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5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is dangerous fake nonsense, UK says

A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said on Saturday after masts in several parts of the country were torched.

4 Apr 2020 10:13 pm
SoftBank CEO Son's coronavirus poll shows 80% favour state of emergency

More than 80% of respondents to a Twitter poll initiated by SoftBank Group Corp's CEO Masayoshi Son would support a declaration of a state of emergency to fight the coronavirus, as the number of cases exceeded 100 in Tokyo for the first time on Saturday.

4 Apr 2020 5:56 pm
Three VOIP companies may lose providers if coronavirus robocalls continue, U.S. agencies say

Three voice over internet providers may lose access to the U.S. telecom network if they do not stop allowing their service to be used by robocallers touting coronavirus and other scams, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission said on Friday.

4 Apr 2020 12:18 am
Poland works on smartphone app to help stop coronavirus outbreak

Poland is working on a smartphone application to help trace people who have come in contact with those infected with the coronavirus and warn them about the possible risk, the Digital Ministry said on Friday.

3 Apr 2020 7:41 pm
Are lockdowns working? Google location data says...

Google has published mobile phone users' location data for 131 countries, in the hope that it may help authorities assess the effectiveness of various stay-at-home orders. Matthew Larotonda reports.

3 Apr 2020 7:34 pm
Czech team use easily available parts to build prototype ventilator

A Czech team have built a ventilator using readily available parts and are planning to produce hundreds of the devices to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients.

3 Apr 2020 6:48 pm
Coronavirus threatens to knock South Korea off 5G leadership perch

South Korea is struggling to retain its lead in global next-generation 5G telecom services, as the coronavirus pandemic further cools sentiment of consumers whose interest in the technology has waned due to cost and quality concerns.

3 Apr 2020 12:35 pm
Chilean telescopes that explore galaxies brought down to earth by coronavirus

Chilean telescopes that comb the skies seeking answers about some of the universes most fundamental questions have confirmed they, too, have fallen victim to the mass disruption brought about by the new coronavirus.

3 Apr 2020 5:26 am
U.S. gig workers seeking coronavirus jobless benefits hit bureaucratic wall

Uber and Lyft drivers are hitting a wall in their efforts to apply for the coronavirus jobless benefits promised by Congress as state agencies say they are not ready to handle a class of workers who are totally new to the U.S. unemployment system.

3 Apr 2020 3:45 am
Facebook launches desktop version for Messenger as video calls surge

Facebook Inc on Thursday rolled out the desktop version of its Messenger app for Apple's Mac and Microsoft's Windows to make video chats available on computer screens for Facebook users.

2 Apr 2020 9:21 pm
African governments team up with tech giants to fight coronavirus lies

Governments across Africa are teaming up with technology giants including Facebook and WhatsApp to fight misinformation about coronavirus on social media platforms that could propel the pandemic on a continent with shaky healthcare systems.

2 Apr 2020 3:58 pm
Amazon wins EU court backing in trade mark dispute with Coty

Amazon is not liable for unwittingly stocking trade mark infringing goods for third-party sellers, Europe's top court said on Thursday, handing the U.S. online retail giant victory in its battle against cosmetics company Coty.

2 Apr 2020 2:46 pm
Rocket Internet sells stake in Africa ecommerce firm Jumia

German tech investor Rocket Internet said on Thursday it had sold its stake in African ecommerce company Jumia, which has seen its shares steadily fall since they listed last April on Wall Street.

2 Apr 2020 1:23 pm