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AI-powered news aggregator SmartNews has seen a huge spike in users who are downloading the app to read 'hyper-local' coronavirus coverage

Smart News, the AI-powered news aggregation app, says it's seeing an unprecedented spike in downloads in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with usage nearly doubling since the beginning of this month.  The company attributes the recent spike in interest to its close attention to the coronavirus outbreak — the company introduced a "coronavirus channel" that sorts out user-relevant reporting on the pandemic based on a variety of factors including the user's location.  "This is just a remarka...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Japan, China, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Palo Alto, Tom Hanks, Nba, Tokyo

The Empire State Building’s new siren display is freaking people out

Meant to honor health and emergency workers amid the crisis, the latest display of lights at New York City's most iconic property didn't land quite as expected.
Tags: Twitter, Technology, New York City, Lifestyle, Radio, Alicia Keys, Empire State Building, Nyu, Markets & Economy, News Brief, Empire State Realty Trust, Debbie Mia

Free-associating at the speed of Google: notes on video analysis

Recently, while sitting at home, bored, I came up with a what might be a new way to write (of a sort) while using the Google and Youtube search. I start with a video that I like (and it helps if you have seen a lot of movies as I have), and then I study the video's mise en scene.For instance, take this Taylor Swift video "Look What You Made Me Do":Swift keeps finding ways to convey a sense of her resurrections after the media onslaughts, the paparazzi, and the general mass air of criticism and ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Movies, Taylor Swift, New York City, Cia, Petersen, Lupita Nyong, Jolie, Houdini, Anne Helen Petersen, The Film Doctor, Evelyn Salt Jolie, Orlov Daniel Olbrychski, Peabody Chiwetel Ejoifor

Google's revenue is on track to shrink for the first time ever because of the coronavirus, according to one of the internet industry's top analysts (GOOG, GOOGL)

Alphabet's biggest revenue stream is set to be hit hard by the coronavirus, with digital advertising already dropping off. Key analysts predict that the effects could be felt throughout the year, with one predicting Google's first year-over-year decline in ad revenue. It would be a more significant drop than the company experienced during the last financial crisis. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As startups get battered by the economic shockwaves of the coronavirus, tec...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Youtube, Disney, Trends, Tokyo, White, Alphabet, Rbc, RBC Capital, BMO Capital Markets, Google Amazon, Cowen, Mahaney

Facebook deletes Brazil President’s coronavirus misinfo post

Facebook has diverted from its policy of not fact-checking politicians in order to prevent the spread of potentially harmful coronavirus misinformation from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Facebook made the decisive choice to remove a video shared by Bolsonaro on Sunday where he claimed that “hydroxychloroquine is working in all places.” That’s despite the drug still undergoing testing to determine its effectiveness for treating COVID-19, which researchers and health authorities have not ...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Government, Tech, BBC News, Policy, Brazil, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Fact Checking, Trump

Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims

Google has finally kicked the Infowars app from its Play Store, the company confirmed to multiple outlets Friday. The tech giant’s app store was one of the last major bastions for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as his show (and all the extremist views and tainted supplements it touts) has been booted from nearly…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play Store, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, Alex Jones, Infowars, Playstore, Take That Infowars, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

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

Twitter Deletes Post by The Federalist Calling for Coronavirus Infection Program

Twitter has removed a tweet from the right-wing site the Federalist after it shared an article by an unlicensed dermatologist urging the public to be exposed to the novel coronavirus en masse and the social network temporarily locked the site’s account.Read more...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Science, Technology, Social Media, Disinformation, Coronavirus, The Federalist, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Did The Coronavirus Write This, Coronavirus Infection Program

Apple is donating 10 million protective face masks to help fight the coronavirus pandemic (AAPL)

Apple is donating 10 million protective face masks to COVID-19 relief efforts in the US, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Twitter on Wednesday. The company is also donating millions of masks to regions in Europe that have been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Cook's comments come after US Vice President Mike Pence said Apple would donate 9 million masks on Tuesday. Cook is one of several tech CEOs that has pledged to donate face masks, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk....
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, California, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, United States, Tim Cook

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin urges agents to use their CRMs

The real estate industry is currently experiencing massive upheaval thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but according to Reffkin there's one big thing agents can do to better weather the storm: take advantage of their CRM.
Tags: Twitter, Real Estate, Technology, Radio, Agent, Compass, CRM, Referrals, Contactually, Select, News Brief, Pandemic, Robert Reffkin, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Customer Relationship Manager

Twitter pulls The Federalist’s dangerous ‘pox’ coronavirus tweet

A tweet by conservative online magazine The Federalist, which suggested people should deliberately infect themselves with the coronavirus strain COVID-19, has been pulled after it “violated” Twitter’s rules. The infringing tweet, posted on Wednesday morning, said: “It is time to think outside the bod and seriously consider a somewhat unconventional approach to COVID-19: controlled voluntary infection.” A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed the tweet violated its rules, but did not say why. The...
Tags: Health, Security, Twitter, Tweet, Tech, Spokesperson, Software, Operating Systems, Gu, Eugene Gu, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Cool Quit

Public optimism doesn’t convert to checks, founders report

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. How quickly our world has changed. In late February, TechCrunch covered the news that TripActions, a unicorn four times over, had secured a $500 million credit line to help it scale its corporate travel-focused business; however, it became known yesterday that TripActions is undergoing stiff layoffs after the corporate travel market transformed from growing to moribund in light ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Twitter, Tech, Fundraising, Founders, Gil Dibner, Extra Crunch, COVID-19, Gil Debner

Twitter is donating $1M across two foundations to support journalism during the coronavirus pandemic

Social media companies have been hard at work to make sure they play a helpful rather than harmful role in disseminating news and information about the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Twitter took an extra step beyond its own platform to put its efforts into the wider, already under-pressure world of journalism. Twitter announced that it would be donating $1 million equally between two organizations, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation, to further ...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Media, Tech, Journalism, Journalists, CJP, CPJ, Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon, Vijaya Gadde, Gadde, International Women 's Media Foundation

Former Slack exec April Underwood has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner

April Underwood, who until early last year was Slack’s chief product officer, has joined Obvious Ventures as a venture partner, she announced on Twitter today. Underwood said that as part of the firm’s team, she will “invest in great companies seeking to solve the big problems facing humanity: our climate, human health and wellness, and how we work.” Of Obvious’s focus on “backing company with world positive impact,” she said its mission “couldn’t possibly feel more needed than it does in thi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Twitter, Venture Capital, Waze, Zillow, Ev Williams, Obvious Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Slack, Jessica Verrilli, April Underwood, Underwood, Ann Eisnor, Jana Messerschmidt, Urban Systems

New Jersey launches online portal to give residents accurate answers about COVID-19

Fake news about the novel coronavirus disease is a rampant problem across our social timelines. Think misinformation about treatments, symptoms and anecdotes tainted with racism and xenophobia. As scientists and health professionals are still scrambling to find a cure, and even contain the outbreak, falsehoods can resonate more than they might during a time of confidence and stability.  New Jersey, which has roughly 2,000 confirmed cases of COVID19, has partnered with New York-based Yext to...
Tags: Health, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, New York, Cdc, India, Tech, Whatsapp, New Jersey, Yext, Coronavirus, Covid19, New Jersey Office of Innovation

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Amazon has introduced mandatory overtime, increased hourly wages, and scrapped its security checks as it tries to motivate warehouse workers to keep coming to work. Four workers speaking to Business Insider described how the hand sanitizer often runs out and that they were alarmed for their health. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is asking laid-off restaurant and bar workers to come work for Amazon amid the coronavirus crisis. Bezos said ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Twitter, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, California, Satya Nadella, Trends, Netflix, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Alexa, Musk

Twitter prioritizes blue-check verifications to confirm experts on Covid-19 and the novel coronavirus

At long last, here’s an actually useful purpose for Twitter’s blue-check verification mark: Twitter last night announced that it is mobilising the badge system to help surface and signal more authoritative and verified voices that can provide “credible updates” on the topic of the coronavirus, and made a general call out for people that are experts to get all of their information up to date — including associating the word addresses with their accounts — to speed up this process. This is the ...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, Twitter, Verification, Coronavirus, COVID-19, WHO the CDC, Blue Check, Specifically Twitter

Google fully cancels I/O conference after saying it would move conference online as California shelters in place because of the coronavirus (GOOG, GOOGL)

  Google has completely canceled Google I/O, its annual developer conference, over coronavirus concerns, the company announced on Friday. Google made the decision to scrap this year's event entirely after it previously said it would explore holding it virtually instead of physically. Google usually makes major announcements about Android and other products during Google I/O. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google has completely canceled Google I/O, its annual developers c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, California, Trends, Nasa, Google Maps, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Southwest, San Francisco Bay Area, Google Lens

Google has completely canceled its biggest conference of the year as California shelters in place because of the coronavirus (GOOG, GOOGL)

  Google has completely canceled Google I/O, its annual developer conference, over coronavirus concerns, the company announced on Friday. Google made the decision to scrap this year's event entirely after it previously said it would explore holding it virtually instead of physically. Google usually makes major announcements about Android and other products during Google I/O. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google has completely canceled Google I/O, its annual developers c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, California, Trends, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Google Maps, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Southwest, San Francisco Bay Area, Google Lens

The Complete Guide to Live Streaming Virtual Events

Alright, so the world’s a bit different now. Real-life experiences are on hold. We’re living more virtually now than we ever have before. While every in-person conference, gathering, and meetup has been canceled for the next few weeks and months, many organizers are facing the tough decision of postponing or going virtual. And for people planning for events later this year, having a virtual Plan B (or even making it Plan A) is now part of the discussion. First off, if you’re an organizer t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Movies, Youtube, New York Times, Vimeo, Livestream, Livestreaming, Skype, Google Hangouts, Live Streaming, Elgato, Live Stream, Zoom, Seth Godin

YouTube Launches Verified Coronavirus Coverage Hub on Homepage

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, YouTube announced Thursday that its homepage will now feature a news shelf of trustworthy COVID-19 coverage for users to easily source up-to-date news.Read more...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, Youtube, Social Media, Reddit, Outbreak, Conspiracy Theories, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Twitter Broadly Bans Any COVID-19 Tweets That Could Help the Virus Spread

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: On Wednesday, Twitter updated its safety policy to prohibit tweets that "could place people at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19." The new policy bans tweets denying expert guidance on the virus, encouraging "fake or ineffective treatments, preventions and diagnostic techniques" as well as tweets that mislead users by pretending to be from health authorities or experts. In its blog post, Twitter says that it will "require people to remove...
Tags: Twitter, Tech

Daily Crunch: Facebook and Twitter fight coronavirus misinformation

The big social networks take steps to ensure that they’re providing accurate information for public health, Charter refuses to allow employees to work from home and Microsoft Teams sees a big spike in popularity. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 19, 2020. 1. Facebook will put a new coronavirus info center on top of the News Feed In an effort to disseminate trustworthy health information on COVID-19, Facebook will roll out its own coronavirus information center — a central hub where the comp...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Cdc, Tech, Ada, Accel, Microsoft Teams, EverlyWell, Daily Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, FDA Emergency Use Authorization, WHO Meanwhile Twitter

Kids stuck indoors? Let these celebrities take care of story time

Actors Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams, Josh Gad and Reese Witherspoon recorded videos of themselves reading children's classics.
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Instagram, Reese Witherspoon, Lifestyle, Radio, Agent, Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams, Shel Silverstein, Josh Gad, Jan Brett, News Brief, Darren Le Gallo, Mac Barnett, Reese Witherspon

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

Facebook, Google, Reddit and others say they are jointly combating fraud and misinformation about COVID-19

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube, in a joint statement yesterday, said they are jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the COVID-19 coronavirus and “elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world”. “We invite other companies to join us as we work to […] ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Microsoft, Youtube, Linkedin, Reddit, Fake News, Coronavirus, Facebook Google Reddit, Facebook Google Microsoft LinkedIn Reddit Twitter

Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube issue joint statement on misinformation

In an unprecedented move to reassure customers and flag the potential for misinformation about COVID-19 on their platforms, all of the major social media companies and their parent corporations issued a joint statement on their efforts. “We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe,” the statement read. Joint Industry Statement from @Facebook, @google, @LinkedIn, @Microsoft, @reddit, @Twitter and @YouTube
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, Youtube, White House, Politico, Linkedin, Tech, Reddit, Who, World Health Organization, Donald Trump

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Reddit, and Twitter just said they're working together to fight coronavirus misinformation (FB, GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT, TWTR)

Facebook, Google, YouTube, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Reddit, and Twitter said they're working with each other and government health agencies to ensure people see accurate information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. The companies are hoping to combat fraudulent and harmful content on their platforms, according to a joint statement published on Facebook's website Monday. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a spike in fake news and profiteering that's testing the industry's ability to crack ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Trends, Bloomberg, Reddit, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Alphabet, Facebook Google, Facebook Google Twitter, YouTube Microsoft, LinkedIn Reddit, Facebook Google Microsoft Reddit, Facebook Google YouTube Microsoft

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

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