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March 15, 2020, 11:30 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Despite Trump implying that a triage website for COVID-19 tests will be available nationwide soon, Verily says it will only launch in Bay Area within a few days  —  Instead, Verily is building a triage website just for the Bay Area  —  Google is not working with the US government in building …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Google says it is working with the US government to develop a nationwide COVID-19 website on symptoms, risks, and testing info, in addition to other measures  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) said on Saturday that it was working with the U.S. government to develop …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple will only accept COVID-19 related apps from recognized entities such as government orgs, health NGOs, and companies with health or education credentials  —  Apple today announced that it is evaluating COVID-19 coronavirus-related apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
After Amazon's crackdown on price gouging, some sellers who cleared out local stores are sitting on stockpiles, causing shortages of products like sanitizer  —  Amazon cracked down on coronavirus price gouging.  Now, while the rest of the world searches, some sellers are holding stockpiles of sanitizer and masks.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Amazon Prime likely to falter during COVID-19 crisis, from supply chain issues, increased demand, and the potential of a warehouse outbreak  —  More than half of American households are Amazon Prime members, and, for better or worse, have come to rely on the service for many of their everyday needs.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple says it is closing all of its stores outside China until March 27 due to the spread of COVID-19 and plans to pay its hourly workers during the closures  —  Apple today announced that it is closing all of its retail locations outside of Greater China until March 27 due to the continuing spread …
Dan Guido / Trail of Bits Blog:
An independent audit of mobile voting app Voatz, which has been used in elections in four US states, details many critical vulnerabilities and recommends fixes  —  Voatz allows voters to cast their ballots from any geographic location on supported mobile devices.
Sigal Samuel / Vox:
A look at the rise of apps like SuperBetter that promise to reduce anxiety through gamification, even as questions remain about their effectiveness  —  Popular apps are awarding points for beating “bad guys” and completing “power-ups” — and drawing from real, clinically approved treatments.
Joanna Glasner / Crunchbase News:
Analysis: travel-focused startups raised a record $7.9B+ in 2019, buoyed by booking platforms and lodging brands, two areas hit hard by COVID-19-related cuts  —  Shares of hotel chains, airlines and cruise lines have been getting crushed in recent weeks, as the spread of coronavirus has put a halt on travel plans.

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