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How Devs Can Help Beat the COVID-19 Pandemic

The state of New York hopes to "amplify" its response to COVID-19 by launching tech-driven products with top companies, and it's looking for professional volunteers with experience in software development, hardware deployment/end-user support, and data science (as well as areas like product management, design, operations management). Meanwhile, IBM's 2020 "Call for Code Global Challenge" is a virtual hackathon with a $200,000 prize, and they've now "expanded its focus" to include the effects of...
Tags: New York, Tech, World Health Organization, Ibm, Erlang, Golang, Mike Melanson, COVID, AWS Facebook Giphy Microsoft, Global Hackathon, U S Digital Response


Rocket startup Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitizer and face masks for coronavirus response

One of the newer companies attempting to join the rarified group of private space launch startups actually flying payloads to orbit has redirected its entire UK-based manufacturing capacity towards COVID-19 response. Skyrora, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is answering the call of the UK government and the NHS to manufacturers to do what they can to provide much-needed healthcare equipment for frontline responders amid the coronavirus crisis. Skyrorary says that the entirety of its UK...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Space, UK, Scotland, Tech, Chemistry, NHS, United Kingdom, World Health Organization, Rocket, Edinburgh, Hygiene, Aerospace, Ethanol


Google pledges to donate $800 million and 3 million face masks in an effort to combat the coronavirus (GOOGL)

Google announced it is pledging $800 million to assist businesses and crisis response efforts to fight the coronavirus.  Part of Google's pledge includes a donation of 2-3 million face masks in the coming weeks. This is the latest effort by Google to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google on Friday announced an $800 million pledge to support businesses and health organizations fighting the coronavirus. Part of that pledge includes donatin...
Tags: Google, California, Cdc, Trends, World Health Organization, Pichai, CDC Foundation, Google Cloud, Magid Glove Safety


Google pledges $340 million in Google Ads credits to small businesses as part of $800 million pandemic relief package

Google will be offering $340 million in Google Ads credits to small businesses that have an account with them.  The $340 million is part of an $800 million package to help support small- and medium-sized businesses, health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google announced in a blog post on March 27 that it will be offering $340 million in Google Ads credits to small businesses t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, World Health Organization, Sundar Pichai, Google Cloud, CNBC Apple Salesforce


Google sets aside $800M in ads and loans to help in COVID-19 fight

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Friday that his company would be donating more than $800 million in ad credits and loans to help government orgs and small businesses respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The announcement gives a full breakdown of the deployment, the bulk of which is in credits for Google services: Google will be giving $250 million worth of ad grants to more than 100 government orgs across the globe, including the World Health Organization. They will also be seeding $340 millio...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Tech, Aws, World Health Organization, Philanthropy, Sundar Pichai, Google Cloud, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Google sets aside $800M in ads and cash to help in COVID-19 fight

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Friday that his company would be donating more than $800 million in ad credits and cash to help government orgs and small businesses respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The announcement gives a full breakdown of the deployment, the bulk of which is in credits for Google services. Google will be giving $250 million worth of ad grants to more than 100 government orgs across the globe, including the World Health Organization. They will also be seeding $340 million...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Tech, Aws, World Health Organization, Philanthropy, Sundar Pichai, Google Cloud, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are working together to fund research for COVID-19 treatments as the pandemic continues to spread (FB)

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced on Friday that it's contributing $25 million to an accelerator run by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for finding treatments for COVID-19. The project seeks to discover affordable treatments to COVID-19 patients that can be distributed at scale. The accelerator is just one of several ways tech giants are helping combat the spread of COVID-19. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Trends, United States, Bill Gates, Beverly Hills, World Health Organization, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


Facebook launches Community Hub for Messenger users to fight coronavirus rumors

Facebook today unveiled Coronavirus Community Hub on Messenger that offers tips, authoritative information and other resources to help people stay connected and informed about the coronavirus outbreak, weeks after launching a similar information hub on WhatsApp, its other messaging service. The launch of the coronavirus hub on Messenger, used by more than a billion people, comes at a time when users are engaging with the instant messaging and voice calling more often than they have ever befor...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Tech, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Who, World Health Organization, Stan Chudnovsky, Chudnovsky, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19, Community Hub for Messenger


Zindi taps 12,000 African data scientists for solutions to COVID-19

Since its inception, Cape Town based crowdsolving startup Zindi has been building a database of data scientists across Africa. It now has 12,000 registered on its its platform that uses AI and machine learning to tackle complex problems and will offer them cash-prizes to find solutions to curb COVID-19. Zindi has an open challenge focused on stemming the spread and havoc of coronavirus and will introduce a hackathon in April. The current competition, sponsored by AI4D, tasks scientists to cre...
Tags: Food, TC, New York, Microsoft, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, South Africa, Cape Town, Machine Learning, Kenya, World Health Organization


Private tech companies mobilize to address shortages for medical supplies, masks and sanitizer

Startups across the nation and around the world are looking for ways to relieve shortages of much-needed personal protective equipment and sanitizers used to halt the spread of COVID-19. While some of the largest privately held technology companies, like SpaceX and Tesla, have shifted to manufacturing ventilators, smaller companies are also trying to pitch in and relieve scarcity locally. Supplies have been difficult to come by in some of the areas hardest hit by the outbreak of the novel corona...
Tags: Food, TC, Spacex, New York, Technology, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York City, Articles, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Canada, United States, 3d Printing


Tech billionaire Marc Benioff wants every CEO to take a 'no-layoff' pledge as part of an 8 point plan to deal with coronavirus (CRM)

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, known for his outspokenness on social and political issues, is urging everyone to take steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus.  Benioff is calling on CEOs to take a 90 day "no layoff pledge" to help their employees through this crisis, as part of an eight point plan he tweeted to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and end the coronavirus crisis.  Salesforce itself has taken steps to help mitigate the spread of the virus, including donating medical masks to local...
Tags: Google, Facebook, US, San Francisco, Trends, World Health Organization, Salesforce, Marc Benioff, University Of Southern California, Trump, David Agus, Benioff, Salesforce HQ


IBM and The Weather Channel launch detailed local COVID-19 maps and data tracking

There are already a number of resources available for mapping the spread of confirmed COVID-19 cases both in the U.S. and globally, but IBM and its subsidiary The Weather Company have launched new tools that bring COVID-19 mapping and analysis to more people via their Weather Channel mobile app and weather.com. Existing tools are useful, but come from fairly specialized sources including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Johns Hopkins University. This new initiative combines data fro...
Tags: Health, TC, Apps, The Weather Channel, Tech, Analytics, Smartphones, Information Technology, United States, Computing, Who, World Health Organization, Ibm, Watson, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Business Intelligence


Africa turns to mobile payments as a tool to curb COVID-19

Africa is using digital finance as a means to stem the spread of COVID-19. Governments and startups on the continent are implementing measures to shift a greater volume of payment transactions toward mobile money and away from cash — which the World Health Organization flagged as a conduit for the spread of the coronavirus. It’s an option facilitated by the boom in fintech that’s occurred in Africa over the last decade. By several estimates, the continent is home to the largest share of the worl...
Tags: TC, Money, Mexico, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Ceo, Economy, United States, South Africa, President, Vodafone, Cape Town, Mobile Payments, Kenya, World Health Organization


African turns to mobile payments as a tool to curb COVID-19

Africa is using digital finance as a means to stem the spread of COVID-19. Governments and startups on the continent are implementing measures to shift a greater volume of payment transactions toward mobile money and away from cash — which the World Health Organization flagged as a conduit for the spread of the coronavirus. It’s an option facilitated by the boom in fintech that’s occurred in Africa over the last decade. By several estimates, the continent is home to the largest share of the worl...
Tags: TC, Money, Mexico, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Ceo, Economy, United States, South Africa, President, Vodafone, Cape Town, Mobile Payments, Kenya, World Health Organization


New crowdsourced COVID-19 symptom map could build a more complete pandemic picture

A new initiative by the Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School could provide a new kind of signal for those studying the spread of the coronavirus pandemic across the U.S. The ‘Covid Near You’ map developed by researchers at both organizations, asks individuals to self-report any potential COVID-19 symptoms, as well as if they’ve taken a test, and then maps that activity on a rolling two week basis. This isn’t a map of confirmed COVID-19 cases – other sources for that information ...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, TC, Science, United States, World Health Organization, Viruses, Kinsa, Boston Children s Hospital, World Health Organization WHO, Harvard Medical School, John Hopkins, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Hackers Hijack Routers' DNS To Spread Malicious COVID-19 Apps

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bleeping Computer: A new cyber attack is hijacking router's DNS settings so that web browsers display alerts for a fake COVID-19 information app from the World Health Organization that is the Oski information-stealing malware. For the past five days, people have been reporting their web browser would open on its own and display a message prompting them to download a 'COVID-19 Inform App' that was allegedly from the World Health Organization (WHO). After f...
Tags: Tech, World Health Organization, World Health Organization WHO, Oski


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


Elite Hackers Target WHO As Coronavirus Cyberattacks Spike

According to Reuters, elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month. While the effort was unsuccessful, the agency said there's been a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks as they battle to contain the coronavirus. From the report: The attempted break-in at the WHO was first flagged to Reuters by Alexander Urbelis, a cybersecurity expert and attorney with the New York-based Blackstone Law Group, which tracks suspicious internet domain registration acti...
Tags: New York, Tech, Kaspersky, Moscow, Romania, Who, World Health Organization, Reuters, East Asia, Darkhotel, Alexander Urbelis, Urbelis, Flavio Aggio, Blackstone Law Group, China North Korea Japan, United States Costin Raiu


Hackers tried to break into WHO, which faces more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks

Hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Reuters reports. Security experts blame an advanced cyber-espionage hacker group known as DarkHotel. A senior agency official says the WHO has been facing a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks since the coronavirus pandemic began. From reporting by Raphael Satter, Jack Stubbs, and Christopher Bing at Reuters: WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said the identity...
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Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Monday March 23

A clever and thoughtful social media ad from Nike has encouraged people to stay in: “If you ever dreamed of playing for millions around the world, now is your chance. Play inside, play for the world.” Meanwhile, Nike has also announced that premium programming on its Nike Training Club app is now accessible to users free of charge. The subscription-based service includes studio-style streaming workouts, progressive training programs with or without the use of external weights and expert tips fr...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, South Korea, Europe, UK, Milan, London, California, Oregon, Advertising, US, Nike, Cisco, Atlantic, Shinzo Abe


Non-profit launches COVID-19 treatment and vaccine tracker with daily updates

There are a lot of global efforts underway to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, including repurposing of existing drugs approved for use in treating other forms of coronavirus and respiratory diseases. Many of these efforts are just entering into the formal clinical study phase, which will be required before any treatment is certified for widespread use in patients diagnosed with the illness. Vaccines are still likely at least a year out from approvals, though some have already enter...
Tags: Health, TC, Drugs, Tech, Vaccination, World Health Organization, Fda, Illness, Vaccine, Vaccines, Milken Institute, Drug Development, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Tech billionaires including Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg promised 18 million masks to fight COVID-19

As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the globe, tech billionaires are promising to donate critical medical supplies. This weekend saw a flurry in Silicon Valley CEOs promising their companies would donate masks to healthcare workers. A spike in demand for masks means shortages are hitting hospitals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tech billionaires are jostling to donate protective masks. Over the weekend a flurry of tech CEOs including Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Microsoft, California, Cdc, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Tesla, Tim Cook, World Health Organization, Silicon Valley


Jumia adapts Pan-African e-commerce network in response to COVID-19

Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia is adapting its digital retail network to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Nigeria headquartered operation — with online goods and services verticals in 11 African countries — announced a series of measures on Friday. Jumia will donate certified face masks to health ministries in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria and Uganda, drawing on its supply networks outside Africa. The company has offered African governments use of of its last mile delivery network f...
Tags: TC, New York, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, World, Uganda, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Morocco, President, Kenya, World Health Organization


Justice Dept. files its first coronavirus takedown: a bogus vaccine website

U.S. federal prosecutors have filed and won a temporary restraining order against a website offering a fraudulent coronavirus vaccine, which the Justice Department said is its first enforcement action related to the pandemic. In a statement, the Justice Dept. said the action was taken against a website, said to be engaging in a wire fraud scheme, seeking “to profit from the confusion and widespread fear” surrounding COVID-19. The website, seen by TechCrunch, claims the World Health Organization ...
Tags: Health, Security, New York, Biology, Mexico, Tech, Canada, Vaccination, World Health Organization, Vaccine, Department Of Justice, Illinois, Justice Department, Justice Dept, California New York, Jody Hunt


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


Google launches Covid-19 page and search portal with safety tips, official stats and more, US-only for now

Google says Coronavirus has become its biggest search topic by a country mile this year, and to continue its efforts to harness that attention in the best possible way, late on Friday the company launched a new information portal dedicated to the pandemic as well as an improved search experience for desktop and mobile. The search experience, Google says, was updated in response to “people’s information needs expanding,” while the new information portal also provides the basic, most useful inf...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Science, China, US, Tech, Information, Search, Virus, World Health Organization, UN Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This, Emily Moxley


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


Google’s coronavirus information site is now live

Google has just launched a site with information and resources to understand the coronavirus outbreak. You can access it at google.com/covid19. The site presently serves US-based visitors, but content for more countries and in more languages are slated to be added soon (Spanish is up next, reports The Verge.) Google‘s site includes information about the disease, links to health advisory material from the World Health Organization and to public health departments for each US state, safety tips, d...
Tags: Google, Startups, US, World Health Organization, Coronavirus


YouTube goes SD streaming by default in Europe due to COVID-19 (techcrunch)

YouTube has switched to standard definition streaming by default in Europe. We asked the company if it planned to do this yesterday — today a spokeswoman confirmed the step. The move was reported earlier by Reuters. It’s a temporary measure in response to calls by the European Commission for streaming platforms to help ease demand on Internet infrastructure during the coronavirus crisis. Users can still manually adjust video quality but defaults remain a powerful tool to influence overall outc...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, News, Youtube, Eu, Netflix, Ofcom, European Commission, World Health Organization, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Reuters, Breton, Natasha Lomas, Thierry Breton



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