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Facebook Claims It’s Cracking Down on Ads Claiming to Cure or Prevent Coronavirus

As tech and social media giants engage in a kind of Whack-A-Mole for COVID-19 scaremongering and product misinformation on their websites, Facebook says it’s cracking down on ads intended to mislead users about their products on its Marketplace. Read More >>

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Amazon Warns Sellers Not to Gouge Users on Face Masks as Prices Skyrocket on Coronavirus Fears

Amazon is warning third-party sellers on its Marketplace platform not to gouge customers on protective face masks as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak continues to spread internationally and becomes increasingly likely to hit the U.S., emails obtained by Wired show. Read More >>

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Things Are Not Looking Good for Stopping the Coronavirus

The prospect that the new coronavirus, whose outbreak has been so far largely confined to China, could soon be a pandemic is looming closer to reality. This week, several countries have reported local clusters of the disease outside of mainland China, suggesting the virus is freely circulating there. Meanwhile, a new report estimates that only a third of non-China cases are being documented at all. Read More >>

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Amazon Is Now a Hotbed for Products Claiming to ‘Kill’ Coronavirus

It’s no secret that Amazon’s marketplace is overrun with rubbish – literal or otherwise – and that the company struggles and often fails to manage its own massive marketplace that lumps legitimately trustworthy brands and products in with third-party sellers. Amazon’s latest challenge appears to be regulating a burgeoning market for products feeding off of flu and coronavirus fears – including products that claim to “kill” them. Read More >>

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Why Are HIV Drugs Being Used to Treat the New Coronavirus?

On Tuesday, the Japanese government announced it will begin clinical trials to test treatments for the deadly new coronavirus that’s engulfed China and spread to over two dozen countries. Rather than new drugs, they’ll be studying existing medications already used to treat HIV and other viral diseases. But why exactly are researchers hopeful that these drugs can be repurposed for the new coronavirus, and how likely are they to work? Read More >>

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Another Tech Event Cancelled Over Coronavirus Concerns, This Time in the San Francisco Bay Area

Facebook will no longer hold its global marketing summit in San Francisco next month, the company announced Friday, in what many are calling the Bay area’s first reported cancellation attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More >>

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Please Do Not Drink Silver to Kill the Coronavirus

Wherever mass tragedy strikes, there will be vulturous hucksters looking to take advantage of people’s fears. The outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus in China and other countries is no exception. Medical quacks are already trying to sell the very bad idea of swallowing silver to ward off the virus – something that’s more likely to turn you into a real-life smurf than cure anything. Read More >>

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Mobile World Congress Cancelled Over Coronavirus Fears: Reports

Companies have been cancelling appearances at Mobile World Congress 2020 left and right – to the point where GSMA, the conference’s organiser, has decided to pull the plug on the event entirely. Read More >>

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Cruise Ship Previously Rejected by Five Countries Over Virus Fears Will Finally Be Allowed to Dock

The Westerdam cruise ship will be allowed to dock in Cambodia, according to a new statement from Holland America Line. The ship had previously been refused entry by five countries over concerns that passengers might have been infected with the new coronavirus that has killed 1,116 and sickened over 45,000 worldwide. Read More >>

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There’s Now an Official Name for the Wuhan Coronavirus Illness

The World Health Organization has finally come up with a name for the illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that’s infected at least 40,000 people and killed over 1,000 worldwide. Meanwhile, scientists elsewhere have coined a new name for the virus itself. Read More >>

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Royole Pulls out of MWC and Will Now Reveal Its Second Foldable Phone Before the Event

The number of exhibitors attending Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year is plummeting with health and safety concerns around coronavirus being cited as the reason, and Royole is the most recent company to follow suit. Read More >>

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Coronavirus Cases on Cruise Ship Skyrocket as China Records Highest Single-Day Death Toll

The number of coronavirus cases on a cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, Japan has dramatically risen by 65, bringing the total number of cases linked to the passenger vessel to 135, according to Japan’s NHK News. Read More >>

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Sony, Amazon, and Nvidia are the Latest Companies to Drop out of MWC 2020 Over Corona Virus

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 is gearing up to kick off in a couple of weeks, but with more exhibitors dropping out over corona virus concerns, it could end up being a ghost town. Read More >>

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Ericsson Joins the Ranks of Companies Dropping out of MWC Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Ericsson does the decent thing and pulls out MWC Barcelona 2020, saying the health and safety of its employees and customers is a "top priority" as the coronavirus rages on. Read More >>

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Now Is the Perfect Time to Start Letting People Work From Home

While working from home is a luxury for some, it’s becoming a necessity for others. The world is currently witnessing its “largest work-from-home experiment,” as Bloomberg put it, due to the rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus that’s killed more people than the 2002-03 SARS outbreak. Many businesses across China are forcing workers to stay home to protect their health and keep the virus from spreading. This may be challenging for teams accustomed to in-person brainstorming sessions, but remote work has the potential to protect public health by doing more than containing the Wuhan virus. Read More >>