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Home Office Setup Guide: The Best Gear for Working at Home

Do you need a monitor, desk, webcam, laptop, microphone, or pair of headphones? Here’s our ultimate laundry list of recommended gear to improve your new home office.
Source: Wired

When Doctors and Patients Talk About Death Over Zoom

During the Covid-19 pandemic, palliative care specialists are discovering that technology can add a lot to these difficult discussions.
Source: Wired

An Army of Volunteers Is Taking On Vaccine Disinformation Online

Anti-vaccine messages on social media have tripled since the pandemic began. One public health group wants to teach pro-vaccine Americans to fight fire with fire.
Source: Wired

Daily Crunch: E-commerce sales surge

eMarketer tries to quantify the rise of e-commerce, Reddit’s co-founder steps down from the board and SpaceX focuses on its next-generation spacecraft.

Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 8, 2020.

1. US e-commerce sales to jump 18% in 2020, but not enough to offset retail’s decline

U.S. e-commerce sales will jump 18% this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new forecast released today by eMarketer. However, the surge in new online orders won’t make up for the overall hit that the U.S. retail sector will take this year, the firm noted.

Total U.S. retail sales are projected to drop by 10.5% in 2020, to $4.894 trillion. That’s steeper than the 8.2% drop last seen in 2009, during the financial crash and recession.

2. Alexis Ohanian steps down from Reddit board, asks for his seat to go to a black board member

Ohanian is calling on the company he co-founded to fill his position with a black board member, a high-profile step for an organization with a rocky track record around issues of race. “I believe resignation can actually be an act of leadership from people in power right now,” he said in his announcement. “To everyone fighting to fix our broken nation: do not stop.”

3. Elon Musk says Starship is now SpaceX’s top priority

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk says that after accomplishing its first human launch, the company’s primary focus going forward will be developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft. According to an internal email seen by CNBC, Musk said that Starship is job one for the company — with the exception of ensuring that everything goes well with the forthcoming return of the Crew Dragon capsule from the International Space Station.

4. These free tools blur protesters’ faces and remove photo metadata

In the past week, developers have rushed to build apps and tools that let protesters scrub hidden metadata from their photos, and mask or blur faces to prevent facial recognition systems from identifying protesters.

5. TechCrunch’s top 10 picks from Techstars’ May virtual demo days

Over the past few days, TechCrunch has been catching up by watching the video pitches from May’s five presenting demo classes, including the Lisbon demo day, its Seattle batch, the Los Angeles-based music-focused group, the Air Force-sponsored accelerator and the Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator. (Extra Crunch membership required.)

6. India’s Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $750 million stake to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

The three-and-a-half-year-old digital unit of oil-to-retail giant Reliance Industries — the most valuable firm in India — has now secured nearly $13 billion from seven investors, including Facebook, as well as U.S. private equity firms Silver Lake and General Atlantic, by selling close to a 20% stake.

7. This week’s TechCrunch podcasts

This week’s regular Equity episode turns away from funding news to discuss systemic racism in the United States, while the Monday news roundup turns back to the latest tech headlines, such as good news for Airbnb. And over at Original Content, we review the new Netflix series “Space Force.”

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.


Source: TechCrunch

Jeff Bezos blasts racist customer email about BLM banner on Amazon's site – CNET

The CEO’s response shows how Amazon, and many in corporate America, have decided to take a vocal position on Black Lives Matter.
Source: CNET

Yelp will add new tool to search for black-owned businesses – CNET

The company is also donating to the Equal Justice Initiative and NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Source: CNET

Google Maps updated with COVID-19 info and related transit alerts

Google Maps is today introducing a series of new features to better inform travelers and commuters about how their trip may be impacted by COVID-19 — including travel restrictions, COVID-19 checkpoints, or even just the crowdedness of public transport. It’s also adding features that will help those traveling to COVID-19 testing centers better understand the eligibility and facility guidelines.

In several countries, Google says it will now display transit alerts from local agencies that will help users prepare for any government mandates that impact your ability to use public transit. For example, if services are closed or if you’re required to wear a mask, the alerts would include this information.

These are launching now in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the U.S., where Google has information from local transit agencies available, with more countries coming soon.

Google Maps will also now show if a trip’s navigation includes a COVID-19 checkpoint or restriction along your route, like when you’re crossing an international border. This is first launching with Canada, Mexico and the U.S., and will display an alert on the directions screen if your route is impacted. Google didn’t indicate any plans to expand this to more countries.

Similarly, alerts will appear when you plan a trip to a medical facility or COVID-19 testing center.

These alerts will be based on data Google receives from authoritative agencies, including local, state, and federal governments or from the center’s websites. Here, the idea is to make sure that people heading to a center are aware fo the guidelines so they’re not turned away upon arrival. For instance, if the center won’t see you without an appointment, that would be noted.

These alerts roll out first for medical facilities in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the U.S., and testing center alerts will be available in the U.S. Google says it’s working to bring these to other markets and expand its work with agencies.

The updated Google Maps app will also expand access to the “crowdedness predictions” feature first introduced last year. This data is fueled by tens of millions of contributions from Google Maps users who ride public transit. Google crunched the numbers to make predictions about how crowded a particular bus or train line may be at a given time of day. It’s now making it easier for users to contribute their own observations.

In the updated app, when you tap through to see Transit directions when looking up a route, you can scroll down to see crowdedness predictions and add your own input, like “very crowded” or “not too crowded,” or other measures.

You’ll also now see the times when a transit station is historically more or less crowded or you can choose to look at live data by searching for a station in Google Maps or by tapping a station displayed on the map. This feature, which displays the departure board and busyness data, will roll out over the next few weeks.

This is powered by aggregated and anonymized data from users who have opted in to Google Location History. The company notes this setting is switched off by default and Google only displays the data when it has enough input to meet privacy thresholds.

Unrelated to COVID-19, Google Maps will also now roll out new transit insights like temperature, accessibility, and onboard security, as well as designated women’s sections in regions where available. These additions were first announced in February, but are now globally available. They also include more granular accessibility information for wheelchair users, like where there are wheelchair accessible doors, seating, stop buttons and more, Google says.

The expanded set of features will be live on both iOS and Android, in the markets where they’re available.


Source: TechCrunch

IRS stimulus check: What to know about qualifications, your coronavirus payment, deadlines – CNET

All of your stimulus check questions and answers here. Find out how much of the $1,200 you could receive, see if the IRS has scheduled your stimulus check, learn when your check will arrive and more.
Source: CNET

CNET 25: The Firsts – CNET

From the first BlackBerry to the first iPad, here’s what CNET reviewers thought of the original versions of these innovative tech gadgets.
Source: CNET

The revolution: Brought to you by Twitter – CNET

Commentary: Social media is transforming social activism. It’s vital that we use it the right way.
Source: CNET

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