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1_TOP NEWS

A Partnership Forged by COVID-19

Apple and Google are joining forces to build an opt-in contact-tracing tool using Bluetooth technology that could help public health officials track the spread of Covid-19, Recode reports. The new tool brings with it not only hope for a quicker end to the pandemic, but also a host of privacy and security concerns.


2_BUSINESS

Frontier Files for Bankruptcy Protection

 

Frontier Communications this week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Ars Technica reports. The firm said its service to customers won't be affected by the financial restructuring. Frontier acknowledged in recent weeks that its "significant under-investment in fiber deployment" contributed greatly to the company's struggles.


3_MOBILE

Apple Unveils a New $399 iPhone


Apple this week announced the second-generation iPhone SE, Axios reports. It combines many of the features of the iPhone 8 with the same A13 Bionic processor found in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro in a $399 device. CNet details the specs.


4_COMPUTING

Fighting COVID-19 with Supercomputers

 

In a Scientific American article, the director of IBM Research explains how the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium came together in just a few days. The supercomputers will run a myriad of calculations in epidemiology, bioinformatics and molecular modeling, in a bid to sharply reduce the time of discovery of new molecules that could lead to a vaccine.


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5_DEVELOPMENT

GitHub Core Premium Features Are Now Free 

 

Popular software hosting and collaboration platform GitHub has made some of its core premium features free, Fast Company reports. The Microsoft-owned company said that an organization can now make private repositories for development without paying any fees. Some advanced features for teams will cost $4 instead of $9.


6_TECHNOLOGY

The Tech Needed to End the Coronavirus Crisis


The world is facing two existential threats at once: a public health emergency and an economic crisis. In a TED conversation, political theorist Danielle Allen describes how to ethically and democratically address both problems by scaling up "smart testing."


7_STARTUPS

Betting on Demand for Remote Executive Assistants

 

Remote personal assistant service Double will soon come out of stealth mode—just as the rest of the world has embarked on a giant unplanned work-from-home experiment, Protocol reports. Founded in 2018 by former Microsoft employees, Double seeks to pair executives with human assistants who help them out digitally from afar for as few as five hours per month.


8_GEAR

Getting More Speed Out of Your WiFi 


With the lockdown, your home internet is under a lot more strain than normal these days. Gizmodo offers a range of tips on how to get the most speed out of your WiFi.


9_VIDEO

Five Ways to Improve Your Look on Video Calls


With seemingly everyone using video calls and conferencing these days, one thing has become apparent: Most people could use a little help looking (and sounding) their best. The Verge offers five tips.


10_SAY WHAT?

Scrubbed Clean

 

From the minds behind Pornhub comes Scrubhub, a safe-for-work parody site that advocates for handwashing, Mashable reports. Scrubhub has a collection of satirical handwashing videos featuring both everyday people and Pornhub models like Asa Akira. Scrubhub is accepting donations to two charities dealing with the pandemic.