Apple and Google reveal joint effort to track the spread of COVID-19, new study shows how theories on marginal coronaviruses make their way to mainstream and – in happier news – we get some tips on material plans ‘Apple for fall. Here is your Daily Crunch of April 13, 2020.
1. Apple and Google launch joint COVID-19 tracking tool for iOS and Android
Apple and Google engineering teams have come together to create a decentralized contact location tool that will help individuals determine if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
The first phase of the project is an API that public health agencies can integrate into their own applications. The next phase is a system-level contact tracking system that will work on iOS and Android devices on an opt-in basis.
2. Coronavirus conspiracies like this false 5G claim are racing on the Internet
According to Yonder, an AI company that monitors online conversations, including misinformation, conspiracies that would normally remain in marginal groups are moving faster during the epidemic. The company estimates that it would normally take six to eight months for a “marginal story” to find its way from the edges of the Internet to the mainstream, while this interval looks like three to 14 days in the middle of COVID. -19.
3. Apple plans to update its iPhone with a design similar to the iPad Pro
Apple is preparing a new iPhone for fall to replace the iPhone 11 Pro this fall, reports Bloomberg, as well as follow-ups on the iPhone 11, a smaller HomePod and a location tag accessory.
4. Amazon to Hire 75,000 Additional People to Meet Increased Demand Due to Coronavirus Crisis
The company said its hiring efforts can help mitigate some of the job losses and vacations resulting from the economic crisis that is also occurring in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, Amazon has positioned its openings as an option for anyone looking to look for work “until things return to normal and their former employer is able to bring them back.”
5. Checking Utah’s startup scene as the economy slows
TechCrunch takes a closer look at a few start-up markets as the world changes. After our dive in Boston at the end of last week, we are expanding our reach and taking a look at the state of Utah. (Extra Crunch subscription required.)
6. Tesla revives the long-range RWD Model 3 for the Chinese market
Tesla now produces and sells the long-range rear-wheel drive version of its Model 3 electric vehicle at its Shanghai plant. The move is notable because Tesla has stopped producing the long-range RWD Model 3 in the United States. It also marks a change from Tesla’s original plan to sell a more basic version of the Model 3 in China.
7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts
The latest full episode of Equity brings together a bunch of different fintech stories (including SoFi’s purchase of Galileo by SoFi for $ 1.2 billion), while Monday’s news summary looks at some of SoftBank’s latest financial figures . And on the original content, we had quite strong feelings about the initial range of content at Quibi.
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