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Palantir picks up more COVID-19 contracts, this time with the VA May 20, 2020

Conversa pitches its modified chat-based tool to monitor employee health in the wake of COVID-19 May 20, 2020

COVID-19 exposure notification settings begin to go live for iOS users with new update May 20, 2020

Berlin’s IFA tech conference will go ahead in-person this September — with caveats May 19, 2020

Experience marketplace Pollen lays off 69 North America staff, furloughs 34 in UK May 19, 2020

70% of Indian startups will run out of money in less than 3 months May 19, 2020

36M Americans have filed for unemployment, but (some) tech firms are still hiring May 18, 2020

With stadiums closed, TV networks turn to live esports broadcasts May 18, 2020

Uber lays off another 3,000 employees May 18, 2020

Oculus surpasses $100 million in Quest content sales May 18, 2020

Study launched into how startups will return to offices May 18, 2020

U.S. House approves remote voting, though the tech is unclear May 18, 2020

Work From Home is dead, long live Work From Anywhere May 18, 2020

Fitbit’s Chinese rival Amazfit mulls a transparent, self-disinfecting mask May 17, 2020

Apple begins reopening some stores with temperature checks and other safeguards in place May 17, 2020

Ford to offer COVID-19 testing for symptomatic workers as part of reopening plan May 16, 2020

With pandemic-era acquisitions, big tech is back in the antitrust crosshairs May 15, 2020

3 views on the future of work, coffee shops and neighborhoods in a post-pandemic world (Extra Crunch) May 15, 2020

How will Europe’s coronavirus contact-tracing apps work across borders? May 15, 2020

Where to shop online that isn’t Amazon, Target or Walmart May 15, 2020

Vice lays off 155 as COVID-19 continues to slam media revenue May 15, 2020

Foxconn’s profits plunged nearly 90% due to COVID-19 shutdown May 15, 2020

US video game sales have record quarter as consumers stay at home May 15, 2020

Apple Operations SVP details supply chain safety changes due to COVID-19 May 14, 2020

Amazon Prime Video to globally premiere 7 Indian movies as theaters remain closed May 14, 2020

Scener now lets you co-watch HBO or Netflix in a ‘virtual theater’ with up to 20 people May 14, 2020

USPS reportedly reassessing last-mile delivery deals with companies like Amazon May 14, 2020

Cruise lays off 8% of workforce amid COVID-19, puts resources toward engineering May 14, 2020

COVID-19 shows we need Universal Basic Internet now May 14, 2020

In the age of social distancing, the LA Rams turn to Snap and Madden to unveil new uniforms May 14, 2020

Tesla employees who don’t return to work could lose unemployment benefits May 14, 2020

Houseparty expands beyond video chat with co-watching of live events May 14, 2020

How to create the best at-home videoconferencing setup, for every budget May 13, 2020

Here’s how your Uber ride will change, starting May 18 May 13, 2020

Amazon calls on Congress to create anti-price gouging law May 13, 2020

Inria releases some source code of French contact-tracing app May 13, 2020

Uber commits $50 million to safety supplies for drivers May 13, 2020

FBI and DHS accuse Chinese hackers of targeting US COVID-19 research May 13, 2020

Twilio tapped for Zocdoc’s expansion into telehealth video consultations May 13, 2020

Alameda County may allow Tesla’s Fremont factory to reopen as soon as next week May 13, 2020

In a letter to Amazon, 13 AGs call for increased transparency and stronger worker protections May 12, 2020

Facebook upgrades its AI to better tackle COVID-19 misinformation and hate speech May 12, 2020

Twitter says staff can continue working from home permanently May 12, 2020

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blames coronavirus for the streaming app’s challenges May 12, 2020

China’s smartphone shipments are reportedly up for April, following COVID-19-fueled decline May 12, 2020

LinkedIn adds polls and live video-based events in a focus on more virtual engagement May 12, 2020

Elon Musk just put a new person in charge of production at Tesla’s Fremont factory May 11, 2020

Elon Musk restarts Tesla factory in defiance of county orders May 11, 2020

American Idol is shooting on iPhones amid stay at home orders May 11, 2020

Rideshare drivers stage caravan protest over Uber’s labor practices May 11, 2020

Twitter to add labels and warning messages to disputed and misleading COVID-19 info May 11, 2020

Facebook and Instagram launch a week of grad-themed events and features May 11, 2020

Facebook and Instagram add new features to help you find and support local businesses May 11, 2020

Mnuchin: California should prioritize helping Musk reopen Tesla May 11, 2020

Mount Sinai deploys Google Nest cameras for COVID-19 patient monitoring and communication May 11, 2020

BuzzFeed extends pay cuts and furloughs 68 employees May 6, 2020

Tinder to add video dating next quarter, after slowing user growth due to coronavirus May 6, 2020

Andela CEO confirms staff cuts as layoffs hit African tech May 6, 2020

Uber is laying off 3,700 as rides plummet due to COVID-19 May 6, 2020

A worker at Amazon’s New York City fulfillment center is dead from COVID-19 May 5, 2020

A security expert says India’s contact-tracing app has flaws; New Delhi says they are ‘by design’ May 5, 2020

Citing revenue declines, Airbnb cuts 1,900 jobs, or around 25% of its global workforce May 5, 2020

NHS COVID-19: The UK’s coronavirus contacts-tracing app explained May 5, 2020

The Obamas and Lady Gaga will give commencement speeches at YouTube’s virtual graduation May 5, 2020

Technology and ethics in the coronavirus economy May 5, 2020

Xiaomi launches Mi Commerce in India to boost sales amid lockdown May 5, 2020

SEC loosens crowdfunding regs so small businesses can raise alternative financing in pandemic May 4, 2020

Facebook to add gift cards, jobs and donation tools to its COVID-19 Community Help hub May 4, 2020

Apple and Google release sample code, UI and detailed policies for COVID-19 exposure-notification apps May 4, 2020

AWS engineer Tim Bray resigns from Amazon following worker firings May 4, 2020

Poynter Institute launches WhatsApp chatbot to debunk coronavirus-related hoaxes May 4, 2020

Yelp is making it easier for businesses to highlight their virtual services May 4, 2020

An already struggling smartphone market takes a big hit from COVID-19 (Extra Crunch)

[tc_podcast date="May 01, 2020"]Quarantine creates new opportunities for video makers, according to a Butter Works report

[tc_podcast date="May 01, 2020"]In spite of pandemic (or maybe because of it), cloud infrastructure revenue soars

[tc_podcast date="May 01, 2020"]Smartphone shipments dropped 18% in China, thanks to COVID-19

[tc_podcast date="Apr 30, 2020"]Smartphone shipments dropped 13% globally, and COVID-19 is to blame May 1, 2020

Walmart is piloting a pricier 2-hour ‘Express’ grocery delivery service April 30, 2020

iPhone sales are down, ahead of uncertain times for the industry April 30, 2020

New Red Hat CEO Paul Cormier faces a slew of challenges in the midst of pandemic April 30, 2020

COVID-19 quarantine boosts smart speaker usage among U.S. adults, particularly younger users April 30, 2020

During a pandemic, some companies struggle to provide the community they promise April 30, 2020

Lyft ends electric scooter operations in Oakland, Austin and San Jose April 30, 2020

Twitch launches an esports directory to cater to growing streaming audience April 30, 2020

Google under fire for squeezing travel startups hit by coronavirus refunds April 30, 2020

Okta COVID-19 app usage report finds it’s not just collaboration seeing a huge uptick April 30, 2020

Amazon worker-activists form international organization to demand change in warehouses April 30, 2020

Workers prepare to strike May 1, amid strained pandemic working conditions April 29, 2020

The lockdown is driving people to Facebook April 29, 2020

Apple will make it easier to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask April 29, 2020

Juul is reportedly laying off 800 to 950 employees April 29, 2020

Apple and Google release first seed of COVID-19 exposure notification API for contact tracing app developers April 29, 2020

Twitter launches a COVID-19 data set of tweets for approved developers and researchers April 29, 2020

Lyft is laying off 982 employees, furloughing a further 288 due to COVID-19 pandemic April 29, 2020

Spotify’s catalog tops a million podcasts, consumption increased by ‘triple digits’ over last year April 29, 2020

UK privacy and security experts warn over coronavirus app mission creep April 29, 2020

Twitter says Elon Musk’s tweets advocating against expert COVID-19 guidance don’t violate its rules April 29, 2020

Video app Marco Polo adds a subscription option amid coronavirus-led boost in usage April 29, 2020

Deliveroo cuts ~15% of staff as coronavirus challenges food delivery April 29, 2020

CZI teams up with UCSF and Stanford to research COVID-19’s prevalence in the Bay Area April 29, 2020

Samsung expects COVID-19 to hurt smartphone and TV sales, but increase demand for memory April 28, 2020

Streaming films are temporarily eligible for Oscars, no theatrical run required April 28, 2020

TripAdvisor will cut almost 25% of its workforce as the travel industry languishes April 28, 2020

Ford postpones autonomous vehicle service until 2022 April 28, 2020

iRobot’s Terra lawnmower will not launch in 2020, as company ‘reprioritizes’ April 28, 2020

Ford cancels Lincoln electric vehicle program with Rivian April 28, 2020

Apple adds COVID-19 testing sites to Maps across the US, and shares more mobility data April 28, 2020

AOC and Elizabeth Warren call for a freeze on big mergers as the coronavirus crisis unfolds April 28, 2020

As COVID-19 misinformation grows, YouTube brings video fact-checking to the US April 28, 2020

France postpones parliament debate on contact-tracing app April 28, 2020

Instagram now allows users to fundraise for nonprofits while live streaming April 28, 2020

UK’s coronavirus contacts tracing app could ask users to share location data April 28, 2020

Facebook will stream a virtual graduation ceremony featuring Oprah and Miley Cyrus April 28, 2020

NY attorney general calls out Amazon’s ‘inadequate’ COVID-19 measures and ‘chilling’ labor policies April 27, 2020

Stay-at-home order for 7 million Bay Area residents extended to end of May April 27, 2020

To fight fraud, Amazon now screens third-party sellers through video calls April 27, 2020

Hundreds of French academics sign letter asking for safeguards on contact tracing April 27, 2020

UPS and CVS will offer prescription drug delivery to Florida community via drone April 27, 2020

TikTok launches Donation Stickers, allowing creators to fundraise for coronavirus relief efforts April 27, 2020

YouTube and Tribeca announce We Are One, a 10-day online film festival April 27, 2020

The next iPhone could be delayed a month, as pandemic wears on April 27, 2020

Bill Gates details how his foundation shifted focus ‘almost entirely’ to addressing COVID-19 April 27, 2020

Germany ditches centralized approach to app for COVID-19 contacts tracing April 27, 2020

COVID-19 forced Airbnb to rethink its product offerings; here’s some of what it came up with April 24, 2020

Facebook to launch ‘virtual dating’ over Messenger for Facebook Dating users April 24, 2020

Coronavirus could push consumers away from influencers and toward streaming TV April 24, 2020

Apple and Google update joint coronavirus tracing tech to improve user privacy and developer flexibility April 24, 2020

House passes COVID-19 relief package to replenish PPP loan funding April 23, 2020

New bill calls for cannabis companies to be eligible for federal COVID-19 help April 23, 2020

Instacart announces new COVID-19 policies and plans to hire 250,000 more shoppers April 23, 2020

Facebook pulls ‘pseudoscience’ from its list of targeted ad categories April 23, 2020

Germany’s COVID-19 contacts tracing app to link to labs for test result notification April 23, 2020

Nextdoor and Walmart partner on a new neighborly assistance program April 23, 2020

First version of Apple and Google’s contact tracing API should be available to developers next week April 23, 2020

Boston Dynamics’ Spot finds a new career in telemedicine amid COVID-19 pandemic April 23, 2020

Eventbrite pulls protest listings over violations of stay-at-home orders April 22, 2020

EU privacy body urges anonymization of location data for COVID-19 tracking April 22, 2020

In Nigeria, PalmPay waives fees and creates ₦100M COVID-19 payout fund April 22, 2020

Senate passes new $484 billion relief bill to replenish small business loans, fund hospitals and testing April 21, 2020

Casper winds down European operations and lays off 78 people April 21, 2020

Amazon employees plan additional protests over COVID-19 working conditions April 21, 2020

Patreon lays off 13% of workforce April 21, 2020

Houzz lays off 155 employees, cuts executive salaries April 21, 2020

GM exits car-sharing business and shuts down Maven April 21, 2020

NYSE trading and IPOs won’t halt through COVID-19 says Vice Chairman April 21, 2020

Coronavirus-related Facebook support groups reach 4.5M in US as misinformation and conspiracies spread April 21, 2020

Apple’s new Fraggle Rock series was shot on iPhones in its creators’ homes April 21, 2020

Google switches its Shopping search service to mostly free listings April 21, 2020

Uber Eats customers have given $3 million in direct contributions to restaurants April 21, 2020

WhatsApp and WHO launch stickers to help people get through these tough times April 21, 2020

With the coronavirus, usually distinct conspiracy groups turn to a shared interest April 21, 2020

3D-printed glasses startup Fitz is making custom protective eyewear for healthcare workers April 20, 2020

Levi’s partnered with TikTok on social commerce and doubled its product views April 20, 2020

Can employers mandate COVID-19 testing? April 20, 2020

Facebook is pulling some protest events over stay-at-home violations April 20, 2020

France’s Inria and Germany’s Fraunhofer detail their ROBERT contact-tracing protocol April 20, 2020

EU data portal launches to support COVID-19 research April 20, 2020

Facebook launches COVID-19 data maps for the US, will take its symptom tracking efforts global April 20, 2020

Uber adds retail and personal package delivery services as COVID-19 reshapes its business April 20, 2020

The pandemic will force sports to reimagine the fan experience April 20, 2020

Hundreds of academics back privacy-friendly coronavirus contact tracing apps April 20, 2020

Facebook launches Fundraisers in India, expands partnerships with state governments for WhatsApp and Messenger helplines April 20, 2020

How to make sense of the coronavirus chaos April 19, 2020

Instagram founders launch COVID-19 spread tracker April 18, 2020

What is contact tracing? April 18, 2020

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch app reminds you to wash your damn hands, dummy April 17, 2020

Trump’s hype for state lockdown protests puts Twitter and Facebook’s new COVID-19 policies to the test April 17, 2020

Europe’s PEPP-PT COVID-19 contacts tracing standard push could be squaring up for a fight with Apple and Google April 17, 2020

Airbnb reportedly lays off contractors and cancels summer internships April 17, 2020

Vox Media is cutting pay and furloughing 9% of employees April 17, 2020

Codementor launches Code Against COVID-19 to match volunteers with software projects April 17, 2020

Uber withdraws 2020 guidance April 16, 2020

COVID-19 could have its own PATRIOT Act, but we need privacy guarantees April 16, 2020

‘Glitch’ blamed as stimulus check is delayed for millions who filed through H&R Block, TurboTax April 16, 2020

Gig workers say they are struggling to get personal protective equipment from companies April 16, 2020

Facebook wants content reviewers back ASAP, slows return plan for most employees April 16, 2020

Instacart jumps into prescription delivery with Costco April 16, 2020

Facebook’s annual virtual reality conference goes virtual-only April 16, 2020

Facebook will start alerting users who have interacted with ‘harmful misinformation’ about COVID-19 April 16, 2020

Amazon, Flipkart and other e-commerce firms in India to resume sales of non-essential items from April 20 April 16, 2020

New MIT machine learning model shows relaxing quarantine rules will spike COVID-19 cases April 16, 2020

EU lawmakers set out guidance for coronavirus contacts tracing apps April 16, 2020

Bezos details Amazon’s COVID-19 testing plans in shareholder letter April 16, 2020

ServiceNow pledges no layoffs in 2020 April 15, 2020

Google Play adds a ‘Teacher Approved’ section to its app store April 15, 2020

Niantic will make Pokémon GO more stay-at-home friendly with remote raids April 15, 2020

Pro-Iran accounts blamed the US for the coronavirus in latest social media disinformation campaign April 15, 2020

Amazon reportedly closes warehouses in France following court order April 15, 2020

GE Healthcare and Microsoft are bringing a COVID-19 patient monitoring tool to health systems April 15, 2020

Digital mapping of coronavirus contacts will have key role in lifting Europe’s lockdown, says Commission April 15, 2020

Airbnb ups its debt by $1BN amid the coronavirus travel crunch April 15, 2020

Luxury consignment retailer The RealReal lays off 10% of workforce, furloughs 15% April 15, 2020

NASA’s Curiosity team is operating the Mars rover from home April 14, 2020

Google is lowering Nest camera quality ‘to conserve internet resources’ April 14, 2020

Apple opens access to mobility data, offering insight into how COVID-19 is changing cities April 14, 2020

Amazon has to limit orders in France following court decision April 14, 2020

Potential new treatment for COVID-19 uncovered by BenevolentAI enters trials April 14, 2020

Amazon fires two more employees who were openly critical of working conditions during pandemic April 14, 2020

Stanford and Google create an embeddable COVID-19 map for local journalists April 14, 2020

The digital future is now April 14, 2020

What you need to know about COVID-19-related cyberattacks (Extra Crunch) April 14, 2020

Covidmaps lets you find grocery stores and pharmacies in India April 14, 2020

India’s lockdown is making life hard for its most popular apps April 14, 2020

One month after White House pledges, access to testing and equipment still lags April 13, 2020

Ford partners with Thermo Fisher on COVID-19 test kits, expands production to face masks, gowns April 13, 2020

Clearbanc cuts staff to navigate ‘long-term economic impacts’ of COVID-19 April 13, 2020

PayPal, Intuit, & Square approved to offer loans to small businesses through coronavirus relief program April 13, 2020

Amazon puts new online grocery shoppers on a waitlist April 13, 2020

Amazon to hire 75,000 more to address increased demand due to coronavirus crisis April 13, 2020

Google unveils Maps, Search and YouTube features in India to help people combat coronavirus April 13, 2020

What do we do with the positives? April 12, 2020

Tesla’s furlough calls begin with delivery and sales taking a hit April 10, 2020

Coronavirus conspiracies like that bogus 5G claim are racing across the internet April 10, 2020

Instacart’s hiring spree continues as it faces unprecedented demand April 10, 2020

Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android April 10, 2020

Google starts highlighting virtual care options in Search and Maps April 10, 2020

After an extended quarantine, the next ISS crew arrives in orbit April 9, 2020

Facebook’s new ‘Quiet Mode’ option lets you turn off the app’s push notifications April 9, 2020

I had COVID-19, but my tech guilt is worse April 9, 2020

Facebook to supply free Portals to some care home residents under NHS scheme April 9, 2020

Free tool helps manufacturers map where COVID-19 impacts supply chain April 9, 2020

Let’s give tech philanthropists the benefit of the doubt on COVID-19 April 9, 2020

Microsoft says video calls in Teams grew 1,000% in March April 9, 2020

Walmart Grocery app sees record downloads amid COVID-19, surpasses Amazon by 20% April 9, 2020

Starling Bank isn’t furloughing permanent staff after all April 9, 2020

Yelp lays off 1,000 employees and furloughs 1,100 more April 9, 2020

CDC’s new guidance around COVID-19 contact sends potentially exposed critical employees back to work April 9, 2020

MIT develops privacy-preserving COVID-19 contact tracing inspired by Apple’s ‘Find My’ feature April 9, 2020

Commercial real estate could be in trouble, even after COVID-19 is over April 8, 2020

Outrunning COVID-19 twice April 8, 2020

LinkedIn has no plans to make COVID-19 related layoffs from now until end of fiscal year April 8, 2020

Netflix launches weekly Instagram Live series about coping during the COVID-19 pandemic April 8, 2020

Next year in Jerusalem — but for now, Zoom April 8, 2020

France is officially working on ‘Stop Covid’ contact-tracing app April 8, 2020

Lacking eyeballs, Facebook’s ad review system fails to spot coronavirus harm April 8, 2020

Instacart adds new features aimed at opening more delivery windows April 8, 2020

Call for common EU approach to apps and data to fight COVID-19 and protect citizens’ rights[/tc_podcast

[tc_podcast date="Apr 7, 2020"]Tesla to cut salaries, furlough workers as COVID-19 shutdowns expected to last until May 4 April 8, 2020

Silicon Valley Bank only started processing stimulus loan applications today April 7, 2020

Away, the high-flying travel brand, just furloughed half its employees and laid off 10% April 7, 2020

Relativity Space’s focus on 3D printing and cloud-based software helps it weather the COVID-19 storm April 7, 2020

NASCAR retains sponsors for esports series as Bubba Wallace loses his April 7, 2020

WhatsApp introduces new limit on message forwards to fight spread of misinformation April 7, 2020

FCC shoots down petition to label Trump’s coronavirus broadcasts as hoaxes April 6, 2020

Creative ways to host a virtual birthday party for kids April 6, 2020

Facebook starts prompting US users to fill out a COVID-19 survey to help track the virus April 6, 2020

National Geographic launches a homeschool hub for parents and teachers, NatGeo@Home April 6, 2020

Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson on shifting a 3,000-person company to fully remote (Extra Crunch) April 6, 2020

EU privacy experts push a decentralized approach to COVID-19 contacts tracing April 6, 2020

Uber partners with Flipkart and BigBasket in India to deliver essential items April 6, 2020

Apple has sourced over 20 million protective masks, now building and shipping face shields April 5, 2020

Tesla shows how it’s building ventilators with car parts April 5, 2020

New York City bans Zoom in schools citing security concerns April 5, 2020

Why telehealth can’t significantly flatten the coronavirus curve — yet April 4, 2020

Zoom admits some calls were routed through China by mistake April 3, 2020

The pandemic is already reshaping tech’s misinformation crisis April 3, 2020

‘Artemis Fowl’ is skipping theaters for Disney+ April 3, 2020

Google rolls back SameSite cookie changes to keep essential online services from breaking April 3, 2020

Bustle Digital Group lays off staff of The Outline as part of broader cuts April 3, 2020

27 TV show recommendations from TechCrunch while you’re stuck at home April 3, 2020

CDC is expected to tell Americans to wear cloth masks, save medical masks for health workers April 2, 2020

Using AI responsibly to fight the coronavirus pandemic April 2, 2020

FCC enacts $200M telehealth initiative to ease COVID-19 burden on hospitals April 2, 2020

White House says it is ordering more companies to make ventilators April 2, 2020

Instacart to provide shoppers with face masks, hand sanitizers and thermometers April 2, 2020

Consumers spent record $23.4 billion on apps in Q1 2020, thanks to being stuck indoors April 2, 2020

Amazon begins running temperature checks and will provide surgical masks at warehouses April 2, 2020

Zoom freezes feature development to fix security and privacy issues April 2, 2020

Detroit to be first to deploy Abbott Labs’ 5-minute COVID-19 test, mayor says April 1, 2020

An EU coalition of techies is backing a ‘privacy-preserving’ standard for COVID-19 contacts tracing April 1, 2020

Palantir provides COVID-19 tracking software to CDC and NHS, pitches European health agencies April 1, 2020

Mobile app spending to double by 2024, despite economic impacts of COVID-19 April 1, 2020

Uber Eats beefs up its grocery delivery offer as COVID-19 lockdowns continue April 1, 2020

Xerox drops $34B HP take-over bid amid COVID-19 uncertainty March 31, 2020

What does a pandemic say about the tech we’ve built? March 31, 2020

Maybe we shouldn’t use Zoom after all March 31, 2020

Facebook launches a global version of its Community Help feature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic March 31, 2020

Wide Open School organizes free educational resources to help parents and teachers homeschool March 31, 2020

Amid shift to remote work, application performance monitoring is IT’s big moment March 31, 2020

General Motors spins up global supply chain to make 50,000 face masks a day March 31, 2020

Facebook deletes Brazil President’s coronavirus misinfo post March 31, 2020

Despite pandemic, gaming is well-positioned to withstand recession (Extra Crunch) March 30, 2020

Niantic is updating Pokémon GO and other titles to support indoor gaming March 30, 2020

Amazon warehouse workers are walking out and Whole Foods workers are striking March 30, 2020

Alphabet’s Verily debuts a COVID-19 community testing toolkit as it scales its own testing efforts March 30, 2020

Videoconferencing apps saw a record 62M downloads during one week in March March 30, 2020

Instacart shoppers say company’s response to strike demands is ‘insulting’ March 30, 2020

White House extends social distancing guidelines to April 30 March 29, 2020

Fauci: US can expect more than 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, millions of cases March 29, 2020

Detroit Auto Show canceled in preparation for FEMA to turn venue into field hospital March 28, 2020

A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn’t need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes March 27, 2020

Trump orders GM to start ventilator production for COVID-19 amid contract dispute March 27, 2020

Instacart shoppers are planning a nationwide strike to demand better safety protections and pay amid COVID-19 March 27, 2020

House passes historic $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue bill March 27, 2020

Apple launches COVID-19 screening website March 27, 2020

Telco metadata grab is for modelling COVID-19 spread, not tracking citizens, says EC March 27, 2020

Tesla to reduce on-site staff at Nevada gigafactory by 75% March 27, 2020

UK tech industry forms to fight the coronavirus crisis March 27, 2020

Yelp pauses GoFundMe COVID-19 fundraising after opt-out outcry March 27, 2020

Clearstep’s COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources March 27, 2020

EPA relaxes enforcement of environmental laws during the COVID-19 outbreak March 26, 2020

US now has the world’s most coronavirus cases March 26, 2020

A Norwegian school quit Zoom after a naked man ‘guessed’ the meeting link March 26, 2020

Report: WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage due to COVID-19 pandemic March 26, 2020

Prisma Health develops FDA-authorized 3D-printed device that lets a single ventilator treat four patients March 26, 2020

Facebook launches Community Hub for Messenger users to fight coronavirus rumors March 26, 2020

Major automakers Toyota, Honda, FCA extend factory closures March 26, 2020

Tesla email reveals two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 March 26, 2020

AI and big data won’t work miracles in the fight against coronavirus March 26, 2020

Tech giants should let startups defer cloud payments March 26, 2020

It’s still easy to find coronavirus mask ads on Facebook March 26, 2020

Gig workers could get unemployment benefits under $2 trillion Senate stimulus bill March 26, 2020

Salesforce’s Benioff pledges no ‘significant’ layoffs for 90 days March 26, 2020

Dyson and Gtech answer UK call for ventilator design and production to support COVID-19 response March 26, 2020

Target pauses plans for grocery pickup amid COVID-19 outbreak March 26, 2020

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: New York gigafactory will reopen for ventilator production March 26, 2020

People who mostly get news from social networks have some COVID-19 misconceptions March 25, 2020

88 out of top 200 U.S. cities have seen internet speeds decline this past week, 3 cities by more than 40% March 25, 2020

Tech’s coveted internships are getting canceled due to COVID-19 March 25, 2020

United Airlines will now cut its domestic flights by 52% March 25, 2020

SF survey addresses gig workers’ concerns amid COVID-19 pandemic March 25, 2020

Twitter pulls The Federalist’s dangerous ‘pox’ coronavirus tweet March 25, 2020

Qatar Airways adds 10K seats while other airlines draw down their schedules March 25, 2020

France launches marketplace to manage essential products against COVID-19 March 25, 2020

Self-reporting app for COVID-19 symptoms for UK research sees 650K downloads in 24 hours March 25, 2020

New York State seeks tech talent for its COVID-19 technology SWAT team March 25, 2020

Africa turns to mobile payments as a tool to curb COVID-19 March 25, 2020

UK turns to WhatsApp to share coronavirus information March 25, 2020

IBM and The Weather Channel launch detailed local COVID-19 maps and data tracking March 25, 2020

Oxford Uni academics launch a tracker for COVID-19 policy interventions March 25, 2020

Amazon issues COVID-19 guidelines, as cases are reported in multiple US fulfillment centers March 25, 2020

New crowdsourced COVID-19 symptom map could build a more complete pandemic picture March 25, 2020

Senate, White House reach deal on $2 trillion stimulus package to lessen COVID-19’s economic impact March 25, 2020

Fox Sports to broadcast the full season of NASCAR’s virtual race series March 24, 2020

Rocket Lab postpones next mission due to coronavirus pandemic March 24, 2020

Volvo’s Polestar begins production of the all-electric Polestar 2 in China March 24, 2020

YouTube defaults to SD quality worldwide to tame bandwidth surge March 24, 2020

Game downloads will be throttled to manage internet congestion March 24, 2020

SF supervisors push for more gig worker protections during the coronavirus pandemic March 24, 2020

Amazon warehouse workers organized to demand PTO, and coronavirus clinched it March 24, 2020

Pinterest launches a ‘Today’ tab featuring daily recommendations and trending topics March 24, 2020

Flexport, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others launch a fund to get supplies to frontline responders March 24, 2020

Snapchat’s Zenly launches coronavirus Stay Home leaderboard March 24, 2020

Ford won’t restart North American plants on March 30 March 24, 2020

Google’s travel search now highlights travel advisories and airline cancellation policies March 24, 2020

Nonprofit aims to get COVID-19 field tests, N95 masks and more to healthcare workers without markups March 24, 2020

Instagram launches Co-Watching of posts during video chat March 24, 2020

GitLab offers key lessons in running an all-remote workforce in new e-book March 24, 2020

Coordinated response required to optimize telehealth during COVID-19 pandemic March 24, 2020

Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW to build respirators, ventilators and face shields for coronavirus fight March 24, 2020

Amazon prioritizes essential products in India, temporarily discontinues ‘lower-priority’ items March 24, 2020

Computex delayed until late September over continued COVID-19 concerns March 24, 2020 launches to track the spread of the Coronavirus in the UK/US March 24, 2020

Using 25% lower bandwidth, Disney+ launches in UK, Ireland and 5 other European countries, France to come online April 7 March 24, 2020

Netflix is reducing its traffic on ISPs by 25% in India March 23, 2020

Oura partners with UCSF to determine if its smart ring can help detect COVID-19 early March 23, 2020

FDA updates COVID-19 testing guidelines to allow self-swab tests March 23, 2020

NYC is offering gig workers delivery jobs during COVID-19 pandemic March 23, 2020

The best video chat apps to turn social distancing into distant socializing March 23, 2020

Fiat Chrysler to start producing 1 million face masks a month March 23, 2020

Amazon Care to provide delivery and pick-up of at-home COVID-19 test sample kits in Seattle trial March 23, 2020

Instacart will bring on 300,000 new full-service shoppers due to coronavirus March 23, 2020

Carriers introduce plans to keep consumers connected during COVID-19 pandemic March 23, 2020

VidCon joins the list of events canceled by COVID-19 March 23, 2020

IOC’s Dick Pound confirms plans to delay Tokyo Olympics March 23, 2020

EU parliament moves to email voting during COVID-19 March 23, 2020

New Jersey launches online portal to give residents accurate answers about COVID-19 March 23, 2020

How I (remotely) podcast March 23, 2020

Oprah Winfrey’s new Apple TV+ show, ‘Oprah Talks COVID-19,’ arrives for free streaming March 23, 2020

Nonprofit launches COVID-19 treatment and vaccine tracker with daily updates March 23, 2020

Facebook Messenger provides governments, agencies with free developer tools to combat COVID-19 March 23, 2020

One neat plug-in to join a Zoom call from your browser March 23, 2020

Facebook and Disney to downgrade streaming quality in Europe due to COVID-19 March 23, 2020

The CDC launches a ‘coronavirus self-checker’ bot called Clara for people in the United States March 23, 2020

Uber, Ola suspend all rides in India’s capital March 23, 2020

Canada, Australia pull athletes out of Olympics, as the IOC says it will consider postponing Tokyo Games March 23, 2020

IBM, Amazon, Google and Microsoft partner with White House to provide compute resources for COVID-19 research March 22, 2020

Justice Dept. files its first coronavirus takedown: a bogus vaccine website March 22, 2020

Ford, GM, Tesla given the ‘go ahead’ to produce ventilators, Trump says March 22, 2020

Box’s Aaron Levie says it will take creativity and focus to get through this crisis March 22, 2020

Emirates will suspend most passenger flights by March 25 March 22, 2020

With kids and adults staying at home, are virtual worlds ready for primetime? March 22, 2020

Amazon, Apple and Microsoft CEOs detail their companies’ efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic March 22, 2020

A new type of COVID-19 test now approved for use could help with frontline diagnostics March 22, 2020

Into and after the viral storm March 22, 2020

Under quarantine, media is actually social March 21, 2020

WhatsApp tests new feature to fight misinformation: Search the web March 21, 2020

Twitter prioritizes blue-check verifications to confirm experts on COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus March 21, 2020

Google launches COVID-19 page and search portal with safety tips, official stats and more, US-only for now March 21, 2020

GM and Ventec Life Systems partner to ramp up production of ventilators March 20, 2020

Tesla partner Panasonic is shutting down its operations at Nevada gigafactory March 20, 2020

Californians can now order alcoholic beverages to go March 20, 2020

In response to COVID-19, Hulu adds a free live news stream to its on-demand app March 20, 2020

Be on guard for coronavirus robocalls, warns FCC March 20, 2020

Google cancels I/O developer conference in light of COVID-19 crisis March 20, 2020

Rivian shuts down all facilities over COVID-19 pandemic concerns March 20, 2020

SpaceX and Tesla are ‘working on’ ventilators, Elon Musk says March 20, 2020

Uber Eats UK waives fees during the coronavirus crisis March 20, 2020

What are the rules wrapping privacy during COVID-19? March 20, 2020

A week later, Trump’s national coronavirus screening website is still nowhere to be found March 20, 2020

Tinder waives Passport fee to help users connect virtually around the world March 20, 2020

Formula 1 replaces its postponed races with a virtual grand prix series March 20, 2020

Ola suspends shared ride option in India March 20, 2020

U.S. and Mexico close border ‘non-essential travel’ due to coronavirus crisis March 20, 2020

Pixar’s ‘Onward’ goes on sale digitally today, coming to Disney+ on April 3 March 20, 2020

Waymo suspends all self-driving services in light of coronavirus pandemic March 20, 2020

New York governor announces ‘100% workforce reduction’ for non-essential services March 20, 2020

Amazon follows Netflix’s lead, reducing streaming quality in Europe March 20, 2020

YouTube goes SD streaming by default in Europe due to COVID-19 March 20, 2020

PSA: Yes you can join a Zoom meeting in the browser March 20, 2020

Disney+ India launch postponed March 20, 2020

California governor announces a statewide place March 19, 2020

American Airlines will use passenger planes for cargo-only flights to Europe March 19, 2020

Watch Mark Zuckerberg talk live with epidemic expert Dr. Anthony Fauci March 19, 2020

YouTube launches dedicated COVID-19 home page section March 19, 2020

Tesla to temporarily shut down Fremont factory March 19, 2020

US State Department issues unprecedented ‘do not travel’ coronavirus March 19, 2020

Workers sent home after Amazon warehouse employee tests positive for COVID-19 March 19, 2020

Netflix will reduce streaming quality in Europe for 30 days March 19, 2020

NYC mayor pleads with Elon Musk to start producing ventilators March 19, 2020

Conan O’Brien will return to TV with shows shot on iPhone and over video chat March 19, 2020

Netflix and other streaming platforms urged to switch to SD during COVID-19 crisis March 19, 2020

Uber says rides down by as much as 70% in cities hardest hit by coronavirus, looks at delivering meds March 19, 2020

Facebook’s $1,000 bonus only applies to full-time employees working from home, not contractors March 19, 2020

Twitter broadly bans any COVID-19 tweets that could help the virus spread March 18, 2020

FreshDirect says worker who tested positive for COVID-19 not involved in food prep or delivery March 18, 2020

Charter staff told to report to offices despite positive coronavirus tests March 18, 2020

GM, Ford, and FCA shutter all North American factories over coronavirus fears March 18, 2020

Bill Gates addresses coronavirus fears and hopes in AMA March 18, 2020

Sling TV rolls out free streaming to U.S. consumers stuck at home March 18, 2020

Facebook will put a new coronavirus info center on top of the News Feed March 18, 2020

Ford temporarily suspends production in North American factories March 18, 2020

Delta Air Lines will park at least half its fleet and close airport lounges March 18, 2020

Tesla orders factory workers to come to work in spite of shelter in-place directive March 18, 2020

GM, Ford, FCA to close all factories, AP reports March 18, 2020

Deliveroo riders can’t hardship fund, warns union March 18, 2020

Honda to shut down North American factories for six days March 18, 2020

Yelp cancels internship program due to COVID-19 outbreak March 18, 2020

US and Canada border to close to all but essential travel and trade March 18, 2020

Israel passes emergency law to use mobile data for COVID-19 contact tracing March 18, 2020

County deems Tesla a ‘non-essential’ business during shelter-in-place order March 17, 2020

Facebook is wrongly blocking some links, including coronavirus info March 17, 2020

Virtual reality scales back its real world presence March 17, 2020

FAA temporarily closes tower at Chicago’s Midway Airport after employees test positive for COVID-19 March 17, 2020

Lime pauses scooter operations in select markets amid COVID-19 March 17, 2020

Good news, Bay Area, you can still go on a hike now) March 17, 2020

United Auto Workers call on GM, Ford, FCA to shut down U.S. factories March 17, 2020

U.S. government reportedly in talks with tech companies on how to use location data in COVID-19 fight March 17, 2020

China clamps down further on dissent as it expels journalists from NYT, WSJ, and WaPo March 17, 2020

Administration expands telemedicine for Medicare and encourages health plans to boost offerings March 17, 2020

Waymo suspends robotaxi service except for its truly driverless vehicles March 17, 2020

Android app reviews may slow to over a week due to COVID-19 impacts, Google warns developers March 17, 2020

White House provides an update on COVID-19 testing in the U.S., says there’s been a ‘dramatic ramp’ March 17, 2020

Trump admin wants to send American workers cash ‘immediately’ March 17, 2020

Apple now says its retail stores are closed ‘until further notice’ March 17, 2020

White House asks construction companies to donate their N95 masks to hospitals March 17, 2020

Ford, Daimler to suspend production at European factories due to COVID-19 March 17, 2020

Nielsen explains how COVID-19 could impact media usage across the US March 17, 2020

AMC will close all US theaters for six to 12 weeks March 17, 2020

Trump administration proposes $850 billion stimulus package to stabilize the economy March 17, 2020

Amazon limiting shipments of certain types of products due to COVID-19 pandemic March 17, 2020

Google postpones the online version of Cloud Next until further notice March 17, 2020

Volkswagen prepares to halt production at European plants, likely for a few weeks March 17, 2020

Uber suspends Uber Pool shared rides in the US and Canada to help limit coronavirus spread March 17, 2020

UNESCO updates distance-learning guide for the 776.7 million children worldwide affected by school closures March 16, 2020

Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube issue joint statement on misinformation March 16, 2020

States strategize to protect voters as COVID-19 changes some primary plans March 16, 2020

San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order does not apply to gig workers March 16, 2020

Staff angered as Charter prohibits working from home despite spread of coronavirus March 16, 2020

Regal is closing all theaters ‘until further notice’ over COVID-19 fears March 16, 2020

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been in regular contact with the White House on coronavirus pandemic March 16, 2020

NBCUniversal will break the theatrical window to release ‘The Invisible Man’ and other movies on-demand March 16, 2020

Lawmakers look to bridge ‘homework gap’ with subsidized Wi-Fi hotspots for students March 16, 2020

You can ask to skip your Apple Card payment for March, Apple tells customers March 16, 2020

Amazon is looking to hire 100,000 employees to keep up with demand March 16, 2020

President says Senate to revise House aid bill to ‘make it fair for everybody’ March 16, 2020

White House says to avoid gatherings of 10 or more, Trump coronavirus pandemic could last until August March 16, 2020

How Uber, Lyft, Seamless and more are addressing taxed gig economy workers March 16, 2020

Bay Area counties announce lockdown through April 7 March 16, 2020

To slow coronavirus spread, EU countries and Russia join the list of countries officially closing their borders to all but essential travel March 16, 2020

Canada closes border to ‘all foreign nationals’ except Americans, will block even citizens with symptoms March 16, 2020

YouTube warns of increased video removals during COVID-19 crisis March 16, 2020

Microsoft Teams goes down — just as everyone starts working from home March 16, 2020

Eventbrite coronavirus outbreak will materially impact its business March 16, 2020

Workers at America’s largest companies are not covered under coronavirus aid package March 15, 2020

GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler join UAW to form coronavirus task force March 15, 2020

CDC issues new guidance against gatherings of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks March 15, 2020

As social distancing measure, Starbucks temporarily shifts to ‘to go’ model in US and Canada March 15, 2020

Trump says Google CEO Sundar Pichai called to apologize March 15, 2020

US slashes federal interest rates in response to the coronavirus pandemic March 15, 2020

American Airlines cuts long-haul international flights by 75% March 15, 2020

UK is advising against all travel to the US amid the coronavirus pandemic March 15, 2020

How big tech is taking on COVID-19 March 14, 2020

Apple sets restrictions for COVID-apps March 14, 2020

White House now says pilot of coronavirus screening site will roll out Monday for Bay Area March 14, 2020

UK and Ireland added to US travel ban amid COVID-19 concerns March 14, 2020

Apple is closing all of its stores outside of China until March 27 March 14, 2020

White House and House Democrats agree to funding package for paid sick leave, funding for tests March 13, 2020

Despite Trump’s claims, Google isn’t building the coronavirus screening site — and it’s not ready March 13, 2020

President Trump declares emergency order to free funds and loosen regulations for healthcare facilities March 13, 2020

White House teams up with Google to build coronavirus screening site March 13, 2020

Amazon cancels re:MARS 2020 event amid COVID-19 outbreak March 13, 2020

Delta Air Lines cuts capacity by 40% March 13, 2020

Instagram uses its power to put coronavirus tips atop feed March 13, 2020

Apple makes WWDC online-only, amid concerns March 13, 2020

Annual Space Symposium event postponed due to coronavirus March 13, 2020

An Apple Store employee on leave has tested positive for COVID-19 in Santa Monica March 13, 2020

Coronavirus could force ISPs to abandon data caps forever March 12, 2020

Amazon asks all employees to work from home if they can March 12, 2020

Google employee in Bangalore tests positive for coronavirus March 12, 2020

Hackers are jumping on the COVID-19 pandemic to spread malware March 12, 2020

Does coronavirus need a brand? March 12, 2020

Verizon increases network infrastructure $500M March 12, 2020

European Commission goes teleworking by default over COVID-19 March 12, 2020

Airlines start cancelling more flights from Europe as new restrictions go into effect March 12, 2020

Microsoft moves its 2020 Build developer conference online March 12, 2020

Tinder cancels its apocalyptic-themed show ‘Swipe Night’ out of sensitivity to coronavirus outbreak March 12, 2020

Twitter makes working from home mandatory for employees around the world in response to COVID-19 March 12, 2020

White House asks tech leaders for help with coronavirus response March 11, 2020

YouTube will now allow creators to monetize videos about coronavirus and COVID-19 March 11, 2020

COVID-19 officially declared a pandemic by the WHO, as deaths pass 4,000 March 11, 2020

Apple News adds a special coverage section for tracking the coronavirus outbreak March 11, 2020

E3 is the latest conference shuttered over COVID-19 concerns March 11, 2020

European Parliament moves to majority teleworking in response to COVID-19 March 11, 2020

As national COVID-19 cases top 1000, insurers waive treatment fees and U.S. preps stimulus March 10, 2020

Google expands work from home recommendation to all North American employees, establishes ‘COVID-19 fund’ March 10, 2020

Y Combinator moves its online Demo Day forward one week March 10, 2020

New York Auto Show delayed until August over coronavirus concerns March 10, 2020

President teases stimulus package to boost a US economy hit by COVID-19 fears March 9, 2020

TechCrunch Events and coronavirus  March 9, 2020

Wait, you all haven’t been wiping down your smartphones this whole time? March 9, 2020

European Parliament tells vulnerable staff to telework to shrink COVID-19 risk March 9, 2020

Box is now letting all staff work from home to reduce coronavirus risk March 9, 2020

Telecom operators in India warn people of coronavirus outbreak, share tips March 8, 2020

US response to the COVID-19 coronavirus moves from ‘containment’ to ‘mitigation’ March 8, 2020

China Roundup: Enterprise tech gets a lasting boost from coronavirus outbreak March 8, 2020

Stanford cancels classes in response to novel coronavirus outbreak March 6, 2020

Facebook bans face mask ads to fight coronavirus price gouging March 6, 2020

SXSW cancels its 400K-person conference due to coronavirus March 6, 2020

Senator urges Uber, Lyft, Instacart and others to offer gig workers financial security in light of COVID-19 concerns March 6, 2020

Citing concern over COVID-19, Y Combinator moves demo day online March 6, 2020

SaaStr postpones annual conference as county officials discourage large gatherings March 6, 2020

Facebook commits to paying ‘contingent’ workers affected by corporate coronavirus response March 6, 2020

Microsoft will pay hourly workers regular wages even if their hours are reduced because of COVID-19 concerns March 5, 2020

Google recommends Washington State employees work from home, citing coronavirus risk March 5, 2020

Lyft is the latest tech company to send employees home over coronavirus March 5, 2020

Twitter CEO’s weak argument why investors shouldn’t fire him March 5, 2020

Google cancels its 2020 I/O developer conference March 3, 2020

Zuckerberg details the ways Facebook and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are responding to COVID-19 March 3, 2020

Facebook fact-check feud erupts over Trump virus ‘hoax’ March 3, 2020

Google pitches free trials of its enterprise G Suite conferencing tools as part of a coronavirus response March 3, 2020

Google cancels Cloud Next because of coronavirus, goes online-only March 2, 2020

Nvidia cancels GTC developer event over coronavirus fears March 2, 2020

New York’s Governor Cuomo requires insurers to waive cost sharing for COVID-19 tests March 2, 2020

How to work during a pandemic March 1, 2020

Coronavirus grifts crop up online for political gain and profit February 29, 2020

GDC 2020 has been canceled February 28, 2020

Amazon is the latest to ditch GDC this year February 28, 2020

Geneva Motor Show canceled over coronavirus fears February 28, 2020

Facebook cancels F8 conference, citing coronavirus concerns February 27, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US response to the COVID-19 outbreak February 26, 2020

What happens if a pandemic hits? February 23, 2020

Do trade shows still matter in the age of online business? (Extra Crunch) February 18, 2020

GSMA cancels Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus concerns February 12, 2020

A list of MWC coronavirus cancellations so far: Nokia, Facebook, AT&T, Sprint, Intel now also staying away February 11, 2020

Sony to pull out of MWC over coronavirus outbreak February 10, 2020

Amazon withdraws from MWC over coronavirus-related concerns February 9, 2020

As top exhibitors pull out of MWC, organizers implement stringent safeguards February 9, 2020

[Updated] LG withdraws from MWC due to coronavirus-related concerns February 4, 2020

Why micromobility may emerge from the pandemic stronger than before (Extra Crunch) May 20, 2020

Despite COVID-19, optimism reigns in the Midwest’s startup scene (Extra Crunch) May 20, 2020

ChromaCode’s tech to boost COVID-19 testing gets Bill Gates’ backing May 19, 2020

The Great Reset (Extra Crunch) May 17, 2020

Some investors turn to cutting fully remote checks while sheltering in place May 15, 2020

Indian food delivery startup Zomato cuts 13% of workforce May 15, 2020

How companies get back to the office May 15, 2020

Forerunner Ventures’ Kirsten Green demystifies the COVID-19 consumer era (Extra Crunch) May 14, 2020

Parenting benefits company Cleo partners with UrbanSitter to address the US childcare crisis May 14, 2020

How to protect your equity if you’ve been furloughed or laid off May 14, 2020

These best practices maximize the value of your online events (Extra Crunch) May 14, 2020

7 top mobility VCs discuss COVID-19 strategies and trends (Extra Crunch) May 14, 2020

Startups are transforming global trade in the COVID-19 era (Extra Crunch) May 13, 2020

Why is Eugene Kaspersky funding a travel accelerator during COVID-19? (Extra Crunch) May 13, 2020

Fantasy sports startup Sleeper closes Series B led by a16z as it expands to esports amid pandemic May 12, 2020

GreenLight Biosciences raises $17m to ramp mRNA production for COVID-19 vaccine candidate trials May 12, 2020

Initialized Capital-backed Naza shifts focus from the salon to hairstyle boxes during the pandemic May 12, 2020

Target Global has a €1M “super seed” pot incoming to switch on laid off tech talent in Spain during COVID-19 May 12, 2020

Fintech startups amass war chests for the economic downturn (Extra Crunch) May 11, 2020

Publicist launches its marketplace for freelance PR and marketing May 6, 2020

More debt, improving margins: How startups are retooling in the COVID-19 era (Extra Crunch) May 6, 2020

With funding from, ReadySet is scaling to meet the demands of a changing workplace May 6, 2020

UK investors band together to survey Angels on their strategy during COVID-19 May 6, 2020

LetsGetChecked raises $71 million as COVID-19 epidemic makes home testing increasingly vital May 5, 2020

What the new VC show-and-tell means for signaling risk (Extra Crunch) May 5, 2020

7 VCs discuss how COVID-19 is changing the media startup landscape (Extra Crunch) May 5, 2020

As COVID-19 dries up funding, only drought-resistant cannabis startups will survive (Extra Crunch) May 1, 2020

As lockdowns stretch on, is edtech passing or failing? (Extra Crunch) May 1, 2020

JetBrains Academy for learning code launches for free during COVID-19 pandemic May 1, 2020

Digging for dollar signs amid edtech’s current momentum (Extra Crunch) April 29, 2020

Latin American startup deals see major drop in COVID-19 era (Extra Crunch) April 29, 2020

Dear‌ ‌Sophie:‌ Will a PPP loan‌ affect my visa renewal or green card? (Extra Crunch) April 28, 2020

Cheetah, a restaurant wholesale app that pivoted to consumers for COVID-19, nabs $36M April 28, 2020

Investors, startup founders in India pool $13M to fund projects that fight coronavirus April 28, 2020

Changing SaaS startup benchmarks in the COVID-19 era (Extra Crunch) April 28, 2020

A full-time VC & part-time ER doctor shares his thoughts on COVID-19 (Extra Crunch) April 27, 2020

Pandemic forces fundraising founders to accept ‘discounts across the board’ (Extra Crunch) April 27, 2020

If we let the US Postal Service die, we’ll be killing small businesses with it April 24, 2020

Silicon Valley needs a new approach to studying ethics now more than ever April 24, 2020

Matt Ocko saw COVID-19 coming: Here’s what his venture firm is doing about it (Extra Crunch) April 24, 2020

Manufacturing startup Divergent 3D reduces staff by one-third April 24, 2020

My experience with the CARES Act was frustrating, confusing and unfair (Extra Crunch) April 24, 2020

How deal terms are changing right now April 23, 2020

The changing face of employment law during a global pandemic (Extra Crunch) April 23, 2020

Pandemic reset leads investors to focus on resilience, adaptability (Extra Crunch) April 23, 2020

6 investment trends that could emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic (Extra Crunch) April 22, 2020

What happens if Magic Leap shuts down? (Extra Crunch) April 22, 2020

EV startup Byton furloughs half of its 450-person staff in the US April 22, 2020

Cowboy VC’s Aileen Lee: Your coronavirus scenario planning should be more conservative (Extra Crunch) April 22, 2020

CrowdStrike’s new CTO says the coronavirus era is ‘business as usual’ (Extra Crunch) April 22, 2020

Magic Leap reportedly slashes 1,000 jobs and steps away from consumer plans April 22, 2020

SoftBank-backed Oyo cuts salaries, furloughs employees April 22, 2020

Lambda School cuts staff and exec pay amid market uncertainty April 22, 2020

MigVax raises $12M for its COVID-19 vaccine efforts April 22, 2020

Indian food delivery startup Swiggy is cutting about 1,000 jobs April 21, 2020

Will China’s coronavirus-related trends shape the future for American VCs? (Extra Crunch) April 21, 2020

Lightspeed’s Nicole Quinn on the impacts of sheltering in place (Extra Crunch) April 21, 2020

8 top fintech VCs discuss COVID-19 trends, signals and opportunities (Extra Crunch) April 21, 2020

Y Combinator officially shifts its next accelerator class to fully remote format April 20, 2020

Marc Andreessen’s call to arms: Build something meaningful April 19, 2020

Curative received FDA emergency use authorization for its novel COVID-19 tests April 18, 2020

To avoid hostile takeovers amid COVID-19, India mandates approvals on Chinese investments April 18, 2020

Sales startup lays off 18% of staff, raises debt round amid COVID-19 uncertainty April 17, 2020

Bradley Tusk on starting a company and seed investing in the coronavirus era (Extra Crunch) April 17, 2020

Ola opens its tech platform to Indian government to combat coronavirus crisis April 16, 2020

Delivery Hero CEO shares what he’s learned about managing logistics during a pandemic (Extra Crunch) April 16, 2020

As COVID-19 pummels global economy, 8 new companies join the $100M ARR club (Extra Crunch) April 16, 2020

Investors explain COVID-19’s impact on consumer startups (Extra Crunch) April 16, 2020

India says video conference app Zoom is ‘not safe’ April 16, 2020

GoPro lays off 200 employees representing 20% of the company April 16, 2020

Learn In thinks a solution to layoffs is more sabbaticals April 16, 2020

Choco gobbles up $30.2M at a $250M+ valuation, tweaks restaurant supplier ordering platform to sell to consumers during pandemic April 16, 2020

Chinese startup Rokid pitches COVID-19 detection glasses in US April 16, 2020

View, the dynamic glass company that raised $1.1 billion from SoftBank in 2018, is laying people off April 16, 2020

Houseparty reports 50M sign-ups in past month amid COVID-19 lockdowns April 16, 2020

SoftBank-backed Opendoor has announced a massive layoff, cutting 35% of its employees April 16, 2020

Unicorn layoffs keep piling up as the economy gets worse April 15, 2020

Instagram rival VSCO lays off 30% of staff to reduce reliance on outside capital April 15, 2020

Traditional sales and marketing strategies won’t see you through this crisis (Extra Crunch) April 15, 2020

Small businesses are out of time, but COVID-19 aid comes with massive roadblocks (Extra Crunch) April 15, 2020

Attentive raises another $40M for mobile messaging, will invest in helping customers respond to COVID-19 April 15, 2020

This venture firm is offering fast funding in a time of uncertainty April 14, 2020

VC activity goes upside down as seed deals fall and mega-rounds rise (Extra Crunch) April 14, 2020

Los Angeles-based Frame launches mental health gateway for a pandemic-stricken generation April 14, 2020

Venture capitalists chat edtech’s new normal after COVID-19 (Extra Crunch) April 14, 2020

Electrical worker safety startup launches a COVID-19 workplace distance and contact tracker April 14, 2020

UK tech job vacancies fall 31% in less than 4 weeks, according to job site data – so who is still hiring? April 14, 2020

Layoffs are disproportionately impacting startup satellite offices April 13, 2020

Silicon Valley restructuring veteran says his firm is winding down up to 3 startups a day (Extra Crunch) April 13, 2020

Driverless vehicles in the age of the novel coronavirus April 13, 2020

Hallway creates a ‘virtual break room’ for remote workers using scheduled video chats April 13, 2020

Will podcast ad revenue bounce back after COVID-19? (Extra Crunch) April 13, 2020

Airbnb is buying trust during the COVID-19 travel slowdown (Extra Crunch) April 10, 2020

Tips, tactics and cashflow strategies for startup survival during a crisis (Extra Crunch) April 10, 2020

Amid unicorn layoffs, Boston startups reflect on the future (Extra Crunch) April 10, 2020

Startups, VCs in India request ‘relief package’ from the government to fight coronavirus disruption April 10, 2020

It’s ‘bullshit’ that VCs are open for business right now, but that could change in a month April 10, 2020

Starship Technologies is sending its autonomous robots to more cities as demand for contactless delivery rises April 9, 2020

COVID-19 symptom self-reporting app from startup Zoe and academic partners expands to the US April 9, 2020

Fast-changing regulations give virtual care startups a chance to seize the moment (Extra Crunch) April 9, 2020

Bessemer’s Tess Hatch on the evolving aerospace market and COVID-19 adjustments (Extra Crunch) April 8, 2020

Deliveroo, Graphcore and other big UK startups say they’re being cut out of COVID-19 lending relief April 8, 2020

How one European VC firm is reacting to the economic crisis (Extra Crunch) April 8, 2020

Twine aims to end social isolation with its video chat app for deep conversations April 8, 2020

Fintech’s uneven new reality has helped some startups, harmed others (Extra Crunch) April 8, 2020

Founder worries increase as investors pump the brakes (Extra Crunch) April 8, 2020 launches pre-packaged apps for small businesses hit by COVID-19 April 8, 2020

Move fast, make things — UK fintech’s response to the coronavirus crisis continues April 8, 2020

India’s Oyo furloughs thousands of employees as revenue drops by over 50% April 8, 2020

Tyto Care raises $50 million as it looks to buy and build new services during COVID-19 demand surge April 7, 2020

Restaurant management platform Toast cuts 50% of staff April 7, 2020

GV’s M.G. Siegler on portfolio management, crisis fundraising and his latest investment (Extra Crunch) April 7, 2020

Target’s Shipt shoppers are walking off work today April 7, 2020

New Media Ventures creates rapid-response fund for political startups in the COVID-19 era April 7, 2020

How SaaS startups should plan for a turbulent Q2 (Extra Crunch) April 7, 2020

Managing customer discovery when you can’t leave the house (Extra Crunch) April 7, 2020

Bringg nabs $30M to expand its delivery logistics platform used by Walmart and others April 7, 2020

Bidet startup Tushy scales up to meet demand amid toilet paper shortage (Extra Crunch) April 6, 2020

AngelList lays off a number of staff and cuts executive salaries April 6, 2020

COVID-19 crisis spurs triple-digit growth for refurbishing startup Back Market (Extra Crunch) April 6, 2020

BounceX cuts staff, reduces salaries in wake of COVID-19 economic disruptions April 6, 2020

Creative Destruction Lab launches a new startup program dedicated to COVID-19 response April 6, 2020

COVID-hit UK startups cry out for help, as UK gov trails Europe in its response April 6, 2020

Lydia lets you donate to hospitals and charities April 6, 2020

WHO Africa hosts hackathons, offers seed funds to fight COVID-19 April 6, 2020

New guidance on SBA loans means most startups are still excluded from $349 billion stimulus April 4, 2020

Cultivating adaptability is a pandemic coping skill (Extra Crunch) April 4, 2020

As tech layoffs surge, some support emerges for those without a job April 3, 2020

Want to survive the downturn? Better build a platform April 3, 2020

Pandemic puts the brakes on micromobility (Extra Crunch) April 3, 2020

Insight closes $9.5B fund to help support portfolio companies through the pandemic April 3, 2020

The pendulum will swing away from founder-friendly venture raises (Extra Crunch) April 3, 2020

Valispace raises $2.4M to become the ‘Github for hardware’, joins fight against COVID-19 April 3, 2020

Google is now publishing coronavirus mobility reports, feeding off users’ location history April 3, 2020

Longtime VC Neil Sequeira: Funding founders without in-person meetings is ‘quite difficult’ (Extra Crunch) April 3, 2020

Activity-monitoring startup Zensors repurposes its tech to help coronavirus response April 2, 2020

Estimote launches wearables for workplace-level contact tracing for COVID-19 April 2, 2020

IRL pivots into virtual event calendar In Remote Life April 2, 2020

Lending startups are angling for new business from the COVID-19 bailout (Extra Crunch) April 2, 2020

Forward launches ‘Forward At Home’ primary care service to address COVID-19 healthcare crunch April 2, 2020

How 6 top VCs are adapting to the new uncertainty (Extra Crunch) April 2, 2020

Encore’s musical messages let you commission a video performance to send to loved ones April 2, 2020

Nextdoor updates its app to allow businesses to link to fundraisers, gift cards and more April 1, 2020

VR chair startup raises funds, as pandemic boosts prospects for VR and gaming April 1, 2020

What happens to edtech when kids go back to school? (Extra Crunch) April 1, 2020

Hio wants to put networking events back on your remote-only calendars April 1, 2020

Pre-school edtech startup Lingumi raises £4m, adds some free services during COVID-19 April 1, 2020

Africa’s tech ecosystem responds to COVID-19 March 31, 2020

Investors tell Indian startups to ‘prepare for the worst’ as COVID-19 uncertainty continues March 31, 2020

How to value a startup in a downturn (Extra Crunch) March 31, 2020

Color is launching a high-capacity COVID-19 testing lab and will open-source its design and protocols March 31, 2020

Cue Health awarded $13 million government contract to develop portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test March 31, 2020

Startup group works to get flat-packed protective boxes to front-line COVID-19 medical workers March 31, 2020

Venture capital isn’t escaping the downward spiral of the global economy (Extra Crunch) March 31, 2020

Dining and takeout startup Allset raises $8.25M as it adapts to life under lockdown March 31, 2020

Leading VCs discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the world of digital health (Extra Crunch) March 31, 2020

Local services marketplace Thumbtack lays off 250 employees March 30, 2020

Amid concerns that startups could be left out of COVID-19 bailout, investors step up lobbying March 30, 2020

WeWork sells off social network Meetup to AlleyCorp and other investors March 30, 2020

Indian travel and hotel booking firm Ixigo cuts salary of every employee over coronavirus March 30, 2020

SMB loans platform Kabbage to furlough a ‘significant’ number of staff, close office in Bangalore March 30, 2020

Anorak’s Greg Castle on early-stage investing during a crisis (Extra Crunch) March 30, 2020

This Week in Apps: Apple launches a COVID-19 app, the outbreak’s impact on social and video apps and more (Extra Crunch) March 28, 2020

John Borthwick & Matt Hartman of betaworks discuss coronavirus adaptation strategies (Extra Crunch) March 27, 2020

Rocket startup Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitizer and face masks for coronavirus response March 27, 2020

Attract, engage and retain employees in the new remote-work era (Extra Crunch) March 27, 2020

Bird lays off about 30% of workforce amid COVID-19 pandemic March 27, 2020

How child care startups in the U.S. are helping families cope with the COVID-19 crisis March 27, 2020

Notarize to add 1,000 online notaries to address demand for remote transactions March 27, 2020

Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian on how to survive these crazy days and what to learn from them March 27, 2020

Canceled conferences will force startups to focus on scalable lead generation (Extra Crunch) March 26, 2020

Private tech companies mobilize to address shortages for medical supplies, masks and sanitizer March 26, 2020

Over 30K creators joined Patreon this month, as COVID-19 outbreak spreads March 26, 2020

Leading VCs discuss how COVID-19 is impacting real estate & proptech (Extra Crunch) March 26, 2020

500 Startups moves to rolling admissions instead of cohorts March 26, 2020

Jupe is a new startup aiming to address hospital room shortfalls with modular, mobile space March 26, 2020

Leafly lays off 91 employees with funding on pause March 26, 2020

News-reading app Flipboard expands local coverage, including coronavirus updates, to 12 more US metros March 26, 2020

Delivery Hero urges users to go cashless, no contact for food deliveries March 26, 2020

Zindi taps 12,000 African data scientists for solutions to COVID-19 March 26, 2020

3D-printing company Formlabs expects its swabs to receive FDA exemption March 26, 2020

Longtime LP Chris Douvos shares how COVID-19 could shake up venture industry (Extra Crunch) March 25, 2020

Y Combinator is fast-tracking investments in startups tackling COVID-19 March 25, 2020

ClassPass now offers live streamed workouts for those house-bound by coronavirus March 25, 2020

TripActions lays off hundreds amid COVID-19 travel freeze March 25, 2020

Kry launches free service for doctors to do video consultations during COVID-19 crisis March 25, 2020

France announces $4.3B plan to support startups March 25, 2020

Former founders of SocialRank have launched a job board for COVID-19 layoffs March 24, 2020

Startup valuations drop as exits are delayed and the stock market reprices tech (Extra Crunch) March 24, 2020

Anchor expands Record With Friends to make remote podcasting easier across devices March 24, 2020

Dear Sophie: How is COVID-19 affecting immigration? (Extra Crunch) March 24, 2020

UK fintech community comes together to build Covid Credit and let sole traders self-certify lost income March 24, 2020

With the real estate industry facing headwinds, SoftBank-backed Compass lays off 15% of staff March 23, 2020

A look inside one startup’s work-from-home playbook (Extra Crunch) March 23, 2020

Zillow suspends home buying due to COVID-19 March 23, 2020

Jumia adapts Pan-African e-commerce network in response to COVID-19 March 23, 2020

Voi, the European e-scooter rentals startup, ‘pauses’ operations in several countries March 22, 2020

Healthcare startups Nurx and Carbon Health ship at-home COVID-19 test sample kits March 20, 2020

A few things to consider before pitching a COVID-19 story March 20, 2020

Hospital droid Diligent Robotics raises $10M to assist nurses March 20, 2020

GC’s Niko Bonatsos Combinator, edtech and investing in the shadow of coronavirus March 19, 2020

Even in the age of COVID-19, you need to stay focused on the customer March 19, 2020

Wheels pauses shared bikes service to try to limit spread of COVID-19 March 19, 2020

Wondering if venture capital is open for business? A new initiative has investors saying yes March 19, 2020

Remote Year, which helps you work while traveling the world, lays off 50% of staff March 19, 2020

Startups rethink what it means to be high-touch during a pandemic March 19, 2020

VC firms offer group therapy for founders due to the COVID-19 outbreak March 18, 2020

Don’t be stupid and hold off on announcing your funding round March 18, 2020

Across furtive videocons, junior VCs wait for the layoffs to begin March 18, 2020

Manage remote teams with a transparent culture (Extra Crunch) March 18, 2020

CcHub funds tech to curb COVID-19 on concerns of an Africa outbreak March 18, 2020

Where top VCs are investing in remote events (Extra Crunch) March 17, 2020

Dear Sophie: How do I get visas for my team to work from home? (Extra Crunch) March 17, 2020

Instacart shopper ratings won’t affect access to orders during COVID-19 pandemic March 17, 2020

What we’re getting right and wrong about coronavirus and VC investing (Extra Crunch) March 17, 2020

Have hundreds of unicorns missed their exit window as Q1 IPOs grind to a halt? March 17, 2020

Veteran VC Mike Volpi discusses investing and fundraising in ‘a very difficult time’ March 17, 2020

Can investors invoke so-called force majeure clauses to get out of deals? Expect some to start trying March 16, 2020

Travel savings tool Service shuts down, citing COVID-19 downturn March 16, 2020

Varsity Tutors launches Virtual School Day for free amid COVID-19 school closures March 16, 2020

Mattermost CEO Ian Tien on building a successful remote team (Extra Crunch) March 16, 2020

Startups developing tech to combat COVID-19 urged to apply for fast-track EU funding March 16, 2020

Maintain data security when staff is working from home (Extra Crunch) March 12, 2020

Europe’s Deliveroo and Glovo switch on contactless delivery during COVID-19 pandemic March 12, 2020

Doing deals through Zoom? These investors have some tips (Extra Crunch) March 12, 2020

YouNeedABudget founder Jesse Mecham on managing a remote 115-person team (Extra Crunch) March 11, 2020

How the coronavirus outbreak will stress-test startups March 10, 2020

Immutouch wristband buzzes to stop you touching your face March 9, 2020

The dollars and cents of raising VC during the coronavirus pandemic March 9, 2020

China Roundup: Enterprise tech gets a lasting boost from coronavirus outbreak March 8, 2020

VCs warn coronavirus will impact fundraising for the next 2 quarters (Extra Crunch) March 7, 2020

Delivery startups set up contactless delivery options as coronavirus fears grow in US March 6, 2020

Edtech startups prepare to become ‘not just a teaching tool but a necessity’ (Extra Crunch) March 9, 2020

As coronavirus pandemic spreads, demand for remote-work startups spikes (Extra Crunch) March 6, 2020

What to consider when employees need to start working remotely (Extra Crunch) March 6, 2020

Kinnos, which makes colorized disinfectant to ensure surfaces are covered, just landed $6 million in funding March 5, 2020

Arweave’s permaweb stops coronavirus censorship, raises $8M March 5, 2020

Zoom earnings, remote work and a terrible but possibly bright moment for startups (Extra Crunch) March 3, 2020

Amid coronavirus, tech firms offer ways to maintain China’s lifeblood February 23, 2020

Mammoth Biosciences partners with GSK to develop handheld CRISPR-based COVID-19 test May 20, 2020

Color receives FDA authorization for COVID-19 test tech that speeds up results May 20, 2020

Everlywell gains first FDA authorization for a standalone, at-home, COVID-19 test sample collection kit May 16, 2020

Sorrento finds a coronavirus antibody that blocks viral infection 100% in preclinical lab experiments May 15, 2020

Formlabs gets FDA emergency use authorization for a 3D-printed ventilator conversion part May 4, 2020

Nvidia’s top scientist develops open-source ventilator that can be built with $400 in readily available parts May 1, 2020

FDA authorizes a ventilator developed by NASA’s JPL for emergency use in COVID-19 treatment April 30, 2020

NASA, ESA and JAXA launch virtual hackathon for COVID-19 solutions April 30, 2020

Johns Hopkins launches COVID-19 testing hub to provide public access to testing data April 29, 2020

FDA reiterates risks of antimalarial drug use for COVID-19, as study into efficacy ends early due to deaths April 24, 2020

Virgin Orbit’s ventilators gain FDA authorization, deliveries to hospitals will start within days April 23, 2020

Latest COVID-19 projections from Columbia University show mid-May spike if social distancing is relaxed April 22, 2020

LabCorp’s at-home COVID-19 test kit is the first to be authorized by the FDA April 21, 2020

LA COVID-19 antibody study adds further support for a higher-than-suspected infection rate April 20, 2020

Spiro Wave emergency ventilator gains FDA authorization to address COVID-19 demand April 20, 2020

Microsoft built a ‘Plasma Bot’ to tell you if you can donate plasma to help fight COVID-19 April 20, 2020

GM delivers first ventilators under 30,000-unit government contract April 17, 2020

University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial aims to have 500 people in testing by mid-May April 17, 2020

FDA debuts new online portal to encourage donation of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients April 16, 2020

Mammoth Biosciences receives first peer-reviewed validation of CRISPR-based COVID-19 test April 16, 2020

Coronavirus rattles NASA, but Commercial Crew and Mars Perseverance rover are on track April 16, 2020

FDA authorizes production of a new ventilator that costs up to 25x less than existing devices April 15, 2020

Scanwell begins 1,000 person study for at-home antibody test for COVID-19 April 15, 2020

MIT developed a wireless box that can detect COVID-19 patients’ movement and breathing at home April 14, 2020

FDA clears N95 decontamination process that could clean up to 4 million masks per day April 13, 2020

A second potential COVID-19 vaccine, backed by Bill and Melinda Gates, is entering human testing April 6, 2020

Researchers develop emergency ventilator based on resuscitation bags used in ambulances April 6, 2020

Sleep apnea retrofit designed by doctors and engineers could help address ventilator shortage April 3, 2020

Emergent BioSolutions gets $14.5M in federal funding to expedite COVID-19 plasma therapy development April 3, 2020

Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app April 2, 2020

Henry Ford Health System to conduct first large U.S. study of hydroxychloroquine’s ability to prevent COVID-19 April 2, 2020

Venture-backed Celularity receives FDA approval for early trials of a new cell therapy for COVID-19 April 2, 2020

NASA issues agency-wide crowdsourcing call for ideas around COVID-19 response April 1, 2020

ImmunityBio and Microsoft team up to precisely model how key COVID-19 protein leads to infection April 1, 2020

Researchers to study if startup’s wrist-worn wearable can detect early COVID-19 respiratory issues April 1, 2020

FDA introduces a new program to expedite deployment of potential coronavirus treatments March 31, 2020

Johnson & Johnson partners with BARDA to fund $1 billion in COVID-19 vaccine research March 30, 2020

Medtronic is sharing its portable ventilator design specifications and code for free to all March 30, 2020

Ford, GE Healthcare to produce 50,000 ventilators by July using this tiny company’s design[/tc_podcast

[tc_podcast date="Mar 30, 2020"]FDA grants emergency authorization to system that decontaminates N95 respirator masks for re-use March 30, 2020

Germany’s space agency shifts its 3D printing resources to producing protective medical equipment March 30, 2020

Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse March 27, 2020

The FDA just okayed multiple 15-minute blood tests to screen for coronavirus, but there are caveats March 27, 2020

Coronavirus pushes Folding@Home’s crowdsourced molecular science to exaflop levels March 26, 2020

Stocks shoot upward as ‘Phase Three’ stimulus passes Senate and unemployment skyrockets March 26, 2020

Frontiers launches a portal to help connect coronavirus and COVID-19 research with funding March 26, 2020

How one company is fast-tracking development of potential plasma-based treatments for the coronavirus March 25, 2020

Study behind updated FDA guidance shows self-swab tests are as effective as those done by clinicians March 25, 2020

UK researchers develop new low-cost, rapid COVID-19 test that could even be used at home March 25, 2020

New study casts doubt on hyrdoxychloroquine’s effectiveness in treating coronavirus March 25, 2020

New coronavirus research suggests vaccines developed to treat it could be long-lasting March 25, 2020

FDA now allows treatment of life-threatening COVID-19 cases using blood from patients who have recovered March 24, 2020

SpaceX encounters first launch delay due to coronavirus March 24, 2020

Mesa Biotech gains emergency FDA approval for rapid, point-of-care COVID-19 test March 24, 2020

Kinsa’s fever map could show just how crucial it is to stay home to stop COVID-19 spread March 23, 2020

Moderna could make experimental COVID-19 vaccine available to healthcare workers by fall March 23, 2020

Updated FDA COVID-19 testing guidelines specifically disallow at-home sample collection March 23, 2020

NASA confirms Commercial Crew still a priority, but James Webb Telescope testing and other activities paused March 20, 2020

Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and other potential COVID-19 treatments explained March 20, 2020

Scanwell aims to launch at-home 15-minute coronavirus test, but it still needs FDA approval March 20, 2020

NASA suspends work on its Moon and Mars spacecraft due to coronavirus pandemic March 20, 2020

NVIDIA makes its GPU-powered genome sequencing tool available free to those studying COVID-19 March 19, 2020

FDA testing coronavirus treatments, including chloroquine, plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients March 19, 2020

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and UCSF will boost Bay Area COVID-19 tests by 1,000 per day March 19, 2020

French study finds anti-malarial and antibiotic combo could reduce COVID-19 duration March 19, 2020

Home diagnostics startup Everlywell is launching an at-home coronavirus test sample kit March 19, 2020

Oxford scientists develop new coronavirus test that provides results in just 30 minutes March 18, 2020

NASA and SpaceX targeting mid-to-late May for first astronaut launch, despite coronavirus pandemic March 18, 2020

Japanese flu drug appears ‘effective’ in coronavirus treatment in Chinese clinical trials March 18, 2020

CO2-based vodka startup Air Co. fully redirects its tech to making hand sanitizer for donation March 17, 2020

Pfizer and BioNTech announce joint development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine March 17, 2020

New study of COVID-19 patient’s immune response could inform future treatment March 17, 2020

With launch of COVID-19 data hub, the White House issues a ‘call to action’ for AI researchers March 16, 2020

WHO calls for rapid escalation in global COVID-19 response, including testing and isolation March 16, 2020

Alphabet’s Verily launches its California COVID-19 test screening site in a limited pilot March 16, 2020

First US clinical human trial of potential coronavirus vaccine set to start Monday March 16, 2020

NASA boosts existing astronaut health protection measures in light of coronavirus March 13, 2020

Facebook commits $20M to UNF, WHO and CDC to tackle COVID-19 March 13, 2020

FDA approves new coronavirus test that could speed rate of testing up to tenfold March 13, 2020

Gates, Wellcome and Mastercard launch $125 million fund to finance COVID-19 treatments March 10, 2020

Gates Foundation-backed program will soon be issuing home testing kits for COVID-19 in Seattle March 8, 2020

Trying to make up for lost time, the CDC will distribute 1.1M COVID-19 tests by this weekend March 6, 2020

US Congress approves $8.3 billion in emergency funding for coronavirus response March 4, 2020

FDA allows new diagnostic technologies to test for coronavirus before receiving emergency approvals February 29, 2020

Vice President Pence bulks up Coronavirus Task Force with medical and economic experts February 27, 2020

Tech for good during COVID-19: Snorkels, thank you notes and Headspace May 17, 2020

Unemployed Americans can get a free year of Headspace May 14, 2020

Tech for good during COVID-19: Sky-high gifts, extra help and chips May 4, 2020

A new pro bono portal just launched for lawyers looking to help people hit hard by the pandemic April 30, 2020

Cleo Capital’s Sarah Kunst launches a fellowship for laid-off workers April 28, 2020

Amazon gives away a free year of live and on-demand cooking classes on Food Network Kitchen app April 27, 2020

The ‘Wikipedia of COVID-19’ has launched a crowdfunding drive to keep going April 27, 2020

Tech for good during COVID-19: Therapy for nurses, baby food, and an online diary April 26, 2020

UK gov announces ‘Future Fund’, pledging £250M match funding for startups impacted by coronavirus April 20, 2020

Tech for good during COVID-19: Children’s book, phone booths, and aperitifs April 19, 2020

Lyft launches food and medical supply delivery for agencies and orgs impacted by COVID-19 April 15, 2020

Google announces a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund for local newsrooms April 15, 2020

Former Uber exec raises $31M for his Jakarta-based logistics startup Kargo, announces relief fund to battle coronavirus April 13, 2020

Tech for good during COVID-19: Pivots and partnerships to help people deal April 12, 2020

Altman and others want to crowdfund 1 billion masks in the next 180 days April 10, 2020

TikTok pledges $250M in COVID-19 relief efforts, plus another $125M in ad credits April 9, 2020

Jack Dorsey creates $1B COVID-19 relief fund using Square equity April 7, 2020

Tech for good during COVID-19: Texts for frontline workers, a crisis prevention hotline and more April 5, 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, UK puts up £20M in grants to develop resilience tech for critical industries April 3, 2020

HBO makes some top shows, movies, and documentaries free to stream on HBO NOW and HBO GO April 2, 2020

Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio launch a GoFundMe with $12M for the hungry April 2, 2020

Cloudflare CEO pledges to double 2020 internship class April 2, 2020

Scoutbee launches free tool to help organisations search for COVID-19 support-related supplies April 2, 2020

LinkedIn’s making its job listing tools free to those recruiting to fight the coronavirus pandemic April 1, 2020

Bay Area effort to help restaurants feed hospital workers partners with Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen March 31, 2020

Monzo CEO won’t take salary for 12 months after limited number of staff offered voluntary furlough March 31, 2020

D-Wave gives anyone working on responses to the COVID-19 free cloud access to its quantum computers March 31, 2020

Airbnb will pay hosts $250 million to help cover cancellations due to COVID-19 March 30, 2020

Facebook commits $100M to support local news orgs hit by COVID-19 crisis March 30, 2020

Google sets aside $800M in ads and cash to help in COVID-19 fight March 27, 2020

NYU makes face shield design for healthcare workers that can be built in under a minute available to all March 27, 2020

Airbnb to provide free or subsidized housing for 100,000 COVID-19 healthcare workers March 26, 2020

Apple will donate 10M face masks to healthcare workers March 25, 2020

Tencent launches $100M fund to fight COVID-19 March 25, 2020

Babbel makes its language learning app free for all US students March 25, 2020

UK’s National Health Service launches £500,000 COVID-19 tech competition March 25, 2020

Spotify adds fundraising features and a COVID-19 news hub to address the health crisis March 25, 2020

Wefunder launches campaign to help coronavirus-impacted small businesses crowdfund loans March 24, 2020

Twitter is donating $1M across two foundations to support journalism during the coronavirus pandemic March 24, 2020

Yelp and GoFundMe team up to promote local business fundraisers March 24, 2020

Amazon Prime Video is streaming kids’ movies and TV for free, no Prime membership required March 23, 2020

Lyft to offer medical supply and meal delivery during coronavirus pandemic March 22, 2020

Volunteer group develops a COVID-19 testing location database for the U.S. March 22, 2020

India launches WhatsApp chatbot to create awareness about coronavirus, asks social media services to curb spread of misinformation March 21, 2020

Here’s how to help restaurants while socially distancing yourself March 20, 2020

Netflix announces $100M relief fund after TV and film production halted March 20, 2020

AWS, IBM launch programs to encourage developers solving COVID-19 problems March 20, 2020

MIT Solve launches global challenge around health security and pandemics March 20, 2020

Instagram founder launches gift card site for quarantined restaurants March 20, 2020

Yelp commits $25M in waived fees and free services to local restaurants and nightlife March 20, 2020

TikTok donates $3M to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity feeding kids affected by school closures March 19, 2020

Just Eat cuts its take for 30-days to help restaurants during the COVID-19 crisis March 19, 2020

Nextdoor adds Help Maps and Groups to connect neighbors during the coronavirus outbreak March 19, 2020

Gig workers have created a tool to offer mutual aid during COVID-19 pandemic March 18, 2020

Amazon donates $1 million to D.C. organizations helping those impacted by COVID-19 outbreak March 18, 2020

Meditation apps offer free mindfulness, as social distancing takes a toll March 18, 2020

WhatsApp unveils $1M grant, info hub to fight coronavirus rumors March 18, 2020

Zencastr waives hobbyist limits, since we’re all stuck at home podcasting now March 17, 2020

DoorDash will offer financial assistance to delivery workers diagnosed with COVID-19 or quarantined March 17, 2020

Facebook announces $100M grant program for small businesses March 17, 2020

Uber Eats waives for independent restaurants during COVID-19 pandemic March 16, 2020

Airbnb extends no-charge cancellation policy due to coronavirus March 13, 2020

Yext aims to deliver more coronavirus-related answers by making its site search free March 12, 2020

Establishing an emergency relief fund, Amazon commits to two-week pay for workers affected by COVID-19 March 11, 2020

Amazon creates $5M relief fund to aid small businesses in Seattle impacted by coronavirus outbreak March 10, 2020

Postmates reveals plans to cover medical costs for couriers as part of COVID-19 response March 10, 2020

Updated March 30, 2020

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