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Google cancels I/O 2020 due to coronavirus concerns

Published on 03/04/2020 @ 9 AM EST
Google I/O was due to take place from May 12th to 14th. But, due to the spread of COVID-19, the company decided to cancel the physical event. “Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” explains a Google spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

Facebook backs out of SXSW 2020 due to coronavirus outbreak

Published on 03/03/2020 @ 9 AM EST
“Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our company and employees will not be participating in SXSW this year,” said the statement, which Facebook shared with The Verge and Business Insider. However, SXSW said the event will still proceed as planned.

Sharp will start making face masks at a TV display plant in Japan

Published on 03/02/2020 @ 5 AM EST
Electronics maker Sharp Corp. said it will start making surgical masks—in high demand because of COVID-19—using a plant in central Japan that usually makes displays. Mask production at its Mie Prefecture plant will start at 150,000 masks a day by the end of March, ultimately increasing to 500,000 masks per day.

The World Health Organization joined TikTok to fight coronavirus misinformation

Published on 03/02/2020 @ 5 AM EST
On Friday, The World Health Organization joined TikTok to cut through coronavirus misinformation online. The organization is considered one of the leading groups working to contain the spread of the virus.