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Doc Searls: 'Zoom Needs to Clean Up Its Privacy Act'  

The former editor-in-chief of the Linux Journal just published an annotated version of Zoom's privacy policy. Searls calls it "creepily chummy with the tracking-based advertising biz (also called adtech). I'll narrow my inquiry down to the "Does Zoom sell Personal Data?" section of the privacy policy, which was last updated on March 18. The section runs two paragraphs, and I'll comment on the second one, starting here: Zoom does use certain standard advertising tools which require Personal

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2020-03-28 18:38:00



America's FDA Grants Emergency Approval for a 15-Minute Coronavirus Test  

While many coronavirus tests provide results within hours or days, America's Food and Drug Administration "has authorized the emergency use" of a new rapid coronavirus test from medical device manufacturer Abbott that could results in less than 15 minutes, reports NBC News: The FDA told Abbott it authorized the test's use after determining that "it is reasonable to believe that your product may be effective in diagnosing COVID-19," based on the scientific evidence presented. The agency added th

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2020-03-28 17:42:00



Physicists Disagree Over New Dark Matter Claim  

sciencehabit shared this article from Science magazine: For decades, astrophysicists have thought some sort of invisible dark matter must pervade the galaxies and hold them together, although its nature remains a mystery. Now, three physicists claim their observations of empty patches of sky rule out one possible explanation of the strange substance — that it is made out of unusual particles called sterile neutrinos. But others argue the data show no such thing. "I think that for mo

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2020-03-28 16:34:00



Some Researchers are Trying Mass Testing for Covid-19 Antibodies  

An anonymous reader quotes Wired: Next week, blood banks across the Netherlands are set to begin a nationwide experiment. As donations arrive — about 7,000 of them per week is the norm — they'll be screened with the usual battery of tests that keep the blood supply safe, plus one more: a test for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Then, in a few weeks, another batch of samples will get the same test. And after that, depending on the numbers, there could be fur

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2020-03-28 15:34:00



Are There Exceptions to the Rule that Going Electric Reduces Emissions?  

"Averaged over the globe, electric vehicles (EVs) already represent about a 31-percent emissions savings" writes Ars Technica, noting results from a study which also found similar savings from energy-efficient home-heating pumps. "Even in the scenario where these technologies are promoted but the grid isn't cleaned up much, there's a substantial benefit through 2050." But the researchers also separated the world into 59 regions, then used data on the "greenness" of each country's electricity g

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2020-03-28 14:34:00



School Quits Video Calls After Naked Man 'Guessed' the Meeting Link  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: A school in Norway has stopped using popular video conferencing service Whereby after a naked man apparently "guessed" the link to a video lesson. According to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, the man exposed himself in front of several young children over the video call. The theory, according to the report, is that the man guessed the meeting ID and joined the video call. One expert quoted in the story said some are "looking" for links. Last

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2020-03-28 13:00:00



Yelp To Stop Auto-Creating GoFundMe Fundraisers After Outrage From Business Owners  

Yelp has paused an effort in partnership with GoFundMe that automatically opted tens of thousands of small businesses into fundraisers after complaints from restaurant and bar owners, the company tells The Verge. From the report: Yelp launched the initiative earlier this week in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but it did so without informing any of participants. Some business owners said the process for opting out -- in the event they were hosting their own fundraisers or simply di

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2020-03-28 10:00:00



NASA Picks SpaceX To Fly Cargo To Moon-Orbiting Gateway Space Station  

NASA has awarded SpaceX with a contract to supply Gateway, the moon-orbiting space station that the agency aims to start building in 2022, agency officials announced Friday. Space.com reports: Gateway is a key part of NASA's Artemis exploration program, which seeks to establish a sustainable, long-term human presence on and around the moon by the late 2020s. The small space station will serve as a jumping-off point for sorties, both crewed and uncrewed, to the lunar surface. SpaceX will help to

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2020-03-28 07:00:00



As the U.S. shuts down, StockX's business is booming, says its CEO  

StockX, the high-flying resale marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of sneakers, streetwear, handbags and other collectible items, has seen its fortune rise along with the $6 billion global sneaker resale market, which is part of the broader $100 billion sneaker category. In fact, the company, which was assigned a billion-dollar-plus valuation last year, says […]

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2020-03-28 05:11:09



A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn't need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes  

There’s a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab. This test for the novel coronavirus causing the current global pandemic has received emergency […]

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2020-03-28 04:27:27



You Can Now Ride a Submarine To the Deepest Point On Earth  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: For some, the ultimate adventure is up in the stars. (See: Musk, Branson, Bezos.) For Texas businessman Victor Vescovo, the trip of a lifetime is a dive to the deepest known point on our own planet, the bottom of the Marianas Trench. For $750,000 per person, Vescovo will take guests down 35,843 feet in Limiting Factor, his $37 million Triton 36,000/2 submarine, whose depth capacity is more than 100 times that of the typical superyacht submersib

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2020-03-28 03:30:00



Original Content podcast: 'Tiger King' might be the wildest show on Netflix  

Netflix’s “Tiger King” is a docuseries focusing on the man who calls himself Joe Exotic — owner of a private park full of tigers and other big cats. We learn in the opening minutes of the first episode that he’s been accused of hiring a contract killer to murder an animal rights activist. A documentary […]

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2020-03-28 02:09:18



US Officials Reportedly Agree To Cut Off Huawei From Global Chip Suppliers  

Senior U.S. government officials have agreed to new rules to cut off Huawei from global chip suppliers, according to a Reuters report Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. CNET reports: Under the new measures, foreign companies that use American chipmaking equipment would first need to secure a license before supplying some chips to Huawei, the report says. The focus of the new rules is to restrict the sale of more sophisticated chips to the Chinese telecom giant rather than generic

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2020-03-28 01:25:00



How Huawei is dividing Western nations  

The relationship between the United Kingdom and Australia is not usually a flashpoint in international relations. After all, the two allies share a common language, ancestry, and monarch. So what caused a dustup recently that saw a senior Australian parliamentarian rebuke the British foreign secretary, and for a group of Australian MPs to then cancel […]

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2020-03-28 01:22:41



Google Cancels Its Infamous April Fools' Jokes This Year  

Google won't be participating in April Fools' Day this year due to the serious threat of the coronavirus that continues to impact the entire world. The Verge reports: According to an internal email obtained by Business Insider, Google will "take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let's save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one."

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2020-03-28 01:05:00



Scientists Identify Microbe That Could Help Degrade Polyurethane-Based Plastics  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: German researchers report in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology that they have identified and characterized a strain of bacteria capable of degrading some of the chemical building blocks of polyurethane. The team out of Germany managed to isolate a bacterium, Pseudomonas sp. TDA1, from a site rich in brittle plastic waste that shows promise in attacking some of the chemical bonds that make up polyurethane plastics. The researchers performed a

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2020-03-28 00:45:00



Some Recovered Coronavirus Patients In Wuhan Are Testing Positive Again  

NPR is reporting that some Wuhan residents in China who had tested positive earlier and then recovered from the disease are testing positive for the virus a second time. It's raising concerns of a possible second wave of cases, as China prepares to lift quarantine measures to allow residents to leave the epicenter of its outbreak next month. From the report: Based on data from several quarantine facilities in the city, which house patients for further observation after their discharge from hospi

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2020-03-28 00:02:00



Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Is Making Its Software Open Source  

gavron writes: While most politicians are pro copyright maximalism and patent exclusivity, Elizabeth Warren's campaign just open-sourced a bunch of software and are proud of having used open source to save money, and build upon the shoulders of other giants. Way to go! "Our tech team worked hard to make getting involved with @ewarren's campaign as easy as possible," reads a tweet from @TeamWarren. "We leaned heavily on open source technology, and we want to contribute back. So we're open-sourcin

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2020-03-27 23:20:00



Bosses Panic-Buy Spy Software To Keep Tabs On Remote Workers  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: With so many people working remotely because of the coronavirus, surveillance software is flying off the virtual shelves. "Companies have been scrambling," said Brad Miller, CEO of surveillance-software maker InterGuard. "They're trying to allow their employees to work from home but trying to maintain a level of security and productivity." Along with InterGuard, software makers include Time Doctor, Teramind, VeriClock, innerActiv, ActivTrak and

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2020-03-27 22:40:00



Apple Launches COVID-19 Screening Website and App  

Apple launched its own coronavirus screening site and iOS app developed alongside the White House, CDC and FEMA. From a report: The site is pretty simple with basic information about best practices and safety tips alongside a basic screening tool which should give you a fairly solid idea on whether or not you need to be tested for COVID-19. The site which is -- of course -- accessible on mobile and desktop also includes some quick tips on social distancing, isolation, hand-washing, surface disin

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2020-03-27 22:20:00



Help Needed To Rescue UK's Old Rainfall Records  

At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time? Well, why not get on the computer and help with a giant weather digitisation effort? From a report: The UK has rainfall records dating back 200 years or so, but the vast majority of these are in handwritten form and can't easily be used to analyse past periods of flooding and drought. The Rainfall Rescue Project is seeking volunteers to transfer all the data into online spreadsheets. You're not required to rummage through old bound volu

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2020-03-27 22:01:00



Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill  

President Trump on Friday signed into law the largest economic stimulus package in modern American history, backing a $2 trillion measure that expands on a Republican proposal issue last week called the CARES Act -- the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The New York Times reports: Under the law, the government will deliver direct payments and jobless benefits for individuals, money for states and a huge bailout fund for businesses battered by the crisis. Mr. Trump signed the me

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2020-03-27 21:20:00



Phone Calls Are Back in Fashion  

Data shows that people all over the U.S. are doing the same thing. Verizon says it has seen an average of 800 million wireless calls daily on recent weekdays, nearly twice the volume of Mother's Day. From a report: And we're not just calling people more often, we're talking on the phone for longer: AT&T says that wireless voice minutes on Monday were up 39% from the average Monday, and Wi-Fi calling minutes were 78% higher. Thanks to coronavirus, we're no longer in transit, unable to answer

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2020-03-27 20:45:00



Lyft partners with Amazon on package and grocery deliveries - CNET  

With ridership plummeting, Lyft is looking to diversify its offerings.

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2020-03-27 20:37:04



John Borthwick & Matt Hartman of betaworks discuss coronavirus adaptation strategies  

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hopping on Zoom with betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman to discuss the tech world’s adaptation to this new locked-down world, the future of new media and answer questions from the audience. We discussed whether new media companies can raise capital right now, and touched on emerging trends around […]

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2020-03-27 20:30:42



Tiny newly discovered spider looks like Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night - CNET  

It's one of seven new peacock spiders discovered by an Australian arachnologist and citizen scientists.

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2020-03-27 20:04:24



How the Pandemic Will End?  

Ed Yong, writing for The Atlantic: The world is experienced at making flu vaccines and does so every year. But there are no existing vaccines for coronaviruses -- until now, these viruses seemed to cause diseases that were mild or rare -- so researchers must start from scratch. The first steps have been impressively quick. Last Monday, a possible vaccine created by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health went into early clinical testing. That marks a 63-day gap between scientists sequencin

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2020-03-27 20:04:00



Not Everyone is Laying Off Workers Because of Coronavirus. These Are the Most in-demand Jobs Right Now.  

A record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, according to Thursday's Labor Department report, compared with around 280,000 a week earlier. That said, it hasn't all been bad news for those in search of work, as the pandemic places increased demand on industries like health care and delivery services. 10 most in-demand jobs in the US: Store associate System operator Certified public accountant Health care specialist Construction worker Warehouse manager Psychol

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2020-03-27 19:22:00



SpaceX to deliver cargo to NASA's lunar Gateway station using a new 'Dragon XL' spacecraft  

NASA has tapped SpaceX as the first provider of space-based logistics to deliver experiment materials, cargo and supplies to its lunar Gateway, the agency announced on Friday. This means SpaceX will be among the companies that NASA can turn to when it needs things shuttled via spaceship between Earth and this forthcoming platform, which will […]

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2020-03-27 19:13:26



Bird lays off about 30% of workforce amid COVID-19 pandemic  

Bird is the latest startup hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Bird laid off about 30% of its employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, TechCrunch has learned. “The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has forced our leadership team and the board of directors to make many extremely difficult and painful decisions relating to some of […]

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2020-03-27 18:59:29



How Elon Musk Wants To Transform Homes With 'No Wasted Energy'  

During a Twitter discussion this week about the company's new vehicle, the all-electric Model Y SUV, CEO Elon Musk suggested the company could take its experience building the car to develop an HVAC system. From a report The acronym stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Musk suggested that the idea could build on the work done to develop a heat pump for the Model Y. "Sure would love to do home hvac that's quiet and efficient, with humidity control & HEPA filter," Musk wrote

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2020-03-27 18:42:00



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, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The order, made under the Defense Production Act, marks a sudden reversal […]

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2020-03-27 18:12:26



Google Donates $800 Million in Cash and Ads To Fight Coronavirus  

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, announcing in a blog post: As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it's taking a devastating toll on lives and communities. To help address some of these challenges, today we're announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. Our commitment includes: $250 million in ad grants to

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2020-03-27 17:59:00



OneWeb to file for bankruptcy as effort to secure funding, including from investor SoftBank, falls through  

Broadband constellation satellite operator OneWeb will file for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., likely some time Friday, after attempts to secure new funding, including from existing investor SoftBank, fell through, TechCrunch has learned. The Financial Times also reported on the failure of its funding attempt on Friday, based on its own separate sources. The company […]

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2020-03-27 17:32:14



Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister, Has the Coronavirus  

For weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was a defiant holdout among Western leaders in refusing to lock down his country against the spread of the coronavirus. On Friday, he became the first of those leaders known to have contracted the disease. From a report: Mr. Johnson's diagnosis, confirmed in a test on Thursday, threatened to throw an already rattled British government into turmoil. Fears of a wider contagion grew, as another senior official disclosed he was also infected. Britain faced the

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2020-03-27 17:20:00



Get your free download of Monument Valley 2 and 10 other iOS games this weekend - CNET  

Check out these free games in the App Store for a limited time.

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2020-03-27 17:09:11



How Much More Power Does 5G Consume Over 4G? Redmi Has Answer  

Most 5G phones offer big batteries owing to the increased power consumption of early 5G modems and connectivity. But just how much more power does a 5G phone need over a 4G device? From a report: Redmi general manager Lu Weibing has taken to Weibo to answer this question, claiming that 5G phones consume ~20% more power than a 4G phone. This suggests that a 20% increase in battery size is needed for a 5G phone to achieve the same endurance as a 4G variant (assuming everything else is equal). The

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2020-03-27 16:40:00



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, […]

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2020-03-27 16:33:29



Get Arctis Pro Wireless premium gaming headphones for $220 - CNET  

Anyone can save 33% on one of the best wireless headphone models ever in the SteelSeries annual member-only sale (because it's easy to become a member).

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2020-03-27 16:30:10



China Shuts Down All Cinemas, Again  

China's film regulators have slammed the breaks on their plans to gradually reopen the country's cinemas. From a report: Over 600 movie theaters across China were given the green light to reopen their doors over the past week, but Beijing's Film Bureau put out a notice late Friday ordering all theaters to go back into shutdown. No official explanation for the sudden reversal was provided. Industry insiders instantly began speculating that the government was worried about a potential second wave

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2020-03-27 16:01:00



Best laptop backpack for 2020 - CNET  

You only have one back -- you might as well get the best bag for it.

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2020-03-27 15:42:22



April Fools' Day jokes risk becoming tone deaf amidst coronavirus - CNET  

Google, whose April Fools' shenanigans are famous in the tech world, said it's canceling its pranks this year.

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2020-03-27 15:26:02



The New York Times Releases Its Dataset of US Confirmed Coronavirus Cases  

The New York Times has made one of the most comprehensive datasets of coronavirus cases in the United States publicly available in response to requests from researchers, scientists, government officials and businesses who would like access to the data to better understand the virus and model what may come next. From a report: The Times initially began tracking cases in late January after it became clear that no federal government agency was providing the public with an accurate, up-to-date recor

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2020-03-27 15:21:00



Sony Spins Off Camera Business Into Separate Company  

Sony has announced that it would be spinning off its entire "Electronics Products & Solutions" (EP&S) segment -- including its imaging and mobile businesses -- into an intermediate holding company called "Sony Electronics Corporation." From a report: The change will take place effective April 1st, and no, it doesn't seem to be an early April Fools joke. In a press release announcing the change, the Sony parent company outlined the plan in broad strokes, explaining that its Imaging Produc

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2020-03-27 14:41:00



Instacart shoppers are planning a nationwide strike to demand better safety protections and pay amid COVID-19  

Instacart shoppers, led by the folks over at Gig Workers Collective, are planning a nationwide strike in protest of the company’s practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice first reported. Shoppers, who are responsible for grocery shopping and deliveries, say they have urged Instacart to take proper safety precautions, such as providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant […]

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2020-03-27 14:12:04



'These People Are Evil': Drivers Speak Out Against Uber's New Coronavirus Sick Leave Fund  

Countless Uber drivers are now being pushed to the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, transporting humans, food, supplies, and maybe soon Covid-19 testing kits as shelter-in-place rules cause demand for delivery services to spike. Yet despite their exposure to infection, gig workers lack paid sick leave, health benefits, or unemployment insurance because of their status as independent contractors. From a report: Earlier this month, Uber, Lyft, and Amazon drivers protested the exclusion of

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2020-03-27 14:01:00



Stripe goes Fast for $20M, D2C tips and tricks and what's happening to tech internships?  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The three of us were back today — Natasha, Danny and Alex — to dig our way through a host of startup-focused topics. Sure, the world is stuffed full of COVID-19 news — and, to be clear, the […]

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2020-03-27 13:23:55



Extra Crunch members get 20% off premium plans from calendar app Woven  

Extra Crunch is excited to announce a new community perk from cross-platform calendar tool, Woven. Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off premium plans from Woven. You must be new to Woven to claim this offer. Built from the ground up for busy people, Woven comes stacked with powerful […]

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2020-03-27 13:20:48



Virginia Is the First Southern State With a 100 Percent Carbon-Free Electricity Goal  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Virginia has become the first among the Southern US states to take on a goal for 100 percent carbon-free electricity. State governor Ralph Northam, an Army veteran and pediatric neurologist, issued Executive Order 43. The executive order detailed the state's plans to reach a zero CO2 energy goal by 2050. In September 2019, Northam also brought Virginia into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is a carbon trading network that spans nine states

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2020-03-27 13:00:00



It looks like Brandon Middaugh is heading up the $1B Microsoft climate fund  

Earlier this year, Microsoft made waves in the corporate community by coming out with one of the most ambitious and wide-ranging strategies to reduce carbon emissions from the company’s operations. Part of that plan was a $1 billion fund that would invest in climate change mitigation technologies — specifically focused on decarbonization. At the time, […]

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2020-03-27 12:57:12



Homemade face masks: Why they may not protect you from coronavirus - CNET  

N95 masks adhere to strict protocols to block out airborne particles like viruses in ways that cotton and elastic just can't.

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2020-03-27 12:54:41



How to change your Zoom background just like everyone else is doing right now - CNET  

Why show off your messy living room when you can video chat from the beach or the starship Enterprise?

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2020-03-27 12:41:36



We've come full rectangle: Polaroid is reborn out of The Impossible Project  

More than a decade after announcing that it would keep Polaroid's abandoned instant film alive, The Impossible Project has done the... improbable: It has officially become the brand it set out to save. And to commemorate the occasion there's a new camera, the Polaroid Now.

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2020-03-27 12:29:43



Coronavirus relief: $2 trillion package gives benefits to gig workers - CNET  

Independent contractors for companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart are now eligible for unemployment benefits.

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2020-03-27 12:23:08



13 Zoom video chat tips, tricks and hidden features - CNET  

Learn to change your background and audio and video settings, and share your screen.

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2020-03-27 11:58:17



Los Angeles-based Ficto launches its Quibi competitor — with Niantic as a content partner  

Consumers now have their first chance to sample the wares of a short-form streaming service — and it’s not Quibi. Ficto, a streaming service without a paywall offering interactive dramas, film adaptations, comedies, documentaries, talk shows, game shows, and news, is now live on iOS and Android. The company’s entertainment is designed to be interactive with live-streaming, geo-location, […]

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2020-03-27 11:30:07



Daily Crunch: Clearstep's chatbot offers in-depth COVID-19 screening  

We look at an in-depth screener app for COVID-19, U.S. stocks take another tumble and Apple extends its free trial for Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 27, 2020. Stay safe and socially distanced this weekend! 1. Clearstep's COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources There are […]

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2020-03-27 11:15:43



Maximize your time in Animal Crossing: New Horizons video - CNET  

A few key tips for quickly amassing resources and cash in the smash-hit new game for Nintendo Switch.

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2020-03-27 11:15:38



NYU makes face shield design for healthcare workers that can be built in under a minute available to all  

New York University is among the many academic, private and public institutions doing what it can to address the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare workers across the world. The school worked quickly to develop an open-source face-shield design, and is now offering that design freely to any and all in order to […]

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2020-03-27 11:06:59



Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse  

With shortages of N95 face masks persisting nationwide, healthcare facilities are scrambling to find ways to clean and treat the masks for reuse to protect doctors and nurses most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Duke University thinks it has found a solution using vaporized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the masks. The process uses specialized […]

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2020-03-27 10:53:09



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 […]

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2020-03-27 10:50:48



Streaming service Hooq files for liquidation  

On-demand video streaming service Hooq said on Friday it has filed for liquidation after it failed to grow rapidly and cover its increasing operating costs. Hooq Digital, a joint venture among Singapore telecom group Singtel (majority owner), Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros Entertainment, said the company sailed through "significant structural changes" in the on-demand video […]

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2020-03-27 10:48:45



Tesla to reduce on-site staff at Nevada gigafactory by 75%  

Tesla is reducing the number of on-site workers at its Nevada gigafactory by 75% in response to the growing spread of COVID-19, according to an update from Storey County, where the massive plant is located. The information, which was first reported by Bloomberg, was part of a larger update on the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center […]

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2020-03-27 10:33:29



Apple launches COVID-19 screening website  

Today, Apple launched its own coronavirus screening site (apple.com/covid19) and iOS app developed alongside the White House, CDC and FEMA. The site is pretty simple, with basic information about best practices and safety tips alongside a basic screening tool which should give you a fairly solid idea on whether or not you need to be […]

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2020-03-27 10:13:47



The new Audi RS4 offers more aggressive looks but retains its thumping power video - Roadshow  

Audi has given the RS4 improved interior tech and some aggressive external styling tweaks to compliment its exciting performance.

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2020-03-27 10:06:07



Money Heist is what you should be watching right now -- here's why - CNET  

The hit Netflix show will keep you hooked, make you laugh and even teach you some Spanish.

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2020-03-27 10:06:06



Coronavirus: Radio Listening Booms While Music Streaming Stalls  

People staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic appear to be listening to more radio rather than music apps, figures suggest. The BBC reports: Global, which owns Capital FM and talk station LBC, said online radio listening had risen by 15%. The BBC said streaming of its radio stations had risen 18% since last week. Meanwhile, data from two US analytics companies suggested use of music-streaming apps such as Spotify had dipped by about 8%. According to trusted music industry monitor Bu

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2020-03-27 10:00:00



Half-Life: Alyx's creators hint at more to come - CNET  

Valve's team talks to us about VR, Half-Life's design, and why Portal (and multiplayer) isn't here yet.

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2020-03-27 09:55:30



The FDA just okayed multiple 15-minute blood tests to screen for coronavirus, but there are caveats  

On Thursday, the FDA amended their emergency policy around diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Following on a change made March 16, the agency opened the door for a number of specific private entities and labs to develop and distribute tests that can provide results on the spot in as little […]

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2020-03-27 09:52:14



Coronavirus stimulus check is official: Find out if you're eligible for up to $1,200 - CNET  

The new coronavirus relief package includes cash payments to many people affected by the epidemic. Here's what you need to know.

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2020-03-27 09:42:17



Come along on a road trip with Bentley's newest models - Roadshow  

What a lovely way to spend a weekend.

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2020-03-27 09:38:05



2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport review: Not much more than a pretty face - Roadshow  

Yeah, this luxury utility vehicle looks great, and yeah, it comes with a useful interior, but these attributes do little to compensate for a host of deficiencies.

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2020-03-27 09:30:24



Stocks fall sharply Friday morning as the mid-week recovery falls short  

The major American stock market indices are down sharply this morning at the open, with stocks falling after a multi-day rally helped shave some losses off their calendar-year results. So far, 2020 has proven to be a toxic year for publicly traded equity, as a decade-long bull market collided with a global pandemic and stark […]

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2020-03-27 09:21:42



Clearstep's COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources  

There are a growing number of symptom checker and screening tools that you can use at home if you suspect you might have contracted the new coronavirus that is causing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these are relatively simple, including around three or four questions that basically cover the top reported symptoms experienced by […]

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2020-03-27 09:15:12



Dwight Shrute and Rick Sanchez have coronavirus quarantine advice for you - CNET  

A creative mashup video creatively strings together clips from The Office, Rick and Morty and more to remind us to wash our hands and stay home.

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2020-03-27 09:14:51



Disneyland and Disney World will remain closed indefinitely - CNET  

The parks will be shut down until further notice during the coronavirus pandemic.

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2020-03-27 09:13:49



Yelp pauses GoFundMe Covid-19 fundraising after opt-out outcry  

A fundraising program that Yelp and GoFundMe put in place this week to help local businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic has been paused after public outcry over how it was rolled out — specifically, controversy over how the two provided no easy and quick way to opt out of the fundraising. Yelp’s initial announcement was […]

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2020-03-27 09:06:32



Lime's valuation, variable costs and diverging categories of on-demand companies  

We're wrapping the week with Lime, scooters and the divergence between Uber and Lyft and their two-wheeled rivals.

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2020-03-27 09:03:22



Coronavirus stimulus check: Find out if you're eligible for up to $1,200 - CNET  

A proposed coronavirus relief bill would include cash payments to many people affected by the epidemic. Here's what you need to know.

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2020-03-27 09:03:05



Google pledges $800 million to coronavirus relief, mostly in free ads - CNET  

The search giant will also help a supply chain partner ramp up production of 2 to 3 million face masks.

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2020-03-27 08:47:53



Now might be the perfect time to rethink your fundraising approach  

While there has been a drop in interest so far, there is still a lot of activity and VCs seem to still be reading pitch decks.

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2020-03-27 08:47:51



Coronavirus updates: US cases top 100,000, Trump signs $2 trillion stimulus package - CNET  

Plus: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive and President Trump invokes Defense Production Act to force GM to make ventilators.

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2020-03-27 08:09:38



Pack your drone for adventure in this Lowepro backpack that's 83% off - CNET  

Regularly $105, Adorama is selling this backpack for the DJI Phantom for just $18, which may prompt you to wonder what other drones will fit.

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2020-03-27 07:47:57



Huawei is reportedly working on cloud gaming platform with Tencent - CNET  

The Chinese companies will work on artificial intelligence and augmented reality together, according to Reuters.

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2020-03-27 07:43:54



Wheels is deploying e-bikes with self-cleaning handlebars and brake levers  

Wheels, which recently paused its shared bike service to limit the spread of COVID-19, is making its pedal-less e-bikes available for gig workers, restaurants, non-profits or any other people who do their own deliveries. What’s different about these bikes is they will come with self-cleaning NanoSeptic handlebars and brake levers. NanoSeptic’s technology, which is powered by […]

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2020-03-27 07:38:43



Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch) review: A little extra screen and a lot to like - CNET  

The premium C940 ups the ante for what it takes to make a great convertible laptop.

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2020-03-27 07:38:42



Astronauts could use their own pee to build future moon habitats - CNET  

Scientists mix urea from urine with a moon soil substitute to make surprisingly sturdy 3D-printed structures.

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2020-03-27 07:35:03



At-home coronavirus tests: Everything you should know - CNET  

Coronavirus testing shortages in the US are spurring private companies to develop at-home kits -- but the FDA is not on board (yet).

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2020-03-27 07:28:43



11 best tips to help master Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch - CNET  

What to plant, who to pay and what not to do in the latest installation of Animal Crossing, New Horizons.

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2020-03-27 07:12:58



US Space Force Successfully Launches First Mission  

schwit1 shares a report from UPI: The first official mission for the new U.S. Space Force lifted off from Florida at 4:18 p.m. EDT on Thursday into a virtually cloudless sky with a military communications satellite aboard. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket emblazoned with the Space Force chevron logo carried the satellite toward orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Stations Complex 41. The payload on board is the sixth in a constellation of next-generation satellites known as Advanced

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2020-03-27 07:00:00



PlayStation's 'slower or delayed game downloads' extended to US, Sony says - CNET  

The slowdown applies to the US and Europe as of Friday, but multiplayer games should run normally.

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2020-03-27 06:31:13



Plan B: Bentley's road trip that outdid the Geneva Motor Show - Roadshow  

COVID-19 foiled Bentley's grand entrance to this year's Geneva Motor Show. But as it turned out, the contingency plan proved to be even better.

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2020-03-27 06:07:12



Coronavirus outbreak brings back people who ran away from Facebook - CNET  

#DeleteFacebook goes out the door when you're social distancing.

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2020-03-27 06:04:55



Social Bluebook was hacked, exposing 217,000 influencers' accounts  

A social media platform used to match advertisers with thousands of influencers has been hacked. Social Bluebook, a Los Angeles-based company, allows advertisers to pay social media “influencers” for posts that promote their products and services. The company claims it has some 300,000 influencers on its books. But in October 2019, the company’s entire backend […]

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2020-03-27 06:02:52



The ventilator shortage, explained video - CNET  

Ventilators deliver breaths of oxygenated air to people who are unable to breathe sufficiently on their own. The estimated 160,000 ventilators in the US is usually enough to serve everyone that needs one, but not now, during the coronavirus outbreak. Companies like GM, Ford, and Tesla are offering to help with the severe shortage. But will that help come in time?

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2020-03-27 05:49:27



Attorney Sophie Alcorn answers readers' immigration questions  

We had a great time hosting noted immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn on a live conference call with Extra Crunch members earlier this week. Sophie writes our "Dear Sophie" column, where she answers questions about immigration status, particularly for founders and others in the tech ecosystem who want to work in the United States. Dear Sophie: […]

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2020-03-27 05:47:21



Coronavirus updates: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive - CNET  

Plus: The UK's health secretary announces his positive test. The US now has the most cases worldwide. New jobless claims surpass anything in US history.

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2020-03-27 05:22:43



Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian on how to survive these crazy days (and what to learn from them)  

Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian founded Initialized Capital roughly nine years ago and they’ve closed four funds since, including most recently in late 2018. That $225 million vehicle is roughly twice the size of their previous fund, but because of the coronavirus, the firm, and its portfolio companies — some of which include Opendoor, Instacart […]

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2020-03-27 05:16:30



Not all entrepreneurs are 30-year-old guys  

There is a serious flaw in how businesses are funded, and it's the same discussion we had twenty and thirty years ago about who was at the table in managing businesses.

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2020-03-27 05:16:12



Telco metadata grab is for modelling COVID-19 spread, not tracking citizens, says EC  

As part of its response to the public health emergency triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission has been leaning on Europe’s telcos to share aggregate location data on their users. “The Commission kick-started a discussion with mobile phone operators about the provision of aggregated and anonymised mobile phone location data,” it said today. […]

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2020-03-27 05:12:05






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