Austin mayor cancels SXSW, city says goodbye to $350 million
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Austin mayor cancels SXSW, city says goodbye to $350 million

SXSW, Austin’s annual festival for music, tech, business, art, and culture was canceled by the mayor because of the spreading coronavirus.  By the festival producers’ own calculation, SXSW pumped $350 million into Austin it 2018, $356 million in 2019. The Austin American Statesman has more: The cancellation — just seven …

Google explains how it's tackling the coronavirus outbreak
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Google explains how it’s tackling the coronavirus outbreak

Google’s efforts to inform people about the coronavirus outbreak extend well beyond a search alert. The company has outlined all the ways it’s addressing COVID-19, including a bid to stamp out misinformation. On top of the SOS Alert (with news and… Continue Reading…

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SaaStr postpones annual conference as county officials discourage large gatherings

SaaStr, the venture firm that puts on the largest conference for SaaS companies, postponed its SaaStr Annual 2020 conference today amid concerns from local and national officials around large gatherings in light of the COVID-19 virus. The event was scheduled to take place next week. On March 5th, Santa Clara …

SXSW canceled, Austin says goodbye to $350 million
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SXSW canceled, Austin says goodbye to $350 million

SXSW, Austin’s annual festival for music, tech, business, art, and culture was canceled because of the spreading coronavirus.  By the festival producers’ own calculation, SXSW pumped $350 million into Austin it 2018, $356 million in 2019. The Austin American Statesman has more: The cancellation — just seven days before the …

Austin cancels SXSW over coronavirus fears
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Austin cancels SXSW over coronavirus fears

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Austin city officials announced that they have declared a local disaster and canceled this year’s SXSW festival. The show is being called off over infection fears regarding the growing coronavirus outbrea… Continue Reading…

Facebook commits to paying ‘contingent’ workers affected by corporate coronavirus response
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Facebook commits to paying ‘contingent’ workers affected by corporate coronavirus response

Last night, in a move that all companies should look to emulate, Microsoft announced that it would continue to pay hourly workers impacted by office closures as the company responds to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Now, Facebook appears to be following suit, according to a statement from the …

Your smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here's how to disinfect it.
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Your smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s how to disinfect it.

Yep, you read that right: There are 10 times more germs on our smartphones than on a toilet seat. So unless you’re regularly cleaning your lil’ portable germ box, you’re not really doing that good a job of protecting yourself from getting sick. In fact, we should all be making …

7 ways to help quell coronavirus-related anxiety
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7 ways to help quell coronavirus-related anxiety

The world is currently facing a global health challenge with little idea of what lies ahead.  It’s difficult to miss the non-stop rolling news coverage of the new coronavirus right now. But, at nigh-on every turn you’ll also find sensationalist headlines, panic-inducing speculation, and terrifying health misinformation. Amid the uncertainty, …

Apple is partially to blame for increasing shortage of iPhone replacements
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Apple is partially to blame for increasing shortage of iPhone replacements

It seems Apple’s anti-right-to-repair recalcitrance has come back to bite it. Like many companies dependent on an Asian supply chain, the iPhone maker is experiencing disruptions due to the coronavirus. According to a report from Bloomberg, this has manifested in, among other things, a shortage of replacement devices for customers’ …

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Delivery startups set up contactless delivery options as coronavirus fears grow in US

Postmates announced today it would be adding a “non-contact delivery option,” for those concerned about COVID-19 exposure from workers bringing them food. Instacart set up something similar earlier this week, announcing sales were 10x higher this week over last due to coronavirus concerns and rolling out the “leave it at …