Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google creates an application portal to help New York State with the recent surge of unemployment filings, says it could bring a similar service to more states — - The state of New York announced a partnership with Google for an online unemployment application system.
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Amazon says it has begun assembling equipment to build a lab to screen its workers for COVID-19, may be working on antigen testing — With workers in at least 64 warehouses and shipping facilities testing positive, the e-commerce giant says it hopes to start testing a small numbers of employees ‘soon’
Bani Sapra / Business Insider:
Facebook files lawsuit against Bassant Gajjar, founder of LeadCloak, alleging its software helped scammers run deceptive ads on Facebook and Instagram — - Facebook announced that it filed a lawsuit against the founder of a company called LeadCloak on Thursday, alleging …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK startups including Deliveroo, Citymapper, and Graphcore urge the government to create a task force to make lending schemes accessible to tech companies — The U.K. government, like a number of other countries around the world such as the U.S., has stepped up its pace in providing relief …
Will Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
The pandemic has companies like Netflix and Equinix expediting network and server upgrades, driving the biggest expansion of internet infrastructure in years — Far from breaking it, the surge in usage the internet is seeing right now is driving a major upgrade.
Matt Drange / Protocol:
Online ticketing service Eventbrite says it will lay off 45% of its employees; sources say Eventbrite has over 1,000 staff — CEO Julia Hartz delivered the news in a companywide video call Wednesday morning. — Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz announced Wednesday during a company-wide meeting …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Tech giants like Apple, Facebook, and Google are scrambling to create digital internships for this summer, as offices remain shuttered during the pandemic — Go deeper — By Sara Fischer, Stef W. Kight — Campaigns turn to texting as coronavirus spreads
New York Times:
SimilarWeb and Apptopia: amid quarantines, Americans increasingly use online platforms on computers, not smartphones; Nextdoor.com traffic is up 73% from Jan. — Stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, with movie theaters closed and no restaurants to dine in, Americans have been spending more of their lives online.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Airbnb is paying 10%+ interest on the $1B funding it raised on Monday; investors were offered free stock warrants based on a company valuation of $18B — Airbnb´s new investors get free warrants based on company valuation of $18 billion — Airbnb Inc. agreed to pay …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Tyto Care, a NYC-based telehealth startup that sells an in-home kit to help doctors remotely diagnose patients, raises $50M in round led by Insight Partners — With social distancing, self isolation, and remote working emerging as the standard behavioral protocol to combat the COVID-19 outbreak …