Jack Dorsey invites you to follow along via Google Docs as he spends $1 billion on COVID-19 relief

Jack Dorsey has officially thrown his hat in the rich-person-fighting-COVID-19 ring.  Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and Square, announced on Tuesday that he will transfer a significant portion of his equity in the latter company to an LLC. The … Read more…

Samsung Electronics beats first-quarter estimates, braces for bigger blow from coronavirus

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday its first-quarter operating profit likely managed to rise slightly from a slump a year earlier, as solid chip sales helped cushion the blow from the coronavirus pandemic on smartphones and TVs. Reuters: Technology … Read more…

Silicon Valley businesses who made their living from tech industry events are suddenly staring at blank calendars and layoffs

Food caterers, event planners, venue owners, DJs and others that rely on the tech industry’s parties and conferences have struggled to find work due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE:

These ‘disease hunters’ developed a novel technique for tracking pandemics after 9/11, but lost funding right before COVID-19

Nearly two decades ago, when 9/11 spurred governments to invest in fighting bioterrorism, a group of disease experts figured out how to track pandemics using data from emergency rooms with a technique called ‘syndromic surveillance.’ Now, as the COVID-19 coronavirus … Read more…

Google releases location data to show if coronavirus lockdowns working in 131 countries

Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein in the spread of the novel coronavirus. Reuters: Technology News BEST … Read more…

Tesla could help make lithium ion batteries for ventilators to help fight COVID-19, says ResMed CEO Mick Farrell

Amid a COVID-19 pandemic and ventilator shortage, Tesla purchased 1,000 “non-invasive ventilators” made by ResMed to donate to hospitals, explained CEO Mick Farrell. Typically, higher-end ventilators are recommended to treat patients. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE:

SoftBank names Goldman alumnus Taiichi Hoshino head of investment planning department

SoftBank Group Corp said on Wednesday it has appointed former Goldman Sachs banker Taiichi Hoshino as head of a new investment planning department, as the group increases oversight of its tech bets battered by volatile markets. Reuters: Technology News BEST … Read more…

Video chat app Houseparty blames ‘smear campaign’ for hacking controversy, offers $1 million bounty

You’ve heard a lot about Zoom in recent weeks as people work out how to video chat with as many people as possible while social distancing. Plenty of folks are opting for its more “fun” competitor Houseparty instead, especially as … Read more…

Shopping during the coronavirus crisis: Check this website for in-stock groceries near you

Grocery shopping during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is one of so many mundane things we used to take for granted that’s dramatically changed. Retailers like Target and Walmart have scaled back their hours, implemented social distancing guidelines, and the products … Read more…

Taiwan’s ‘electronic fence’ monitor for those quarantined raises privacy concerns

TAIPEI – Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes. Governments around the world … Read more…

Small business owners, this credit card’s new 100K-point welcome bonus is just for you

Chase’s Ink Business Preferred Credit Card, which is a card product for business owners, just launched a 100,000-point welcome bonus. In these uncertain times, with the coronavirus still spreading and so many small businesses seeing their revenue evaporate as customers … Read more…

Hospitals are still scheduling elective procedures during coronavirus crisis, and frontline medical workers fear they’re infecting patients

Six medical workers told CNBC that they disagree with their hospitals’ policies around elective procedures, which are going ahead in the midst of a pandemic. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Mass move to work from home in coronavirus crisis creates opening for hackers: cyber experts

As people disperse to their homes to work and study because of the coronavirus pandemic, taking their laptops and company data with them, cyber security experts say hackers will follow, seeking to take advantage and infiltrate corporations. Reuters: Technology News … Read more…

Tesla memo: Essential employees, including production, should still come to work

A new internal email at Tesla tells employees, “We have had conflicting guidance from different levels of government,” about how to operate during the covid-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders. Production employees told to work if they can. Tech BEST DEAL … Read more…

It’s not just you: A Facebook glitch marked authentic coronavirus news as spam

Social platforms and big tech companies have stepped up amid the coronavirus pandemic, moving aggressively to try and combat misinformation and put expert, reliable sources front and center for users. And people have been using Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and various … Read more…

Social media giants warn of AI moderation errors as coronavirus empties offices

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc warned on Monday that more videos and other content could be erroneously removed for policy violations, as the companies empty offices and rely on automated takedown software during the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters: … Read more…

YouTube tells creators to expect more video removals during coronavirus pandemic

YouTube is warning creators of coronavirus-related moderation changes that could impact their livelihood. On Monday, the company announced policy enforcement changes that will come about due to the company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to YouTube, as it prioritizes … Read more…

The Amex Platinum is the perfect credit card in almost any scenario, including emergencies

Emergencies, preparedness, uncertainty and the like are what’s on everybody’s mind right now thanks to the relentless spread and effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus. As all of us practice more social distancing and even quarantining, it might be increasingly less … Read more…