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CDC suggests postponing mass events until mid-May

CDC suggests postponing mass events until mid-May

As early as February, the threat of the novel coronavirus, which would be officially named COVID-19 eventually, put many large events and organizations to uncertainty. MWC 2020 in late February was canceled out of those concerns and things started downhill from there. Some organizers and individuals are still unsure whether to push through with plans or incur the costs of postponing or even canceling mass events. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC not only recommends that you do but also that you hold off until after 8 weeks.

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Verizon waiving some fees for next 60 days, but probably not yours

Verizon waiving some fees for next 60 days, but probably not yours

Today we're taking a peek at what Verizon will and will not likely do in light of the global pandemic and national emergency that is COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) here in the USA. Verizon's released some information on how they'll respond for certain customers, and have given assurances that they're doing everything in their power to keep people connected in this time of increased network traffic. What's important here - at the moment - is the ease with which the "help" Verizon can/will give will be used by the average everyday consumer.

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Bitcoin just crashed in a major way

Bitcoin just crashed in a major way

This morning the USD/BTC Bitcoin pairing crashed in a significant way, showing that even the digital currency is not immune to COVID-19 panic*. COVID-19 is the official name of novel coronavirus, the disease that's spread from the Wuhan province of China across the planet over the past several weeks and months. Bitcoin crashed from around $8k to under $6k in the past 24 hours.

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Stock market circuit breakers halt trading to avoid COVID-19 crash

Stock market circuit breakers halt trading to avoid COVID-19 crash

Today stocks fell significantly today at a rapid pace, causing certain "circuit breakers" to activate. As the S&P fell more than 7% after the starting bell. This is "limit down", the first of the day, that starting trading below the set level for 15 minutes. Trading resumed at 9:49 am ET, and it was clear that fears of oil barrel prices falling and reaction to coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to spread.

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Latest coronavirus cancellations: Amtrak route and Stanford classes

Latest coronavirus cancellations: Amtrak route and Stanford classes

On Saturday, both Stanford University and train transportation company Amtrak announced big changes to their classes and services in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The changes were made as a precaution to reduce exposure to the virus and help prevent its spread, as well as changes in demand due to the outbreaks. The announcements follow a bunch of cancellations last week, the most recent including the cancellation of SXSW in Texas and some EA gaming events originally planned for this month and April.

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Surgeon General: Stop buying masks, they won’t prevent coronavirus

Surgeon General: Stop buying masks, they won’t prevent coronavirus

The Office of the Surgeon General recently published a tweet reading, "Seriously people -- STOP BUYING MASKS!" The agency reiterates that face masks won't help protect someone from contracting the new novel coronavirus, which has spread into multiple countries and has popped up in various places around the United States. These masks, the Surgeon General states, should be reserved for healthcare workers.

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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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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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US Navy deploys anti-drone laser on its USS Dewey destroyer

US Navy deploys anti-drone laser on its USS Dewey destroyer

The US Navy has deployed 'Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy,' a new weapon better referred to as ODIN. This device is defensive in nature -- it is designed to take down unwanted and potentially dangerous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), more commonly called drones. The laser was installed on the USS Dewey, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

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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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Samsung Android 10 update shocks Galaxy Note 9 users in USA

Samsung Android 10 update shocks Galaxy Note 9 users in USA

Today we're taking a peek at the latest update from Samsung on the Android 10 front - appearing here for the Galaxy Note 9 at long last. This isn't the first time we've seen this software on this hardware in a more general sense - it's been here for a Euro version or two - but here in the USA, it's relatively new. In its final, ready to roll, release form anyway.

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