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30 startups creating the future of work that will prosper in 2020, according to VCs

As the coronavirus crisis forces people to work remotely, tools that help them stay connected and productive are booming in popularity. We asked a select group of VCs to name enterprise startups that could take off this year as a result of the changing work environment. Each investor named two "future of work" startups: one in their portfolio, and one company they admire but have no financial interest in. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus outbreak has changed...
Tags: Google, Time, Trends, Outreach, Silicon Valley, Yen, Hoover, Walk, Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt, Accel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Figma, Textio, San Francisco Bay Area


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)

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 va...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Cisco, SU, Netflix, Larry Ellison, Aws, Silicon Valley, Fireeye, Pentagon, Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Zoom, Newman


Tech for good during COVID-19: Texts for frontline workers, a crisis prevention hotline and more

What do a heating filter company, a robotics startup and an architecture startup have in common? Usually, nothing. But right now, as COVID-19 sweeps the world and jeopardizes the lives of millions, companies are shifting operations to make N95 masks and ventilators for healthcare workers. The innovation coming out of the startup world has been breathtaking, and, quite honestly, hard to keep up with. It feels like everyone in Silicon Valley and beyond is rising to the challenge, even if they don’...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Cdc, Tech, Canada, Social Security, Silicon Valley, Edtech, Manitoba, Ama, Darrell, Teran, Stilt, Dan Teran, Computers for Schools


Edge Overtakes Firefox To Become the Second-Most Popular Browser

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes Softpedia: It was probably just a matter of time, but the thing so many people, including everyone at Microsoft, expected finally happened: Microsoft Edge surpassed Mozilla Firefox to become the world's second most-used desktop browser. Data provided by market analysis firm NetMarketShare reveals that the whole thing happened in March, when the adoption of the Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge improved to a level that allowed it to overtake Mozilla's own b...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Slashdot


U.S. Government: Update Chrome 80 Now, Multiple Security Concerns Confirmed

Part of America's Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) "has advised users to update Google Chrome as new high-rated security vulnerabilities have been found," reports Forbes: In an April 1 posting, CISA confirmed that Google Chrome version 80.0.3987.162 "addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system," be that Windows, Mac or Linux. It went on to state that it "encourages" users and administr...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Tech, Cisa, Forbes, Center for Internet Security CIS


A Wall Street trading bonanza, how to benefit from the stimulus bill, and Silicon Valley steps up

Hello! I want to start this newsletter with an extract from an internal memo Citadel founder and hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin recently sent to staff. Here goes:  In recent months, we have all been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We are in an unprecedented moment of global distress as the entire world faces this common invisible threat. And when the chaos settles, we will be measured by the character we exhibit in our work and in our communities. In the blink of an eye, we now find o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, New York, Senate, China, US, Trends, Bank Of America, Warren Buffett, Silicon Valley, Rob, Goldman Sachs, Alex


Zoom helped to connect the world, then got slammed for cybersecurity issues – here's why experts say the company deserves a break (ZM, MSFT, GOOG, CSCO)

Zoom has become extremely prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic: its stock has doubled, its iOS app is No. 1 in the App Store, and schools are relying upon it to hold classes for students stuck at home. That spotlight has turned harsh, as the company has been battered by privacy and security scandals — so-called "Zoombombing" has become prevalent, as bad actors crash meetings, classes, and other online classes, while concerns swirl about how Zoom gathers user data.   Security experts and the ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, Taylor Swift, Microsoft, China, Trends, Cisco, Fbi, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Boris Johnson, Rsa, University of Toronto, Cabinet, Yuan


This Week in Apps: Zoom has issues, Pinterest founder’s new COVID-19 research app, record Q1 spending

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies h...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Developers, App Stores, App Annie, Zoom, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Dark Sky Niantic


VCs dish on why they backed Notion, the productivity startup that just raised $50 million at a $2 billion valuation during a market meltdown

Notion, a productivity startup aiming to unseat Google Drive and Microsoft Office, announced a $50 million funding round on Wednesday that valued it at $2 billion at a time when many startups are struggling to gain funding or are going out of business entirely. Index Ventures led the round and partner Sarah Cannon was instrumental in convincing the skeptical founders to take a large amount of funding from a single venture firm, which they had previously avoided doing.  She won over cofounder a...
Tags: Google, Google Drive, California, San Francisco, Trends, Microsoft Office, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Felicis Ventures, Index Ventures, Business Insider, Angellist, Bay Area, Valley, Cannon, Goldberg


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)

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 paren...
Tags: Google, Florida, China, Israel, US, Trends, Italy, Gartner, Alipay, Google Maps, Alphabet Google, California Department of Public Health, Community Mobility Reports, Hermanshu Nigam, Lydia Clougherty Jones


Taylor Twellman interview: The Heart Of The Game Podcast

The Heart of The Game is a brand-new weekly podcast featuring interviews with the studio talent, commentators, players and coaches that bring us the beautiful game. Hosted by Nate Abaurrea, the latest episode features an interview with co-commentator Taylor Twellman. During the interview, Ian discusses: • How he got his start as a co-commentator for ESPN, • His opinion about the state of the US Soccer Federation, • Why there haven’t been any changes in US Soccer, • His memories of the ‘What are...
Tags: Google, US, Sport, Soccer, Espn, Ian, Taylor Twellman, US Soccer Federation, Nate Abaurrea


Startups Weekly: SaaS companies feel the churn but hope for a brighter tomorrow

[Editor’s note: Want to get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that startups can use by email? Subscribe here.]  There are a few online productivity stocks booming, and a few popular remote-first product companies still announcing funding rounds amid a huge new wave of unicorn layoffs. But what about the previously white-hot software-as-a-service category overall? Pullbacks in spending are expected in general, obviously, which means higher churn and slower growth for major SaaS companies....
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Tech, Rebecca Minkoff, Alex, Crowdstrike, Felicis Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Healthtech, Alex Wilhelm, Jon, Danny, Josh Constine, Connie Loizos


Vint Cerf 'No Longer Contagious' With Covid-19

DevNull127 writes: Good news — VA Public Health has certified my wife and me as no longer contagious with COVID19," tweeted 76-year-old Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the modern internet. He added one word. "Recovering!" It seemed especially appropriate that Cerf shared his news online — and that it drew positive responses from grateful people around the world, including several who use the internet in their daily lives. Cerf's tweet immediately drew positive responses from the Internet So...
Tags: Google, Tech, Associated Press, University of Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Cerf, Vint Cerf, FRANK BAJAK, VA Public Health, Cloud Native Computing Foundation YouTube, Centre Cerf


Apple has begun designing and producing face shields to protect health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic (AAPL)

Apple has begun designing and producing face shields to protect health care workers in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. Apple CEO Tim Cook made the announcement via Twitter on Sunday. The company said it plans to ship one million face shields per week. It also increased the number of face masks it's donating to health care workers in the US to 20 million, up from the 10 million it previously announced. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple is designing a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Cook, California, Kaiser Permanente, US, Trends, United States, Tim Cook, Beverly Hills, Jeff Bezos, Santa Clara Valley, China Cook


What It's Like To Attend a Conference -- in Person -- in the Age of Covid-19?

What happens when no one shows up for a tech conference? Fast Company's technology editor harrymcc writes: From Apple to Microsoft to Google, major tech companies have responded to the coronavirus crisis by either canceling their 2020 conference or making them purely virtual. But one well-established event — Vancouver's CanSecWest — went ahead earlier this month, with streaming as an option but not mandatory. Only three attendees showed up in the flesh. But so did security reporter Seth Rosenbl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Tech, Vancouver, Seth Rosenblatt


Unqork CEO: Anything Java Coders Can Do, No-Code Can Do 200x Faster

Here's some interesting thoughts from long-time Slashdot reader theodp: CNBC reports that the next frontier in the Microsoft, Google, Amazon cloud battle is over a world without code. Google recently acquired no-code app development platform AppSheet, Microsoft just launched a new public preview of its low-code Power Apps mobile app for iOS and Android, and there is speculation about an 'Amazon for Everyone' product from AWS. "Anything a Java developer or engineer can build using custom code, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Tech, Cnbc, Slashdot, Microsoft Google Amazon, Gary Hoberman, AppSheet Microsoft


How to Navigate Business Uncertainty and Keep Your Business Running

Businesses are currently in the thick of navigating changes related to COVID-19. Making the right adjustments can be tricky, but there are plenty of lessons you can learn from members of the online small business community. Get those tips and others for keeping your business going below. Find the Coronavirus Relief Your Business Needs So many small businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. But there are some relief and aid programs available to help. If you’re struggling, read this CorpNet p...
Tags: Google, Sales, Startup, Social Media Examiner, Lisa D Jenkins, Matt Southern, DepositPhotos, Martin Zwilling, Mike Allton, Rachel Strella, Strella Social Media, Nellie Akalp, Michal Leszczynski, Matt Shealy, Kathleen Gratehouse, Anat Morderer


Financial Help for Freelancers and Independent Contractors Affected by the Coronavirus Crisis

The financial crisis resulting from the rapidly worsening COVID-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on workers, especially freelancers, independent contractors, and gig workers. Many of these people have seen their income greatly reduced or eliminated entirely. And a number of these individuals operated with little or no savings. What financial assistance may be available to help freelancers and independent contractors? In this article I list some possibilities, mainly as a result of the Ma...
Tags: Google, Personal Finance, Facebook, California, Sales, Social Security, Treasury, Freelancers, Irs, Independent Contractors, Small Business Administration, SBA, Fannie Mae, Freelancers Union, Richard D Harroch, Home-Based Business


Google Searches Can Help Us Find Emerging Covid-19 Outbreaks

They can also reveal symptoms that at first went undetected. I may have found a new one.
Tags: Google, News, Research, Search Engines, United States, Italy, Ecuador, Joshua, Google Inc, Gans, Computers and the Internet, Eyes And Eyesight, Data-Mining and Database Marketing, Smell (Olfaction, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


Google uses location data to show which places are complying with stay-at-home orders — and which aren’t (the verge)

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is using location data gathered from smartphones to help public health officials understand how people’s movements have changed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In a blog post early Friday morning, Google announced the release of its COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. The reports use data from people who have opted in to storing their location history with Google to help illustrate the degree to which people are adhering to governm...
Tags: Google, News, Casey Newton, Alex Castro, Verge Google


Vint Cerf 'No Longer Contagious' With Covid-19 (slashdot)

DevNull127 writes: Good news — VA Public Health has certified my wife and me as no longer contagious with COVID19," tweeted 76-year-old Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the modern internet. He added one word. "Recovering!" It seemed especially appropriate that Cerf shared his news online — and that it drew positive responses from grateful people around the world, including several who use the internet in their daily lives. Cerf's tweet immediately drew positive responses from the Internet So...
Tags: Google, News, Associated Press, University of Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Cerf, Vint Cerf, EditorDavid, FRANK BAJAK, VA Public Health, Cloud Native Computing Foundation YouTube, Centre Cerf


How Google Ruined the Internet (slashdot)

An anonymous reader shares a column: Remember that story about the Polish dentist who pulled out all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth in an act of revenge? It was complete and utter bullshit. 100% fabricated. No one knows who wrote it. Nevertheless, it was picked up by Fox News, the Los Angeles Times and many other publishers. That was eight years ago, yet when I search now for "dentist pulled ex boyfriends teeth," I get a featured snippet that quotes ABC News' original, uncorrected story. Who invent...
Tags: Google, News, Bloomberg, New York Times, Hettinger, Instead Google, Msmash, Catherine Hettinger, Joshua Brustein, Fox News the Los Angeles Times