Science X Newsletter Sunday, Mar 29

Dear ymilog,

Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for March 29, 2020:

Due to an increasing volume of information and news about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have split stories concerning the virus into a separate category in the MedicalXpress daily newsletter. As always, you may configure your email newsletter preferences in your ScienceX account.

Spotlight Stories Headlines

US confirmed coronavirus cases cross 100,000: tracker

Microsoft divests from Israeli facial-recognition startup

Handling mail amid coronavirus: Low risk but wash your hands

Why the US is leading the world in confirmed coronavirus cases

China virus epicentre eases travel restrictions after lockdown

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as infection rate surges

Asia virus latest: China epicentre starts to reopen, security talks off

New York medical workers decry 'abysmal' lack of coronavirus protection

US lab unveils portable 5-minute COVID-19 test

Trump says he might 'quarantine' New York state

Spain coronavirus outbreak 'close to peaking': official

Europe's virus toll surges but Wuhan cautiously reopens

South Korea virus test-kit makers approved to export to US

Tech volunteers use 3-D printers to make crucial virus masks

China's virus epicentre pivots to stem imported cases

Technology news

Microsoft divests from Israeli facial-recognition startup

Microsoft said Friday it is pulling its investments from a facial-recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints, even though the tech giant couldn't substantiate claims that the startup's technology is used unethically.

Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable.

Privacy rights may become next victim of killer pandemic

Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic—but some activists fear this could mean lasting harm to privacy and digital rights.

US could take equity shares in coronavirus-hit airlines: officials

The US government could take equity shares in airlines and other troubled but vital American corporations as it moves to stabilize an economy amid the new coronavirus pandemic, top US officials said Sunday.

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