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What tech execs were (and weren’t) saying about COVID-19 at IFA 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic dramatically shaking up our 2020 calendars, big tech events that typically cluster thousands of attendees together in exhibition halls and meeting rooms have had to adapt. Some have gone virtual, some have been canceled, but IFA, Europe’s annual tech show in Berlin, found a middle ground.

a person looking towards the camera: LG showed off an air-purifying mask. LG

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LG showed off an air-purifying mask. LG

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LG showed off an air-purifying mask.

This week the tech industry has gathered, either in Berlin or via the show’s online portal, to see new products launched and hear executives from some of the world’s biggest tech companies speak about what comes next.


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Among the press conferences and keynote presentations, it’s been tricky for speakers to avoid discussing the lingering presence of COVID-19 around the world. Kicking off the show on Thursday morning, IFA

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Tech Moves: Ada Developers Academy bolsters board; Tune CEO steps down following acquisition; AWS execs promoted

Seattle-based Ada Developers Academy, a non-profit, tuition free coding school for women and gender-diverse adults, added four new board members in its quest to expand its impact on the tech industry:

Clockwise from top left: Jeffrey Spector, Michele Broderick, Melina Garcia and Justin Beals. (Ada Developers Academy Photos)

Jeffrey Spector, co-founder of Seattle startup Karat which helps companies conduct technical interviews for software engineers. Before launching Karat in 2014, he was chief of staff for Melinda Gates at the Gates Foundation. Spector said the information gained from more than 70,000 of those interviews will be shared with Ada participants and help shape practice interviews.

Michele Broderick, recently appointed CMO of The Esalen Institute, an education nonprofit based in Big Sur, Calif. She was previously SVP of marketing for Automattic, WordPress’ parent company. Broderick said her vision is for Ada to become a nationwide phenomenon and hopes

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Amazon Prime Air drone execs thank team says first test delivery soon

  • Amazon’s VP of Prime Air David Carbon thanked his team in an email on Monday after winning FAA approval to start testing commercial drone deliveries in the US.
  • Prime Air’s director of software development Jim Rosenblum wrote in a separate email last week that the first “customer test delivery” would take place soon.
  • Monday’s approval follows years of work by Amazon to prove the safety and viability of its Prime Air drone delivery service.
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Amazon is planning for its first drone “customer test delivery” to take place soon, following Saturday’s federal approval for the company to begin commercial unmanned flights — a validation that required Amazon to demonstrate more than 500 safety and efficiency processes.

But even as Prime Air Vice President David

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