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A Google Plan To Wipe Out Mosquitoes Appears to Be Working (slashdot)

An experimental program led by Google parent Alphabet to wipe out disease-causing mosquitoes succeeded in nearly eliminating them from three test sites in California's Central Valley. From a report: Stamping out illness caused by mosquitoes is one of Alphabet unit Verily's most ambitious public-health projects. The effort appears to be paying off, according to a paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology on Monday. Verily is also running coronavirus triage and testing in parts of Califo...
Tags: Google, News, California, Alphabet, Fresno County, Nature Biotechnology, Msmash, California Bradley White


A Google Plan To Wipe Out Mosquitoes Appears to Be Working

An experimental program led by Google parent Alphabet to wipe out disease-causing mosquitoes succeeded in nearly eliminating them from three test sites in California's Central Valley. From a report: Stamping out illness caused by mosquitoes is one of Alphabet unit Verily's most ambitious public-health projects. The effort appears to be paying off, according to a paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology on Monday. Verily is also running coronavirus triage and testing in parts of Califo...
Tags: Google, California, Tech, Alphabet, Fresno County, Nature Biotechnology, California Bradley White


Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski files motion to force Uber into arbitration

Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving car engineer who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit, has filed a motion to compel Uber into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of at least part of the $179 million judgment against him. The motion to compel arbitration filed this week is part of Levandowski’s bankruptcy proceedings. It’s the latest chapter in a long and winding legal saga that has entangled Uber and Waymo, the former Googl...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Tech, Engineer, Automotive, SEC, Self-driving Cars, Judge, District Attorney, Anthony, Alphabet, Emerging-technologies, San Francisco Bay Area


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


Alphabet’s Verily debuts a COVID-19 community testing toolkit as it scales its own testing efforts

While the origins of its coronavirus testing program were muddled by President Trump’s misleading announcements attributing its efforts to Google and inflating its scale, Alphabet’s Verily health sciences subsidiary has established and grown its community-based California testing initiative, deploying drive-up testing sites and ramping the number of tests completed from just over 1,200 last Wednesday to over 3,700 as of Saturday. The Verily team detailed its progress in a new blog post, an...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Science, California, Tech, Companies, X, President, Software Testing, Cnbc, Alphabet, Verily, San Francisco Bay Area, Trump, Stanford Medicine


Google Commits $800 Million, Mostly in Ad Credits, to Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Google and parent Alphabet are pitching in to help small businesses, health organizations and governments dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The internet company has earmarked more than $800 million for coronavirus relief, about three-fourths of which ($610 million) is in the form of Google Ad credits to small and midsize businesses and governmental orgs, Alphabet […]
Tags: Google, News, Alphabet, Coronavirus


Stocks shoot upward as ‘Phase Three’ stimulus passes Senate and unemployment skyrockets

Stocks soared on Thursday even as the U.S. reported its worst unemployment numbers in 50 years of tracking data. The pain felt on main street was offset for investors by the federal government opening its wallet to Wall Street, businesses and (at some point) workers in the form of the $2 trillion stimulus package designed as a response to business closures as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. Details of the plan and its implications for startup companies are still being assessed, but the spigot...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Wall Street, Senate, Tech, Companies, United States, Citigroup, Manhattan, Federal Government, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Alphabet, Alphabet Google


Facebook and Google might get walloped by the thousands of small businesses impacted by the coronavirus, but their massive ad businesses will come out stronger in the end

Facebook and Google will take a revenue hit as the thousands of small businesses that they rely on for advertising cut back spending amid the coronavirus, but ad buyers say they'll come out stronger long term. Wall Street firm Pivotal Research Group expects Facebook's 2021 revenue to be down 20% to 25% while Google's will decline 15% to 20%. Facebook acknowledged that its ad business would be impacted by the spike in usage of messaging apps that aren't as lucrative as its newsfeed and stories ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Washington State, Alphabet, SMB, Hippo, McCann Worldgroup, Alex Schultz, Pivotal Research Group, Craig Atkinson, Wpromote, Mothner, Mike Mothner


3D manufacturing startup Carbon is making face shields and nasal swabs to help the White House fight the coronavirus

Manufacturing startup Carbon is working with the White House to address the country's shortage of medical supplies with 3D-printed products, a company spokeswoman told Business Insider. The Redwood City, California-based startup is developing swabs to test patients and face shields for healthcare professionals and first responders. Carbon was last valued by venture-capital investors at $2.46 billion and has backers including Sequoia Capital, Madrone, and GV, as well as Adidas Ventures, Johns...
Tags: White House, Trends, Carbon, Adidas, Ford, Alphabet, Redwood City California, Ellen Kullman, Joseph DeSimone, PPE, Business Insider The, Adidas Nikon, Sequoia Capital Madrone, Adidas Ventures Johnson Johnson Innovation Nikon


Microsoft became the only US company worth more than $1 trillion after the coronavirus sent the US economy into a nosedive

Microsoft is left as the only US company worth more than $1 trillion after the coronavirus hammers the economy. Apple, Amazon, and Google parent firm Alphabet have all had their market capitalizations fall to below the $1 trillion mark in the recent stock market rout. Trump has publicly mulled pulling back on public health measures that could contain the coronavirus to help restore the economy. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft is now the only company in the US wit...
Tags: Google, Asia, Europe, Microsoft, Congress, Senate, US, Trends, US Senate, WeWork, Federal Reserve, Nasdaq, Alphabet, Trump, Apple Amazon


3D manufacturing startup Carbon is working with the White House to address America's shortage of medical supplies amid the coronavirus

Manufacturing startup Carbon is working with the White House to address the country's shortage of medical supplies with 3D-printed products, a company spokeswoman told Business Insider. The Redwood City, California-based startup is developing swabs to test patients and face shields for healthcare professionals and first responders. Carbon was last valued by venture-capital investors at $2.46 billion and has backers including Sequoia Capital, Madrone, and GV, as well as Adidas Ventures, Johns...
Tags: White House, America, Trends, Carbon, Adidas, Ford, Louisiana, Alphabet, Redwood City California, Ellen Kullman, Joseph DeSimone, PPE, Business Insider The, Adidas Nikon, Sequoia Capital Madrone, Adidas Ventures Johnson Johnson Innovation Nikon


Project Oasis is a Google-backed research initiative to support local news startups

As part of its $300 million News Initiative, Google is teaming up with the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media, local news association LION Publishers and consultant Douglas K. Smith to launch a new initiative called Project Oasis. In a blog post for Google, UNC CISLM Director Susan Leath wrote that this project is partly a response to to the school’s News Deserts Project (hence the name), which tracks the disappearance of local ne...
Tags: Google, Media, Tech, Cms, Canada, United States, Flipboard, Alphabet, Leath, Douglas K Smith, Krewson, Google News Initiative, Project Oasis, Chris Krewson, Penny Abernathy, News Initiative Google


Alphabet Still Needs to Answer a Big Question About Its Covid-19 Site

By now, you’ve probably heard about Verily, the strangely named Alphabet subsidiary that’s in charge of the “coronavirus testing website” endorsed by Donald Trump. Now that the company has launched the first round of its proposed coronavirus program in the Bay Area, there are a few specifics about the program that are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Donald Trump, Alphabet, Bay Area, Coronavirus, Dragnets


Google Sister-Company's Coronavirus Website Rolls Out To Confusion

A website intended to facilitate nationwide testing for coronavirus that was promoted by President Trump in a news conference on Friday quickly reached capacity when it went live in a small pilot project late on Sunday night. The New York Times reports: The website, created by Verily, a life sciences unit of Google's parent company, Alphabet, fell far short of the wide-ranging capabilities administration officials described on Friday. In its initial rollout, it was meant to point people to testi...
Tags: Google, Tech, New York Times, Alphabet, San Francisco Bay Area, Trump, Google Sister Company


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


The Many Things Trump’s Friday COVID-19 Presser Got Wrong

Just how bad was it? If you’re measuring as compared to reality, President Trump’s Friday presser missed the mark by a very, very wide margin. Let’s break it down into two key areas. President Trump and his gathered officials and CEOs made claims about two broad topics: the supposedly impending availability of mass coronavirus testing, and a website which would help effectuate that. The first area saw President Trump insist that the Food and Drug Administration had granted expedited approval ...
Tags: Google, News, California, Food And Drug Administration, Santa Clara, Cnbc, Alphabet, Trump, World Health Organization WHO, San Mateo, Roche, Centers for Disease Control CDC, Google Trump, Severin Schwan, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky


Daily Crunch: Alphabet’s Verily launches COVID-19 screening site

Alphabet launches a site for COVID-19 test screening, the stock market continues to fall and Microsoft Teams goes down. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 16, 2020. 1. Alphabet’s Verily launches its California COVID-19 test screening site in a limited pilot Alphabet-owned health technology company Verily has launched the COVID-19 screening site that was first described by President Trump as a broadly focused coronavirus web-based screening and testing utility developed by Google. After a f...
Tags: Health, Google, Microsoft, California, Tech, Policy, Facebook Messenger, Federal Reserve, Hulu, Equity, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Verily, Trump, Powerbeats, Sama


YouTuber Loses Lawsuit Over Channel Termination–Mishiyev v. Alphabet

Mishiyev, a/k/a “DJ Short-e,” is a YouTuber who claims he had 100M+ views and 250k subscribers. His videos started getting copyright complaints in 2016. He counternoticed those, but he claims he nevertheless saw traffic dropoffs and started making demands of YouTube. In December 2018, YouTube said it would be terminating his account, which it actually did in May 2019. Mishiyev claims YouTube punished him for threatening YouTube with litigation. YouTube apparently takes the position that he got ...
Tags: Law, Youtube, Copyright, Dmca, Alphabet, Alphabet Inc, Licensing/Contracts, Content Regulation, Alsup, Mishiyev


Alphabet’s Verily launches its California COVID-19 test screening site in a limited pilot

Alphabet -owned health technology company Verily has launched the COVID-19 screening site that was first misrepresented by President Trump as a broadly focused coronavirus web-based screening and testing utility developed by Google. After a flurry of blog posts by Google and Verily over the weekend, as well as a follow-up press conference by the White House, it became clear that the screening and testing site was a Verily project, limited in scope to California residents, with a specific focus...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, California, White House, Google Search, Tech, Companies, Public Health, United States, President, Prevention, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Gavin Newsom, Verily


Coronavirus screening pilot website launches for some California counties

Verily, a unit of Google parent company Alphabet, created a coronavirus testing pilot website in collaboration with federal, state and local officials.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Google, Usa, News, California, Usa Today, Alphabet


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Google's parent company Alphabet launched a pilot website through its company Verily to help screen and distribute tests for COVID-19 on Sunday, CNBC reports. The tests are limited to Bay Area cities for now, and users have log in using Google. President Trump addressed the website launch on Sunday, and appeared to chide Google by dropping a company statement onto the floor. Trump caused some media confusion by announcing the we...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, China, US, Trends, Michael Dell, Airbnb, Dell, Minecraft, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Alexa, Alphabet


Workers at America’s largest companies are not covered under coronavirus aid package

Workers at America’s largest companies are not covered under a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Friday that is supposed to support American workers impacted by the spread of the novel coronavirus. The bill still has to be voted on by the Senate and approved before it can be signed into law, but its structure leaves a gaping hole in the prevention strategy the government has said is necessary to reduce the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. “No American worker should worry about missin...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Uber, Microsoft, Senate, White House, US, America, Tech, Walmart, Ford, House


America’s largest companies are not covered under congressional coronavirus aid package

America’s largest companies are not covered under a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Friday that is supposed to support American workers impacted by the spread of the novel coronavirus. The bill still has to be voted on by the Senate and approved before it can be signed into law, but its structure leaves a gaping hole in the prevention strategy the government has said is necessary to reduce the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. “No American worker should worry about missing a paychec...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Uber, Technology, Microsoft, Senate, White House, US, Employment, Articles, America, Tech


Alphabet-owned Verily pilots a coronavirus screening website in California

It will be limited to two North California counties for now
Tags: Google, California, Trends, North California, Alphabet, Verily, Emerging Tech, Coronavirus


Trump says Google CEO Sundar Pichai called to apologize

At what is now a daily coronavirus press briefing at the White House, President Trump today said that Google CEO Sundar Pichai called him to apologize. What Pichai apologized for wasn’t immediately clear, but Trump then went on to praise Google’s communications team for supposedly substantiating Trump’s comments about Google’s coronavirus screening site. “I want to thank the people at Google and Google Communications because as you know, they substantiated what I said on Friday,” said Trump. ...
Tags: Google, TC, White House, Tech, Ceo, Companies, President, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Head, Alphabet, Pichai, Bay Area, Trump, Donald J Trump, Pence


White House now says pilot of coronavirus screening site will roll out Monday for Bay Area

After President Trump announced that the government was working with Google to build a coronavirus screening site that was at the core of the administration testing process, Google quickly corrected this and said that it was actually Verily, Alphabet’s health division, that was working on this and that the site wasn’t ready for a nationwide rollout yet. Today, Vice President Pence provided a bit more detail, tough he didn’t removes all of the confusion around this. A pilot of this screening s...
Tags: Google, TC, White House, Tech, Companies, President, Websites, Vice President, Alphabet, Bay Area, Trump, Mike Pence, Pence, Vp, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Despite Trump’s claims, Google isn’t building the coronavirus screening site — and it’s not ready

In a press conference at the White House, President Trump today announced that 1,700 Google engineers were working on a Coronavirus screening site. That site was supposedly the first step in a new screening process that would lead people from figuring out if their symptoms warranted more testing to the location of new ‘drive through’ testing stations. But Trump was wrong. This screening site isn’t being developed by Google . Instead, it’s being built by Verily, Alphabet’s life science division...
Tags: Google, TC, California, White House, US, Articles, Tech, Washington Dc, President, Donald Trump, Alphabet, Verily, Life Sciences, Bay Area, Trump, Rose Garden


Stocks spike as President Trump declares national emergency

President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, which began just a half hour before the market closed, pushed stocks higher Friday, providing at least temporary relief to shares that have been throttled this week on fears of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump detailed several measures under the national emergency declaration, including freeing up federal resources that states can access as they respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new virus that is a me...
Tags: Google, TC, White House, Tech, Walmart, Companies, Walgreens, President, Disease, Retailers, Donald Trump, Dow Jones, Target, Cvs, Federal Government, Dow Jones Industrial Average


Alphabet moonshot companies must pay Google a 'services fee' to eat at cafeterias and ride the shuttles, and it's apparently a big source of tension (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google's parent company Alphabet has a number of "Other Bets" subsidiaries under its umbrella, as a result of the corporate overhaul made by founder Larry Page in 2015.  These units were charged a 'shared services fee' for using Google resources, like its employee shuttles and cafeteria food, according to a new report from The Information's Nick Bastone and Jessica Lessin.  The fee reportedly grated with some of the new leaders of Alphabet's other units, like Verily CEO Andy Conrad, who alread...
Tags: Google, Trends, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Sequoia Capital, Sundar Pichai, Loon, Alphabet, Ruth Porat, Greenhouse, Conrad, Jessica Lessin, Andy Conrad, Waymo


Google asking much of global workforce to work from home to prevent coronavirus spread

Google parent company Alphabet is recommending that all employees in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East work from home due to coronavirus.
Tags: Google, Cnn, Middle East, Alphabet, North America Europe Africa