How 3M Plans to Make More Than a Billion Masks By End of Year…The company has in two months doubled global production of N95 masks to about 100 million a month, and it’s planning to invest in new equipment to push annual mask production to 2 billion within 12 months.
Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse
How the Pandemic Will End…“…We realized that her child might be one of the first of a new cohort who are born into a society profoundly altered by COVID-19. We decided to call them Generation C…”
WSJ: A Real Digital Infrastructure at Last (Eric Schmidt) (paywall)
WSJ: Europe Tracks Residents’ Phones for Coronavirus Research (paywall)
Parenting in 2019: stop staring at that screen.
Parenting in 2020: have you done your online math, science, art, reading, writing, and music classes? Ok, now go FaceTime with your friends.
How execs at Twitter, Slack and Box decided to send everyone home
Amazon to Hire 100,000 Warehouse and Delivery Workers Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns
Nokia adds 5G to worldwide IoT network, lets carriers test new sensors
“Microsoft Corp’s Teams chat and conferencing app gained more than 12 million daily users in one week, a 37.5% jump as more people worked from home during the coronavirus outbreak, the company said on Thursday…Teams had 44 million users as of March 18, Microsoft said, more than double the 20 million daily active users that the software maker reported in November. Teams users grew from 32 million to 44 million in the period between March 11 and March 18 alone, as many more U.S. companies asked employees to work from home, Microsoftsaid.”
Netflix urged to slow streaming to prevent breaking the internet
Ford releases a data set to accelerate autonomous car development
Coronavirus will change the grocery industry forever…”A third of consumers said Sunday that they had purchased groceries for online pick up or delivery in the past seven days, according to a survey by analysts at Gordon Haskett Research Advisors. Around 41% said they were buying groceries online for the first time.”
China's #WechatPay generates 1 billion+ payment transactions per day. That's more than Visa and Mastercard combined 🤔
Verizon says that video gaming traffic was up 75% week over week across its network.
General traffic was up 20% WoW. Video streaming up 12% WoW. Social media usage was flat.
The increase is primarily due to lockdowns and self isolation keeping people at home due to COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/Bbb1ehmPhY
Amazon makes its same-day delivery service faster in select U.S. cities
“…British online grocer Ocado warns of “exceptionally high demand” as coronavirusspreads…Ocado suggests placing grocery orders two to three days in advance and booking a weekday delivery slot…Ocado’s stock rose more than 6% in late afternoon trading on Monday…”
Facebook Messenger on iOS is now twice as fast and a quarter the size
Alibaba says AI can identify coronavirus infections with 96% accuracy within 20 seconds
Apple now lets apps send ads in push notifications…Apple single sign-on coming next month
Google’s self-driving biz Waymo eyes expansion with $2.25B cash injection…this is the first time the company has welcomed external investment. Investors included VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, auto part maker Magna, and American auto retailer AutoNation
Alipay owner Ant Financial takes minority stake in Klarna…”…Klarna said its technology is being used by more than 200,000 retailers and e-commerce platforms globally at this point, including AliExpress, H&M, ASOS, Expedia Group, IKEA, Farfetch, Adidas, Spotify, Samsung and Nike…Last year it said it added over 75,000 new merchants …It claims a base of 85 million shoppers...”
Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference will now be online only due to coronavirus concerns
Earth may have been a ‘water world’ 3bn years ago, scientists find
FT:Operators will spend about $1tn on kit to enable them to offer the latest generation networks (paywall)
GM reveals ‘Ultium,’ the heart of its EV strategy…Using a single architecture for such a wide variety of vehicles provides much-needed scale and capital-efficiency to what has been a small-volume and profitability-challenged EV market
NASA accepts applications for astronauts for the first time in four years
Clearview AI is operating a sister entity called Insight Camera that’s been experimenting with live facial recognition
Electric vehicles are changing the future of auto maintenance…Tires and glass emerge as dominant consumables of the EV era
Nvidia acquires data storage and management platform SwiftStack…a software-centric data storage and management platform that supports public cloud, on-premises and edge deployments.
Sequoia Capital sent a memo to its portfolio companies on Thursday.
Twitter is testing ephemeral tweets in Brazil and calling them ‘fleets’