• Insiders say $2 billion startup Deliveroo is frustrated its Amazon funding is under lengthy competition scrutiny even as it helps fight COVID-19

    2 days ago - By Business Insider

    UK food delivery unicorn Deliveroo is frustrated that it is still undergoing a competition probe, even as it volunteers its help to the UK government to tackle COVID-19.
    Deliveroo has been under investigation since 2019, after Amazon led a $575 million investment into the company. The probe is expected to conclude in June 2020.
    The company is separately in discussions with the government about using its network of delivery riders to drop off care packages for the elderly and vulnerable as the UK remains under lockdown.
    One senior source said they were amazed the competition probe is being...
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  • Why Iceland's approach to coronavirus testing may be better than America's

    Why Iceland's approach to coronavirus testing may be better than America's

    2 days ago - By Fortune

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    In the two months since COVID-19 began its rampage across the world, most governments have opted to test only those people with active symptoms, telling everyone else to self-isolate if they suspect they are infected with the coronavirus. Based on that approach, more than 440,000 people have tested positive for the virus since it first appeared in Wuhan, China last December, including more than 55,000 in the U.S.
    In the two months...
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  • Clearstep's COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources

    Clearstep's COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources

    2 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    There are a growing number of symptom checker and screening tools that you can use at home if you suspect you might have contracted the new coronavirus that is causing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these are relatively simple, including around three or four questions that basically cover the top reported symptoms experienced by anyone who has confirmed to have had the disease. Chatbot-based symptom checking software startup Clearstep has created its own COVID-19 screener , which goes more in-depth to combine symptom checking with screening for potential exposure to the virus.
    The...
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  • Can Amazon Meet Customer Demand And Keep Its Workforce Safe?

    2 days ago - By NPR

    NPR's Noel King talks to Jay Carney, Amazon's senior VP of global corporate affairs, about the company's growing role during the COVID-19 outbreak, and whether it can keep its workers safe.
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  • Billionaire Jeff Bezos says he spoke directly to WHO and hinted Amazon might deliver COVID-19 test kits globally

    Billionaire Jeff Bezos says he spoke directly to WHO and hinted Amazon might deliver COVID-19 test kits globally

    2 days ago - By Business Insider

    Jeff Bezos posted a picture to Instagram of himself having a video-call with the Director General of WHO to discuss the coronavirus outbreak.
    Bezos said Amazon is already supporting WHO with IT support and providing AI to help its epidemic-mapping tools.
    "We also discussed the urgent need for collective action to produce and distribute plentiful COVID-19 test kits," Bezos said.
    Amazon has already agreed to deliver COVID-19 kits in the UK.
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    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos posted to Instagram on Thursday to say he'd held a video call with the...
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