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

Amazon is no longer selling N95 masks to average consumers, and instead prioritizing the product sales to hospitals and government organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic.  If you attempt to buy N95 masks on Amazon’s website, you’ll see the “add to cart” button is now gone. The company has replaced …

Big Tech drastically reverses course on coronavirus ad policies
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Big Tech drastically reverses course on coronavirus ad policies

When tech companies roll out new policies, it’s usually after long periods of meticulous internal discussion and review. Big reversals aren’t the norm.  Then Covid-19 hit. As the looming threat of the coronavirus began hitting the U.S. in February, many tech companies started to roll out new ad policies.   …

Want to survive the downturn? Better build a platform
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Want to survive the downturn? Better build a platform

When you look at the most successful companies in the world, they are almost never just one simple service. Instead, they offer a platform with a range of services and an ability to connect to it to allow external partners and developers to extend the base functionality that the company …

Canada PM Justin Trudeau says country has signed with Amazon for medical supply distribution in COVID-19 crisis
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Canada PM Justin Trudeau says country has signed with Amazon for medical supply distribution in COVID-19 crisis

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau says the country has signed an agreement with Amazon.com for the distribution of critical emergency medical supplies such as masks, face shields, gowns, ventilators, and test kits in the COVID-19 crisis. Prime Minister Trudeau says the federal government has a deal with Amazon Canada to …

Amazon to delay Prime Day over coronavirus
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Amazon to delay Prime Day over coronavirus

Amazon will delay its annual marketing and money-making Prime Day due to the coronavirus pandemic. Citing ‘internal meeting notes,’ Reuters reports that Amazon.com will postpone its major summer shopping event Prime Day at least until August, and expects up to a $100 million hit from excess items it may now …

Amazon responds to backlash with increased protection for workers
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Amazon responds to backlash with increased protection for workers

Early this week, workers from Amazon, Whole Foods and Instacart walked off the job to protest what they say is a lack of protections against COVID-19. Now, Amazon is sharing its plans to increase employee temperature checks and provide surgical masks… Continue Reading…

Twitch is making games viewers and streamers can play together
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Twitch is making games viewers and streamers can play together

Gaming on Twitch is largely a one-way affair. You can join a Marbles on Stream race or play a slightly delayed Jackbox Party Pack game, but the service is largely meant for passive viewing. Amazon aims to fix that before long, however. The company… Continue Reading…

Amazon's latest Blink camera costs just $35
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Amazon’s latest Blink camera costs just $35

Amazon’s Blink is known for making affordable, easy-to-install cameras like the XT2. Its latest camera continues the trend. At $35, the Blink Mini is Blink’s most affordable product at the moment and a close competitor to devices like the Wyze Cam Pa… Continue Reading…

Amazon will stream SXSW Film Festival selections for free for 10 days
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Amazon will stream SXSW Film Festival selections for free for 10 days

SXSW was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but that isn’t stopping organizers from offering a taste of what the Austin event would have offered. They’re partnering with Amazon on an SXSW Film Festival Collection that will stream movies from the fe… Continue Reading…

Estimote launches wearables for workplace-level contact tracing for COVID-19
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Estimote launches wearables for workplace-level contact tracing for COVID-19

Bluetooth location beacon startup Estimote has adapted its technological expertise to develop a new product designed specifically for curbing the spread of COVID-19. The company created a new range of wearable devices that co-founder Steve Cheney believes can enhance workplace safety for those who have to be co-located at a …