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SXSW cancelled as Austin declares coronavirus emergency

SXSW cancelled as Austin declares coronavirus emergency

COVID-19 claimed another event this afternoon. Music-centric event SXSW (South by Southwest) was cancelled as Austin, Texas declared a state of emergency. "We are devastated to share this news with you," said a SXSW representative in a statement this afternoon. "'The show must go on' is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place."

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How to sign up to be a NASA Astronaut in 2020

How to sign up to be a NASA Astronaut in 2020

Back in the year 2015, NASA opened applications for candidates for their astronaut program. At that time, they received the highest-ever amount of applications to the program. Approximately 18,300 people applied in late 2015, and in early 2020, 11 new astronauts graduated from the NASA program. NASA just announced a new round of candidate application availability.

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Leak claims California found second case of ‘unknown origin’ coronavirus

Leak claims California found second case of ‘unknown origin’ coronavirus

Sources alleging to have knowledge of the matter claim that public health officials in California have identified a second case of coronavirus of unknown origin. This second alleged case reportedly involves a 65-year-old individual who lives in Santa Clara County; the patient, the leak claims, didn't have contact with anyone who had traveled to any countries currently dealing with a coronavirus outbreak.

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COVID19 pushes investors to “stay at home” stocks like Netflix and Blizzard

COVID19 pushes investors to “stay at home” stocks like Netflix and Blizzard

The rising tide of novel coronavirus (COVID19) fear is generating an interesting effect on investor dollars. Where this week we've already seen major dips in oil prices* and the DOW Jones Industrial Average*, your average "stay at home" company seems to be fairing quite well. A note shared by investor company MKM Partners pointed toward companies such as Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, Peloton, Slack, and Zoom.

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San Francisco declared coronavirus state of emergency as a precaution

San Francisco declared coronavirus state of emergency as a precaution

San Francisco has declared a state of emergency over the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, but that doesn't mean quite what you think it does. The declaration was made in anticipation of future troubles related to the virus, not due to a present outbreak in the region, the city's mayor noted during a press conference on Tuesday. San Francisco is the latest region in California to declare a state of emergency over this outbreak.

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Google tipped appealing to Trump for Huawei business

Google tipped appealing to Trump for Huawei business

A pair of tips from Germany and Spain seem to be pointing toward a significant political move from Google toward the White House in the USA. Reports suggest that Google's attempted to speak with government officials, intending to "ask for permission" to work with Huawei. It would seem that Google's aim is to continue allowing Huawei to work inside the GMS system - instead of their own.

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EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

This week, leadership at the European Commission (executive branch of the European Union) sent a staff-wide message pushing the secure messaging app Signal. This end-to-end encrypted messaging app was recommended on an EU internal discussion board for all staff. The message included, in part: "Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging." Why would the EU do this?

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HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

The year 2020 will prove to the world just how ready Huawei is to live in a world without Google on Android. Huawei was blocked last year from working with Google directly, leading them to seek an alternative to GMS: Google Mobile Services, aka official license from Google to include Google apps and the Google Play digital content store on Android devices. Here in 2020, Huawei's about to release their first phone with both the Huawei app store and HMS: Huawei Mobile Services, and it won't be the last.

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Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

Lyft shows how to get a free ride to vote in 2020 elections

The ride sharing program Lyft is providing free and discounted rides to polls for the primary and general election season for voting in 2020 in the USA. This is an expansion of a program they've had in the past. This system of discounted and free ride sharing action started with the Iowa Caucus and continues through ALL primary votes and ALL caucuses leading up to the general election in November, 2020.

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WHO gives coronavirus outbreak an official name: COVID-19

WHO gives coronavirus outbreak an official name: COVID-19

As coronavirus continues to spread, the World Health Organization has officially given it a name: COVID-19. Previously referred to as the "2019 novel coronavirus," this new name should not only help scientists and media organizations refer to this specific outbreak, but it also lays down a model for future coronavirus outbreaks that may occur.

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T-Mobile and Sprint merger approved by federal judge, 5G in the wings

T-Mobile and Sprint merger approved by federal judge, 5G in the wings

T-Mobile and Sprint are one step closer to becoming one company today after a federal judge ruled in favor of their proposed merger. Though this was an encouraging ruling for the executives at both T-Mobile and Sprint, they aren't out of the woods yet, as the California Public Utilities Commission still needs to approve the merger before it becomes a done deal.

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Netflix reveals government banned movies from past 5 years

Netflix reveals government banned movies from past 5 years

Netflix revealed a set of movies removed from their collection of streaming content over the past several years due specifically to requests from governmental bodies. While this might come as a shock to some, Netflix isn't a particularly prolific blocker or media, especially when it comes to requests from the governments of each individual region in which they operate. Instead, if what they've listed is accurate, they've only really blocked nine movies or television show episodes in the last 5 years, around the world, total.

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