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Google will be completely canceling Google I/O 2020

Published on 03/20/2020 @ 6 PM EST
Google has completely canceled Google I/O 2020, its biggest event of the year, due to the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus. The company announced on March 3rd that it canceled the physical I/O event, but now the entire event is off.

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.

Google and Amazon limit employees’ travel because of coronavirus fears

Published on 02/29/2020 @ 3 PM EST
Based on coronavirus outbreaks, Google is preventing employees from traveling to Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea, as reported by Business Insider. Amazon is asking employees to defer all nonessential travel, a spokesperson confirmed to The Verge, which includes domestic travel within the US.

Google Earth is Available Now for All Browsers Other than Chrome

Published on 02/27/2020 @ 10 AM EST
Google is opening up its web-based version of Earth to browsers like Firefox, Edge, and Opera today. The search giant originally launched Google Earth on the web back in 2017.

Google Station for Free Wi-Fi Has Been Shut Down

Published on 02/17/2020 @ 9 AM EST
Google is winding down Google Station, a program as part of which it worked with a number of partners to roll out free Wi-Fi in more than 400 railway stations in India and “thousands” of other public places in several additional pockets of the world. 

Google Might Pay News Outlets for Their Content

Published on 02/15/2020 @ 1 AM EST
The company is reportedly in talks with publishers about licensing fees. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Google is considering paying news publishers for their content, something similar to what Apple News+ does.