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Why a Montco company's fate could be decided by the governor of Kentucky

Technology News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Jenkintown company awaits decision on waiver request to keep its manufacturing plant open.

Inside Methodist Le Bonheur's nerve center for telehealth

Technology News - 3 hours 31 min ago
“We’re barely touching the capacity of what the system we designed is capable of doing.”

Abbott launches test that can detect COVID-19 in five minutes

Technology News - 4 hours 32 min ago
Abbott Laboratories, the Abbott Park, Illinois-based medical device and health diagnostics company, has launched a rapid-testing device that can detect a positive result for novel coronavirus in five minutes.  The news come a week after the company announced it had received federal clearance to launch its Abbott m200 RealTime SARS-CoV-2 EUA test, which amplifies a single piece, or few copies of a piece of DNA, to diagnose a patient for COVID-19. The m200 systems can run up to 470 tests in a 24-hour…

Coalition fighting AB-5 submits signatures for ballot measure

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 20:14
A coalition backed by Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and others submitted petition signatures to California county registrars offices, marking a milestone in its fight to exempt app-based drivers and service workers from AB-5. Protect App-Based Drivers and Services said Friday it had gathered over 1 million signatures to place a ballot measure by the same name on the November ballot. The measure would overturn AB-5, the state law that took effect Jan. 1 that turned a wide swath of independent contractors…

Podcast: Time for the quarantine blues

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:02
Veteran tech journalists Mike Malone and Scott Budman try and make sense of (another) crazy week in the Valley with the latest installment of their podcast, The Silicon Insider. It's the second week of a quarantine that started in the Bay Area and spread across much of the county. And the economy is definitely feeling it. Will the record-breaking stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump on Friday relieve record-breaking unemployment? Here's what the Silicon Insider Podcast…

Nike, Adidas make premium online workouts free

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:56
Athletic wear giants Nike and Adidas are offering free access to their premium online workout programs for the next few months to encourage people to continue to exercise as the coronavirus closes gyms across the country. Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike (NYSE: NKE) has made its Nike Training Club (NTC) premium subscription free “until further notice,” per the company’s website, offering on-demand class-style workouts, programs, and expert tips on what the company calls the “five facets of fitness”—training,…

Google pledges $800M in ads, cash, Google Cloud credits for COVID-19

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:25
Google LLC is offering $800 million in advertisements, cash and Google Cloud credits to small and medium-sized businesses, health organizations and governments faced with the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Sundar Pichai announced Friday. The donation includes $340 million in Google Ads credits to all small and mid-sized businesses with active accounts over the last year. Pichai said the credit notifications would appear in users’ Google Ads accounts and can be used any time in 2020 across Google’s…

Layoffs at Puppet as company realigns for slowing global economy

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:17
The company laid off less than 10 percent of its workforce to prepare for an economy slowed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Billionaire businessman brings together top AI experts to take on COVID-19

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:05
Billionaire CEO and author Tom Siebel believes artificial intelligence can improve nearly all aspects of business and society, including slowing down the spread of COVID-19. On Thursday, Siebel launched a collaborative effort called the Digital Transformation Institute to bring together the leading research universities in the country to advance AI technologies and join in the world’s fight to end the coronavirus pandemic. To do that, they have put out a call for research papers that will address…

Google pledges $800M in ads, cash, Google Cloud credits for COVID-19

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:48
Google LLC is offering $800 million in advertisements, cash and Google Cloud credits to small and medium-sized businesses, health organizations and governments faced with the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Sundar Pichai announced Friday. The donation includes $340 million in Google Ads credits to all small and mid-sized businesses with active accounts over the last year. Pichai said the credit notifications would appear in users’ Google Ads accounts and can be used any time in 2020 across Google’s…

'No one taught me the playbook': How Greg Newbloom disrupted the clean-water industry

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:33
Greg Newbloom aims to get Membrion's new facility up and running by the year end, positioning the company to make significant sales in 2021.

Intel details where its Oregon donations, protective items are going

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:25
Intel has announced several moves to get money and equipment to health agencies and other COVID-19 relief programs. It has also provided more details about where that help will go in Oregon. Of the company’s $4 million announced this week for global relief, $1 million will back groups in Oregon, according to a blog post from Public Affairs Director Courtney Martin. The community-based organizations receiving funds so far are:  The Hillsboro Community Relief Fund, created to help residents of…

Bay Area fintech veteran’s latest banking startup targets struggling middle class

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:23
The fintech scores well on timing as more Americans examine their monthly expenses amid the sharp economic downturn.

Yelp backtracks on COVID-19 GoFundMe campaigns after they draw flak

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:46
Yelp Inc. has halted automatically putting GoFundMe buttons for COVID-19 relief campaigns on the profile pages of thousands of businesses after drawing flak from some of them. San Francisco-based review site operator Yelp and Redwood City-based crowdfunding site GoFundMe on Tuesday said that they were partnering to help restaurants, nightlife, beauty and fitness and active life businesses that have been hard hit. But instead of only placing the donation buttons on pages of companies that had already…

DataRobot cuts workforce as coronavirus roils startup economy

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:42
This article first appeared on BostInno, a sister publication. DataRobot Inc., the Boston-based enterprise AI company, has significantly reduced its workforce amid economic uncertainty driven by the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The company confirmed the layoffs but declined to answer questions about how many employees were laid off and in what departments, saying instead that the layoffs had affected employees across business areas and regions. Posts…

Redivus Health responds to pandemic with free decision-making medical app

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:39
With health care systems inundated with COVID-19 cases, an Olathe health tech startup is hoping to ease some of the burden with its clinical decision-making app.  Redvius Health, founded by doctors, developed several clinical modules inside the app that guide health care workers through stroke, sepsis and cardiac arrest cases. The code blue portion of the app, which covers cardiac arrest, now is being offered free to health care workers for at least 90 days.  “What we’re hearing is cardiac…

Decade of Growth: Global Payments and TSYS to combine in ‘merger of equals’

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:39
Atlanta Business Chronicle is proud to present a special publication highlighting the stories that helped shape the last decade, or as we call it: A Decade of Growth. From 2010 to 2019, Atlanta has established itself as one of the most vibrant economies in the United States. The Chronicle’s editors and reporters culled all the issues from the past 10 years looking to find the articles that best represented our economic engine. Here is one of those stories... Original Publication Date: May 28,…

Lockheed commits $66.5M, vehicles and other resources to coronavirus relief

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:31
With the U.S. continuing to battle the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, one of its largest defense contractors is committing new resources to the fight.  Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson said in a statement Friday the Bethesda defense giant would commit $66.5 million “as an initial contribution” to national COVID-19 relief efforts, in addition to other company resources.  “Lockheed Martin understands that the shared effort to combat COVID-19…

University City Science Center CEO Steve Zarrilli stepping down to recover from stroke

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:22
University City Science Center CEO Steve Zarrilli is officially stepping down from his role leading the organization as he continues to recover from a stroke suffered last year. Curtis Hess, the Science Center's senior vice president for real estate operations, will remain interim president and CEO until a permanent replacement is hired later this year. Hess has been serving in the role since Zarrilli's stroke in July 2019. In a statement, Zarrilli said the decision was tough, but necessary. “I…

Tech executive launching new site to help software talent displaced by coronavirus

Technology News - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:13
Technology companies working in travel, event management, hospitality and retail have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and many have started laying off employees. A free passion project led by an experienced tech executive is helping out by posting a curated list of experienced software industry talent who have been displaced because of COVID-19 and are looking for work. Greg Head, who started the “Gregslist of Arizona Software Companies” website in August 2016, is launching #SaaSTalentNow…

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