Facebook asks users about coronavirus symptoms, releases friendship data to researchers

Facebook Inc said on Monday it would start surveying some U.S. users about their health as part of a Carnegie Mellon University research project aimed at generating “heat maps” of self-reported coronavirus infections. Reuters: Technology News BEST DEAL UPDATE:

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…

Solid chip sales unlikely to cushion Samsung’s virus-hit first quarter profit

The coronavirus-driven global shift to working from home is set to have boosted demand for Samsung Electronics’ memory chips from laptop makers and data centres, but first-quarter profits are likely to remain flat as the outbreak weakened consumer electronics sales. … Read more…

If you’re quarantined and using credit cards more, these are the best for everyday spending

Whether it’s ordering grocery deliveries, relying on Amazon more, or turning to meal delivery options like UberEats more than in the days pre-coronavirus, the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus that’s resulted in quarantines and stay-at-home orders has us all … Read more…

Boutique fitness studios are going digital during coronavirus pandemic, but they’re not making money yet

Fitness studios across the United States are turning to online platforms to keep their audience connected during the COVID-19 pandemic that’s caused many of them to close due to stay-at-home mandates. But so far, the boutique classes are largely offering … Read more…

Exclusive: Amazon in contact with coronavirus test makers for potential screenings on employees

Amazon.com Inc has been in contact with the CEOs of two coronavirus test makers as it considers how to screen its staff and reduce the risk of infection at its warehouses, according to internal meeting notes seen by Reuters. Reuters: … Read more…

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…

Zoom improves security with automatic password protection and waiting rooms

After facing heavy criticism for the way it handles privacy and security, the video conferencing service Zoom is making a few very necessary updates.  Beginning April 5, all meetings going forward will have automatically enabled password protection and waiting rooms. … Read more…

Amazon stops selling N95 masks to consumers to prioritize distribution to hospitals

Amazon is no longer selling N95 masks to average consumers, and instead prioritizing the product sales to hospitals and government organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic.  If you attempt to buy N95 masks on Amazon’s website, you’ll see the “add … Read more…

Amazon executive on defense after comments about warehouse protest leader

Amazon.com Inc’s general counsel on Thursday said his emotions clouded his judgment when he wrote meeting notes in which he allegedly outlined a public relations strategy against a protest organizer and questioned the employee’s intelligence. Reuters: Technology News BEST DEAL … Read more…

Facebook expects to add 10,000 workers in product and engineering this year, says COO Sheryl Sandberg

“Our hiring is keeping at a very, very aggressive clip,” Sandberg said. The pledge comes as the country braces for a massive spike in unemployment. Earlier on Thursday, the U.S. Labor Department reported that more than 6.6 million Americans filed … 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:

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:

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…

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…

Instagram to remove coronavirus related content from recommendations

Facebook Inc’s Instagram said on Tuesday it would remove coronavirus-related content and accounts from recommendations and its “explore” option, unless posted by or belonging to credible health organizations. “We will also start to downrank content in feed and Stories that … Read more…

SpaceX sends some workers home after employee and One Medical medic test positive for COVID-19

Aerospace and defense companies like SpaceX are counted as “critical infrastructure” businesses, so employees have little choice but to keep reporting to work if they are healthy enough to do so, even during a pandemic. Tech BEST DEAL UPDATE: