Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health officials have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help, and are releasing draft technical documentation including Bluetooth and cryptography specifications and framework documentation ... as Los Angles County reaches over 9,000 reported COVID-19 cases and nearly 300 deaths, LA county is launching a large scale study ... the findings could help shape strategies to get the U.S. economy going again ... the U.S. only recently achieved a pace of more than 100,000 tests per day, according to the Covid 19 Tracking Project, which relies on state data .. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an alert reminding consumers of their data privacy rights amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency ... Governments and grocery stores are asking people maintain “social distance” while shopping, while at the same time, interest in robotics applications has risen .. by the year 2050, it is estimated that more than two-thirds of the planet’s population will live in cities. Disease-tracking software allows city officials and scientists to track the spread of viruses in real-time through artificial intelligence .. a rapidly elevating bonnet called Dark_nexus has been brought to the daylight, counting 1,372 bots under its authority. Dark Nexus counts its versions from 4.0 to 8.6, and “successfully” outbreak in China, South Korea, Russia, Brazil, and Thailand.
by Newsroom
Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.
NBC News
by Erin McLaughlin and Andrew Blankstein
With a population of 10 million, larger than those of more than 40 states, LA county is a prime location to launch a large-scale study that aims to learn more about antibodies that could potentially provide immunity from COVID 19, the disease associated with the coronavirus.
The White House is developing plans to get the U.S. economy back in action that depend on testing far more Americans for the coronavirus than has been possible to date.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
by Editor
There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to prevent or treat COVID 19. Current clinical management includes infection prevention and control measures and supportive care.
Lake County News
"The reality is that COVID 19 is forcing families to adjust to a new way of living and connecting remotely," said Attorney General Becerra. "Whether it's our children's schooling, socializing with family and friends, or working remotely – we are turning to mobile phones and computers as a lifeline. With such a dependency on online connectivity, it is more important than ever for Californians to know their privacy rights."
Robotics Business Review
by Kayla Matthews
At the moment, robots can look for spills, clean floors, check inventory, or direct customers, but no robot can do more than one or two of these things. Still, grocery stores have genuine needs for the functions these service robots offer, providing an early glimpse of how they could eventually help more retailers, even after the COVID 19 crisis has passed.
by Karlyn McKell
Smart cities allow us to service a large number of people in a very short time by using data sensors to gather and process information. City leaders and scientists can then use this data to track diseases, deliver autonomously, survey infected citizens, and make predictions about human behavior.
by Julie Splinters
Actively tracked by cybersecurity experts for quite a while, a rapidly elevating bonnet called Dark_nexus has been brought to the daylight, counting 1,372 bots under its authority.
AV Club
by Reid McCarter
In the eternal struggle to invent new ways to slack off during work, technology remains our most powerful weapon. Enter the virtual Zoom twin, an invention by the Redpepper creative agency's Matt Reed that, however imperfectly, shows it won't be long now until we can just get our digital counterparts to take meetings for us.
The Hindu
by Prince Frederick
Two case studies on how geographically-defined communities are being challenged to rise to new heights of unity and empathy. From how the past few weeks have played out, it is clear that resources and labour have to be shared generously. There is also an unmistakable need to exercise considerable empathy.

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