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White House extends social distancing guidelines to April 30

Only a few days after saying that he would like to see the country “opened up and raring to go by Easter” and maybe relax rules for at least some parts of the U.S. sooner than later, President Trump today announced that he is extending the government’s social distancing guidelines through April 30. “Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won. That would be the greatest loss of all,” he said. “Therefore, the next two weeks and during this period it’s very important th...
Tags: TC, White House, US, Tech, President, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Easter, Federal Government, Trump, Fauci, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Deborah Birx

The Station: Bird and Lime layoffs, pivots in a COVID-19 era and a $2.2 trillion deal

Hello folks, welcome back (or hi for the first time) to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the all the ways people and packages move around this world. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I also have started to publish a shorter version of the newsletter on TechCrunch . That’s what you’re reading now. For the whole enchilada — which comes out every Saturday — you can subscribe to the newsletter by heading over here, and clicking “The Stat...
Tags: Food, Travis Vanderzanden, Europe, New York, Australia, Washington, China, New York City, Tech, Austin, Munich, Automotive, House Of Representatives, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Tencent

Fauci: US can expect more than 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, millions of cases

On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, the leading U.S. authority on the COVID-19 pandemic made some grim predictions about the course of the novel coronavirus as it rages through communities within the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and emerging face of American leadership in the fight against the virus, estimated that the U.S. may see between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths from COVID-19, the deadly disease caused b...
Tags: Health, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Government, US, Tech, Cnn, United States, Anthony Fauci, Jake Tapper, Fauci, Johns Hopkins University, New York New Orleans, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

Open source fights against COVID-19, Googles new security tool written in Python, and more open source news

In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look open source solutions for COVID-19, Google[he]#039[/he]s new security tool, code cleanup software from Uber, and more!
Tags: Google, Linux, COVID

How Devs Can Help Beat the COVID-19 Pandemic

The state of New York hopes to "amplify" its response to COVID-19 by launching tech-driven products with top companies, and it's looking for professional volunteers with experience in software development, hardware deployment/end-user support, and data science (as well as areas like product management, design, operations management). Meanwhile, IBM's 2020 "Call for Code Global Challenge" is a virtual hackathon with a $200,000 prize, and they've now "expanded its focus" to include the effects of...
Tags: New York, Tech, World Health Organization, Ibm, Erlang, Golang, Mike Melanson, COVID, AWS Facebook Giphy Microsoft, Global Hackathon, U S Digital Response

Rocket startup Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitizer and face masks for coronavirus response

One of the newer companies attempting to join the rarified group of private space launch startups actually flying payloads to orbit has redirected its entire UK-based manufacturing capacity towards COVID-19 response. Skyrora, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is answering the call of the UK government and the NHS to manufacturers to do what they can to provide much-needed healthcare equipment for frontline responders amid the coronavirus crisis. Skyrorary says that the entirety of its UK...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Space, UK, Scotland, Tech, Chemistry, NHS, United Kingdom, World Health Organization, Rocket, Edinburgh, Hygiene, Aerospace, Ethanol

Trump orders GM to start ventilator production for COVID-19 amid contract dispute

President Donald Trump signed Friday a presidential directive ordering GM to produce ventilators and to prioritize federal contracts, just hours after the automaker announced plans to manufacture the critical medical equipment needed for patients suffering from COVID-19, disease caused by coronavirus. The order, made under the Defense Production Act, marks a sudden reversal by Trump, who has touted the efforts by GM and other manufacturers to try and ramp up production of ventilators and and per...
Tags: TC, White House, Tech, General Motors, Indiana, Automotive, New York Times, Fema, Mary Barra, Gm, Ohio, Fda, Donald Trump, Trump, Peter Navarro, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Daily Crunch: Clearstep’s chatbot offers in-depth COVID-19 screening

We look at an in-depth screener app for COVID-19, U.S. stocks take another tumble and Apple extends its free trial for Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 27, 2020. Stay safe and socially distanced this weekend! 1. Clearstep’s COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources There are a growing number of symptom checker and screening tools that you can use at home if you suspect you might have contracted the new coronavirus that is causing t...
Tags: Apple, Health, Mobile, Apps, Spacex, Virginia, Los Angeles, Tech, National Notary Association, StarLink, Florida Nevada Texas, Social Bluebook, Daily Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

Edward Snowden warns 'bio-surveillance' may outlast coronavirus

Edward Snowden is a former CIA contractor who exposed NSA mass surveillance programs. In a recent interview, Snowden expressed concern over the ways in which governments are using technology to track the spread of the virus. These new tracking measures may someday be repurposed to advance governments' mass surveillance programs, Snowden warned. As governments turn to technology to help contain the spread of COVID-19, privacy advocates are expressing concern over how new bio-surveillance prac...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, South Korea, Technology, Snowden, Government, Nsa, White House, China, US, Virus, Surveillance, United States, Edward Snowden, Innovation, Disease

NYU makes face shield design for healthcare workers that can be built in under a minute available to all

New York University is among the many academic, private and public institutions doing what it can to address the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare workers across the world. The school worked quickly to develop an open-source face-shield design, and is now offering that design freely to any and all in order to help scale manufacturing to meet needs. Face shields are a key piece of equipment for front-line healthcare workers operating in close contact with COVID-19 p...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Industrial Design, 3d Printing, Mask, Laser, Emerging-technologies, New York University, Nyu, Contents, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID

Millions of dollars are at stake as big advertisers and agency holding companies consider sitting out the Cannes Lions ad festival

Advertising's biggest and most expensive event, the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, was postponed to October from June in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Each of five biggest ad holding companies spends upward of $20 million on Cannes every year, but multiple sources told Business Insider they are leaning toward sitting 2020 out due to health and reputational concerns. These people say agencies and Cannes parent company Ascential have been in talks that included the possibility of C...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, US, Trends, Louisiana, Cannes, Cannes Lions, Business Insider, Sxsw, Thomas, Ascential, French Riviera, Havas, IPG, Cannes Lions Festival

Apple Launches COVID-19 Website and App With Screening Tool and Resources

Apple today announced that it has released a new COVID-19 website and iPhone app with a screening tool and other resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of the novel coronavirus. Apple partnered with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and FEMA on this initiative. The website and app allow users to answer a series of questions regarding risk factors, recent exposure, and symptoms and receive CDC recommendations on...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Cdc, United States, Fema, COVID, White House Coronavirus Task Force, COVID-19 Coronavirus

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are working together to fund research for COVID-19 treatments as the pandemic continues to spread (FB)

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced on Friday that it's contributing $25 million to an accelerator run by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for finding treatments for COVID-19. The project seeks to discover affordable treatments to COVID-19 patients that can be distributed at scale. The accelerator is just one of several ways tech giants are helping combat the spread of COVID-19. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Trends, United States, Bill Gates, Beverly Hills, World Health Organization, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Newsom Takes New Tone With Trump As He Steers California During Coronavirus Crisis

(CNN) — For Gavin Newsom, the call that triggered California’s full crisis response came in the middle of the night on March 6, and he was waiting for it. The state’s lab had been working through the night, and one of his cabinet secretaries was on the line telling him 21 of the 42 crewmembers and passengers tested for coronavirus aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship, which was idling in international waters off California’s coast, had tested positive. Newsom hung up and immediately called Dona...
Tags: Apple, Politics, New York, News, Abc, California, Washington, New York City, US, California News, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bank Of America, Cnn

Apple just released a COVID-19 app backed by the CDC that tells you whether to quarantine or get tested — here's how it works (AAPL)

Apple released a COVID-19 screening app Friday in collaboration with the CDC and the White House. The app, called Apple COVID-19, tells people whether to take measures like social distancing or seek out a coronavirus test based on their answers to a survey. It also connects people to health resources near them and guidance from the CDC. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple released a new COVID-19 screening app Friday that tells people whether to social distance, quarantin...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Cdc, White House, China, New York City, Trends, Alibaba, App Store, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Siri How, COVID

Spring Break vs. COVID-19: Mapping the Real Impact of Ignoring Social Distancing

Yesterday, the United States surpassed China, becoming the world leader in COVID-19 infections. It's not hard to understand why. Social distancing remains very uneven. Domestic travel continues unchecked. Asymptomatic carriers stay on the move. Starting on the coasts, COVID-19 is now moving inexorably across the nation, coming to a city or town near you. If you want to get a glimpse of how COVID-19 can spread, watch this clip from Tectonix GEO. It uses data from anonymized mobile device...
Tags: Health, Google, College, China, United States, Current Affairs, Facebook Twitter, Lauderdale, COVID, Johns Hopkins Free Courses, Emerging Pandemic Watch Bacteria Become Resistant

Tesla to reduce on-site staff at Nevada gigafactory by 75%

Tesla is reducing number of on-site workers at its Nevada gigafactory by 75% in response to the growing spread of COVID-19, according to an update from Storey County, where the massive plant is located. The information, which was first reported by Bloomberg, was part of a larger update on the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and its response to COVID-19, a disease caused by coronavirus. The privately owned privately owned 107,000-acre industrial park, known as TRIC, is home to the Tesla gigafacto...
Tags: Google, TC, California, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Bloomberg, United States, Panasonic, Nevada, Sustainable Energy, Switch, Tesla Model S, Petsmart, Gigafactory

UK tech industry forms to fight the Coronavirus crisis

A coalition of grassroots UK tech initiatives has come together to co-ordinate the key groups of tech industry people supporting the UK’s response to the Coronavirus. COVID19 Tech Response (CTR) aims to co-ordinate the supply of available tech talent; work on the problems that need solving and the matching of the two. So far, they have brought over 400 tech volunteers together, mostly from the UK, some of whom have been providing volunteer support to local Covid Mutual Aid groups whic...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, US, Tech, Ctr, Marc Sloan, Mike Butcher, Nathan Young, Josh Russell, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Covid19, Newspeak House, Tech Response Airtable

Stocks fall sharply Friday morning as the mid-week recovery falls short

The major American stock market indices are down sharply this morning at the open, with stocks falling after a multi-day rally helped shave some losses off their calendar-year results. So far, 2020 has proven to be a toxic year for publicly traded equity, as a decade-long bull market collided with a global pandemic and stark economic slowdown around the world. This week it became known that around 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits this week, a record-setting figure that dwarf...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, House, Earnings, Stock Market, Jones, COVID-19, COVID

Clearstep’s COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources

There are a growing number of symptom checker and screening tools that you can use at home if you suspect you might have contracted the new coronavirus that is causing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these are relatively simple, including around three or four questions that basically cover the top reported symptoms experienced by anyone who has confirmed to have had the disease. Chatbot-based symptom checking software startup Clearstep has created its own COVID-19 screener, which goes more...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Florida, Science, Medicine, Cdc, Articles, Tech, Heart Attack, United States, Disease, Infection, Mobile Device, Johns Hopkins University, Chatbot

How child care startups in the U.S. are helping families cope with the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of billions of people around the world. For many parents with young children in the United States, shelter in place orders implemented in different areas over the past few weeks mean they now spend each day balancing work with taking care of their families. For child care providers, a vital but often underappreciated part of the American economy, the crisis means dealing with economic uncertainty, but also adapting to serve new roles, including providi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Texas, Families, Colorado, Cdc, Montana, Child Care, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, Beck, America, Tech, Childcare, United States

The firm behind the UK's coronavirus volunteer scheme faces questions over privacy. We asked GoodSAM how it handles user data.

GoodSAM has helped recruit more than 650,000 volunteers in the UK as part of nationwide effort tackle COVID-19. At the time of writing, there were over 11,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the UK, with at least 578 deaths linked to it. But after being fast-tracked into a contract with the UK's National Health Service, the firm has faced questions over how it handles user data.  Business Insider spoke to cofounder and director Ali Ghorbangholi to find out more.  Click here for mor...
Tags: Apple, UK, England, Australia, Trends, NHS, Jp Morgan, National Health Service, Mark Wilson, Imperial College London, Companies House, Babylon, US UK, Royal Voluntary Service, COVID, Ali Ghorbangholi

EPA relaxes enforcement of environmental laws during the COVID-19 outbreak

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Thursday that it is temporarily relaxing enforcement of environmental regulations and fines during the COVID-19 outbreak. The “enforcement discretion policy” applies retroactively to March 13, with no end date set yet. “EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes the challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated ...
Tags: TC, Obama, Environment, Tech, Policy, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Cynthia Giles, United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Andrew Wheeler, Office of Enforcement, COVID-19, COVID

Report: WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage due to COVID-19 pandemic

Social media usage has grown as a result of the COVID-19 crisis as more users go online to stay connected with family, friends, and colleagues. Now, new data from insights and consulting firm Kantar reveals exactly how much some apps are benefitting. According to a survey of over 25,000 consumers in 30 markets conducted from March 14 to 24, WhatsApp is the social media app that has experienced the greatest gains due to COVID-19. Overall, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage t...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Instagram, China, Tech, Spain, Whatsapp, WeChat, Kantar, Klear, Facebook Live, Facebook Messenger Instagram, Overall Facebook, COVID-19, COVID, Weibo Overall Facebook

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has encouraged employees to volunteer during the pandemic — and will boost company donation matching (GOOG)

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is encouraging employees to volunteer in local communities to help out during the pandemic. The company is also increasing its employee donation-matching program to up to $10,000 a year. In an email obtained by Business Insider, Pichai urged employees to help out at food banks, donate to schools, offer technical expertise to those who need it, and more. Google is feeling the effects of the coronavirus lockdowns, but has been less hard-hit than some other businesses tha...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Trends, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Pichai, COVID

Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus

This article first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. On Feb. 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out an email with what the author described as an “URGENT” call for help. The agency was struggling with one of its most important duties: keeping track of Americans suspected of having the novel coronavirus. It had “an ongoing issue” wit...
Tags: Google, New York, News, California, Cdc, Washington, China, United States, Nevada, Seattle, Lax, United States of America, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Los Angeles International Airport, Redfield, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Private tech companies mobilize to address shortages for medical supplies, masks and sanitizer

Startups across the nation and around the world are looking for ways to relieve shortages of much-needed personal protective equipment and sanitizers used to halt the spread of COVID-19. While some of the largest privately held technology companies, like SpaceX and Tesla, have shifted to manufacturing ventilators, smaller companies are also trying to pitch in and relieve scarcity locally. Supplies have been difficult to come by in some of the areas hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel corona...
Tags: Food, TC, Spacex, New York, Technology, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York City, Articles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Canada, United States, 3d Printing

Major automakers Toyota, Honda, FCA extend factory closures

Toyota, Honda and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will not reopen North American factories at the end of the month as planned, as the COVID-19 disease spreads and dampens demand for new cars, trucks and SUVs. FCA said Thursday that plants across the U.S. and Canada, as well as headquarters operations and construction projects, are intended to remain closed until April 14, dependent upon the various states’ stay-in-place orders and the readiness of each facility to return to production. FCA’s Mop...
Tags: TC, Europe, Texas, Mexico, Kentucky, China, Alabama, Tech, Indiana, Canada, Automotive, United States, Missouri, Ford, Tennessee, Fca

It’s still easy to find coronavirus mask ads on Facebook

Ads for face masks are still appearing on Facebook, Instagram and Google, according to a review of the platforms carried out by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP). This despite pledges by the platforms that they would stamp out ads which seek to profit from the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook said on March 6 that it would temporarily ban commerce listings and advertisements for medical face masks, in an effort to combat price-gouging and misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis. Google ...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Mask, Ftc, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Mark Warner, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Page

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

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