September last year, German police raided what was known as "Cyberbunker 2.0", a former cold war nuclear bunker turned into a "bulletproof" hosting facility. A student of the internet security-training company SANS Technology Institute analyzed traffic reaching out for the former Cyberbunker's IP address space. Over two weeks, thousands of bots called "home" still looking for a command and control server. They also observed a number of phishing si...
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Stories of small business: resilience amid COVID-19

As a former small business owner, I admire the many ways that an idea-turned-business can start: as a side hustle, a plan dreamed up at the kitchen table, or something passed down from generation to generation. But what I admire more is the ingenuity and resilience of small business owners who make it through all manner of crises, especially COVID-19.Seventy percent of small businesses say digital tools have been useful to them during the COVID crisis. Here are the stories of a few businesses fr...
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Apple dictating countries’ contact-tracing app policies won’t help its EU anti-trust probe

There’s a growing problem with Apple’s role in the contact-tracing apps that countries are developing to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. This has been underlined by the UK’s announcement that its long-awaited NHSx app is being parked in favor of a different model recommended by Apple and Google. Apple is effectively dictating to governments the privacy levels that their contact-tracing apps must meet. Unless apps meet Apple’s requirements, they can’t get access to Bluetooth in the backgroun...
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Best Buy Canada Weekly Deals: Save up to $280 on Small Kitchen Appliances. + More Deals

Best Buy Canada has new weekly offers available now until July 2, 2020, where you can save up to 40% off select items! Save up to $100 on select networking devices. Save up to 25% on select memory and storage devices. Save up to 40% on select strollers, car seats, carriers and more. Save up to 40% on select nursery furniture. Save up to 40% on select nursing and feeding products. Save up to 30% on select baby monitors. Take $50 off select Vitamix blenders. Get a free Lenovo Smart Clock ($69.99...
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This Week in Apps: WWDC20 highlights, App Store antitrust issues, tech giants clone TikTok

Welcome back to This  Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x hig...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Mac, Siri, Tech, Developers, Snapchat, App Stores, App Store, Sdk, Control Center

Sweden Tries Out a New Status: Pariah State

Sweden's population is not quite twice the size of Norway's — yet Sweden has reported 21 times as many deaths from Covid-19, prompting many countries to close its border to Sweden, reports the New York Times: Norway isn't the only Scandinavian neighbor barring Swedes from visiting this summer. Denmark and Finland have also closed their borders to Swedes, fearing that they would bring new coronavirus infections with them. While those countries went into strict lockdowns this spring, Sweden famous...
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Lenovo Canada Deals: Save up to 65% Off Canada Day Sale Deals on PCs, Accessories + up to 68% off Black Friday in July Sneak Peek on PCs, Doorbusters & More! 

Lenovo Canada has a great offer available now. Canada Day Sale & Black Friday in July Sneak Peek: Up to 65% Off Canada Day Sale Deals on PCs, Accessories & More! While Supplies Last. (06/15-7/05) Black Friday in July Sneak Peek! Get Up To 68% OFF PCs, Doorbusters & More!  (06/29-7/05) CA Day Sale! Get $320 Off 14″ Yoga C940 Laptop with i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Now $1,369.99! Use code EXTSALECA  (06/30-7/05) Doorbuster Alert! Get 10% off 22″ IdeaCentre A340 Desktop with AMD A9, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD ...
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Charter Seeks FCC Permission to Impose Data Caps and Charge Fees to Video Services

"Charter Communications has asked federal regulators for permission to impose data caps on broadband users and to seek interconnection payments from large online video providers, starting next year," writes Ars Technica. Long-time Slashdot reader Proudrooster shares their report: Charter, unlike other ISPs, isn't allowed to impose data caps and faces limits on charges for interconnection payments because of conditions applied to its 2016 purchase of Time Warner Cable. The conditions were impos...
Tags: Fcc, Time Warner, Tech, Federal Communications Commission, Slashdot, Ars, Charter Communications, Ars Technica Long, FCC Permission to Impose Data Caps

Apple Watch Series 5 back down to lowest-ever price at Amazon

Apple fans should jump on this deal for Apple Watch Series, which adds some fantastic features to the smartwatch.
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This Ex-Googler's party-supply startup was facing financial ruin just weeks after it launched. So she used the pandemic to find a new business idea.

Ex-Googler Tabitha Salomon poured her life savings, as well as money from family and friends, into her dream company, a party-supply startup called Party Dash. It launched in February 2020, and weeks later, the pandemic hit. Parties were cancelled and she was facing financial ruin. As a black female founder, VCs had already turned her down.  But she was determined to succeed, no matter the circumstances. The solution came in part from her actress sister. The two realized they could match out-o...
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We looked back at Google's corporate web pages from 2009. They show how far the company's culture has changed in more than a decade. (GOOG)

Google has transformed more than any other Silicon Valley company in the last decade – and a trip back to its old corporate website reveals just how much. A look at the website from 2009 shows just how much the company has transformed, from around 20,000 full-time employees of the time to more than 120,000 today. "Google is not a conventional company, and we don't intend to become one," it read more than a decade ago. But employees say Google has become a much more corporate company. Do you wo...
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Tesla is doing something we haven't seen since the early 20th century — rapidly building up a new industry. Here's how. (TSLA)

The early 20th-century was a period of rapid innovation. 120 years later, innovation has given way to consolidation: the automobile, the airplane, and stuff like nuclear power and computers are valued as legacy investments. Tesla isn't. The company's value confuses everyone because they're trying to think of the firm in 2020 terms. They should be thinking of Tesla in terms of the radical innovations of the early 20th century. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the more...
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Apple's next major software update will completely change the way you use your iPhone (AAPL)

With iOS 14, Apple is finally making big changes to the iPhone's home screen and how we interact with apps. The update will allow you to customize the home screen with widgets and introduces a new way to manage apps by automatically sorting them into categories. iOS 14 also brings App Clips: a feature for using part of an app when needed without having to fully install it. It shows that Apple is acknowledging that the smartphone experience is in need of an update, especially as more become use...
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Top Stories: WWDC20 Brings iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, watchOS 7, Apple Silicon, and More!

Now that WWDC week is winding down, it's good to take a step back and look at all of the biggest announcements and smaller details, as Apple had an awful lot to say about its operating systems, the direction of future Mac hardware, and more. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. While we didn't get any new hardware launches, Apple certainly made an impact with its software news, including some significant changes for iOS 14 with Home screen widgets and tons of new f...
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