Coronavirus

Platform Industry News: Twitter

Twitter tackles vaccine misinformation with labels, strike policy

Twitter said it would apply warnings to tweets that contain misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines and implement a strike system of enforcement that could see users permane...

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Apple’s 270 US-based stores open for first time since pandemic began

Apple has said all its 270 stores in the US have been opened for the first time in almost a year after it was forced to shutter several outlets because of the ongoing COVID-19 pand...

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Australia won’t advertise COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook

Australia’s government pledged a publicity campaign for its rollout of COVID-19 vaccine, but not on Facebook, as a feud continues over the social media giant blocking news co...

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White House working with Facebook and Twitter to tackle anti-vaxxers

The White House has been reaching out to social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Google about clamping down on COVID misinformation and getting their help to stop it...

Platform Industry: ongoing COVID-19 coverage, tracking and tracing

UK hospitals use blockchain to track COVID-19 vaccines

Two British hospitals have been using blockchain technology to keep tabs on the storage and supply of temperature-sensitive COVID-19 vaccines, the businesses behind the initiative ...

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Uber asks US states to prioritize its drivers for COVID-19 vaccine

Uber has sent letters to the governors of all US states, asking for the ride-hail and food delivery drivers to find early access to COVID-19 vaccines as essential employees.

Platform Industry: Amazon branding on screen

Over a COVID Christmas US rivals to challenge Amazon under the tree

The new services try to take some of the drudgery from gift-giving. The attributes let consumers purchase a gift online and get it delivered to the recipient with, as an example, t...

Platform Industry: ongoing COVID-19 coverage, tracking and tracing

New contact tracing apps stir hope for virus fighters in US states

A fresh wave of mobile apps which help monitor exposure into the coronavirus is coming to US states ahead of the vacations as public health officials bet that recently introduced f...

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YouTube to add link on COVID-19 vaccines to combat misinformation

YouTube has said that it is adding a hyperlink to provide details about the development of COVID-19 vaccines into the coronavirus panel on its site, expanding its attempts to fight...

Platform News: COVID-19 and coronavirus

COVID-19 ‘war games’: the computer program that could help save your job

Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane has signed up to judge the winner of a ‘war game’ designed to help firms find alternatives to mass layoffs in the face of a...

Platform News: Video streaming services and VOD

COVID-19 vaccine hope dampens prospects for stay-at-home darlings

The surge in stocks of Netflix , Zoom and other of this year’s stay-at-home company winners has been brought to a sudden halt by promising vaccine data suggesting a possible ...

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Nintendo raises Switch forecast to 24 million units on pandemic gaming boom

Nintendo said it hopes to market 24 million of its Switch games consoles at the year ending March 2021, up from a forecast of 19 million but still regarded as cautious, since the C...

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TSMC lifts revenue estimate as COVID transforms digital demand

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co hiked its revenue outlook after logging record quarterly profit, and painted a bullish picture of demand picking up within the subsequent two ...

Platform News: Facebook

Facebook will ban ads discouraging people from getting vaccines

Facebook will begin banning ads that explicitly dissuade people from getting vaccinated, the social media titan has stated, as it also announced a new flu vaccine information effor...