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Coronavirus und Daten

„Hidden data is revealing the true scale of the coronavirus outbreak – Satellite images, internet speed and traffic information tell a whole new story about Covid-19.“


Taiwan’s new ‚electronic fence‘ for quarantines leads wave of virus monitoring – Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based ‚electronic fence‘ that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes. … The system monitors phone signals to alert police and local officials if those in home quarantine move away from their address or turn off their phones. Jyan said authorities will contact or visit those who trigger an alert within 15 minutes.“


Google’s coronavirus website finally launches alongside enhanced search results – After lots of complicated drama, a simple website – The website is at google.com/covid19. It does have useful resources, including a card that mimics what you see above. Google’s post announcing the site says that you will be able to find ’state-based information, safety and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19, and further resources for individuals, educators and businesses.‘ Google emphasizes that it’s pulling information from “authoritative” sources like the WHO and the CDC.“

The Verge

Streaming: SD und Redaktion

YouTube, Amazon Prime forgo streaming quality to relieve European networks – YouTube and Amazon Prime will sacrifice streaming quality in the EU to help avert internet gridlock as tens of millions of Europeans, confined by the coronavirus outbreak, switch to working from home.“


Facebook to cut video streaming quality in virus-hit Europe – Facebook will downgrade video streaming quality on its platform and on Instagram in Europe, the latest U.S. tech giant to respond to an EU call to stave off internet gridlock as thousands work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.“


YouTube will start displaying trustworthy coronavirus videos on its homepagePulling from authoritative sources – YouTube will introduce a new row of verified videos to its homepage for anyone trying to find authoritative news on the ongoing coronavirus story.“

The Verge

„How dance producers are using video game livestream platform Twitch to connect with fans – Video game live streaming platform Twitch has become an increasingly valuable way for electronic musicians to connect with their fans. Cherie Hu investigates the synergy between these electronic worlds.“


ZoomBombing und Hacker

„Beware of ‘ZoomBombing:’ screensharing filth to video calls – The world is vulnerable to a new type of trolling as people turn to Zoom video calls to feel connected amidst quarantines. Jerks are using Zoom’s screensharing feature to blast other viewers with the most awful videos from across the internet, from violence to shocking pornography.“


„Mass move to work from home in coronavirus crisis creates opening for hackers: cyber experts – As people disperse to their homes to work and study because of the coronavirus pandemic, taking their laptops and company data with them, cyber security experts say hackers will follow, seeking to take advantage and infiltrate corporations.“


Amazon: Löhne und Risiken

Amazon raises overtime pay for warehouse workers – Amazon.com Inc said on Saturday it is raising overtime pay for associates working in its U.S. warehouses as the world’s largest online retailer tries to meet the rapidly growing demand for online shopping from consumers stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak.“


„‘We’re all going to get sick eventually’: Amazon workers are struggling to provide for a nation in quarantine – Amazon is positioning itself as an ‘essential’ service during the pandemic – a move that benefits the company and puts its warehouse workers and drivers in danger.“

The Verge

Endlich kontaktlos bezahlen!

„Weniger Bargeld: Deutsche zahlen vermehrt kontaktlos – In Deutschland wird vorzugsweise Bargeld eingesetzt. Nun sorgt die Angst vor einer Corona-Ansteckung zur häufigeren Nutzung von Kredit– oder Girokarten. … In den vergangenen Tagen sei mehr als die Hälfte aller Girocard-Zahlungen kontaktlos durchgeführt worden, sagte eine Sprecherin der Deutschen Kreditwirtschaft (DK) der Deutschen Presse-Agentur. Im Dezember habe dieser Anteil noch bei 35 Prozent gelegen.“