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Huawei Warns Of ‘Pandora’s Box’ If U.S. Curbs Taiwan Supply

(Bloomberg) -- Huawei Technologies Co. is bracing for its most difficult year on record in 2020, when tightening U.S. sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic threaten to slam an already slowing business.Rotating Chairman Eric Xu said he’s aware of the potential for Washington to tighten restrictions on the company, including by stopping Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. from selling chips to Huawei. The Chinese government wouldn’t tolerate such action and it would irrevocably damage the global ...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Europe, Business, Japan, News, Australia, Washington, White House, China, Germany, Africa, Bloomberg, Pandora, Asia Pacific, Middle East


Johnson & Johnson partners with BARDA to fund $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine research

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is partnering with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund over $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral treatment research and development, the company said on Monday. The partnership is an expansion of an existing agreement between BARDA and J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies division. With the agreement, the company is setting a goal of providing a global supply of mor...
Tags: Health, TC, Washington, Tech, Belgium, Johnson, Johnson & Johnson, BARDA, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Rega Institute for Medical Research, Harvard Medical School Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Moderna Health


Ford, GE Healthcare to produce 50,000 ventilators by July using this tiny company’s design

Ford and GE Healthcare have licensed a ventilator design from Airon Corp and plan to produce as many as 50,000 of them at a Michigan factory by July as part of a broader effort to provide a critical medical device used to treat people with COVID-19. Ford will initially send a team of engineers to help boost production at Airon’s Florida facility, where it produces just three of its Airon Model A ventilators per day. Ford will also begin to ready its own Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti...
Tags: TC, Florida, Washington, Tech, Automotive, United States, Ford, Gm, Nyt, Electricity, Michigan, Fda, Medical Device, General Electric, Henry Ford, United Auto Workers


Google finally boots the Infowars app, 18 months after Apple

Google has removed the Infowars Android app from its Play Store. According to WIRED, the move was prompted by Infowars founder Alex Jones disputing the need for social distancing, shelter in place measures, and quarantine efforts in a video published on the app. Jones espouses conspiracy theories on a wide range of topics, and has been banned from numerous social media sites. Google did not immediately respond to Business Insider's requests for comment. Visit Business Insider's homepage for mo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Washington, Trends, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Sandy Hook, Jones, Alex Jones, Infowars


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


House passes historic $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue bill

A massive bipartisan effort to provide relief to a U.S. economy on ice just leapt over its last major hurdle. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a historic stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or “CARES” act, which contains an unprecedented $2.2 trillion in total financial relief for businesses, public institutions and individuals hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill passed the House today after Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) took the unpopul...
Tags: TC, Congress, Washington, Government, Senate, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Treasury, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Lindsey Graham, Sanders, Small Business Administration, Benioff, Kevin McCarthy R CA


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


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


Gig workers could get unemployment benefits under $2 trillion Senate stimulus bill

The Senate’s historic $2 trillion stimulus package will make history in one more way: by providing some financial assistance to gig workers. Late last night, the Senate passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the bill, which makes its way to the House of Representatives for a vote this week, gig workers would be eligible to apply for unemployment benefits. Additionally, the bill would provide $600 per week in federal assistance for unemployed workers f...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Congress, California, Washington, Government, Senate, Tech, House, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Presidential, U S Senate, Uber Lyft


News-reading app Flipboard expands local coverage, including coronavirus updates, to 12 more US metros

Earlier this year, personalized news aggregation app Flipboard expanded into local news. The feature brought local news, sports, real estate, weather, transportation news and more to 23 cities across the U.S. Today, Flipboard is bringing local news to 12 more U.S. metros and is adding critical coronavirus local coverage to all of the 35 supported locales. The 12 new metros include the following:  Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Raleigh, Sal...
Tags: Apps, News, Media, Washington, US, Tech, Cleveland, Local News, Flipboard, News Aggregation, News Aggregators, Detroit Free Press, St Louis Post Dispatch, News App, Tampa Bay They, ProPublica Local Reporting Network


News-reading app Flipboard expands local coverage, including coronavirus updates, to 12 more U.S. metros

Earlier this year, personalized news aggregation app Flipboard expanded into local news. The feature brought local news, sports, real estate, weather, transportation news and more to 23 cities across the U.S. Today, Flipboard is bringing local news to 12 more U.S. metros and is adding critical coronavirus local coverage to all of the 35 supported locales. The 12 new metros include the following:  Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Raleigh, Sal...
Tags: Apps, News, Washington, Tech, Cleveland, Local News, Flipboard, News Aggregation, News Aggregators, Detroit Free Press, St Louis Post, News App, Tampa Bay They, Electionland, ProPublica Local Reporting Network, Coronavirus


Study behind updated FDA guidance shows self-swab tests are as effective as those done by clinicians

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would be updating its guidance to allow self-swab tests for COVID-19, in which a patient collects a sample for their own nose for a health professional to test. On Wednesday, UnitedHealth Group revealed the results of a peer-reviewed large scale study that provided the science behind the decision to switch to the less-invasive sample collection method. The self-swab process doesn’t change where FDA-approved testing ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Washington, Tech, Healthcare, Fda, Infection, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, University of Washington, UnitedHealth Group, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Quest Diagnostics, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Amazon's customer call centers are facing temporary shutdowns due to COVID-19, causing hours of wait times and a rise in complaints (AMZN)

Some of Amazon's customer support call centers are dealing with temporary closures to comply with work-from-home restrictions around the world amid the coronavirus outbreak. That's leading to unusually long hold times and a rise in customer complaints. Amazon's spokesperson told Business Insider that there have been "temporary adjustments to our support options" due to the changes caused by the coronavirus. The coronavirus is prompting more companies to adopt automated customer service softwar...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Washington, India, US, Trends, Gartner, Va, Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, AMZN, LivePerson, Customer Service Associates, Business Insider Amazon, Unacceptable Amazon, Gartner It


88 out of top 200 US cities have seen internet speeds decline this past week, 3 cities by more than 40%

The impacts of telecommuting, shelter-in-place laws and home quarantines resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak are starting to impact broadband speeds across a number of U.S. cities, a new report has found. According to broadband analysis site BroadbandNow, 88 out of the top 200 most populous U.S. cities analyzed have now experienced some form of network degradation over the past week, compared with the 10 weeks prior, as more people are going online to work from home, video chat and stream movie...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, New York, Washington, New York City, US, San Francisco, Tech, Remote Work, Austin, Netflix, Miami, Nashville, San Jose, Rochester


88 out of top 200 U.S. cities have seen internet speeds decline this past week, 3 cities by more than 40%

The impacts of telecommuting, shelter-in-place laws, and home quarantines resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak are starting to impact broadband speeds across a number of U.S. cities, a new report has found. According to broadband analysis site BroadbandNow, 88 out of the top 200 most populous U.S. cities analyzed have now experienced some form of network degradation over the past week, compared with the 10 weeks prior, as more people are going online to work from home, video chat, and stream mov...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, New York, Washington, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Austin, Netflix, Miami, Nashville, San Jose, Rochester, Houston, Kansas City


The internet’s top 12 coronavirus-related questions, answered

With mixed messages coming from our leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to answer their COVID-19 questions. We explore the top 12 coronavirus questions, according to Google Trends. When seeking answers, it is important to prioritize evidence-based information from credible sources. It seems the only thing spreading faster than coronavirus is panic and disinformation. With mixed messages and conflicting reports coming from leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to address th...
Tags: Health, Google, Amazon, South Korea, Internet, Congress, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Washington, Government, Senate, New York City, Walmart, Cnn, Walgreens


Congress fiddles over how much pork to pack into stimulus package

Over the last week, congressional plans to deliver cash payments to Americans and assistance to businesses morphed into partisan mudslinging and an opportunity for special interests to use this moment to advance their interests. From a limited-government perspective, there is a reasonable case for providing aid to Americans unable to work and businesses unable to operate because of government orders. But what’s been happening in Washington, D.C. is the sort of dysfunction that has long character...
Tags: Apple, Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, France, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, House, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Treasury Department, Pelosi, Senate Republican


How to make group FaceTime calls with up to 32 people while social distancing due to coronavirus (AAPL)

FaceTime is Apple's video chatting feature available on Apple products, and group FaceTime calls first became available in 2018. Communication tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have seen downloads spike as people are encouraged to stay in their homes due to the coronavirus.  The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 15,000 people worldwide and infected more than 353,000, according to recent totals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With people forced to work and learn ...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Washington, US, Trends, Who, Facetime, World Health Organization WHO, New York City Los Angeles, Memoji


These 10 graphs show how iPhone downloads have changed as the coronavirus spreads (APPLE)

Communication tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have seen downloads spike as people are encouraged or ordered to stay in their homes due to the coronavirus.  Data from AppFigures shows how categories like education and productivity have shot up, while travel has dropped. The coronavirus outbreak has killed 16,000 people worldwide and infected more than 367,000, according to recent totals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. With people forced to work and learn from home, app...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Washington, US, Trends, World Health Organization, New York City Los Angeles


A look inside one startup’s work-from-home playbook

Working from home is having a moment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but some startups are having an easier time of it than others. Collage, an e-commerce site for custom gifts, has been all-remote since its inception; co-founders and co-CEOs Joe Golden and Kevin Borders started the company while Golden lived in Seattle and Borders was in Washington, D.C. “Our team was remote from the start and we quickly realized we could make remote work work and turn it into an advantage for us,” Golden tells Tec...
Tags: Work, TC, Washington, Collage, Tech, Remote Work, Seattle, Golden, Joe Golden, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Kevin Borders


Moderna could make experimental COVID-19 vaccine available to healthcare workers by fall

There are some hard limits to the vaccine development process that mean we are not going to see any preventative immune therapies to fight the new coronavirus for at least a year to 18 months. But Moderna, which is behind the first potential vaccine to enter human clinical trials in the U.S., provided new info on Monday that indicates it will seek to provide access to the vaccine by as early as this fall, to a limited group likely consisting of healthcare workers. The company will look at possib...
Tags: Health, TC, Messenger, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Washington, Boston, Tech, Virus, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Vaccination, Vaccine, Vaccines


Facebook Will Donate 720,000 Masks and 1.5 Million Gloves to Healthcare Workers

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Facebook plans to donate 720,000 masks — a combination of the coveted N95 respirators and more basic surgical masks — and 1.5 million pairs of gloves to health care workers around the world. Facebook officials said they bought the masks for their offices' emergency disaster kits following wildfires in California. Facebook has already donated 375,000 masks and 867,000 pairs of gloves to county officials in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mate...
Tags: Facebook, California, Washington, America, Tech, Bay Area, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Chronicle, San Mateo County, Sequoia Union High School District, Healthcare Workers, San Francisco Mountain View, Food Runners SF Peninsula Volunteers Meals, East Palo Alto Senior Center Meanwhile


Scanwell aims to launch at-home 15-minute coronavirus test, but it still needs FDA approval

At-home diagnostics startup Scanwell, which produces smartphone-based testing for UTIs, is working on getting at-home testing for the novel coronavirus into the hands of U.S. residents. The technology, which was developed by Chinese diagnostic technology company INNOVITA and has already been approved by China’s equivalent of the FDA and used by “millions” in China, can be taken at home in 15 minutes with the guidance of a medical professional via telehealth, and produces results in just hours. S...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, New York, Hardware, California, Washington, China, Articles, Smartphone, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biotechnology, Amplifiers, Washington California


Big Rigs Begin To Trade Diesel For Electric Motors

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Two years ago, the eCascadia [the electric version of the Freightliner Cascadia] was nothing more than a PowerPoint presentation -- a virtual rendering to expedite a diesel stalwart into a zero-emissions future for goods movement. Now it's one of several competing models, from start-ups as well as established truck makers, that are gearing up for production next year with real-world testing. Orders have poured in, from companies eager ...
Tags: Washington, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, New York Times, North America, Daimler, Southern California, Daimler Trucks, Kenworth, Freightliner Cascadia, Volvo Trucks North America, Penske Truck Leasing, Trade Diesel For Electric Motors, Long Beach The, Environmental Protection Agency Electrics


TikTok donates $3M to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures

The social media giant TikTok said that it would donate $3 million to After-School All-Stars, a charity founded by actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to feed families whose food security was affected by the close of public schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. TikTok said in a statement Thursday that families in 60 cities with After-School All-Stars chapters would receive food vouchers and gift cards that can be spent on food and other essentials through local...
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TikTok donates $3 million to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures

The social media giant TikTok said that it would donate $3 million to After – School All-Stars, a charity founded by actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to feed families whose food security was affected by the close of public schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. TikTok said in a statement Thursday that families in 60 cities with After-School All-Stars chapters would receive food vouchers and gift cards that can be spent on food and other essentials through loc...
Tags: Food, TC, New York, Media, California, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Miami, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Newark, Retailers, Seattle, Target


What next for oral arguments?

Having indefinitely postponed its March oral argument sitting, the Supreme Court will need to develop a plan for these cases and those in the April sitting too. There are 20 oral arguments in question: 11 for March and nine for April . Because there is little relevant precedent, there is no way to predict what the court will do. In this post, I lay out what seems most likely and sensible to me. Note that the question of how to handle oral arguments is not enormously consequential to the ...
Tags: Google, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Cdc, Washington, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Sonia Sotomayor, Clarence Thomas, What's Happening Now


Coronavirus ended any last hopes of a Bernie Sanders comeback

It's been real, hasn't it? After 13 months of campaigning, during which time he was briefly but almost unanimously considered the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, it looks as if Bernie Sanders is finally calling it quits. On Wednesday afternoon his staff shot down an erroneous report that he had formally dropped out; it looks as if he'll wait to make that announcement sometime before the next primaries three weeks from now. To many observers it has been un...
Tags: Google, New York, News, Washington, Massachusetts, Dnc, Chicago, Hillary Clinton, Idaho, Medicare, Michigan, Green Party, Nevada, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Illinois


Some Ask a Taboo Question: Is America Overreacting to Coronavirus?

As an America desperate to stem the coronavirus outbreak put in place sweeping restrictions last week on every facet of public life, the University of Wyoming economist Linda Thunstrom asked what felt like a taboo question: "Are we overreacting?''It helped that Thunstrom was in her kitchen, drinking coffee with her husband, Jason Shogren, a fellow economist who studies how much Americans are willing to pay to reduce risk of threats like terrorism, food-borne illness and climate change.Ca...
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Why Congress isn’t working remotely due to COVID-19

As COVID-19 forces much of America to work from home, the United States Congress — whose 535 members have an average age of 60 — is still operating from Capitol Hill. Why this population (deemed high-risk to the coronavirus) isn’t yet doing legislative business remotely comes down to process, tech and political will. “The House rules and the Senate rules require voting in person. And it would require a change in those rules to do that,” California Congressman Eric Swalwell told TechCrunch on a c...
Tags: Google, TC, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, America, West Virginia, Tech, United States, Arkansas, House, House Of Representatives, Arizona, Capitol Hill, Vpn



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