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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


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


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


Apple Adds British Government Coronavirus PSA to UK App Store

U.K. iPhone and iPad users who open the App Store this morning are being met with a COVID-19 public service announcement from the British government, signaling an expansion of Apple's efforts to prominently display official coronavirus alerts on its devices. Tapping on the prioritized card takes users to an NHS app link and a video containing coronavirus protection guidance from the UK government's chief medical officer, professor Chris Whitty: To help save lives, stay at home. Anyone can sp...
Tags: Apple, UK, White House, NHS, United Kingdom, App Store, Chris Whitty, COVID, COVID-19 Coronavirus, App Store United Kingdom COVID


Don’t Worry, America, Jared Kushner Is Going to Save You From COVID-19

Wednesday, during the latest installment of his daily briefings that have become must-see TV, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he spoke with Jared Kushner. You know Kushner—the president’s son-in-law. The president's son-in-law is a member of the president’s COVID-19 taskforce, but he is not a doctor or an elected official. In fact, Jared has no experience handling pandemics, or any medical background whatsoever. Jared Kushner doesn’t know about science or medicine but Cuomo must appeal to hi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, News, White House, New York City, America, Harvard, Middle East, Times, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Peter Dutton, Anthony Fauci, Vanity Fair, Jared


Elon Musk says Tesla's New York Gigafactory will reopen and start producing ventilators 'as soon as humanly possible' (TSLA)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company's New York Gigafactory will reopen "as soon as humanly possible" to begin ventilator production. Musk made the remarks on Twitter after previously tweeting that his company would help make ventilators if there were to be a shortage. New York has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus, with 285 deaths and more than 30,000 cases. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car maker's Gigafactory facility...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, New York, California, White House, New York City, US, Trends, Tesla, Tim Cook, Bill De Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, Musk, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Watch Google


Daily Crunch: Senate and White House reach stimulus deal

A $2 trillion stimulus package is moving forward in the United States, Google Podcasts comes to iOS and ClassPass offers livestreamed fitness classes. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 25, 2020. 1. Senate, White House reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus package to lessen COVID-19’s economic impact After five days of negotiations, Senate leaders and the Trump administration said early this morning they have reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package to help relieve the economic impact of CO...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Senate, White House, Tech, Policy, Chicago, United States, House Of Representatives, Second Life, Financial Times, Trump, Reliance Jio, PTO, Linden Lab


EPA Plans To Waive Some Compliance Requirements Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to waive compliance requirements and deadlines for a range of industries, including oil refiners, water utilities and sewage plants, as it seeks to help businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Trump administration officials. From a report: The biggest change likely will be to waive or postpone coming deadlines to switch to cleaner-burning summer-grade gasoline, according to administration officials and a business lobbyist. Sev...
Tags: White House, Tech, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump


New York State seeks tech talent for its COVID-19 technology SWAT team

New York State is ramping up efforts to combat the growing coronavirus pandemic, including appeals to all industries for help in the form of much-needed medical equipment for healthcare workers. It’s also specifically asking for help from the tech community, through an open call for contributions from individuals and organizations to help form its “COVID-19 Technology Swat Team.” The call, posted to New York State’s official government website, seeks “impactful solutions and skilled tech employe...
Tags: Health, TC, New York, White House, Tech, United States, Software Development, Andrew Cuomo, New York State, TechCrunch, Product Management, Governor, NY State, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


New study casts doubt on hyrdoxychloroquine’s effectiveness in treating coronavirus

In a prime example of why President Trump shouldn’t be endorsing any unproven potential treatments for the novel coronavirus behind the current global pandemic, a new small-scale study by researchers in China indicates that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine actually isn’t any more effective than standard, existing best practice for conventional care of patients with the virus. The study, which included 30 patients with a control of 15 who received no treatment, with the other half being t...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, White House, China, Tech, President, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Phoenix, Fauci, Physician, Hydroxychloroquine, Coronavirus


Senate, White House reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus package to lessen COVID-19’s economic impact

After five days of negotiations, Senate leaders and the Trump administration the White House said early Wednesday morning that Senate leaders and the Trump administration have reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package to help relieve the economic impact of COVID-19. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are done. We have a deal,” White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland told reporters around 1AM, according to the Washington Post. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader ...
Tags: TC, Congress, Senate, White House, Tech, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Trump, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, John Hopkins University, Alan Rappeport, Washington Post Senate


FDA now allows treatment of life-threatening COVID-19 cases using blood from patients who have recovered

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its rules around use of experimental treatments for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to include use of ‘convalescent plasma,’ in cases where the patient’s life is seriously or immediately threatened. This isn’t an approval of the procedure as a certified treatment, but rather an emergency clearance that applies only on a case-by-case basis, and only in extreme cases, as a means of helping further research being done into the possible efficacy ...
Tags: Health, TC, New York, Science, Medicine, White House, Tech, Disease, Fda, Andrew Cuomo, Blood, Director, Blood Donation, Governor, U S Food and Drug Administration FDA, Transfusion


Stocks blast higher on expectation of sweeping federal action

There are no free market fanatics on corporate boards the moment the economy wobbles. Today makes the point, with stocks shooting higher on the back of news that a sweeping federal package of aid and stimulus should soon pass Congress. The goal of the financial package is to blunt the impact of COVID-19-related market disruptions that have led to mass layoffs, and an economy expected to slip into recession. Today in regular hours the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) led American indices by cl...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Congress, White House, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Software, Stock Market, Nasdaq, Newton, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Dow-Jones


Wall Street roars on news of potential stimulus deal, Trump hints at opening economy

Wall Street came roaring back Tuesday with all major indices rising on a potential deal between Senate Democrats and Republicans to approve a new stimulus package and suggestions from President Donald Trump that the economy would reopen sooner rather than later. In a Monday evening press conference from the White House, Trump hinted that emergency orders established to address the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. could be lifted more quickly than most experts recommend. “ It’s going to be  soon,” T...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Republicans, Senate, White House, US, Tech, Tesla, United States, President, The New York Times, Donald Trump, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Trump, NYU Langone Medical Center


Big Tech’s key role in fighting the coronavirus outbreak

In the past few years, the attitude toward tech has increasingly soured. Multiple data privacy and election-related scandals at various tech companies and a new political strategy of being tough on “Big Tech” have led to the phenomenon known as “techlash.” In fact, in 2018, the Financial Times used that term to summarize “the year in a word.” And the hits just keep on coming: in 2019 and this year, we’ve continued to see even more calls to regulate technology and tech companies—with antitrust su...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, California, Opinion, Ebay, France, Senate, White House, Tech, Sport, Soccer, Financial Times, Deepmind


NYC is offering gig workers delivery jobs during COVID-19 pandemic

To help gig workers make ends meet during these times of job insecurity amid COVID-19, New York City is offering gig workers who are licensed with the TLC to help with delivery work. While the demand for drivers is currently small, NYC says it expects demand to increase for meal delivery to senior citizens and other residents who need to stay home. The jobs pay $15 per hour, and offer reimbursement for gas mileage and tolls — something gig economy companies don’t currently do. “The World is chan...
Tags: Health, Food, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, New York, California, White House, New York City, Tech, Tlc, Andrew Cuomo, AB, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Independent Drivers Guild


IBM, Amazon, Google and Microsoft partner with White House to provide compute resources for COVID-19 research

During today’s White House coronavirus task force press conference, President Trump announced the launch of a new public/private consortium to “unleash the power of American supercomputing resources.” The members of this consortium are the White House, the Department of Energy and IBM . Other companies, including Google, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as a number of academic institutions, are also “contributing lots of different things,” the president said. While Trump’s comments were character...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Microsoft, White House, Tech, Nasa, Mit, Computing, Ibm, Supercomputer, Nih, Private, Department Of Energy, Bay Area, Trump


What Happens When Tech Companies Offer to Fight Coronavirus With Digital Surveillance?

"White House officials are asking tech companies for more insight into our social networks and travel patterns," reports Wired, noting that Facebook even "created a disease mapping tool that tracks the spread of disease by aggregating user travel patterns." And Clearview AI "says it is in talks with public officials to use its software to identify anyone in contact with people who are infected." Such efforts clash with people's expectations of privacy. Now, there's a compelling reason to collect...
Tags: Facebook, Congress, White House, Tech, Tech Law, Electronic Frontier Foundation, American University, Daskal, Jennifer Daskal, Clearview AI, Kelsey Finch


Automakers, Tesla and SpaceX Explore Working on Ventilators

"Just had a long engineering discussion with Medtronic about state-of-the-art ventilators," Elon Musk tweeted on Saturday. Medtronic tweeted that the talks also involved Tesla. And TechCrunch notes that Musk tweeted on Friday that both Tesla and SpaceX employees are "working on ventilators...": His confirmation on Twitter that both of the companies he leads are working on ventilators comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a direct plea to Musk to help alleviate a shortage at...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, White House, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Ford, Shanghai, Bill De Blasio, Fda, Volkswagen, Musk, Medtronic, GM Volkswagen, Calif Sparks Nev


Here’s a wrap of the main tech-related coronavirus news in the last 24 hours

Much of the world is waking up to a strange new reality. As the coronavirus strain, COVID-19, swept across the planet, today may go down in history as the day when huge numbers of countries were largely united in a global shut-down to address the pandemic. TechCrunch brings you a wrap of the technology world’s response to the virus do far in our own dedicated “COVID-19-updates” coverage. • In Extra Crunch we cover how you should pitch a story in the era of COVID-19. In our main coverage: • Goog...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Fcc, Microsoft, Cdc, White House, China, New York City, US, Tech, Tesla


Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and other potential COVID-19 treatments explained

During two of this week’s White House briefings, President Trump referred specifically to two potential treatments that have been identified by medical researchers and clinicians, and that have undergone various degrees of investigation and testing in the ongoing fight against the global coronavirus pandemic. It’s important to note upfront that regardless of what you may have heard, from Trump or any other sources, no drugs or treatments have been proven as effective for either the prevention of...
Tags: Health, TC, Ebola, Science, France, White House, China, Tech, United States, President, Food And Drug Administration, Disease, Fda, Anthony Fauci, Malaria, Director


SpaceX and Tesla are ‘working on’ ventilators, Elon Musk says

Elon Musk tweeted Friday that Tesla and SpaceX employees are “working on ventilators” even though he doesn’t believe they will be needed. His confirmation on Twitter that both of the companies he leads are working on ventilators comes a day after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio  made a direct plea to Musk to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19. Yes, we’re working on ventilators, even though I think they probably won’t be needed — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March...
Tags: Health, Spacex, Elon Musk, White House, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Thailand, Automotive, Ford, Shanghai, Bill De Blasio, Fda, Volkswagen, Buffalo, De Blasio


What are the rules wrapping privacy during COVID-19?

In a public health emergency that relies on people keeping an anti-social distance from each other to avoid spreading a highly contagious virus for which humans have no pre-existing immunity governments around the world have been quick to look to technology companies for help. Background tracking is, after all, what many Internet giants’ ad-targeting business models rely on. While, in the US, telcos were recently exposed sharing highly granular location data for commercial ends. Some of these pr...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Facebook, Uber, Asia, Europe, UK, Fcc, California, White House, China, Germany, Israel, US, Tech, Eu


A week later, Trump’s national coronavirus screening website is still nowhere to be found

Last Friday, President Trump, together with Vice President Pence and White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Brix, announced that we would soon see a new website go up that would be at the core of the government’s testing strategy. This website, which was supposedly being built by 1,700 Google engineers, was meant to help direct people to testing locations and “be very quickly done.” Now, a week later, that site, whether built by Google or not, is still nowhere to be found. Whi...
Tags: Google, TC, White House, Tech, Vice President, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Bay Area, Trump, Mike Pence, Pence, Google Google, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Deborah Brix


US and Mexico close border to all ‘non-essential travel’ due to coronavirus crisis

In the latest effort to tighten travel restrictions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Trump has ordered the closure of the border between the U.S. and Mexico to all but essential travel. This move follows an announcement earlier this week that both America and Canada agreed mutually to close their shared border to non-essential travel for at least 30 days, while it remains open for urgent, necessary business and commercial traffic. Trump had also already taken steps to mini...
Tags: Health, TC, Transportation, Europe, Cdc, Mexico, White House, US, America, Tech, Cnn, Canada, United States, Customs, Anthony Fauci, Nih


NYC mayor pleads with Elon Musk to start producing ventilators

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a direct plea to Elon Musk, asking the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to produce ventilators to help alleviate a shortage at hospitals gearing up to combat COVID-19. Updated below with comment from mayor’s office.  The mayor’s tweet came out of a discussion on Twitter that began Wednesday evening between Musk and Nate Silver, the author and editor-in-chief of @FiveThirtyEight. Musk, who has in the past downplayed COVID-19 in emails to employees and on s...
Tags: Health, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hardware, White House, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Ford, Gm, Bill De Blasio, De Blasio, Cnbc, Musk, Honeywell, Mike Pence


FDA testing coronavirus treatments including chloroquine, plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn addressed the ongoing work of the agency in terms of its work on potential treatments and vaccines for the COVID-19 coronavirus currently spreading globally. Despite a claim early in Thursday’s White House briefing on the pandemic by President Donald Trump that one proposed treatment, anti-malarial chloroquine, had already been approved by the FDA for COVID-19 treatment, Hahn said that in fact the agency is currently looking at wide-...
Tags: Health, TC, White House, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Donald Trump, Trump, U S Food and Drug Administration, Gilead, Hahn, Stephen Hahn, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Remdesivir


Open-source project spins up 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype in just one week

In a great example of what can happen when smart, technically-oriented people come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project started by a group including Irish entrepreneur Colin Keogh and Breeze Automation CEO and co-founder Gui Calavanti has produced a prototype ventilator using 3D-printed parts and readily available, inexpensive material. The ventilator prototype was designed and produced in just seven days, after the project spun up on Facebook and attracted participation f...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Hardware, Medicine, White House, Entrepreneur, Tesla, United States, Ireland, Ford, President, Health Care, GUI


Lawmakers are raising concerns about Google's coronavirus screening website that Trump announced, saying it could violate privacy laws (GOOG)

Five senators have sent letters to Google and the White House raising privacy concerns over the new screening website run by Google that Donald Trump announced Friday. Trump initially announced that Google was building a website to coordinate nationwide screenings for coronavirus. Google later clarified that Verily, a subsidiary, was making a screening site for San Francisco, which it hopes to eventually scale nationwide. The lawmakers are seeking more information about how people's health inf...
Tags: Google, White House, US, San Francisco, Trends, New Jersey, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Trump, Mike Pence, Menendez, Sen Bob Menendez


Delta Air Lines will park at least half its fleet and close airport lounges

In a letter to employees, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian today announced that the company is parking at least half of its fleet as demand for flights during the current COVID-19 pandemic has plummeted both in the U.S. and internationally. In total, Delta is cutting 70 percent of its capacity and 80 percent of its international operations. It is also closing the majority of its Sky Club airport lounges, making it the first major U.S. airline to take this step. Bastian notes that he expects revenu...
Tags: TC, Congress, White House, Tech, Ceo, Canada, United States, Delta, Aviation, Airlines, Airline, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Sky Club, Bastian, Ed Bastian



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