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Chinese COVID-19 disinformation campaigns commenced as early as January: Stanford

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, there has been an uptick in misinformation circulating online. In particular, there have been various conspiracy theories surrounding the origins of coronavirus which has sparked a US-China blame game. According to researchers from Standford, this blame game, in combination with inaccurate news reporting and social media conspiracy theories,

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Zoho on collecting customer data and avoiding the cookies trap

Zoho’s chief strategy officer Vijay Sundaram is a firm believer that business growth should not come at the cost of customer privacy. “20 years ago, we made a decision: We will never have a model that makes revenue out of advertising,” he told ZDNet. “What that means is that slows down your growth because you

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Jonathan Shieber

Vericool raises $19.1 million for its plant-based packaging replacement for plastic coolers

Vericool, a Livermore, Calif.-based startup that’s replacing plastic coolers and packaging with plant-based products, has raised $19.1 million in a new round of financing. The company’s stated goal is to replace traditional packaging materials like polystyrene with plant-based insulating packaging materials. Its technology uses 100% recycled paper fibers and other plant-based materials, according to the

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Ron Miller

Xerox drops $34B HP take-over bid amid COVID-19 uncertainty

Xerox announced today that it would be dropping its hostile takeover bid of HP. The drama began last fall with a flurry of increasingly angry letters between the two companies, and confrontational actions from Xerox including an attempt to take over the HP board that had rejected its takeover overtures. All that came crashing to

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Natasha Lomas

What does a pandemic say about the tech we’ve built?

There’s a joke* being reshared on chat apps that takes the form of a multiple choice question — asking who’s the leading force in workplace digital transformation? The red-lined punchline is not the CEO or CTO but: C) COVID-19. There’s likely more than a grain of truth underpinning the quip. The novel coronavirus is pushing

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Zack Whittaker

Marriott says 5.2 million guest records were stolen in another data breach

Marriott has confirmed a second data breach in three years — this time involving the personal information on 5.2 million guests. The hotel giant said Tuesday it discovered the breach of an unspecified property system at a franchise hotel in late February. The hackers obtained the login details of two employees, a hotel statement said,

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Kirsten Korosec

Stocks post worst quarter since 2008 financial crisis

The first quarter of 2020 ended with a whimper — with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq posting their worst quarter in decades — as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause uncertainty and volatility across all major stock market indices. At the beginning of the quarter, we were still basking in a

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