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   Here are 10 companies Amazon could buy to maintain its lead as the biggest cloud in the world, according to experts – including Oracle, Twilio, and Zoom (AMZN)  2020/04/05 12:40:00 Business Insider
Amazon Web Services currently has the biggest market share in the cloud industry, but analysts say it could look for more ways to grow through an acquisition in markets like cybersecurity or artificial intelligence. AWS has become even more important to Amazon's overall business, as fears of a recession swirl, analysts say: The future of the online retail industry is unclear, but cloud demand is only increasing. Plus, the current turbulence on the stock market is pushing down public company valuations, potentially making it more appealing for AWS to make cloud acquisitions. Business Insider compiled a list below of 10 potential AWS acquisition targets, according to analysts — including names like Twilio, Zoom, and even Oracle. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . The coronavirus pandemic has led to fears of a recession, in turn causing Silicon Valley VCs pull back on making big deals, even as tech startups begin to lay off employees as revenue dries up . Still, some in tech — like Amazon Web Services, the online retailer's massively profitable cloud business — are poised to make it through just fine.
   If we don't protect small businesses during and after the pandemic, corporate America will swallow them whole  2020/04/05 12:22:00 Business Insider
If our government doesn't act now to prevent it, corporate America will swallow our country's small businesses whole when the coronavirus pandemic is over. We saw that happen during the financial crisis. The banks that survived were the big banks, which got even bigger, and now we have less competition in the banking industry. The $349 billion in government aid to small businesses Congress passed last week is being given out on a first come first served basis, which favors businesses with accountants and lawyers who can advise on the process. Finally, protecting small businesses means not only giving them money now, but also blocking anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions when this is over. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . Let me remind you what happened during the financial crisis as our banking system started swirling down the drain. Not just small banks went bust, but also big brand names like Washington Mutual and Bear Stearns.
   Google is fighting COVID-19 by monitoring location data in 131 countries. It's a reminder of how much info Google has about us and how easily the pandemic could blow up privacy. (GOOG, GOOGL)  2020/04/05 12:14:00 Business Insider
Google is using location data to tell health organizations which global communities are staying at home, and which aren't. It uses anonymized data taken from smartphones using Google's apps and services. The new tool shows how important data can be in efforts to stop the spread of the virus. But it also raises some privacy concerns, especially given how how much other data Google has about users of its various services, from Maps to email. Verily, the healthtech company owned by Google parent Alphabet, that is providing a site to help people get screened for the coronavirus, is requiring people to sign in with a Google account. Google says the data Verily collects is not linked to other Google products. But Google has a history of changing policies about how it handles user data. Click here to get BI Prime's weekly 'Trending' tech newsletter in your email inbox. Google wants to help halt the spread of the coronavirus by harnessing the power of data. The internet company recently announced that it is using location data gleaned from hundreds of millions of smartphones around the world to give health organizations a window into how communities in 131 different countries are moving.
   Are Lockdowns Working? Google Offers Location Data to Help Pandemic Fight  2020/04/05 05:47:50 Smarter Analyst
Alphabet Inc.’s Google (GOOGL) is releasing data from its users to help governments track the spread of the coronavirus and assess the effectiveness … The post Are Lockdowns Working? Google Offers Location Data to Help Pandemic Fight appeared first on Smarter Analyst .
   Where they refuse to stay home: Arkansas has four counties where people are going out MORE  2020/04/04 18:31:22 Daily Mail Online
The data, released on Friday by Google, uses aggregated, anonymized data harvested from from Google Maps to track recent changes in population movement.
   Daily Crunch: Google publishes coronavirus mobility reports  2020/04/03 16:59:03 TechCrunch
Google uses its ad-tracking data to provide a glimpse at how the world is responding to coronavirus, the CDC changes its tune on face masks and Apple accidentally reveals that AirTags are coming. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 3, 2020. 1. Google is now publishing coronavirus mobility reports, feeding off users’ location history Google […]
   Stay-at-home Swiss abide by coronavirus measures  2020/04/03 16:31:00 Swiss Info
Visits to Swiss restaurants, shopping centres or museums plummeted by 81% in March, according to location data from users’ phones collected by Google. Google’s analysis of billions of phones in 131 countries is the largest public dataset available to help health authorities assess whether people are obeying shelter-in-place and similar orders issued across the world to rein in the spread of Covid-19. Its reports show charts that compare traffic from February 16 to March 29. These are broken down into segments such as restaurants, shopping centres and museums, retailers and chemists, parks, train stations, and workplaces and residential areas. In Switzerland, in addition to visits in the restaurant, retail and leisure sectors, activity declined in all areas except residential areas. The food stores and chemists that were still open were 51% less frequented. There were 41% fewer people strolling along rivers and in parks, 68% fewer on public transport and 46% fewer at work.
   Google Publishing Location Data To Monitor Social Distancing  2020/04/03 16:15:00 Zero Hedge
Google Publishing Location Data To Monitor Social Distancing Google has launched a website which uses anonymized location data to show where people are taking social distancing more seriously than others. Collected from their various products and services, the COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports site will show changes in behavior - such as shopping and recreation, from a top-down look at entire countries - to individual states. The website will track changes over several weeks - for time periods as recent as 48-to-72 hours prior, and will include 131 countries and certain counties within several states. Google says the data will be collected in aggregate, rather than at an individual level, and it won’t show absolute numbers of people showing up at parks or grocery stores. The idea instead is to outline percentages, which highlight potential surges in attendance. For example, its first reports states that San Francisco County has seen a 72% drop in retail and recreation, a 55% decline in parks’ population, and a 21% increase in residential population between Feb. 16 and March 29. - CNBC [below data since updated] According to the report, public health departments may find this data useful in detecting the next potential coronavirus hotspot when used in conjunction with data collected at the local, state and federal level such as symptoms patients are reporting in emergency rooms.
   Google releases data that shows whether coronavirus lockdowns are working  2020/04/03 15:41:57 New York Post
OAKLAND, California – Alphabet Inc’s Google has published charts showing how the coronavirus has brought hard-hit Italy to a standstill, led to runs on grocery stores around the world and prompted a stark drop in going-out between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day. The analysis of location data from billions of Google users’ phones is…
   Google reveals location data in 131 countries to see if people are abiding to coronavirus lockdown orders  2020/04/03 15:23:00
Google has published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces have dropped in March, as governments around the globe have issued stay-at-home orders to stop the ongoing spread of the coronavirus Read More…
   The lockdown zoo: Families staying indoors are using 3D phone app to bring exotic beasts to life  2020/03/31 21:12:54 Daily Mail Online
Families in the UK enduring the lockdown are using an augmented reality feature from Google to bring an array of exotic beasts to life in their homes.
   Be a ‘Tiger King’ without risking life and limb with Google’s AR function  2020/03/31 20:05:13 New York Post
Calling all average Joe Exotics. Isolationist animal lovers are becoming their own “Tiger Kings,” minus the mauling risk (or serial philandering), by using Google’s augmented reality function to turn their homes into a virtual menagerie. The nifty feature debuted last year but is currently gaining popularity as people seek new ways to stave off the…
   Alphabet : Senators Press Google on Terms of Coronavirus Testing Site | MarketScreener  2020/03/31 18:29:00 MarketScreener
By Rob Copeland Five U.S. senators pressed for more information on Google's coronavirus testing sites in California, particularly the search giant's requirement that patients must create or… | March 31, 2020
   AI-powered news aggregator SmartNews has seen a huge spike in users who are downloading the app to read 'hyper-local' coronavirus coverage  2020/03/31 18:15:01 Business Insider
Smart News, the AI-powered news aggregation app, says it's seeing an unprecedented spike in downloads in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with usage nearly doubling since the beginning of this month. The company attributes the recent spike in interest to its close attention to the coronavirus outbreak — the company introduced a "coronavirus channel" that sorts out user-relevant reporting on the pandemic based on a variety of factors including the user's location. "This is just a remarkable moment in history and people have that sense," SmartNews VP of content Rich Jaroslovsky told Business Insider. "Helping people feel as though they have a handle on this firehose of information, that otherwise could just engulf them, is one of the things that we're very aware of." The effects of user-growth on the company's revenue still remain unclear— the company says it hasn't seen an adverse effect on its revenue even as companies begin to cut their marketing costs during the coronavirus-driven downturn.
   Microsoft promotes upcoming Edge enhancements  2020/03/31 17:53:00 ComputerWorld
Microsoft on Monday talked up a slew of future features planned to land in Edge in coming months, including tabs stacked vertically along the browser's side and a Firefox-esque Password Monitor. And although Microsoft has not come out and put it plainly, it appears it will mimic Google's Chrome as it resumes releasing Edge builds, including skipping a version to make up for lost time. "It's time to expect more from our browsers - more control over our data and our family's online information, new ways to organize our online research and more value back as we browse," wrote Liat Ben-Zur, an Edge marketing executive, in a post to a company blog . To read this article in full, please click here