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Many people who have lost income during the coronavirus pandemic, including gig workers for Uber and elsewhere, have turned to GoFundMe to fill the gap (Sarah Kessler/OneZeroTITELTITELTITELTITEL#8202;)

Sarah Kessler / OneZero : Many people who have lost income during the coronavirus pandemic, including gig workers for Uber and elsewhere, have turned to GoFundMe to fill the gap  —  People who have lost their income during the crisis now turn to the crowdfunding platform for help  —  Monday, March 17, Benjamin Majchrzak …

WhatsApp announces two initiatives to combat COVID-19 misinformation: an Information Hub in partnership with WHO and others, and a $1M grant to Poynter (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Manish Singh / TechCrunch: WhatsApp announces two initiatives to combat COVID-19 misinformation: an Information Hub in partnership with WHO and others, and a $1M grant to Poynter  —  WhatsApp has long grappled with its platform being used to spread misinformation.  In the latest move, today it announced two initiatives …

Amid COVID-19 crisis, tech platforms are making a premature bet on AI, as human moderators shift to moderating less sensitive content while working from home (Casey Newton/The Interface)

Casey Newton / The Interface: Amid COVID-19 crisis, tech platforms are making a premature bet on AI, as human moderators shift to moderating less sensitive content while working from home  —  Today, let´s talk about some of the front-line workers at Facebook and Google working on the pandemic: the content moderators who keep the site running day in and day out.

Fox is buying ad-supported streaming service Tubi in $440M cash deal; Tubi remains separate company, deal mostly financed with proceeds from sale of Roku stake (Julia Alexander/The Verge)

Julia Alexander / The Verge: Fox is buying ad-supported streaming service Tubi in $440M cash deal; Tubi remains separate company, deal mostly financed with proceeds from sale of Roku stake  —  With a focus on bringing sports and news to subscribers, not original content  —  Fox Corporation has acquired ad-supported …

Microsoft, White House OSTP, and Allen Institute help in identifying and releasing 24,000+ articles on coronaviruses for free, for medical and NLP researchers (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Microsoft, White House OSTP, and Allen Institute help in identifying and releasing 24,000+ articles on coronaviruses for free, for medical and NLP researchers  —  The COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19), a repository of more than 29,000 scholarly articles about coronavirus family viruses …

Apple says it will offer an extended return period due to store closures and will accept returns two weeks after stores reopen (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple says it will offer an extended return period due to store closures and will accept returns two weeks after stores reopen  —  Apple on Friday shut down all of its retail stores outside of greater China for a two week period in an effort to cut down on the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States and other countries.

Profile of Zoom, which has conquered video chat with a simple service that keeps latency under 150 milliseconds, as COVID-19 forces employees to work remotely (David Pierce/Protocol)

David Pierce / Protocol: Profile of Zoom, which has conquered video chat with a simple service that keeps latency under 150 milliseconds, as COVID-19 forces employees to work remotely  —  Before coronavrius locked workers at home, Zoom was a leading videoconferencing tool.  But it wants to be more.  It wants to be your whole office.
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