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The FDA just okayed multiple 15-minute blood tests to screen for coronavirus, but there are caveats

On Thursday, the FDA amended their emergency policy around diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Following on a change made March 16, the agency opened the door for a number of specific private entities and labs to develop and distribute tests that can provide results on the spot in as little as 15 minutes – but there are some pretty big caveats to keep in mind as you hear about more of these coming to market. The tests, which are ‘serological,’ meaning t...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, China, Singapore, Tech, Taiwan, United States, Fda, Viruses, Infection, China Taiwan, EUA, Fox Rothschild, Coronavirus


Edward Snowden says COVID-19 could give governments invasive new data-collection powers that could last long after the pandemic

Edward Snowden said in an interview on Monday that increased surveillance amid the coronavirus outbreak could lead to long-lasting erosion of civil liberties. Specifically, he theorized that states might demand access to people's health data — such as their heart rate — from wearables. Countries have been rapidly ramping up their surveillance of citizens to study and curb the spread of the virus, ranging from mapping anonymized phone location data to highly invasive powers, like allowing the s...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, UK, Snowden, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Taiwan, Edward Snowden, Italy, Poland, National Security Agency


Streaming service Hooq files for liquidation

On-demand video streaming service Hooq said on Friday it has filed for liquidation after it failed to grow rapidly and cover its increasing operating costs. Hooq Digital, a joint venture between Singapore telecom group Singtel (majority owner), Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros Entertainment, said the company sailed through “significant structural changes” in the on-demand video streaming market for five years but is now struggling to provide sustainable returns to investors. “Global and local c...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Media, Singapore, India, Disney, Tech, Philippines, Sony Pictures, Singtel, Hooq, Warner Bros Entertainment, Hotstar, India Indonesia Thailand Singapore, Slator Yvan Hennecart Head


Privacy activists fear the UK might spy on its own citizens to tackle COVID-19. Here's what we know.

The UK government is in talks with mobile phone providers and tech firms including Google to use phone location data to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. No formal measures have been announced, meaning it's hard to know whether the UK plans to monitor people individually or just at a broad level. But statements given by the tech and telecommunications firms suggest the UK wants to track people's movements in a general way. Privacy activists are concerned that COVID-19 will lead to a broad increas...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Europe, UK, Singapore, Bt, Israel, Trends, Taiwan, NHS, Italy, Vodafone, Poland, Belgium, Health Service Journal, Open Rights Group


India’s MX Player expands to US, UK and other markets in international push

MX Player, the on-demand video streaming service owned by India’s conglomerate Times Internet, is expanding to more than half a dozen new international markets including the U.S. and the UK to supply more entertainment content to millions of people trapped in their homes. The Singapore-headquartered on-demand video streaming service, which raised $111 million in a round led by Tencent last year, said it has expanded to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Nepal in addition to the U.S....
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Asia, UK, Media, Singapore, India, Disney, Tech, Nepal, Middle East, Tencent, Times, South Asia, Gaana, US UK


Singapore Government To Make Its Contact-Tracing App Freely Available To Developers Worldwide

In a move to help the international community combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Singapore government will be making the software for its contact-tracing application TraceTogether, which has already been installed by more than 620,000 people, freely available to developers around the world. From a report: In a post on Monday, Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan said that the app, developed by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) and the Ministry of Healt...
Tags: Singapore, Tech, Balakrishnan, Ministry of Health, Vivian Balakrishnan, Government Technology Agency GovTech


Qatar Airways adds 10K seats while other airlines draw down their schedules

While most domestic and international airlines are cutting thousands of flights from their schedules due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways is taking another route. The airline is actually stepping up some of its flying again, after also announcing some cuts in the last few days, by adding 10,000 extra seats back to its network. It’s doing so by adding extra flights to Paris, Perth and Dublin from its hub in Doha, and by using its A380 fleet for flights to Frankfurt, Lo...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, France, Germany, Singapore, Tech, Qatar, Frankfurt, United States, United Kingdom, Paris, Emirates, Aviation


A former NASA programmer is using the skills he learned working with a space robot to change the way finance companies adopt new technology

The financial services industry has seen rapid changes over the past five years, with new fintech startups and legacy institutions offering a wide range of novel products and services. Many of those offerings rely on cloud platforms and software as a service, such as that designed by Berlin-based Mambu, which has a team of 200 spread across offices from Singapore to Miami. Mambu CEO and former NASA software engineer Eugene Danilkis told Business Insider how his global team — and the platform i...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Berlin, Singapore, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Dresden, Mambu, Canadian Space Agency, Eugene Danilkis, Miami Mambu, Danilkis


11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. A new live index from digital rights group Top10VPN is documenting which countries are introducing new measures to track people's phones. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study the movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals' movements. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Governments across the world are g...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, UK, Washington Post, Cdc, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Iran, Taiwan, Austria, Italy


Poland made an app that forces coronavirus patients to take regular selfies to prove they're indoors or face a police visit

Poland on Friday released an app which requires people in quarantine for COVID-19 to periodically send selfies of themselves on request to prove they're sticking to their quarantine. If users don't respond to a request for a selfie within 20 minutes police will be alerted. The Polish government is reportedly automatically making accounts for suspected quarantine patients. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Polish government has introduced a new app that will require coro...
Tags: Google, France, Singapore, Trends, Taiwan, Poland, Afp, Krupa, Jakub Krupa, Digital Ministry


To Slow Coronavirus Spread, Singapore Creates a Contact-Tracing App

ZDNet reports that Singapore is fighting the coronavirus with a new smartphone app named "TraceTogether". The app is able to estimate the distance between TraceTogether smartphones as well as the duration of such interactions. The data then is captured, encrypted, and stored locally on the user's phone for 21 days, which spans the incubation period of the virus. When needed in contact tracing, users will have to authorise the uploading of their TraceTogether data to Singapore's Ministry of Healt...
Tags: Singapore, Tech, Zdnet, Govtech, Government Technology Agency, Singapore s Ministry of Health


WhatsApp tests new feature to fight misinformation: Search the web

WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging platforms on the planet, is testing a feature that could make it simpler for its 2 billion users to tell whether the assertion made in messages they have received is true. In the recent most beta version of its Android app, the Facebook-owned service has given users the ability to quickly comb through the web with the text or video they have received for more context. WhatsApp has been testing this feature in some capacity for several ...
Tags: Android, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Tech, Whatsapp, World Health Organization, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Covid19


India launches WhatsApp chatbot to create awareness about coronavirus, asks social media services to curb spread of misinformation

India is turning to WhatsApp, the most popular app in the country, to create awareness about the coronavirus pandemic and has urged social media services to tackle spread of misinformation on their platforms. Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, said on Saturday that citizens in the country can text a WhatsApp bot — called MyGov Corona Helpdesk — to get instant authoritative answers to their coronavirus queries such as the symptoms of the viral disease and how they could seek help. Sh...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, Whatsapp, Who, World Health Organization, Mumbai, New Delhi, Reliance Jio, Modi, Ministry of Health


India launches WhatsApp chatbot to create awareness about coronavirus

India is turning to WhatsApp, the most popular app in the country, to create awareness about the coronavirus pandemic. Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, said on Saturday that citizens in the country can text a WhatsApp bot — called MyGov Corona Helpdesk — to get instant authoritative answers to their coronavirus queries such as the symptoms of the viral disease and how they could seek help. Sharing correct information, avoiding incorrect panic. Here is an effort by WhatsApp a...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Narendra Modi, Tech, Whatsapp, Who, World Health Organization, Mumbai, New Delhi, Reliance Jio, Modi, Ministry of Health


10 countries are now tracking phone data as the coronavirus pandemic heralds a massive increase in surveillance

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. A new live index from digital rights group Top10VPN is documenting which countries are introducing new measures to track people's phones. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals' movements. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Governments across the world are galva...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, UK, Washington Post, Cdc, Germany, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Iran, Taiwan, Austria, Italy


States Tighten Public Limits; Grim Italy Milestone: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- New York state ordered non-essential workers to stay home, a move followed hours later by neighboring New Jersey and then by Illinois. Italy reported 627 fatalities, the most in one day anywhere, as the death toll in Europe’s epicenter topped 4,000.President Donald Trump banned all non-essential travel from Mexico, exempting commerce. He also deferred student loan payments.The U.K. and the U.S. warned that social distancing may be in place longer than expected. The European Union ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Asia, Europe, New York, London, News, Nbc, Congress, Mexico, France, Singapore, Nigeria, America, Spain, Bloomberg


Gaming Peripheral Company Razer Shifts Some Production To Surgical Masks

Razer CEO Ming-Liang Tan announced on Thursday that the company will shift a number of its manufacturing lines from producing its own products to making surgical masks. Polygon reports: As COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, continues to spread around the world, healthcare officials are reporting shortages of essential resources, including surgical masks. Tan said Razer intends donate up to 1 million masks to healthcare providers globally; its first shipments will go to health...
Tags: Elon Musk, Southeast Asia, Singapore, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Bill De Blasio, Razer, Tan, COVID, Ming Liang Tan


Bill Gates addresses coronavirus fears and hopes in AMA

Bill Gates, newly free from his role on the Microsoft board, has taken to Reddit to answer the community’s questions about the pandemic, the government response, and what the world can do to be better prepared. Always candid but never cynical, Gates gives some heartening but realistic advice. Worth noting at the outset is that Gates and the Foundation have been warning about and preparing for an epidemic of this type for years. His 2015 TED talk in particular is extremely prescient, and he wr...
Tags: Health, TC, South Korea, Microsoft, Cdc, Government, China, Singapore, Africa, US, Tech, Bill Gates, Reddit, Seattle, Khan Academy, Johns Hopkins


TikTok brings in outside experts to help it craft moderation and content policies

In October, TikTok tapped corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise the company on its moderation policies and other topics afflicting social media platforms. As a part of those efforts, TikTok said it would form a new committee of experts to advise the business on topics like child safety, hate speech, misinformation, bullying, and other potential problems. Today, TikTok is announcing the technology and safety experts who will be the company’s first committee members. The committee, known as the T...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Apps, Hong Kong, Government, China, Singapore, Censorship, Tech, Ireland, Council, Advisory Council, Nunziato, K L Gates, George Washington University Law School, David Ryan Polgar


How Google Analytics Helps in Scaling Up Businesses

For website traffic, it is tough to know the effectiveness of the marketing strategy you are following and to get when to change it. The abundance of data has made it tough to comprehend where to find the most critical metrics. The businesses that keep their audience on priority and follow the effective marketing strategies should know how to use Google Analytics data to the best. Google Analytics is an essential tool for webmasters, website owners, and SEO agencies. Google Usage Analytics Stati...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Business, Microsoft, Singapore, Sales & Marketing, Google Analytics, Right Now, Facebook Twitter, IB, Action CTA, Google Analytics Helps, Google Usage Analytics Statistics, Morris Edwards, Awebstar


Edtech notches a win as Teachable is acquired by Hotmart

Edtech has been a hot category for investors for some time. Surging demand for better classes globally from new entrants to the knowledge economy has pushed revenues to new highs. Now, coupled with the rapid propagation of coronavirus forcing dozens of colleges and universities to shut down and move entirely online, the sector is even further in the limelight. New York-based Teachable rode that wave since its founding in 2013 as Fedora, creating a marketplace for teachers to sell their online co...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Education, Singapore, Tech, Amsterdam, Brazil, Edtech, General Atlantic, Crunchbase, Exit, Udemy, Pluralsight, Durham North Carolina, GIC


An Epidemic of False Confidence Related to COVID-19

As someone who spent my childhood moving from epidemic to epidemic with my virologist father and epidemiologist mother, I am surprised at the degree of certainty expressed by both optimists and pessimists regarding their predictions of the COVID-19 epidemic. In fact, our ignorance of key facts leaves room for a wide range of scenarios. To illustrate this, I would like to describe a little-discussed scenario that is both relatively optimistic and consistent with the currently available evide...
Tags: Science, China, Singapore, Future, United States, Civilization, China Italy, Diamond Princess


Three travel startups tell us how they’re responding to the coronavirus crisis

With the globalized world going into partial or complete lock down over the Covid-19 pandemic, startups in the travel sector are facing a huge stress test and immediate disruption to business as usual as public health concern spirals and entire populations are encouraged or even forced not to travel. The traditional travel hub of Europe has emerged as a secondary hotspot for the virus, after SARS-CoV-2 first emerged in China late last year. Italy, France and Spain have all reported thousands of ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Japan, UK, France, China, Berlin, Singapore, Softbank, US, Tech, Eu, Spain, Barcelona, West


Oracle, Apple, Google, and Amazon are among the largest global companies who have restricted travel or asked their employees to work remotely as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. Here's the full list.

Oracle, Twitter, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and other major companies have restricted employee travel because of the coronavirus outbreak. To safeguard employees from the outbreak, companies in Europe, Asia, and the US have started asking their employees to work from home as a precautionary measure. As of Wednesday, there are about 121,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the majority of which is in China.  The COVID-19 virus has spread to more than 100 countries. There are currently aro...


Asian stock markets fall as COVID-19 is declared a pandemic

American stock markets plunged on Wednesday, after the World Health Organization officially declared the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic. In Asia, meanwhile, almost all the major stock indexes were also trading lower the morning after the WHO’s announcement, with the Asia Dow Index down 4% by midday. Morning trading in East Asian markets was ongoing by the time President Donald Trump made an address in which he announced a 30-day travel ban from the European Union to the United States. In Japan, t...
Tags: TC, Asia, Japan, Singapore, Tech, European Union, Taiwan, United States, Who, World Health Organization, Stock Market, Donald Trump, Shanghai Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Coronavirus, COVID-19


TikTok to open a ‘Transparency Center’ where outside experts can examine its moderation practices

TikTok, the popular social media app owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, has been under a national security investigation by U.S. lawmakers who have raised concerns about the company’s access to U.S. user data and whether it was censoring content at the behest of the Chinese government. Today, TikTok tries to combat these concerns with the opening of a “Transparency Center” that will allow outside experts to examine and verify TikTok’s practices. The new facility in TikTok’s L.A. office wil...
Tags: Social, Apps, Hong Kong, Washington Post, China, Singapore, Censorship, Tech, Bbc, Ireland, Lizzo, Content Moderation, Bytedance, Tiktok, Vanessa Pappas, Roland Cloutier


Brand Moves Roundup

In a fast-moving global crisis such as the current coronavirus outbreak, brands have an important role to play. Staying true to their ambition creates a perception of integrity. Reputations can be made by activating brand purpose during a crisis – and just as quickly lost by perceived opportunism. Moves that create value for communities, customers and employees are both bold and smart. Bold, because they may come at a short term cost to profit or margin. A tough call – but consider the cost of ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, Hbo, UK, New York, Cook, Milan, Microsoft, Australia, China, Russia, Singapore


Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Tuesday March 10

In a fast-moving global crisis such as the current coronavirus outbreak, brands have an important role to play. Staying true to their ambition creates a perception of integrity. Reputations can be made by activating brand purpose during a crisis – and just as quickly lost by perceived opportunism. Moves that create value for communities, customers and employees are both bold and smart. Bold, because they may come at a short term cost to profit or margin. A tough call – but consider the cost of ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, Hbo, UK, New York, Cook, Milan, Microsoft, Australia, China, Russia, Singapore


Apple, Google, and Amazon are among the largest global companies who have restricted travel or asked their employees to work remotely as a precaution against the novel coronavirus. Here's the full list.

Twitter, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and other major companies have restricted employee travel because of the coronavirus outbreak. To safeguard employees from the outbreak, companies in Europe, Asia, and the US have started asking their employees to work from home as a precautionary measure. As of Tuesday, there are about 116,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the majority of which is in China.  The COVID-19 virus has spread to more than 100 countries. There are currently around 750 co...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, South Korea, Japan, New York, London, Washington, Oregon, China, Singapore, US, Trends, Barcelona, Bbc


Early Google and Apple backer Sequoia Capital hires its first partner in Europe

Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley's leading venture capital firms, has named Luciana Lixandru from Accel as its first European partner. Sequoia has long been expected to open its first office in Europe as the firm looks to the continent for promising startup investments. Lixandru is considered to be one of the brightest stars in European venture capital, and has led investments while at Accel into unicorn startups including Deliveroo, UiPath, and Vinted.  Click here for more BI Prime st...
Tags: Apple, Google, Asia, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, Singapore, Israel, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Accel, Sequoia, Atomico



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