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Cue Health awarded $13 million government contract to develop portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test

Biotech startup Cue Health has secured a $13 million contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’ Biomedical Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which will be used to speed the development and testing of a handheld molecular test that can detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Cue, which broke cover in 2014 with plans for a connected lab in a box for at-home testing and a $7.5 million funding round, is developing a product that pai...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Tech, Ceo, Fda, Biotech, Influenza, Viruses, BARDA, Pandemic, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Cue Health, Ayub Khattak

Damon Motorcycles makes acquisition, raises $3M and extends pre-orders

EV startup Damon Motorcycles has acquired the IP of Mission Motors, raised $3 million in funding and announced a special production run of its debut model. The Vancouver-based venture unveiled the 200 mph Hypersport in January and began taking pre-orders for the e-moto, with a base price of $24,995. Damon has positioned its EV entry as an ultra-fast, smart and safe motorcycle. In addition to its go-straight-to-jail top-speed, the Hypersport boasts 200 miles of highway range, 147 ft-lbs of torque...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Jay Leno, California, Cdc, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Ceo, IP, Canada, United States, Motorcycles, Italy

D-Wave gives anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 free cloud access to its quantum computers

D-Wave, the Canadian quantum computing company, today announced that it is giving anyone who is working on responses to the COVID-19 free access to its Leap 2 quantum computing cloud service. The offer isn’t only valid to those focusing on new drugs but open to any research or team working on any aspect of how to solve the current crisis, be that logistics, modeling the spread of the virus or working on novel diagnostics. One thing that makes the D-Wave program unique is that the company also ma...
Tags: TC, Europe, Japan, Knowledge, Cloud Computing, Tech, Ceo, Canada, United States, Volkswagen, Sigma, Emerging-technologies, Quantum Computing, Tohoku University, Baratz, Canada Japan

Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator design specifications and code for free to all

Healthcare and biomedical engineering company Medtronic, which was in the news recently because Tesla CEO Elon Musk had discussions with the company about the automaker’s potential plans to build ventilator hardware in order to , but today it’s doing something potentially far more impactful. Medtronic is making the full design specifications, produce manuals, design documents, and in the future, software code for its Puritan Bennett (PB) 560 portable ventilator hardware available to anyone. T...
Tags: Health, TC, Elon Musk, Science, Hardware, Medicine, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Engineer, Devices, Healthcare, World Health Organization, Biotech, Dyson, Medtronic

ULA successfully launches first U.S. Space Force payload

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed its 134th successful launch, continuing its perfect track record with a mission today for the U.S. Space Force. This is the first ever dedicated mission for the Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. armed forces dedicated to the defense and protection of America’s strategic assets in space. The payload today was the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite that has been deployed for U.S. defense customers, though the original five...
Tags: TC, Space, Cdc, America, Tech, Ceo, Earth, United States, Telecommunications, Spaceflight, Ula, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Countdown, Tory Bruno

Tesla email reveals two employees have tested positive for COVID-19

Two Tesla employees, who had been working at home for nearly two weeks, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal email sent Thursday morning by the company’s head of environmental, health, and safety department and viewed by TechCrunch . The employees were not symptomatic in the office, and both are quarantined at home and recovering well, according to the email from Tesla’s EHS department head Laurie Shelby. Their co-workers, who were already working from home for nearly...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Email, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Supply Chains, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Transport, Buffalo

Zindi taps 12,000 African data scientists for solutions to COVID-19

Since its inception, Cape Town based crowdsolving startup Zindi has been building a database of data scientists across Africa. It now has 12,000 registered on its its platform that uses AI and machine learning to tackle complex problems and will offer them cash-prizes to find solutions to curb COVID-19. Zindi has an open challenge focused on stemming the spread and havoc of coronavirus and will introduce a hackathon in April. The current competition, sponsored by AI4D, tasks scientists to cre...
Tags: Food, TC, New York, Microsoft, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, South Africa, Cape Town, Machine Learning, Kenya, World Health Organization

Africa turns to mobile payments as a tool to curb COVID-19

Africa is using digital finance as a means to stem the spread of COVID-19. Governments and startups on the continent are implementing measures to shift a greater volume of payment transactions toward mobile money and away from cash — which the World Health Organization flagged as a conduit for the spread of the coronavirus. It’s an option facilitated by the boom in fintech that’s occurred in Africa over the last decade. By several estimates, the continent is home to the largest share of the worl...
Tags: TC, Money, Mexico, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Ceo, Economy, United States, South Africa, President, Vodafone, Cape Town, Mobile Payments, Kenya, World Health Organization

African turns to mobile payments as a tool to curb COVID-19

Africa is using digital finance as a means to stem the spread of COVID-19. Governments and startups on the continent are implementing measures to shift a greater volume of payment transactions toward mobile money and away from cash — which the World Health Organization flagged as a conduit for the spread of the coronavirus. It’s an option facilitated by the boom in fintech that’s occurred in Africa over the last decade. By several estimates, the continent is home to the largest share of the worl...
Tags: TC, Money, Mexico, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Ceo, Economy, United States, South Africa, President, Vodafone, Cape Town, Mobile Payments, Kenya, World Health Organization

Volvo’s Polestar begins production of the all-electric Polestar 2 in China

Polestar has started production of its all-electric Polestar 2 vehicle at a plant in China amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended the automotive industry and triggered a wave of factory closures throughout the world. The start of Polestar 2 production is a milestone for Volvo Car Group’s standalone electric performance brand  — and not just because it began in the midst of global upheaval caused by COVID-19, a disease that stems from the coronavirus. It’s also the first all-electric car ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, TC, Europe, China, Cars, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Smartphones, Automotive, Ford, Shanghai, Gm

Stocks blast higher on expectation of sweeping federal action

There are no free market fanatics on corporate boards the moment the economy wobbles. Today makes the point, with stocks shooting higher on the back of news that a sweeping federal package of aid and stimulus should soon pass Congress. The goal of the financial package is to blunt the impact of COVID-19-related market disruptions that have led to mass layoffs, and an economy expected to slip into recession. Today in regular hours the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) led American indices by cl...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Congress, White House, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Software, Stock Market, Nasdaq, Newton, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Dow-Jones

Astra encounters anomaly during pre-launch testing, will evaluate options for next attempt

Rocket launch startup Astra, which had been attempting to claim DARPA’s prize for successful demonstration of flexible space launch capabilities until earlier this month, will not be moving forward with an attempted flight of its launch vehicle this week as planned. The company’s “One of Three” rocket ran into an “anomaly” during pre-launch testing in preparation for its flight this week, and the schedule for a make-up launch are currently is currently up in the air. “Astra’s launch vehicle “...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Tech, Ceo, Alaska, Darpa, Rocket, Aerospace, TechCrunch, Kodiak, Alaska Aerospace, Astra, Chris Kemp, Pacific Spaceport Complex, Coronavirus

Non-profit aims to get COVID-19 field tests, N95 masks and more to healthcare workers without markups

A new Sydney-based non-profit volunteer organization called RapidWard launches this week, with a focus on getting critical medical supplies from producers in China to healthcare professionals, doctors, hospitals and governments worldwide who need them. The group, founded by serial entrepreneur and advisor Milton Zhou, has ample supply chain experience and recognized the need for a solution that focused on establishing distribution pathways that eschew markups in order to make supplies available ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Australia, China, Articles, Tech, Ceo, United States, Korea, Sydney, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Sustainable Energy, Medical Device

Fiat Chrysler to start producing 1 million face masks a month

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Monday it will start manufacturing face masks in the coming weeks and donate the critical medical equipment to first responders and health care workers — the latest automaker to direct its manufacturing expertise towards the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker confirmed to TechCrunch that production capacity is being installed this week at one of its factories in China. Manufacturing will start in the coming weeks and distribution will be focused on the U.S., Canada ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Mexico, Articles, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Canada, United States, Vw, Ford, Fca, Healthcare Industry

Jumia adapts Pan-African e-commerce network in response to COVID-19

Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia is adapting its digital retail network to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Nigeria headquartered operation — with online goods and services verticals in 11 African countries — announced a series of measures on Friday. Jumia will donate certified face masks to health ministries in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria and Uganda, drawing on its supply networks outside Africa. The company has offered African governments use of of its last mile delivery network f...
Tags: TC, New York, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, World, Uganda, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Morocco, President, Kenya, World Health Organization

Ford, GM, Tesla given the ‘go ahead’ to produce ventilators, Trump says

Ford, GM and Tesla have been given the “go ahead” to make ventilators to help alleviate a shortage amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump said in a tweet Sunday that ended with a challenge to auto executives to show how good their companies are. Ventilators are a critical piece of medical equipment for patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus. COVID-19 attacks the lungs and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia....
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Spokesperson, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, President, Gm, Disease, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Hyperloop

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft CEOs detail their companies’ efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic

The tech industry is mobilizing its considerable resources to attempt to support efforts against the growing global coronavirus pandemic. Over the weekend, the CEOs of Amazon, Apple and Microsoft all shared updates regarding some aspects of their company’s ongoing contributions, which range from donations of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers, to software projects that help track and analyze the global spread of infection. Apple CEO...
Tags: Apple, Health, Amazon, TC, Europe, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Linkedin, Tech, Ceo, Companies, United States, SaaS, Tim Cook, Machine Learning, Jeff Bezos

Delta Air Lines will park at least half its fleet and close airport lounges

In a letter to employees, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian today announced that the company is parking at least half of its fleet as demand for flights during the current COVID-19 pandemic has plummeted both in the U.S. and internationally. In total, Delta is cutting 70 percent of its capacity and 80 percent of its international operations. It is also closing the majority of its Sky Club airport lounges, making it the first major U.S. airline to take this step. Bastian notes that he expects revenu...
Tags: TC, Congress, White House, Tech, Ceo, Canada, United States, Delta, Aviation, Airlines, Airline, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Sky Club, Bastian, Ed Bastian

SpaceX’s latest Starlink launch included an unforeseen engine issue

While successful in its primary mission, the latest SpaceX launch wasn’t without unexpected issues: The secondary mission of recovering the Falcon 9 booster with a controlled landing failed, for the second launch in a row, and SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk also confirmed that one of the rocket’s engines shut down early during the ascent phase of the launch vehicle. This didn’t affect the actual orbital deployment of the 60 Starlink satellites which were on board the Falcon 9, which went...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Ceo, Merlin, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Musk, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Outer Space, StarLink

Deepgram raises $12M for enterprise speech recognition

Deepgram, a startup focused on high-quality, real-time speech recognition, announced a $12 million Series A this morning. The startup, founded a half decade ago, according to Crunchbase data, with just a few million in raised capital, is interesting, as its success to date was founded on two consecutive experiments. The first dealing with its technology, and the second concerning its market. Deepgram sits in the midst of our continuing conversation about AI-grounded companies, or at least com...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Ceo, Speech Recognition, Nvidia, Ai, Deep Learning, Otter, Series A, Crunchbase, Stephenson, Scott Stephenson, DeepGram, Jeff Herbst

County deems Tesla a ‘non-essential’ business during shelter-in-place order

Tesla is not an essential business according to the Alameda County Sheriff, a declaration that could force the automaker to shutter some of its operations in the county under a shelter in-place directive that was ordered  because of the global spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus. The county, which includes Fremont, where Tesla’s factory is located, issued Monday a shelter-in-place order that requires all nonessential businesses to close, including bars, gyms and in-dine restau...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Ceo, Automotive, Los Angeles Times, Hyperloop, TechCrunch, Tesla Model S, Musk, FREMONT, Alameda County

U.S. government reportedly in talks with tech companies on how to use location data in COVID-19 fight

U.S. government officials are currently in discussion with a number of tech companies, including Facebook and Google, around how data from cell phones might provide methods for combatting the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Washington Post report. The talks also include health experts tracking the pandemic and its transmission, and one possible way in which said data could be useful is through aggregated, anonymized location data, per the report’s sources. Location data ta...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Post, Science, Microsoft, Washington-post, White House, Tech, Ceo, Smartphones, Companies

Oura raises $28 million for its health and sleep tracking ring

Smart rings are still a relatively young category in the wearable hardware world, but the Oura Ring seems to be a standout in terms of early success. The Oura Ring hardware is sleek and packed with sensors, allowing it to measure a user’s sleep patterns, take your body temperature and track activity, and now Oura has raised $28 million in Series B funding to bring on new key hires and product updates. In a Medium post announcing the raise, Oura CEO Harpreet Singh Rai revealed that to date, the c...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Twitter, Hardware, Tech, Ceo, Square, Jack Dorsey, Forerunner Ventures, Jesse Dorogusker, Twitter and Square, Anna Patterson, Gradient Ventures

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been in regular contact with the White House on coronavirus pandemic

During a White House briefing on Monday detailing new recommendations regarding public health from the administration’s coronavirus task force and the CDC, President Trump was asked by a member of the press corps about reports that the White House is in “daily” contact with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos regarding the COVID-19 epidemic. Trump’s answer wasn’t exactly a clear confirmation, but did seem to indicate that the Amazon founder and chief executive has been working with the White House in some ...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Twitter, Microsoft, Cdc, Government, White House, Tech, Ceo, United States, President

Travel savings tool Service shuts down, citing COVID-19 downturn

Service, a tool that helped you get compensation when there are flight delays and find lower hotel rates after you’ve already booked, today said it would shut down its service. The company, which launched in 2015, says it faced a fundraising round that collapsed two weeks ago and was in the middle of an acquisition that collapsed on Friday. It cites the current economic downturn and COVID-19 as the reason for both of these events. Service will shut down later this week, on Friday, March 20. I...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Ceo, Service, Albums, Fundraising, Philanthropy, Kayak, 9, Schneider, Michael Schneider, Software Automation, Menlo Ventures Maveron Xfund Flight Ventures

Impossible Foods confirms $500 million fundraising, has raised $1.3 billion in total

Impossible Foods, the privately held meat replacement challenger to publicly traded Beyond Meat, said it has raised roughly $500 million in its latest round of funding. The new investment brings the company’s total haul to $1.3 billion since it was founded nearly nine years ago. The new financing led by Mirae Asset Global Investments, with participation from existing investors Khosla Ventures, Horizons Ventures, and Temasek, the company said. According to a statement from the company, th...
Tags: Food, TC, Tech, Ceo, Food And Drink, Manufacturing, Oakland, Burger King, Food Production, Burger, Khosla Ventures, Impossible Foods, Temasek, Beyond Meat, Doordash, San Francisco Bay Area

Lockheed Martin CEO Marilyn Hewson to be succeeded by board member James Taiclet

Lockheed Martin has announced a major shift in its corporate leadership: CEO Marilyn Hewson, who has been in the role since 2013, will be replaced by board member and American Tower President and CEO James Taiclet. Hewson will become executive chairman of the board, and both shifts will be effective as of June 15. Hewson’s time as chief executive of the U.S. sense company has been punctuated by some key highlights, including development and delivery of the Lockheed-built Orion spacecraft, whi...
Tags: TC, Business, Space, Tech, Ceo, Nasa, Companies, United States, President, Orion, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, Lockheed, Artemis, Coo, Honeywell

Trump says Google CEO Sundar Pichai called to apologize

At what is now a daily coronavirus press briefing at the White House, President Trump today said that Google CEO Sundar Pichai called him to apologize. What Pichai apologized for wasn’t immediately clear, but Trump then went on to praise Google’s communications team for supposedly substantiating Trump’s comments about Google’s coronavirus screening site. “I want to thank the people at Google and Google Communications because as you know, they substantiated what I said on Friday,” said Trump. ...
Tags: Google, TC, White House, Tech, Ceo, Companies, President, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Head, Alphabet, Pichai, Bay Area, Trump, Donald J Trump, Pence

Homebound parents rejoice, Disney is releasing Frozen 2 on its streamer on Sunday

Late Friday night, Disney said that it would be making Frozen 2 available this Sunday, March 15. The accelerated release date, a full three months ahead of its planned date, comes as all sorts of release schedules, premieres, and even entire new seasons of television shows are canceled or paused as Hollywood crafts its own response to the CoVID-19 outbreak. “‘Frozen 2’ has captivated audiences around the world through its powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family, message...
Tags: TC, Frozen, Hollywood, Australia, Films, Disney, Tech, Ceo, Fox, Canada, United States, Netherlands, New Zealand, Disney Channel, The Walt Disney Company, Bob Chapek

EV startup Bollinger targets commercial industry with its new chassis

Bollinger Motors, the Michigan-based startup known for its rugged electric SUV and pickup truck, unveiled Thursday a chassis designed for a Class 3 commercial vehicle that has the potential to expand its customer base. The move reflects a broader trend among EV startups to at least consider commercial applications for its vehicles in an effort to generate more revenue in this capitally intensive business. Rivian, for instance, has struck a deal with Amazon to provide electric vans for the e-c...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Michigan, Chassis, Green Vehicles, Electric Car, Bollinger, Battery Electric Vehicles, Bollinger Motors, Robert Bollinger

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