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Wednesday, May 20


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Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps

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Women wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they stand near an Apple store in Beijing, Friday, April 24, 2020. It relies on Bluetooth wireless technology to detect when someone who downloaded the app has spent time near another app user who later tests positive for the virus. The companies said they're not trying to replace contact tracing, a pillar of infection control that involves trained public health workers reaching out to people who may have been exposed to an infected person. But they said their automatic “exposure notification” system can augment that process and slow the spread of COVID-19 by virus carriers who are interacting with strangers and aren't yet showing symptoms. Doug Burgum, a Republican. North Dakota had already launched a location-tracking app that about 4% of state residents are using, higher than other U.S. states with similar apps but falling far short of the participation rate that experts say is needed to make such technology useful.

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Apple-Google contact tracing tech draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets

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Apple-Google contact tracing tech draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets. OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Authorities in 23 countries across five continents have sought access to contact tracing technology from Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, the companies announced on Wednesday as they released the initial version of their system. But authorities would have to stop requiring phone numbers from users under the companies' rules, one of several restrictions that have left governments fighting the novel coronavirus frustrated that the world's top two smartphone software makers undercut the technology's usefulness by prioritizing user privacy. Apple and Google said several U.S. states and 22 countries have sought access to their technology, but it is unclear how many will end up publishing mobile apps that use it. It could help authorities test more potentially infected individuals than they would normally be able to based on patients recalling recent interactions from memory. But some governments contend their app-based efforts would be more effective if they could track users' locations to identify hot spots for virus transmission and notify them about possible exposure through calls or texts, rather than a generic push notification.

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Google Cloud secures U.S. defense department contract

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(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's <GOOGL.O> Google Cloud said on Wednesday it has secured a deal with the United States Department of Defense to help detect and respond to cyber threats. The deal allows the Defense Innovation Unit to run applications across platforms including Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure while being managed through the Google Cloud Console, the company said. The contract may be in seven figures, online news site Axios reported citing a reply from the company. Google had earlier made a bid for a $10 billion (£8.15 billion) cloud computing contract with the defense department, which was ultimately awarded to Microsoft Corp <MSFT.O>.

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France looks past Google, Apple for virus contact tracing

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PARIS: France, which has long been sceptical of the growing power of US tech titans, is seeking to bypass Apple and Google for a smartphone app to help trace people infected with the novel coronavirus. A number of countries have already deployed "contact tracing" apps on smartphones that track a person's contacts and alert them if need be, generating vital information to help contain outbreaks and slow the spread of the virus as nations ease lockdowns and get back to work. In a centralised system the data is managed by an authority, say a national health service, that would have access to the data to ensure those who are exposed are indeed following the proper health and isolation recommendations. Numerous tech experts and privacy advocates prefer a decentralised option because of data privacy concerns, worried about governments establishing databases that could be used for surveillance, even after the pandemic. But France, along with London, contest that argument and prefer a centralised architecture that will provide them with the information needed to ensure the spread of the disease is effectively contained. Norway also opted for a centralised system for its "Smittestop" or "stop infection" app launched last month.

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Governments look past Google, Apple for virus contact tracing

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PARIS: France, which has long been sceptical of the growing power of US tech titans, is seeking to bypass Apple and Google for a smartphone app to help trace people infected with the novel coronavirus. A number of countries have already deployed "contact tracing" apps on smartphones that track a person's contacts and alert them if need be, generating vital information to help contain outbreaks and slow the spread of the virus as nations ease lockdowns and get back to work. A decentralised architecture keeps the information about whom a person has been in contact with on the smartphone. If the person declares themselves to have been infected by the coronavirus, then those people deemed to have been in close contact for an extended period receive a notification to isolate themselves and get tested. Numerous tech experts and privacy advocates prefer a decentralised option because of data privacy concerns, worried about governments establishing databases that could be used for surveillance, even after the pandemic. But France, along with London, contest that argument and prefer a centralised architecture that will provide them with the information needed to ensure the spread of the disease is effectively contained. Norway also opted for a centralised system for its "Smittestop" or "stop infection" app launched last month.

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The Google Search app finally gets dark mode

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19 May 2020 5. Source: Joe Maring / Android Central. What you need to know. Google announced the update today, explaining that dark mode would work with both Android 10's and iOS 13's default system settings. For iOS 12 users, Google will offer the option to change it with an in-app toggle as the operating system lacks a system-wide dark theme. Like most of Google's apps for Android, the dark mode update has already been rolling out for some time before this as the company A/B tested the feature. Don't expect AMOLED black tones like with Facebook Messenger or Instagram, Google's dark themes have consistently been dark grey and this app is no exception to that rule.

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Tuesday, May 19


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Google says it won't build custom AI tools for oil and gas companies

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It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification. An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options. The environmentalist group said Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have been undermining their own environmental commitments by partnering with major oil companies, including Shell, BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil, that have looked for new technology to get more oil and gas out of the ground. But the group applauded Google on Tuesday for taking a step away from those deals. "While Google still has a few legacy contracts with oil and gas firms, we welcome this indication from Google that it will no longer build custom solutions for upstream oil and gas extraction," said Elizabeth Jardim, senior corporate campaigner for Greenpeace USA.

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Consumers Energy Providing 100,000 Google Nest Thermostats to Michigan Households During Pandemic

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JACKSON, Mich., May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy today announced a partnership with Google and Uplight to provide Google Nest thermostats to up to 100,000 households, helping Michigan residents power through the COVID-19 pandemic by saving energy and money. "Consumers Energy is committed to Michigan's success, and we're excited to help so many of our friends and neighbors during these challenging times by putting this powerful technology into their hands at no cost," said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy's president and CEO. Electric customers who receive smart thermostats will be enrolled in the Smart Thermostat Program, which shifts energy usage to off-peak hours — while also keeping households comfortable – on a few days each year. Households that aren't eligible for a Google Nest Thermostat E can receive a free Consumers Energy Care Package, which includes four LED bulbs and three night lights, and are enrolled in the Peak Time Rewards program, which provides payments for shifting energy use away from late afternoons in the summer.

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Baystreet.ca - Alphabet Stock Still Looks Cheap Relative to Growth Potential

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Alphabet Stock Still Looks Cheap Relative to Growth Potential. When assessing how expensive or inexpensive a stock is, one common metric used by analysts and investors is the Price Earnings to Growth (PEG) multiple. This metric takes the valuation multiple (P/E) of a given company and divides said multiple by the corresponding compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of a form, to give investors an idea of how richly valued a company is relative to its historical growth rate, a better valuation tool for high growths companies. High-flying growth companies in the technology sector, such as Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) are great examples of stocks which are, in many cases, more richly valued than peers on the basis of pure valuation multiples alone. Right now, at the time of writing, shares of Alphabet are trading at a PEG of a little more than 1, a good indicator that this company is very fairly valued and investors can pick up excellent growth at a great price.

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Monday, May 18


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Wedgewood Partners Cuts Fastenal, Alphabet, Visa

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David Rolfe (Trades, Portfolio)'s Wedgewood Partners, Inc. sold shares of the following stocks during the first quarter of 2020. The return on equity of 60.87% and return on assets of 16.26% are outperforming 96% of companies in the travel and leisure industry. The designer and seller of medical devices and related equipment has a market cap of $45.15 billion and an enterprise value of $44.79 billion. The largest guru shareholder of the company is Frank Sands (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.08% of outstanding shares, followed by Vanguard Health Care Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.36% and Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.68%.

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