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The kids aren’t alright

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, I took a walk on the beach this morning before work. Everyone has a story about what they were going to do in 2020 if COVID-19 hadn’t shown up. Back in late January, when things started going sour, the year was young and full of potential.  We moved to a bungalow right on the beach at the end of Fe...
Tags: Startups, Science, Newsletter, Tech, Pacific Ocean, Coronavirus, COVID


Video: Who Controls Pandemic Data?

A White House decision to take over collection of COVID-19 data from the CDC sparked worries over political interference. A public data expert talks about the importance of transparent public data.
Tags: Cdc, White House, Tech, COVID


WhatsApp pilots new feature to fight misinformation: Search the web

WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging platforms on the planet, has rolled out a new feature in select markets that makes it easier for users to verify whether the assertions made in messages they have received on the app are true. The Facebook -owned service has enabled users in Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US to click on a magnifying glass-shaped icon next to frequently forwarded messages — those that have been forwarded at least five times — to search the w...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, India, US, Tech, Whatsapp, Coronavirus, COVID, Covid19, Brazil Italy Ireland Mexico Spain UK


Japan Acted Like the Virus Had Gone. Now It's Spread Everywhere.

After initial success, Japan is facing a reality check on the coronavirus. From a report: The country garnered global attention after containing the first wave of Covid-19 with what it referred to as the "Japan Model" -- limited testing and no lockdown, nor any legal means to force businesses to close. The country's finance minister even suggested a higher "cultural standard" helped contain the disease. But now the island nation is facing a formidable resurgence, with Covid-19 cases hitting reco...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Singapore, Tech, West, COVID


Treat Yourself to a Tech Upgrade

Times are tough. The unemployment rate is off the charts; schools can’t decide how to open safely, or whether they should open at all; we did such a bad job preventing a second wave of COVID-19 that we’re still riding the first one. And many of us lucky enough to still be employed are going stir-crazy from working at…Read more...
Tags: Hardware, Shopping, Upgrade, Software, Gear, Lifehacks, COVID


Coronavirus live news: world may never find 'silver bullet' Covid vaccine, says WHO

Belgium sees ICU admissions double; Singapore to use electronic tags to monitor some travellers; global cases pass 18m; Belgium ICU admissions doubleGlobal report: coronavirus cases double every six weeksTwo cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restartsRestrictions announced on businesses in MelbourneUK coronavirus live: latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.31pm BST A nationwide Covid-19 tracing app could be rolled out in Spain in September after a pilot showed it...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Singapore, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Tenerife, Belgium, Who, World Health Organization, Canary Islands, Mike Ryan


Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost to COVID-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging the Dead.

This story 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. When police discovered the woman, she’d been dead at home for at least 12 hours, alone except for her 4-year-old daughter. The early reports said only that she was 42, a mammogram technician at a hospital southwest of Atlanta and almost certainly a victim of COVID-19. Had her identity been withheld to protec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Texas, News, Washington Post, Cdc, China, Boston, New York City, Alabama, America, San Francisco, Atlanta, Georgia, Britain


AI is struggling to adjust to 2020

Andrea Gagliano Contributor Share on Twitter Andrea Gagliano is a Head of Data Science at Getty Images, where she focuses on computer vision and natural language processing. She leads education of scientists, engineers, product designers and business leaders across Getty Images on building ethical AI products. 2020 has made every industry reimagine how to move forward in light of COVID-19: civil rights movements, an election y...
Tags: Tech, Getty Images, COVID, Andrea Gagliano, Chee Gin Tan Getty, Rodger Shija


Startups Weekly: Qualtrics IPO to be even more exciting this time around

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. German software giant SAP bought experience management platform Qualtrics for $8 billion days before the unicorn’s IPO, back in November of 2018. But last weekend it decided to spin out the experience management provider to finally go public on its own. The analysts Ron Miller talked to speculated about strategic issues on the SAP side, and concluded thi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, Utah, London, Microsoft, Congress, Australia, Stanford, China, India, US


Comcast Lost 477,000 Cable Customers In Q2 2020

AT&T lost an astounding 900,000 cable subscribers in the first quarter of 2020, and now, Comcast has reported that it lost 477,000 pay-TV subscribers of its own for Q2. TechSpot reports: In Q1 2020, roughly 409,000 subscribers pulled the plug on their Comcast-provided cable subscriptions -- this last quarter, the corporate giant managed to lose substantially more. If these losses continue to grow at this rate, Comcast may be on track to lose twice as many cable subscribers this year as it did la...
Tags: Tech, Comcast, Netflix Hulu Disney, COVID


How one moonshot VC approaches investing in the COVID-19 era 

Take one glance at Playground Global’s portfolio and a theme emerges: The firm’s investments are forward-looking, longer-term plays, a strategy that runs counter to the fast-return ethos that permeates certain Silicon Valley sectors. The Palo Alto-based VC firm is banking on the future with investments in capital-intensive and technically complex pursuits, including robotics, autonomous driving, metallic 3D printing and infrastructure. It’s an investment strategy that isn’t for the faint of h...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Entrepreneurship, Events, Entrepreneur, Tech, UPS, Palo Alto, Albums, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Silicon Valley, Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Fedex, Cto


Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH funding through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when c...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Biology, Funding, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, UCSF, GSK


Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH fundings through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Accleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when co...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Articles, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Startup Company, UCSF, GSK


Genomics startup Helix receives $33 million in NIH funding to scale COVID-19 testing

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is revealing the first beneficiaries of its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program, and San Mateo-based Helix is on the receiving end of $33 million in federal funding as a result. Helix is a health tech startup founded in 2015 that focuses on insights derived from personal genomics, but the company has also developed a COVID-19 test that detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 using RT-PCR methods. The funding will be used to support Helix’s ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, United States, Genomics, Helix, Fda, Biotech, Nih, San Mateo, EUA, National Institute of Health, U S National Institutes of Health NIH, Coronavirus


In the News – Nearly Every Small Business Reinvented Itself During Pandemic

The pandemic created myriad challenges for businesses of all sizes, but especially small businesses. On the day many were told they had to close their doors and either cease operations or do business another way, it created a challenge many hadn’t faced before. But if there’s one thing we all know, it’s that small businesses are ready for just about any challenge, including a global pandemic. And a new survey from GetApp proves that. The company found that nearly all small businesses – an astou...
Tags: Google, US, Sales, Walmart, Twilio, Kabbage, Lendingtree, Zippia, Small Business News, Tom O Malley, COVID, Creatives Teespring, Bartering Helping Cash Strapped Businesses, Customer Service Platform LiveChat


Twitter finally bans former KKK leader, David Duke

Twitter has confirmed it has permanently banned the account of David Duke, former leader of white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan. Duke had operated freely on its platform for years — amassing a following of around 53k and recently tweeting his support for president Trump to be re-elected. Now his @DrDavidDuke account page leads to an ‘account suspension’ notification (screengrabbed below). A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that the ban on Duke is permanent, emailing u...
Tags: Social, Twitter, UK, Washington, US, Tech, Kkk, Jack Dorsey, Hate Speech, Duke, Trump, David Duke, Donald Trump Jr, Twitter HQ, Ku Klux Klan Duke, Coronavirus


Daily Crunch: Apple beats Q3 expectations

Apple has a strong quarter despite coronavirus, Impossible Foods is coming to Walmart and NASA launches a new Mars rover. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 30, 2020. The big story: Apple beats Q3 expectations Apple’s latest earning report suggests that the company is thriving despite COVID-19, with revenue of $59.69 billion in the third quarter of its fiscal year. That’s significantly higher than the $52.25 billion expected by analysts, and it reflects 11% growth year over year. This isn’t ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Hbo, Disney, Tech, Walmart, Paypal, Nasa, Earnings, Cbs, Mars, Cvs, Sequoia, Impossible Foods, Astra


What does accountability look like in 2020?

Rae Witte Contributor Share on Twitter Rae Witte is a New York-based freelance journalist covering music, style, sneakers, art and dating, and how they intersect with tech. You can find her writing on i-D, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Forbes, among others. More posts by this contributor Demand for fertility services persists despite COVID-19 shutdowns During a pandemic, some companies struggle to pro...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Fashion, New York, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Social Media, Future Of Work, Tech, Diversity, Adidas, Kanye West, West, Racism


Self-employed landlords battle harder for home-loan approvals

All Fullerton residents Scott and Tina Foley, longtime clients of mine, wanted to do was refinance a rental property. They did it before. Easy, right? After an exhausting process, they thought they were finally at the mortgage funding finish line when one more phone call came. One more question. The loan funder asked if Tina was currently employed at their jointly owned construction firm. “Why would you ask?” the Foleys incredulously asked. “Oh, let me look,” said the funder. “You got stuck with...
Tags: Google, Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Mortgage, Orange, Southern California, Scott, Freddie Mac, Debbie, FHA


Study: US adults who mostly rely on social media for news are less informed, exposed to more conspiracies

A new report from Pew Research makes an attempt to better understand U.S. adults who get their news largely from social media platforms, and compare their understanding of current events and political knowledge to those who use other sources, like TV, radio and news publications. The top-level finding, according to Pew, is that social media news consumers tend to follow the news less closely and end up less informed on several key subjects. That seems to reinforce a belief that many people alrea...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Media, US, Tech, Pew, Trump, Pew Research, COVID, Pew Research Pew


Study: U.S. adults who mostly rely on social media for news are less informed, exposed to more conspiracies

A new report from Pew Research makes an attempt to better understand U.S. adults who get their news largely from social media platforms, and compare their understanding of current events and political knowledge to those who use other sources, like TV, radio, and news publications. The top-level finding, according to Pew, is that social media news consumers tend to follow the news less closely and end up less informed on several key subjects. That seems to reinforce a belief that many people alre...
Tags: Facebook, Media, Tech, Pew, Trump, Pew Research, COVID, Pew Research Pew


Huawei shipped more smartphones than any other company last quarter — making it the first to dethrone Apple and Samsung in 9 years (AAPL)

Chinese tech giant Huawei shipped more phones than any other company in Q2 2020, according to research firm Canalys. That makes it the first time in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple led the quarter, the report says. Huawei's dominance was largely fueled by its growth in China, which has seen better recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic than other markets like the US'.  But Canalys warns that Huawei's spot at the top might be short lived, as growth in China likely won't be en...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, China, US, Samsung, Trends, United States, Huawei, Strategy Analytics, Leslie Odom Jr, International Data Corporation, Ben Stanton, Canalys, Europe Huawei, Canalys Huawei


IBM is on the hunt for a massive Manhattan space, showing that worries about the death of the big-city office may be overblown

IBM is pushing forward with its search for a huge new Manhattan office where it would consolidate several locations, sources told Business Insider.  The firm has narrowed its search to about a half dozen buildings. The progress shows that not all tenants have soured on the workplace, even as the coronavirus has prompted some occupiers to question whether they will need as much space going forward. The tech sector has been a robust taker of office space through the pandemic.  Visit Business Ins...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Washington, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Washington Dc, Manhattan, Ibm, WeWork, Jack Dorsey, Cbre, Signal, Columbia, Neiman Marcus


Google’s “no choice” screen on Android isn’t working, says Ecosia — querying the EU’s approach to antitrust enforcement

Google alternative Ecosia is on a mission to turn search clicks into trees. The Berlin based not-for-profit reached a major milestone earlier this month, having used ad revenue generated by users of its privacy-sensitive search engine to plant more than 100 million trees across 25 countries worldwide — targeted at biodiversity hotspots. However these good feels have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Ecosia has seen its monthly revenues slashed by half since COVID-19 arrived in Eur...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Chrome, Google, Android, Startups, TC, Europe, Microsoft, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Berlin, US, Eu, European Union, Search Engines


How Business-Ready Technology Can Help Keep Customers Close

The challenges that small businesses face as they emerge from COVID-19 shutdowns are becoming more obvious, business owners are beginning to understand that a return to normal will be anything but. The situation has forced all businesses that depend on brainstorming, creativity and interaction e.g. freelancers, law practices, creative agencies, consultants, and other professional service providers to restructure the way they operate. While these small businesses don’t have the resources of globa...
Tags: Business, Technology, Unified Communications, Right Now, Faiza, Dean Drobot Shutterstock, COVID, Faiza Hughell


Brand Moves for Wednesday July 29

Twenty-two weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand mo...
Tags: Apple, Europe, California, Amc, Advertising, CMO, Spain, Barcelona, Cta, Mit, Austin, Emirates, Dubai, Marriott, Universal, Sugar


Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Promising Result In Animal Tests

Moderna's vaccine candidate against Covid-19 protected against the virus in a trial that inoculated 16 monkeys, an encouraging step on the path to a defense for humans against the pandemic. Bloomberg reports: Two injections of the vaccine protected against heavy exposure to the virus at two different levels of dosage, Moderna said in findings published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The primates didn't show any sign of creating enhanced disease, a problem that has occasionally b...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Slashdot, New England Journal of Medicine, Moderna, COVID, Jennifer Riggins


WeWork is embracing big brokerage firms to help it fill space it gobbled up in NYC and Los Angeles. It's a key pivot for the coworking giant as leasing demand slows.

WeWork has hired JLL and CBRE to market large availabilities it has in New York City and Los Angeles, respectively. The flexible-workspace giant said it is now embracing the brokerage industry and plans to hire firms to help it fill millions of square feet in major cities across the country.  Leasing office space has become more difficult as the coronavirus pandemic continues to stall deals and tenants remain uncertain when most employees will return to the workplace. WeWork's decision to tap ...
Tags: Google, New York, New York City, Americas, Los Angeles, Trends, Broadway, Manhattan, Miami, Ibm, WeWork, Cbre, Signal, Business Insider, Jersey City, Madison Avenue


Sundar Pichai will tell Congress that Google's search and advertising business faces plenty of competition, and that its free products benefit the 'average American.' Read his prepared remarks in full (GOOG, GOOGL)

On Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress alongside the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, and Facebook in a grilling on antitrust. In his opening remarks, Pichai will argue that Google operates in a "highly competitive market" and make the point that users have access to search tools outside of Google's own. He'll also argue that competition in ads from the likes of Twitter has driven down costs that benefit consumers. He'll also say that free Google services like Search, Gmail,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Texas, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, India, New York City, America, Trends, Google Analytics, Austin, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Committee, Alexa


WeWork has so much empty space that it has to hire outside companies to help fill it

WeWork has hired JLL and CBRE to market large availabilities it has in New York City and Los Angeles, respectively. The flexible-workspace giant said it is now embracing the brokerage industry and plans to hire firms to help it fill millions of square feet in major cities across the country.  Leasing office space has become more difficult as the coronavirus pandemic continues to stall deals and tenants remain uncertain when most employees will return to the workplace. WeWork's decision to tap ...
Tags: Google, New York, New York City, Americas, Los Angeles, Trends, Washington Dc, Broadway, Manhattan, Miami, Ibm, WeWork, Cbre, Signal, Business Insider, Jersey City



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