DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY UPDATE APRIL 2020

  1. Google launches Cloud Healthcare API is now available publicly to make it easier for doctors and patients to share health info data of patient interoperable between various health care systems and apps.

2. Google Shopping opens up to free product listings to better compete against Amazon in product search

Merchants now list their products for free in Shopping search results,   —  free listings into its shopping results are an evolutionary step.

3. USA Research tracking tech company layoffs finds 29,463 employees were laid off from 292 companies between March 11 and April 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — Today, the U.S. Labor Department reported some sobering figures: The number of unemployment claims filed over the past five weeks surged to 26.4 million.

4. Miro digital whiteboard makers company announced a hefty $50 million Series B, are seeing usage surge right now as businesses move from the workplace and physical whiteboards.

5. Reliance and Facebook pilot JioMart e-commerce orders via WhatsApp in three cities in Maharashtra, India, partnering with 1,200 grocery stores — JioMart, an e-commerce venture run by India’s most valued firm, is testing an “ordering system” on WhatsApp

6. UN: $90 billion could protect 700 million poor in pandemic
The U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday that $90 billion could provide income support, food and health response to the coronavirus pandemic for 700 million of the world’s most vulnerable people _ a price tag just 1 percent of the $8 trillion stimulus package the 20 richest countries put in place to safeguard the global economy.

Mark Lowcock told a video briefing most experts agree that the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t reached the poorest parts of the world, but may peak in the next three to six months.

7. Google’s AI screening tool for diabetic retinopathy, trialed in Thailand, proved impractical in real-life testing, despite high theoretical accuracy 

8. Amazon says it is testing a video conference system to verify the identities of new merchants, used by 1,000+ applicants in the US, UK, China, and Japan so far

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