The NHS COVID-19 app has received an update that will see fewer people receive self-isolation alerts. The government faced criticism after 600,000 people were pinged in a single week in July.
Apple has made it clear that it won't tolerate apps that spread anti-vax misinformation by removing Unjected from its App Store. Google is also cracking down on such apps in the Play Store.
Apple is said to be enforcing "additional health and safety protocols" for on-site employees who don't have full vaccination yet as it reportedly conducts inquiries into their vaccination status.
Google.org has donated $2.5 million through UNICEF and IFRC to help Southeast Asian nations cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. It also said recipient countries would get more ad grants.
Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed that the company will delay the return to office to October. He further iterated the importance of vaccination and noted that employees will need to get vaccinated.
Microsoft has reported that digital civility has taken a turn for the worse in the second and ongoing year of the pandemic. 18 out of the 22 surveyed countries reported net-negative stats.
Facebook today published a blog post outlining its efforts in encouraging COVID-19 vaccination and stopping misinformation spread after President Biden had recently blamed the social media giant.
Citing internal emails, a new report claims that Microsoft is offering a $1,500 "pandemic bonus" to almost all of its employees. GitHub, LinkedIn, and ZeniMax staff are apparently not eligible.
UK ad authority body, ASA, has banned an ad for the product 'Eradicator19+' by a company called Go-Vi. The ad is for an air purifier that claims it has been "Proven to destroy Coronavirus* cells".
The CDC has released a new Spanish-language text service for WhatsApp that can help people find out where they can be vaccinated. The tool also allows them to book a free ride to get the vaccine.
The UK government has teamed up with Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok, and YouTube to help encourage young adults, who are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, to go and book their appointment.
Google is helping India emerge from the COVID-19 crisis by providing grants and aiding non-profit organizations working in the country to enhance health facilities and pandemic management strategies.
Linus Torvalds went hard at a poster in a Linux kernel maintenance thread asking them to "SHUT THE HELL UP" when the person started propagating conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccination.
Google has announced that it is sharing anonymized user data aggregated at a zip code level with public health officials in the U.S. to aid in vaccine equity and distribution processes.
Ofcom has released its annual Online Nation report. It's quite interesting because it factors in the COVID-19 impact on Britain's digital life. It suggests that the UK spent over 3 hours online daily.
Amazon has launched its Returnship program in the United States to help people get back into work following the coronavirus pandemic which saw people lose their jobs due to the lack of trade.
Airbnb noted in the announcement that this measure has proven to be popular with its Host community, who had already banned parties under their own listing rules before the announcement.
Facebook has updated its blog post about Covid-19 misinformation to note that "in light of ongoing investigations" it will now allow users to post claims that the virus originated in a lab in China.
Uber has announced that those in the U.S. can get up to $25 off four trips to and from vaccination centers until July 4. President Biden is hoping 70% of people are fully vaccinated by that date.
A new study published in the Nature journal has revealed the NHS contact tracing was quite helpful in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases. It said that 1.7 million exposure notifications were sent.
The NHS app in England will double up as a vaccine passport from next Monday for those people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It's hoped this will help speed up foreign travel.
Microsoft has announced initiatives that will assist India as it struggles with daily record numbers of new COVID-19 patients. These include oxygen, ventilators, financial and technological support.
Google has introduced a few changes aimed at helping travelers get specific travel restriction advisory like if they need to quarantine upon arrival or show official vaccination documents.
Facebook has announced that it will donate $5 million towards global COVID-19 vaccine equity and it'll work with partners to fight vaccine disinformation that disproportionately hurts minorities.
Twitter today announced the launch of a fact box containing links to information about the COVID-19 vaccines. These resources come from authoritative sources like the World Health Organization.
Google has announced several financial initiatives that will assist India as it struggles with daily record numbers of new COVID-19 patients. The funding could help India obtain more oxygen cylinders.
YouTube today rolled out its first PSA in the U.S. as part of its broader campaign to spread accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines with the hope of encouraging people to get vaccinated.
Twitter has withheld several tweets from Indian users at the request of the Indian government. These included tweets from prominent personalities who criticized the government's response to COVID-19.
Shops and schools are slowly opening up again as the UK cautiously executes its exit strategy for lockdown. To ease the pain of separation, Virgin has launched a unique hologram dining experience.
Facebook is making it easier for adults in the U.S. to find vaccine information. The firm is rolling out a feature that would pin state-specific information at the top of the News Feed.
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has announced that the firm will turn part of its Menlo Park HQ into a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The firm will also support mobile clinics to serve poorer areas.
EE has announced the expansion of its 5G network to seaside and football locations. It comes as the UK begins to loosen lockdown restrictions which have been in place since the start of the year.
EE has announced it will be opening high street stores in some areas for longer when the coronavirus lockdown is partially lifted on Monday. Customers can also book appointments online.
O2 has announced a £4.4 million investment into its high street stores. It said people's appetite for going to the shops was increasing more than one year after the national lockdown began.
Facebook is continuing its push to encourage people to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Today, the social media platform launched profile picture frames in an effort to spread the word even further.
The analyst firm Canalys has warned that firms are not spending enough money on cybersecurity. It highlighted that security breaches were higher than even last year so firms need to be prepared.
Vodafone has revealed that streaming and other network usage jumped by 40% over the last year due to the pandemic forcing people to learn and work from home. It also said more people stream earlier.
Ola has said it's launching a vaccine push in the geographies it operates in to help its employees and their dependents get vaccinated against the coronavirus which has shut the world down.
Apple has updated its Maps to show over 20,000 COVID-19 vaccination locations in the US. Healthcare providers not included in the current rollout have the option of registering with Apple as well.
Facebook has announced that it's helping users in the United States find locations where they can get vaccinated for COVID-19, in addition to numerous other tools to help people stay informed.