Coronavirus Stories Yesterday

Social distancing is an effective way to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, and now Google is offering a new tool that uses AR to help you enforce it.

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Last month, Google launched a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to “deliver urgent aid” for news publications in light of COVID-19 job losses, furloughs, and closures. The company today announced some of the 5,300 small and medium local newsrooms that will get funding.

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Coronavirus Stories May 27

Local businesses are struggling amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic due to decreased foot traffic and sales. Many have turned to selling gift cards as a means for customers to offer additional support, with Google soon allowing affected businesses to link to such donation methods on their public listings.

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Coronavirus Stories May 26

Earlier this month, Sundar Pichai laid out how Googlers would slowly return to the office over the course of 2020, but that most employees would continue working from home. A more detailed road map for Google office reopening was provided today, while measures for those working from home were also announced.

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Coronavirus Stories May 22

Tech companies are well-positioned to work from home, with Mark Zuckerberg this week announcing a permanent remote shift for Facebook. Those plans were praised by some and debated by others. In another interview this week, Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared his outlook for work at Google.

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Coronavirus Stories May 21

Fitbit wants to detect COVID-19 before symptoms start, launches in-app study

With the Google acquisition still under review, Fitbit is continuing with its existing product roadmaps. The company today announced a COVID-19 study to “help determine whether Fitbit can help build an algorithm to detect COVID-19 before symptoms start.”

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