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Commentary: COVID-19 contact tracing apps: Choose the technology wisely

There has been significant interest in leveraging smartphone apps for contact tracing, a public health strategy that involves tracking people who are COVID-19 positive to identify disease hot spots. Traditionally this is done by workers on foot and over the telephone, and we know this labor-intensive method works — it has helped in the elimination of smallpox and in curbing the spread of sexually transmitted infections. However, the efficacy of the app-boosted method is still unknown.

Unfortunately, pressure to ease lockdowns has led to a mad dash to develop and use such apps for COVID-19, resulting in a wildly different array of options. As public health departments are pushed to follow suit, we must be careful about which technologies we adopt.

Several dozen states and companies have already started developing and using digital tools. In the spring, Utah released an app, called Healthy Together, which was built by a social

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How Can Property Owners Choose The Best Solutions For Both Today And The Future?

Thermal imaging cameras, UVC sterilizing wands, smart HVAC systems, upgraded conference room audiovisual tools: The coronavirus has inspired developers and property owners to invest in a host of new technologies to keep their tenants safe.

But all this technology comes at a price, and it’s likely not in any owner’s budget to invest in it all. Also, these solutions are not one-size-fits-all, and what’s right for one building may not work for the tenants in another. So how can property owners determine what tools are right for them?

“No one knows how long this is going to last. It could be a six-month problem or a six-year problem,” said Ken Wilkinson, founder and managing partner of Layer 10 Consulting, a Denver-based workspace technology consultancy. “This is why building owners need to make sure they are investing in technology that will not only be valuable to their properties now, but long

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Google AI head urges college students to choose work that solves big societal problems

  • Google’s chief AI exec Jeff Dean gave a fireside chat with college students Tuesday, in which he urged them to pursue areas of study that effect society “collectively.”
  • Dean said 2020 is an “unusual confluence of events” and thus shows holes in society students should consider pursuing. 
  • Dean is one of the few Google execs who’ve spoken out against U.S. policies as the company faces questions about its own role in society.

Jeff Dean standing in front of a building: Google senior fellow Jeff Dean speaks at a 2017 event in China.

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Google senior fellow Jeff Dean speaks at a 2017 event in China.

Google’s top AI executive, Jeff Dean, told college students they should look to the events of 2020 for inspiration when deciding what they should pursue in their education and careers.

“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year with so many different things that are unusual or unexpected or very harmful from a society point of view and ecological point of view,” Dean

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Apple One plans can save money: How to choose Individual, Family or Premier


Apple One bundles together up to six of Apple’s subscription services.


Apple’s new subscription bundle Apple One could save you money by tying together different combinations of the tech giant’s services, including Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, storage service iCloud and the newly unveiled Apple Fitness Plus. At the very least, the new offering is designed to entice you with a tidy package of Apple’s top services.

The introduction of Apple One is another move toward deepening Apple’s services business, which looks to earn regular subscription income from owners of its hardware like the iPhone ($699 at Amazon) and iPad. 

When it launches this fall (we still don’t know exactly when), you’ll be able to choose from three different plans and prices that range from $14.95 to $29.95 a month: Individual, Family or Premier. Which one is right for you

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Governments Shouldn’t Choose the News in Your Feed

The dispute between news publishers, tech platforms, and the Australian government exploded last week, as Facebook threatened to pull news from its platform in Australia if proposed legislation on a new bargaining code is passed. Google published an open letter warning of the dangers of the new law.

The legislation would create a mandatory bargaining code between publishers and Facebook and Google, requiring the two platforms to host news from any publisher that participates in the code and to pay for that content at a price set by an arbitrator.



Matt Perault is the director of the Center on Science & Technology Policy at Duke University and an associate professor of the practice at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He was previously a director of public policy at Facebook.

Most of the reporting on the proposed legislation has focused on the requirement that platforms pay for

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Experts say Trump’s war on TikTok could have a lasting impact on trade and might force tech companies to choose between doing business in the US or China

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

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  • Chinese-owned TikTok is under pressure from President Donald Trump to sell its US operations or face a ban — but China responded last week by implementing new export rules that could give it power to veto the sale.
  • While companies including Microsoft, Walmart, and Oracle were reportedly bidding to buy TikTok, the new rules from China could slow down negotiations.
  • Experts and analysts told Business Insider that the tense state of affairs between the US and China seem unlikely to deescalate, and could have lasting implications for the future of tech commerce between the two countries.
  • In the immediate term, US companies could see falling sales in China as nationalistic sentiment there turns against the US. More broadly, the internet could become even more splintered along geopolitical lines, making it increasingly difficult for companies to do business
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