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Verily’s coronavirus testing partnership with California is over

SAN FRANCISCO — The state of California has found a new vendor to take over 35 coronavirus testing locations that are now operated by health-tech company Verily, ending its partnership with the Google sister company. The California Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday that it has found a new company, OptumServe, to operate Verily’s state-partnered […]

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Scientists said claims about China creating the coronavirus were misleading. They went viral anyway.

Scientists from Johns Hopkins, Columbia and other leading American universities moved with rare speed when a Chinese virologist, Li-Meng Yan, published an explosive paper in September claiming that China had created the deadly coronavirus in a research lab. The paper, the American scientists concluded, was deeply flawed. And a new online journal from MIT Press […]


NHS finds VR training boosts coronavirus frontline worker performance

Virtual reality showed great potential for medical training well before the coronavirus pandemic, letting surgeons practice on digital patients while students experimented in virtual labs. As hospitals across the world rushed nurses and doctors into the fight against COVID-19, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) invited VR training company Virti to join its innovation […]

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Amazon reverses ban on book critical of coronavirus lockdown after decision is blasted by many, including Elon Musk

The tweet ricocheted around social media, retweeted more than 4,000 times. Musk, with his 35.6 million followers, replied to the tweet, calling the decision “insane.” He directed his comments to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. “Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!” Musk added. Within a few hours, Amazon […]


Look at what the coronavirus pandemic did to Zoom’s bottom line

Zoom reported a blowout quarter on Tuesday after the videoconferencing tool experienced a massive uptick in usage during the coronavirus pandemic. The California-based company revealed this week that the February-to-April quarter — when virus-related lockdowns prompted companies, schools, friends, and family to communicate from home — saw Zoom rake in a whopping $ 328 million, […]

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Coronavirus: German contact-tracing app takes different path to NHS

Germany’s forthcoming coronavirus contact-tracing app will trigger alerts only if users test positive for Covid-19. That puts it at odds with the NHS app, which instead relies on users self-diagnosing via an on-screen questionnaire. UK health chiefs have said the questionnaire is a key reason they are pursuing a “centralised” design despite privacy campaigners’ protests. […]