4 Best Ways to Reset Windows 10 Password

There are many Windows 10 password Reset tools for resetting forgotten passwords. It is not impossible sometimes to forget and can not remember your password of Windows 10. At any time it can happen to you, to me or anybody else and it is an uncomfortable feeling to be in such kind of situation. For it, I am here to help you and provide you with the right information. Here I have 4 methods, which they work, and they are best in their job for resetting Windows 10 passwords. Let’s start and find out which of these methods will work best for you.
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[Solved] How to Fix “System Error 67 Has Occurred” when Mapping Network Drive using CMD or PowerShell

Command prompt (CMD) or PowerShell (PS) return System Error 67 has Occurred error message after users try to map a network drive using net use command. Follow the below resolution method to fix this error.

[Solved] How to Fix "System Error 67 Has Occurred" when Mapping Network Drive using CMD or PowerShell
[Solved] How to Fix “System Error 67 Has Occurred” when Mapping Network Drive using CMD or PowerShell
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[Solved] How to Fix Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “Setup cannot continue because an unexpected error has occurred”

When you try to start or install LifeCam HD-5000, Lifecam VX-6000, VX-3000, and VX-2000 models, the Lifecam.exe initialization error with message “Setup cannot continue because an unexpected error has occurred” prompt. Follow the below resolution method to fix this error.

[Solved] How to Fix Microsoft LifeCam Cinema "Setup cannot continue because an unexpected error has occurred"
[Solved] How to Fix Microsoft LifeCam Cinema “Setup cannot continue because an unexpected error has occurred”

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Gaming News Headline Updated on 31 Mar 2020

The headline on 31 Mar 2020

libtesla v1.3.0, nx-ovlloader v1.0.3 and Tesla-Menu v1.1.0. Source: GitHub > Fancy pants

The headline on 29 Mar 2020

[RELEASE] Joycon Toolbox 0.2 – Set your joycon directly colours on your switch. This rewrite adds support for a config file and improves error messages. Source: GBATemp > Joycon Toolbox release and GitHub > CompSciOrBust/JCToolBox

The headline on 25 Mar 2020

Hi-Rez Studios® and First Watch Games® have released a trailer for Rogue Company™, launching same-day this summer on Nintendo Switch™, PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One®

Split Polygon and Iceberg Interactive announce Interstellar Rift, currently available through Steam’s Early Access Program.

Daedalic Entertainment and Action Squad Studios release Iron Danger on Steam and GOG.com for Windows PC, with Mac and Linux versions following at a later date.

The headline on 21 Mar 2020

Henchman & Goon announced that Pode, will launch on Steam for PC on April 3rd. From today, players can pre-purchase Pode via Xsolla with a 15% discount from €15.99/$19.99.

Death end re;Quest™ 2, will arrive on Steam® in 2020

Ziggurat Interactive announce to partner with GOG.COM to re-release several classic PC titles including Elite Warriors Vietnam, Deadly Dozen, Line of Sight: Vietnam, Darklands, Slave Zero, NAM, and Fields of Glory — are now available for purchase.

Dotemu with Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games announced Olivier Derivière is serving as Streets of Rage 4’s main composer with support from an impressive roster of international guest musicians.

TEKKEN 7: Fahkumram and the Cave of Enlightenment will be available for download in the Americas on March 24th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PCs via STEAM.

Alina Digital rolling out to Steam Early Access for The Cold War Era 2.

Fizeau v1.2.0 released, fixed compatibility with tesla overlays, added toolbox.json for use with KosmosToolbox and reduced sysmodule heap usage. Source: GitHub > averne / Fizeau / v1.2.0

The headline on 20 Mar 2020

Evil Hunter Tycoon globally launched on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store for free.

DEEMO -Reborn- will receive a DLC containing five songs from EGOIST today at 10:00 a.m. PT, available for free until April 19 before rising in price to $6.99 USD.

Nuchallenger announces that Treachery in Beatdown City will release its first episode on PC and the Nintendo Switch on March 31th.

PQube and The Gentlebros reveal the Cat Quest Pawsome Pack, including both Cat Quest and Cat Quest II, will get from selected retailers: A pair of pin badges, as cute as the lovely furballs themselves!

Fabled Game Studio announce the arrival of ‘Eastern Seas’, the next sixth and final chapter for Pirates Outlaws, currently on Steam Early Access for £15.49/$19.99/€16,79 with a full PC release due later this Spring.

Wingspan available on Nintendo Switch.

Kiss Publishing Ltd announce that Robbie Swifthand and the Orb of Mysteries will be free to play on Steam until April 1st.

Atmosphère 0.10.5 has been released! (fs.mitm improvements), twenty-eighth official release with fusee-primary was last updated in: 0.10.4. Source: GitHub > Atmosphère 0.10.5

The headline on 18 Mar 2020

SQUARE ENIX® announced Trials of Mana™ in a free playable demo available today for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM® ahead of the game’s release on April 24, 2020.

Fatshark announces that Steam Sale Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will be available for 75% off until March 30th, 33% off all DLC’s and the Winds of Magic Expansion as well.

The new 1.4 update to Imperator: Rome is coming in on March 31, 2020. The release of the update will be accompanied by the Magna Graecia content pack. The Magna Graecia content pack will be available from Steam and the Paradox store on March 31, 2020 for a suggested retail price of $7.99 / £5.79 / €7.99.

Flyhigh Works is confirm that KAMIKO will arrive on PlayStation 4 PSN, in North America, on 19th March, cost $4.99USD

Nintendo revealed that Eldest Souls is coming to Nintendo Switch this summer.

According to a new infographic by Kryptoszene.de, the mobile gaming industry could entertain around 1,7 billion users worldwide by 2024 producing a revenue of US$56,7 billion. In 2017, there were only 1,37 billion mobile gamers spending around $44,2 billion. Source: Mobile Gaming Market Keeps Growing – 254 Million More Users Expected By 2024

Mobile Gaming Infographic: 254 Million More Users Expected By 2024
Mobile Gaming Infographic: 254 Million More Users Expected By 2024

Team17 has announced that pre-orders are now open for Moving Out, which is due for release on 28th April for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The headline on 17 Mar 2020

The retail version of Remnant: From the Ashes is available today for PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One for an SRP of $39.99 | €39.99 | £34.99.

Julian Creutz is pleased to announce MYSTIQA, for release this September 2020. MYSTIQA is on Kickstarter beginning today.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. today announced that ONE PIECE BON! BON! JOURNEY!! is officially available worldwide as a free download for iOS devices via the App Store and Android devices via Google Play.

StikiPixels today launched a Kickstarter campaign for Occupy White Walls (available now in early access on Steam).

Today Raiser Games will make Goat of Duty – available for all to download for free for the next two weeks start from 10am PST/1pm ET/5pm GMT/6pm CET..

Thunderful Publishing and Maschinen-Mensch share that Curious Expedition is releasing on consoles at the end of the month, March 31st on PlayStation 4, April 2nd on Nintendo Switch, and April 3rd on Xbox One for $14.99 / €14.99.

Rhythm of the Gods available on Nintendo Switch, PC and Android to download from 23rd March.

The headline on 16 Mar 2020

MiroWin Studio is proud to inform that Boiling Steel is released in Steam in full version, full release on Oculus store planned on the first half of March 2020.

Resident Evil 3: Raccoon City Demo will be available starting March 19 at 00:00 h ET / 04:00 h GMT / 05:00 h CET on Xbox One and 13:00 h ET / 17:00 h GMT / 18:00 h CET on PlayStation 4 and Steam.

‘Red Death’ available digitally this week for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One & PS4 for just US$4.99/€4.99/¥500.

After raising CA$ 38,117 from the Kickstarter, Games Operators are publicly distributing a free prologue, Rustler: Prologue available soon on Steam.

505 Games and Remedy Entertainment deliver “The Foundation” expansion for “Control”, launching globally for PlayStation 4 and PC on Thursday, March 26 and for Xbox One on Thursday, June 25.

The headline on 12 Mar 2020

Together with btf, Headup announces the mobile version of Trüberbrook, will release in Summer 2020

SOEDESCO® announced several big updates for Truck Driver including new Visual Damage System, reworked AI System and the current game engine’s version with Unity Engine Upgrade.

Dark Souls Cursed Souls Mod – Switch Version. This is a port of the Cursed Souls Mod by Sepukkake for the Switch. Only tested with SXOS but it should work with any CFW with LayeredFS support.

New PPSSPP Standalone build released! Download here. Instruction: Set the upscale to 3x. Then download this HD pack and follow the install instructions at GBAtemp > PPSSPP Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core HD HUD

Make sure the Enable Texture replacement option is enabled in PPSSPP settings.

The headline on 11 Mar 2020

Ultimate DiRT Rally 2.0 Experience Launches 27th March 2020 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC

PUBG Season 6.3 PC and 6.2 console updates announced the latest addition to the Battlegrounds armory.

505 Games and Kunos Simulazioni will bring Assetto Corsa Competizione to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles on Tuesday, June 23, available both digitally and at physical retail for £34.99.

Sakura Wars announcing new pre-order bonuses for physical launch edition, digital deluxe and digital standard editions, release on April 28 for PlayStation 4.

SOEDESCO® announced a Nintendo SwitchTM version for adventure game Adam’s Venture: Origins®, released earlier on Playstation®4, Xbox One and Steam®, comes as a digital and a physical edition to Nintendo Switch.

The headline on 10 Mar 2020

Atmosphère 0.10.4 has been released! (new NCM reimplementation) Source: GitHub > Atmosphère 0.10.4

Modus Games, joined by ACE Team and Giant Monkey Robot, announced Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break is tumbling toward a June 2 release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia.

Wide Right Interactive announces that an enhanced version Freedom Finger will arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles on March 24th.

Biped’s PS4 and Switch versions will come out after the PC release on Steam and GOG on March 27, Tencent NExT Studios and META confirmed. Request a review version here.

Chasing Carrots and The Irregular Corporation (PC Building Simulator) announced that the Good Company will hit Steam Early Access on March 31st.

Starborne will be heading into Open Beta on April 2ndwith a roster of new additions and improvements.

The headline on 09 Mar 2020

Pixadome and Zordix released Hayfever on February 25th on Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. On sale for $14.99/€14.99/£11.99.

Cortopia Studios and Perp Games reveal that Down the Rabbit Hole will tumble onto physical shelves on April 24th for PlayStation VR.

Firesprite Games announce that The Persistence is launch across PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC platforms.

OverGamez presents on the STEAM a Diesel Attack game. Diesel Attack is available for download with a 25% discount until March 10.

Team17 and Bad Yolk Games announce that Main Assembly is now opening a community competition. Terms & Conditions: Main Assembly Community Cosmetic Competition

Pixel Reef has announced that Paper Beast will release March 24th for Playstation VR. Paper Beast’s OST is available for pre-order on Bandcamp and in double vinyl edition on G4F Records store.

Curaçao Carnaval 2020 – 50th Gran Marcha (360° VR). Gran Marcha is the absolute number one parade to experience out of all the carnaval parades on Curacao. This year was a very special celebration as it was the 50th edition and the Curaçaoans went all out with the music, the costumes and the parade floats, so sit back enjoy or better yet, get your body moving to the beat.

Infinity Ward announced the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare XP bug prevented players from earning XP on PS4, Xbox One, and PC has been resolved before the big Warzone release.

The headline on 08 Mar 2020

NXThemesInstaller 2.2.1 released with minor update to support 9.2.0 firmware, lockscreen support for SX OS and fix various bugs that caused crashes. Source: GitHub > NXThemesInstaller 2.2.1

The headline on 05 Mar 2020

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SQUARE ENIX® released a brand-new trailer for Trials of Mana™, launching on April 24. Trials of Mana will be available for Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 system and STEAM® on 24th April 2020. Pre-order now.

Knocktwice Games announced Good Goliath, is coming to PlayStation VR, Oculus, and Vive Spring 2020.

Crazy Monkey Studios announce Hidden Through Time will be launching on March 12th for $7.99 on Steam (Windows/Mac), Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. It will also be available that same day for $2.99 on iOS and Android.

New RICO: Breakout downloadable content releases March 12, 2020, on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam for $4.99 / €4.99. Launching alongside the new Breakout DLC is a free update on all platforms that introduces a highly requested in-game soundtrack for RICO.

SX OS 2.9.4 beta release – Switch firmware v9.2.0 support, now available on the website or through the online updater built into SX OS. Source: Team Xecuter

The headline on 04 Mar 2020

Mars Games announced it will be publishing Naruto: Slugfest, scheduled to launch this spring for Android and iOS. Naruto: Slugfest Pre-registration here.

New teaser of The End of the Sun announcing the Kickstarter campaign.

Tilting Point has acquired Star Trek Timelines from Disruptor Beam. Both additions to Tilting Point come on the heels of a slew of new publishing, co-development, and funding deals, including a $30MM marketing commitment for Mino’s popular collection game, Cat Game.

L4T Ubuntu 3.0.0 released. Downloads:
https://download.switchroot.org/ubuntu/switchroot-l4t-ubuntu-3.0.0-full-2020-03-01.img.gz
https://download.switchroot.org/ubuntu/switchroot-l4t-ubuntu-3.0.0-lite-2020-03-02.img.gz
https://torrents.switchroot.org/ubuntu/
Source: GBAtemp > L4T Ubuntu – A fully featured linux on your switch

Atmosphere 0.10.3 released. Update in order to use Atmosphere on the latest Switch firmware (9.2.0). Source: GitHub > Atmosphère 0.10.3

The headline on 03 Mar 2020

Recluse Industries announce that the ambient and serene VR adventure Separation will be launching for PlayStation®VR at £11.99 on the PlayStation Network.

SOEDESCO® announced that Truck Driver is coming both digitally and physically to Nintendo Switch™ with several significant updates as well as Nintendo specific features, including tilt controls and HD Rumble support.

Free League Publishing announced a new starter set for Tales From the Loop with new boxed set, containing a new scenario called The Recycled Boy, will be released in April, and it is already available for pre-order for only 248 SEK (approx. $27 USD) via Tales From the Loop RPG.

Ziggurat Interactive has unveiled plans to remaster, rework, and restore a wide variety of classic console and PC games from the ‘80s, ‘90s, and beyond.

Atari and Nickervision Studios announced that Missile Command: Recharged™ is coming to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and Android devices this spring. Missile Command: Recharged will be free to download with ads, with an optional one-time purchase to play unobstructed and ad-free.

Troglobytes Games and Hound Picked Games are pleased to announce that HyperParasite (on Steam) will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch NA and EU on April 3rd 2020. HyperParasite will launch on April 2nd on Nintendo Switch in Japan. HyperParasite will launch priced at $17.99 / €14.99 / £13.99

MY.GAMES and Booming Games announce the release of Conqueror’s Blade.

The headline on 02 Mar 2020

The Maverick Hunter, Zero from the Mega Man X series will join TEPPEN as one of the game’s playable Heroes. Download for free on App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Netmarble Corp is collaborating with Marvel Entertainment on MARVEL Future Revolution.

Scarlet Moon Records is announcing the XYLITH Original Game Soundtrack for pre-order on several storefronts with the full soundtrack release scheduled for March 6, 2020, one day ahead of the game’s release on Steam.

Curve Digital and H2 Interactive announce that they have formed a new international distribution partnership to bring select titles from Curve Digital’s catalogue such as Human: Fall Flat and more to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in South Korea, Hong Kong, and surrounding Asian territories.

Among Ripples releases “Life of Pike” trailer. Among Ripples: Shallow Waters – Restore the World currently Live on Kickstarter.

Healthcare and Insurance News Headline Updated on 31 Mar 2020

The headline on 31 Mar 2020

The Trump administration is trying to provide some regulatory relief on staffing and paperwork as COVID-19 cases surge. Robert King outlines some of the major regulatory changes that could help hospitals. Source: CMS.gov > MEDICARE TELEMEDICINE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FACT SHEET

Healthcare automation company Olive has scored $51 million in funding amid the coronavirus outbreak. Find out why Olive CEO Sean Lane believes the startup is in a solid position to “weather the storm” during the current economic volatility. Source: Olive > Olive Raises $51M to Accelerate its AI Workforce for Healthcare

More than a third of cardiologists in the U.S. say they are burned out. Find out the biggest factors contributing to their stress. Source: American College of Cardiology > Burnout a Major and Growing Issue Among Nation’s Cardiologists

An Italian doctor shares the heartbreaking story of an elderly woman separated from her dying husband by the coronavirus outbreak, as U.S. doctors worry about the impact of family members being barred from hospitals. Source: Annals of Internal Medicine > Love in the Time of Corona

Cigna and Humana announced that they would waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment, building on waivers to eliminate cost-sharing for telehealth. Source: Humana to Waive Medical Costs Related to Coronavirus Treatment

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has named an Anthem exec as its new CEO. Here’s more on why they picked him. Source: Dr. Tunde Sotunde elected as Blue Cross NC President, CEO

The headline on 30 Mar 2020

As health systems struggle to figure out how to best stretch the use of their PPEs amid the pandemic, Battelle is preparing to deploy a new decontamination system for N95 respirator masks, FierceBiotech reported. Source: Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System™ Being Deployed to Meet Urgent Need for Personal Protective Equipment for Nation’s Healthcare Workforce

Medical researchers are using Oura smart rings and Fitbits to study whether data from wearables can identify the early onset of COVID-19 — particularly in frontline healthcare providers, will also be open to Oura users in the general population.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a number of regulatory changes. CMS has relaxed regulations so that ambulatory surgery centers can serve as makeshift hospitals and is allowing providers to start receiving accelerated and advance payments from the Medicare program. CMS said this weekend that it would expand its advance and accelerated Medicare payment program amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tina Reed has more. Source: FACT SHEET: EXPANSION OF THE ACCELERATED AND ADVANCE PAYMENTS PROGRAM FOR PROVIDERS AND SUPPLIERS DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY

A new analysis from the Urban Institute argues that the outbreak showcases some of the risks to states in rolling out Medicaid block grants. Source: Medicaid Block Grants and Per Capita Caps: The Coronavirus Highlights Risks to States

A federal health IT advisory group is standing up a COVID-19 task force to address technology barriers for frontline clinicians as they combat the growing outbreak. The task force will likely tackle challenges around privacy, standards, interoperability, and infrastructure. Source: Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC)

Has the potential for artificial intelligence algorithms to outperform human clinicians been exaggerated? Matt Kuhrt reports on what researchers found when they examined studies comparing the performance of AI against clinicians. Source: thebmj > Artificial intelligence versus clinicians: systematic review of design, reporting standards, and claims of deep learning studies

Need a break from the grim COVID-19 news? Check out this newspaper staffed entirely by kids that tackles lighter topics such birdhouse building instructions and at-home dinner reviews (one kid gave his parents’ linguini with meat sauce dinner three out of five stars). Source: San Francisco Chronicle > This kid-staffed SF newspaper is the coronavirus break we needed. Here’s how it started

The headline on 27 Mar 2020

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a lawsuit filed late Thursday that Anthem failed to find and delete inaccurate diagnosis codes from 2014 to early 2018 through its “chart review program. Source: lawsuit (PDF)

A new report from Willis Towers Watson warns the employer health costs could rise significantly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on how far the virus spreads and how deadly the outbreak proves to be, employers’ healthcare costs could rise by as much as 7% this year in 2020. Source: Yahoo Finance > U.S. employers face significant health care benefit cost increases from COVID-19, Willis Towers Watson analysis finds

The headline on 26 Mar 2020

Aetna announced that it would waive commercial plan members’ cost-sharing for inpatient admissions related to COVID-19 in its latest effort to address the pandemic. Source: CVS Health announces cost-sharing and co-pay waivers for COVID-19-related treatment for Aetna members

A new study from UnitedHealth Group backs the use of self-administered testing to free up protective equipment while the outbreak continues. Source: UnitedHealth Group Study Clears Path for Self-Administered COVID-19 Test, Improving Testing Efficiency and Protecting Health Care Workers

Ten years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, it appears the law has turned out to be a mixed bag for rural hospitals that have shuttered at a high rate since the law’s passage in 2010. Source: Analysis from the Pittsburgh Morning Sun and Gatehouse Media

The coronavirus pandemic is threatening some physician practices. Doctors say there’s six steps Congress could take to help. Source: American College of Physicians (ACP)

All states are not created equal when it comes to salaries and job opportunities for physicians. Take a look at a new analysis of the best and worst states for doctors. Source: Zippia

Former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and prominent surgeon Robert Pearl, M.D., both agree that now isn’t the time for the U.S. to hit the brakes on public health measures to slow the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Wall Street Journal Health Forum

The headline on 25 Mar 2020

An industry coalition of health systems, tech giants and healthcare vendors — including the likes of Amazon, Mayo Clinic and Epic — are teaming up fight COVID-19.

CMS’ Office of the Actuary released its annual estimates on health spending over the next decade. Dive into the trends they say are set to drive spending growth through 2028. Source: Health Affairs > CMS’ Office of the Actuary released its annual estimates on health spending over the next decade. Dive into the trends they say are set to drive spending growth through 2028.

Mayo Clinic’s John Halamka, M.D. and other industry leaders spearheaded a private industry effort to coordinate COVID-19 solutions. Industry giants Amazon, Epic, Microsoft, HCA Healthcare and others have joined the coalition to focus on increasing COVID-19 testing and accelerating vaccine development. Source: DISPATCH FROM THE DIGITAL HEALTH FRONTIER > Coming Together to Save Lives

Healthcare workers are facing a critical shortage of personal protective equipment. To help address this problem, think tank United States of Care launched a technology platform Project N95 to help connect providers who need PPE with manufacturers who can meet demand.

The headline on 24 Mar 2020

Health IT leaders at hospitals and health systems are fast-tracking major technology projects—some in a matter of days. “We’ve never experienced anything like this,” Geisinger Health System CIO John Kravtiz told Heather Landi.

As more people are confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, many Americans are expressing concern about affording the necessary testing or care. Source: The Commonwealth Fund > What Are Americans’ Views on the Coronavirus Pandemic?

CVS Health says it will hire 50,000 people nationwide as its pharmacies stay open, plus more of the latest headlines in our coronavirus pandemic tracker. Source: Open letter to the American public

With reports of shortages of protective equipment and tests—and concerns about future ventilator shortages—growing experts offered six recommendations to help guide providers through tricky allocation questions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare organizations face shortages of protective equipment and tests and there are concerns about future ventilator shortages. Experts offered six recommendations to help guide providers through tricky allocation questions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: The New England Journal of Medicine > Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in the Time of Covid-19

A new report from Covered California suggests that premium hikes could be significant in 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The cost of covering the COVID-19 outbreak could cause major ripple effects for insurers planning for the 2021 coverage year now. Robert King digs into a new analysis about the potential impact of the pandemic on insurance premiums. Source: The Potential National Health Cost Impacts to Consumers, Employers and Insurers Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

It’s not a pretty picture that primary care practices are painting in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Doctors say they are struggling to get a hold of protective equipment or tests for their patients. Source: QUICK COVID-19 PRIMARY CARE SURVEY

If there’s any good news for physicians, it’s that CMS is providing regulatory relief in reporting for MIPS and other value-based programs amid COVID-19. Source: CMS.gov > CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19

The headline on 23 Mar 2020

what was the impact of the ACA on rural hospitals? In a word: “underwhelming,” as Robert reports. Source: ‘Leaving billions of dollars on the table‘

Today is the ACA’s tenth birthday and this week — amid all the COVID-19 news — we’ll take some time to reflect on its first decade. Up first: Paige Minemeyer digs into what the past 10 years have meant for the business of insurance. Source: KFF > Key Facts about the Uninsured Population

The headline on 20 Mar 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, so too does the response from health insurers. Here’s a look at their latest efforts. Source: UnitedHealthcare Expands Access to Care, Support and Resources to Help People and Families Address COVID-19

The headline on 19 Mar 2020

Heather Landi caught up with ONC Chief Donald Rucker and chatted about why he thinks we would be “in a vastly better position” to fight COVID-19 if interoperability rules were already in place. Source: 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program

Blue Shield of California is launching a new digital tool that aims to help hospitals manage the likely onslaught of patients seeking information on COVID-19. Source: Blue Shield of California Offers Digital Hospital-Triage Tool to Network Health Systems to Help Handle Anticipated Surge of COVID-19 Patients

Uber is giving away more than 300,000 meals for healthcare workers and first responders combating the coronavirus. Source: CNBC > Uber is delivering free meals to health-care workers and first responders amid coronavirus crisis

In a move that will have at least a short-term financial impact on hospitals and medical practices, CMS now recommends doctors limit non-essential, elective surgeries and procedures. Source: CMS Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations: Limit all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures, including dental, until further notice

They went on what was supposed to be an unconventional medical convention, but now more than 100 Australian doctors, dentists, and medical experts are trapped on a cruise ship off the coast of Chile. Source: The Guardian > Coronavirus ban: more than 100 Australian doctors and dentists stuck on cruise ship off Chile

The headline on 18 Mar 2020

With the number of coronavirus cases on the rise, hospitals aren’t waiting for the national stockpile. Source: CNBC > Connecticut governor: ‘I am worried’ about ventilator availability if coronavirus cases surge

They went on what was supposed to be an unconventional medical convention, but now more than 100 Australian doctors, dentists, and medical experts are trapped on a cruise ship off the coast of Chile. Source: The Guardian > Coronavirus ban: more than 100 Australian doctors and dentists stuck on cruise ship off Chile

ONC chief Donald Rucker, M.D. spoke with FierceHealthcare about a new regulation opening up patient data. Find out why Rucker says the movement to an app economy will put American consumers in control of healthcare and his response to concerns about privacy risks and timelines. Source: 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program

Coffee giant Starbucks offers free therapy sessions for its thousands of employees. Read more about the startup Lyra Health working with Starbucks to expand mental health services through apps and virtual care.

The headline on 17 Mar 2020

Cybersecurity experts warn that hackers are likely to exploit the coronavirus pandemic’s disruption. Here’s four ways to mitigate the risks. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, cybersecurity experts are raising the alarm about an increase in cyberattacks as hackers exploit the outbreak’s disruption. Here are four strategies to help mitigate cyber risks. As cybersecurity experts raise the alarm about hackers exploiting the outbreak’s disruption — even attacking HHS over the weekend — check out some of their strategies for fighting the cyber threats. Source: Bloomberg > Cyber-Attack Hits U.S. Health Agency Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

A new study examines just how costly an inpatient stay for coronavirus could be for someone with a high-deductible health plan. With the coronavirus pandemic hitting early in the year and the threat of recession, COVID-19 could become pricey for patients, according to a new analysis. Source: Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker > Potential costs of coronavirus treatment for people with employer coverage

In some non-coronavirus news, where can doctors earn the highest — or lowest — paychecks? Almost a quarter of doctors say they are seeing patients cancel or defer elective procedures as a result of coronavirus. Analysts predict what that could mean for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. Source: MarketWatch > Delaying elective procedures at American hospitals has been ‘minimal’ so far as U.S. coronavirus cases rise

A new report ranks the states where doctors are earning the highest, and the lowest, salaries when adjusted for the cost of living. The results might surprise you. Where can doctors earn the highest—or lowest—paychecks? You might be surprised. Source: WalletHub > 2020’s Best & Worst States for Doctors

The headline on 16 Mar 2020

CMS has issued new guidance for ACA exchange plans on how care for coronavirus fits into the mandated essential health beneifts. Source: CMS > FAQs on Essential Health Benefit Coverage and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In a much needed bright spot in the world of health news, researchers say cancer death rates in the U.S. have continued to drop. Here’s what the report says. Source: NIH > Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer

Payer and provider organizations weren’t thrilled to begin with when it came to HHS’ timelines to implement interoperability regulations. But given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, they now call them ‘troubling.’ Many payer and provider groups thought the Trump administration’s timelines to implement interoperability regulations were ambitious to begin with. Now many are saying the timelines are “troubling” given the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Source: CMS.gov Newsroom > Interoperability and Patient Access Fact Sheet

Amy Compton Phillips, chief clinical officer for Providence St. Joseph Health, shared how tools like telehealth and chatbots have been valuable as part of the health system’s coronavirus response. Tina Reed has more on Providence’s lessons learned. Source: HIMSS > Faster, Better Together: Health System Lessons Learned in Tackling COVID-19

The headline on 13 Mar 2020

There’s a new startup in town called Vault launching at-home healthcare services for men to challenge the likes of Ro and Hims — and it’s led by a former Amazon Prime exec. Startup Vault joins a growing list of companies targeting men’s health. The company says it differs from any service currently on the market by offering at-home medical care and not just prescription delivery.

Blue Cross NC has added another provider to its Blue Premier value-based care program. Find out who. Source: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) > FirstHealth of the Carolinas Joins Blue Cross NC’s Blue Premier Value-Based Care Program

The headline on 11 Mar 2020

New federal rules around data-sharing aim to give patients unprecedented access to their healthcare information much the way they already manage their finances or travel information. Find out how the rules could shake up the healthcare market. Source: ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule > Empowering Patients with Their Health Record in a Modern Health IT Economy

Though many health plans have waived cost-sharing for coronavirus tests, high deductibles may still prevent patients from seeking care. Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation > Too Much Skin in the Game: Out-of-Pocket Costs May Limit Testing and Treatment of Covid-19

CVS announced that it will add new tools to its platform that aims to make it easier for PBM clients to manage relationships with digital health companies. Find out more on the five companies that made the cut. Source: CVS Health Introduces New Service to Help PBM Clients Manage Health and Wellness Benefit Solutions

AHIP went to the White House and the new CPT code to bill for coronavirus tests is expected soon. Read about those and more of the latest COVID-19 headlines on our tracker. The American College of Physicians (ACP) has canceled the annual scientific meeting, Internal Medicine Meeting 2020, which was scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, April 23-25.

The headline on 10 Mar 2020

The world’s attention is focused on the coronavirus. Stay tuned as a new CPT code is expected this week to allow doctors to bill for COVID-19 testing. And the NIH’s Anthony Fauci, M.D., has updated advice for clinicians. Source: CPT fast tracking code development for novel coronavirus test

While the world’s attention has been focused on fighting the coronavirus, CNBC reports Amazon has been quietly working on a vaccine against the common cold. Source: CNBC > Amazon is secretly working on a cure for the common cold

The Trump administration Monday released widely-anticipated rules that will change how providers, insurers, and patients exchange health data. Read about the ONC’s information blocking rule and CMS’ rule aimed at advancing interoperability. CMS and ONC released the final version of their hotly-anticipated rules on interoperability. The new regulations will require payers to adapt in a number of areas. Here’s what you need to know. Source: CMS.gov > Interoperability and Patient Access Fact Sheet

The headline on 09 Mar 2020

The spread of COVID-19 is leading to a decline in blood donations. Source: KHN > Blood Drives — And Donors — Fall Off As Coronavirus Worries Grow

The headline on 06 Mar 2020

New study finds that flu vaccinations may not protect seniors from hospitalization or death, Joanne Finnegan reports. Source: The Effect of Influenza Vaccination for the Elderly on Hospitalization and Mortality: An Observational Study With a Regression Discontinuity Design

With the massive HIMSS conference off the books amid fears of the virus’ spread, other health conferences are weighing their options. Robert King has more. Even as HIMSS announced Thursday it would cancel its global conference due to coronavirus concerns, other healthcare gatherings scheduled to start in the next few weeks are still pegged to continue as planned. Source: CVS Health announces additional COVID-19 resources focused on patient access

AHIP’s board of directors has committed to easing the cost burdens associated with testing for coronavirus. Cigna is the first plan to agree to waive copays and cost-sharing. Top insurers committed Thursday to mitigate the costs associated with testing for and treatment of the novel coronavirus that has begun spreading in the U.S. Cigna is the first plan to agree to waive copays and cost-sharing. Source: Statement by the AHIP Board of Directors: Taking Action to Address Coronavirus COVID-19

For the third consecutive time, New York-based fertility benefits company Progyny more than doubled its annual revenue. Source: PROGYNY, INC. ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2019 RESULTS

The headline on 05 Mar 2020

Humana is bringing its value-based care know-how together with its experience on the social determinants to launch a new payment model. Here’s more on what that looks like, and who’s the first provider to sign on. Source: Humana Launches Innovative Value-Based Program to Address Social Determinants of Health

The CDC is promising to make more information on the coronavirus available to clinicians, Joanne Finnegan reports. The CDC plans to hold a call for clinicians today from 2 to 3 p.m. on what they need to know to prepare for COVID-19 and guidance on treating patients with coronavirus. Source: CDC > Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Flu vaccines have long been recommended for seniors to prevent severe health outcomes. A new study finds this strategy may not be effective and suggests focusing on a different demographic. Source: The Effect of Influenza Vaccination for the Elderly on Hospitalization and Mortality: An Observational Study With a Regression Discontinuity Design

The COVID-19 Effect

With COVID-19 becoming a genuine global concern, the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has published The COVID-19 Chronicles. The comics are perfect for those with short attention spans and offer invaluable tips when it comes to handshakes, mouthwash, disinfection and everything else you need to know.

Don’t believe everything you read
While the NUS publications are simple comics, they’re probably more trustworthy than the majority of COVID-19 news being shared. Coronavirus misinformation on social platforms has an engagement rate 142 times higher than legitimate sources of information. The definitive sources for virus information — the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) — are simply being swamped by fake news.

Counting the costs
The virus itself is real — and the economic costs are mounting, especially in China. The country’s outbound travel market is the largest in the world, with 150 million trips being made in a single year. 400 million Chinese were expected to travel domestically and internationally during the New Year’s holidays — this figure dropped by 41% with the outbreak of COVID-19. Consumer confidence is vital in recouping these financial losses, something fake news doesn’t help.

The headline on 04 Mar 2020

Health insurers are stepping in as a resource for their members in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s more on why that’s a natural fit. Source: AHIP > Keeping Americans Safe from Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Health insurers are stepping in as a resource for their members in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Health insurers are stepping in as a resource for their members in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

In more coronavirus-related news, New York has mandated that insurers eliminate cost-sharing related to testing, including for office visits. Source: Business Insider Singapore > A US resident racked up a $3,200 hospital bill for suspected coronavirus treatment, and his insurance only covered part of it. Here’s how the costs broke down.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) officials detailed their plans for reducing the chance of coronavirus spread at their upcoming conference even as top sponsors have begun to back out. HIMSS officials detailed their plans to combat the potential spread of coronavirus at their upcoming conference even as top exhibitors have begun to back out. Source: Cisco and HIMSS 2020

Uber Health is rolling out new features for its medical transportation service designed to reduce friction for patients and pain points for providers, the company said. Source: Uber Health

And … health groups are pushing Congress to lift telehealth reimbursement restrictions in its coronavirus emergency funding deal. A provision included in a House funding bill that allows HHS to waive Medicare telehealth restrictions would cost an estimated $500 million, Morning Consult reported. Source: Morning Consult > Health Groups Push Congress on Telehealth Restrictions in Coronavirus Response

The headline on 03 Mar 2020

While the company is still not profitable, Livongo Health continued to exceed sales expectations. Take a look at the company’s latest financial performance. Source: StreetInsider.com > Livongo Health (LVGO) Tops Q4 EPS by 7c, Revenues Beat; Offers Q1 & FY20 Revenue Guidance Above Consensus

Not everyone lost money in last week’s epic stock market wipeout. Even as a tide of anxiety over the fast-spreading coronavirus vaporized more than $6 trillion from global equity markets, a select few in healthcare and tech grew richer. Source: Bloomberg > Pandemic Panic Fattens Fortunes in Health Care and Tech

In other coronavirus-related news, a commentary in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests doctors begin treating travel history as a fifth “vital sign.”. Coronavirus updates: As the virus spreads in the U.S., two infectious disease doctors say it’s time to make a patient’s travel history the fifth vital sign. And, yes, there’s now a code for COVID-19. Source: Annals of Internal Medicine > Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases: Should Travel Be the Fifth Vital Sign? and DCD Announcement > New ICD-10-CM code for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), October 1, 2020

The pervasive gender pay gap among doctors extends to the highest levels of academic medicine, a new study found. Researchers didn’t expect to find it, but there’s a big gender pay gap even at the highest levels of academic medicine. How large is the salary gap? Source: JAMA Internal Medicine > Sex Differences in Salaries of Department Chairs at Public Medical Schools

With the landmark Affordable Care Act turning 10 this month, a new study looks back at its impact on the individual insurance market and the lessons policymakers can learn. In more ACA news, with the landmark law turning 10 this month, a new study looks back at its impact on the individual insurance market and the lessons policymakers can learn. Source: HealthAffairs > The ACA’s Effect On The Individual Insurance Market

It’s Super Tuesday. Moderate Democrats have coalesced around Joe Biden, but is it enough to blunt Bernie Sanders’ momentum? Source: The New York Times > Joe Biden Accepts Endorsements at Dallas Rally the Night Before Super Tuesday

The headline on 02 Mar 2020

It’s been almost 10 years since the Affordable Care Act became law, and U.S. physicians are still divided about its future. Source: How Best to Fix the US Healthcare System? For Physicians, It Starts with Affordability and Access, Says InCrowd Data

Accolade, which provides a health benefits platform for employers, filed Friday to raise as much as $100 million in an initial public offering. Here are five key things to know from the company’s IPO. Source: S-1 filing

The majority of healthcare executives (75%) think HHS’ impending interoperability rules will have a positive impact, a new survey finds. Epic users are more in favor than others, which flies in the face of Epic CEO Judy Faulkner’s public campaign against the rules. Source: HHS Interoperability Mandate

Media and Marketing News Headline Updated on 31 Mar 2020

The headline on 31 Mar 2020

As part of the company’s “Stay in & SLING” initiative, Sling TV launched a new integration with Amazon Fire TV’s “Live” experience. Source: SLING TV delivers free news on Amazon Fire TV’s ‘Live’ experience

Qumu said use of its cloud-based enterprise video solution is up over 30x from normal levels during peak business hours. Source: Use of Qumu Cloud Spikes as Enterprises Transition to Video Communication in Response to COVID-19 Restrictions

The headline on 30 Mar 2020

The Walt Disney Co. said on Monday that executive chairman Robert Iger will forgo his entire salary and recently named CEO Bob Chapek will take a 50 percent pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Hollywood Reporter > Bob Iger to Forgo Disney Salary, Top Execs to Take Pay Cuts Amid Virus Crisis

The headline on 27 Mar 2020

On-demand video streaming service Hooq said on Friday it has filed for liquidation after it failed to grow rapidly and cover its increasing operating costs. Source: TechCrunch > Streaming service Hooq files for liquidation

The Movies Anywhere app is coming to LG smart TVs. Source: Movies Anywhere App Comes To LG Smart TVs

The headline on 26 Mar 2020

ViacomCBS and Meredith reached a multi-year deal to renew affiliation agreements for all seven of its CBS Affiliates. Source: ViacomCBS and Meredith Corporation Announce Multi-Year Affiliation Renewals

Cord Cutters News was bought by Red Ventures. Source: Cord Cutters News > An Important Update on the Future of Cord Cutters News

Communication in the age of COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic looks to be with us for an extended period of time, meaning brands need to rethink their communication strategies. As well as solid internal comms businesses need to take into consideration customers, partners, stakeholders and suppliers — what’s the message they need to hear?

Essentially, it comes down to using communication as a tool to combat anxiety. It’s not about pushing a product or service but sharing stories and experiences – it’s about connecting with your audience, whatever their role in your business operations.

The good
Look beyond content marketing and you’ll see some fantastic examples of connecting with an audience digitally. Musicians across the globe — including Neil Young, Pink, Charli XCX and Coldplay’s Chris Martin — performed shows on Instagram Live alongside the hashtag, #TogetherAtHome.

Zoom has become a popular platform in the shutdown. Its stock price has jumped 30% as comedians, theatres, artists and performers utilise the platform’s free version to host 40-minute performances. As they say, the show must go on.

Chefs are also embracing online content. As Italians live through some of the world’s harshest lockdown laws, Michelin-starred chef, Massimo Bottura, hosts nightly cooking tutorials on Instagram.

The bad
Some content efforts have been labelled tone deaf. Gal Gadot assembling a crew of privileged actors to sing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ completely missed the mark. On the upside, it did inspire a comedic re-interpretation.

Brands and the power of purpose

Brands are walking a tightrope in the current pandemic. They don’t want to be seen to be profiting from the disaster but they don’t want to go out of business either. In light of this, some brands are exploring their purpose and the role that they can play in lessening the impact of the pandemic both on society, and the economy.

How can brands do this?
In the UK, brands like Subway and Nandos are offering medical staff discounts on food while in the US, Uber Eats is delivering free food to healthcare workers. Across the globe, the big supermarkets’ chains are offering designated shopping hours for the elderly and disabled. Meanwhile, in tech, Facebook and Google are developing ways to use location data to track the virus.

Responsible marketing during a crisis
The above showcases how big business can help in a crisis. But, how do you go about crafting a mindful message? Marketing responsibly involves re-evaluating your content strategy, especially timelines, imagery and language. The goal is to be positive, but also aware of the situation while also bringing something helpful to your audience.

The headline on 25 Mar 2020

Blackbird said A+E Networks will double the volume edited through the Blackbird platform to both enable a expansion of remote video production capability, while ensuring the overall safety of its editors who are working remotely. Source: A+E Networks® Doubles Video Edited Through Blackbird – Remote Production Expanded

Sinclair has established a multimillion-dollar emergency fund to offer financial support to nearly 1,000 eligible freelancers who work across its Fox regional sports networks. Source: Sinclair Broadcast Group Establishes Multimillion-Dollar Fund to Provide Support to Regional Sports Networks Freelancers

Verizon Media has joined the National Association of Broadcasters NAB PILOT project coalition. Source: Broadcasting & Cable > Verizon Media Joins NAB PILOT Program

Pablo Stanley has added nurses and doctors to Open Peeps — and face masks. The irrepressible designer-illustrator has just added Covid-19 functionality to his open source people generator, and it’s perfect.

Adobe has a few resources they’re making available. They’re making Adobe Portfolio free through May 15. They are also making Adobe Talent free through May 15, which means that companies can post jobs for creatives at no charge.

We love Notion. And now we love them more because they just released features that make working from home even more exciting. Have an idea about building a thing for media startups? “Let’s Notion it.” Notion this, people.

Slack is getting a massive new redesign. This will hopefully make everything simpler with some new sidebar action. It’s rolling out over the next few weeks, and you can see some of that action here.

Great. You’ve designed your new news website. Now you need feedback. “Awesome!!!! My comments are below in red. Pls make changes. Thx!” Thanks to Markup, where you can “add any URL to enable real-time commenting directly on a website”, you can ignore all those comments in red and ask them to leave feedback directly on the website. It’s also a great tool to feature case studies.

How do you design an Economist cover? By thinking of it as a poster. “It must grab you. It must be striking to the eye and intriguing to the mind. There are no rules, but simple tends to be better than complicated, we prefer funny to earnest, a few short words are better than several long ones. A good cover sells what we are writing about, a great one stands completely and magnificently alone.” Damn straight.

The headline on 24 Mar 2020

ViacomCBS and Nexstar reached a multi-year agreement to renew nine CBS network affiliations for Nexstar stations. Source: ViacomCBS and Nexstar Media Group Renew Affiliation Agreements

CuriosityStream is temporarily cutting its price to just $12 for a full year’s subscription. Source: CuriosityStream Invites Families to ‘Stay in, Stay Curious’ with Enhanced Kids Programming Feature and Special Pricing

WWE is offering free access to WWE Network. Source: WWE offers free access to WWE Network, including every past WrestleMania

Netflix, Roku and Hulu have all discontinued or scaled back phone customer service support. Source: Variety > Netflix Suspends Phone Customer Support Worldwide During Coronavirus Crisis

The headline on 23 Mar 2020

Amazon is opening up free streaming access to more than 40 children’s shows — including its original series — to all customers worldwide. Source: Variety > Amazon Unlocks Batch of Kids’ Shows Free to Stream for All Customers

The headline on 20 Mar 2020

Cable One said a 15 Mbps internet plan for $10 per month is available for the next 60 days. Source: Cable One Offers Low Cost Internet to Assist Families in Need During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

A new, free streaming service to enable churches to continue reaching their congregations during the COVID-19 restrictions has been developed by Church Web Works. Source: Free Streaming Service to Help Churches With COVID-19 Restrictions Launched by Church Web Works

Facebook inadvertently blocked several legitimate sites from posting or commenting on the coronavirus, marking them as spam. This affected publishers like BuzzFeed, Dallas Morning News, and USA Today. Alex Stamos, FB’s former security chief, speculated that machine learning at FB is “going nuts with less human oversight” as content moderators were sent home. Facebook said it was a “bug in an anti-spam system.”

YouTube says it’s going to rely more on machines to moderate videos as most of its employees are now working from home. It’s warning creators that some of their videos may inadvertently be removed, including some “that may not violate policies.”

The machines are now in charge as humans stay home. Casey Newton at The Verge, who’s been doing some amazing reporting on outsourced content moderators over the past year, wrote a solid contextual piece on this emergency shift to AI moderation. It’s a risky bet in a time when we all need to be guarding against mis/dis-info. And the machines just aren’t ready to do it properly.

Some Google employees are reportedly appealing to the company’s leadership to take better care of contract staff, who are often treated as second-class citizens in tech companies. Googlers have been told to work from home — but that policy doesn’t necessarily cover contractors who still have to go into the office. There’s also no paid time-off for contractors who are under self-quarantine measures.

Facebook’s CrowdTangle launched a dashboard showing covid-related streams of posts from news outlets, elected officials, and health ministries around the world. These are public so you can use them even if you don’t have full CrowdTangle access. An important resource for everyone trying to keep up with the news flow.

Facebook Journalism Project set aside $1 million in grants to support U.S. and Canadian local news organizations covering the pandemic. Up to $5K will be given to individual news orgs to “cover unexpected costs associated with coronavirus reporting.” These could include areas such as remote-working tools and increased coverage of community news.

Australian Associated Press postponed its June closure after receiving “a number of unexpected offers” to buy the entire operation. The company wouldn’t name the interested parties, citing confidentiality agreements. The newswire was scheduled for shutdown after its major shareholders Nine Entertainment and News Corp Australia said the business was unsustainable. AAP told the staff not to get their hopes up. “We all should be cautious: nothing may come of these discussions and the interested parties may not be qualified to run a news organization.”

Australia’s ABC is delaying job cuts to focus on reporting on the coronavirus. The job reductions were to be announced at the end of this month, as part of the organization’s five-year strategic plan.

News teams are burning out with the relentless coverage of the coronavirus. Read this powerful thread by a newsroom manager.

Kirsten Han is stepping down as editor-in-chief at New Naratif. She says she wants to return to reporting on Singapore (especially important as we’re heading into an election this year), as well as finishing a book project. Aisyah Llewellyn has been appointed Interim Editor-in-Chief.

If you’re a podcaster, how do you practice safe recording? This might just be the most comprehensive list of resources and tips available on recording interviews in a time of covid. Good ideas here on how to clean the spit off those mics.

Vox is building a local advertising network with Google. “Concert Local” will pool together ad inventories from local news publishers and make those available to large advertisers. “What we have experienced is that brand budgets typically don’t find their way to local media news sites on orders of the magnitude that are making a difference to local communities and newsrooms.”

Despite the apparent rivalry for the same audience segment, TikTok is reportedly the single biggest advertiser on Snapchat. “The two platforms offer young people different experiences on their phones. And, at the end of the day, they’re competing for the same screen time and advertising dollars.”

The Pulitzer Center launched the Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge. The grant is meant to “encourage innovative journalist and newsroom collaboration” across the U.S. and other countries.

Slack is offering “free upgrades to paid plans” for teams working on coronavirus research, response, or mitigation. “Even socially distant, we’re all in this together.”

Btw, Slack is getting a massive new redesign. This will (hopefully) make everything simpler with a new sidebar section. Rolling out over the next few weeks.

So much for, ahem, working from home. Online gaming services like Xbox Live, Nintendo Online, and Discord crashed because of a gaming surge.

Amazon has stopped selling most editions of Hitler’s Mein Kampf and other Nazi propaganda books after years of campaigning by Holocaust charities. Hitler’s Amazon author page, which you can follow for updates, has also been removed.

The headline on 19 Mar 2020

Comscore has launched an Epidemic brand safety segment aimed specifically at protecting brands from having their advertising appear in Coronavirus and epidemic-related content. Source: Comscore Launches Brand Suitability Protections for Coronavirus Content

The Cable Center said it has decided to reschedule its 23rd annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration to the fall, due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Source: Multichannel News > Cable Center Reschedules Hall of Fame to Fall

Brightcove said due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health and safety of its customers, employees, and broader community, its PLAY 2020 event will not have a physical component in Boston this year. Source: Brightcove to Evolve the PLAY 2020 Event and Launch PLAY TV, an Innovative Streaming Experience Featuring the Most, Must-Watch Content Focused on Video

Fake news & COVID-19. Silicon Valley’s big guns — Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — are working together to reduce fake news associated with the global coronavirus outbreak. The move came after a warning from the UK’s NHS that fake news risked lives. In February, Facebook blocked Singapore users from accessing the State Times’ Review after the government accused it of spreading misinformation pursuant to the new Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA).

Can tech companies be trusted? Should we rely on big tech platforms to determine what we can and can’t see? Internal moderation documents for Chinese video-sharing app TikTok called for the suppression of posts by users who were too ugly, poor or disabled. Unsurprisingly, videos discouraging political dissent were also included.

We have to ask ourselves, what are the motivations behind suppressing certain materials by the tech giants? And it’s not just motivations we need to question. Yesterday, a software bug on Facebook meant all legitimate coronavirus stories were marked as spam.

Is the answer chatbots? In the Philippines, chatbots could be the answer to fake news. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) have developed a Facebook chatbot that checks authenticity based on bylines, photo credits and publishing dates. Users just need to submit a link.

The headline on 18 Mar 2020

The Najafi Companies and Trinity Broadcasting Network are jointly bidding to acquire Tegna. Source: The Najafi Companies and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Align to Offer to Acquire Tegna Inc.

Simpli.fi launched its new online attribution capability. Source: Simpli.fi Launches Online Attribution for OTT/CTV Advertising

Some dude called Vlad, who is the co-founder and CEO of Webflow, possibly the hottest no-code website builder out there, has offered “all of [their] services (including unlimited hosting+traffic)… free of charge” for anybody building informational websites around COVID-19. Other folks in the thread have offered their design and dev services for free. This is your chance to prototype the media product your audiences might have been waiting for.

The recent Washington Post redesign happened because they wanted to fight subscriber churn. The logic? People will usually visit your website because they found it through search or social. Of those, people who visit your homepage “are more likely to become subscribers, and that subscribers who visit the homepage are less likely to churn. “[P]eople are just really overwhelmed by the amount of information that’s out there. It’s about making sure the journalism we produce is easy to consume.” Your homepage is still a big deal: ““It’s the best page where you can merchandise your content and your value proposition. The homepage is probably still the most-viewed individual page in any given month [for a typical news website].”

Google Fonts just did a little redesign for their tenth anniversary. What’s a variable font? So usually fonts come in different weights: your average font family — say Gotham — could have different weights like Hairline, Thin, Light, Book, Medium, Semi-Bold, Bold, Extra Bold, and Black. But each one of these is a separate font file, and the more font files you have on your website, the slower your site gets. With a variable font, you can get all the weights with one single file. Boom. Typenology.

SEO is design, innit? Here’s the situation: you’ve designed your news or media or e-gaming or podcast website. Now you’ve got to make sure it loads really quickly, that your specific core user can find it really quickly, that it converts visitors to whatever the call to action is (Sign up? Subscribe? Be a member? Buy a ticket?),that it keeps your users’ information secure, that you can track usage funnels, that users can access it on whatever device they want, and that they’re finding useful and relevant information simply and intuitively without having to struggle through it. SEO is design. If you’re in charge of designing a user’s experience through your media product, make sure you own this process. I love that this article comes with a checklist. Make friends with it. Source: Where Does SEO Belong In Your Web Design Process?

How you design a website has a great deal to do with the culture of its intended user. There are low-context cultures and there are high-context cultures. China, for example, is a high-context culture, which means that non-verbal and visual clues are vital for effective communication. “If you’re designing a product for users from a different culture, it is always important to learn about cultural differences and how they can potentially change users’ expectations.”

The headline on 17 Mar 2020

Samba TV and The Trade Desk are expanding their U.S. partnership to international markets beginning in Australia. Source: Samba TV and The Trade Desk Expand Partnership Globally

AMC Networks wants to sell the ads that accompany “Walking Dead” on its flagship cable outlet and wherever the series’ zombies might march. Source: Variety > AMC Networks Plans Ad Packages on Streaming Outlets it Doesn’t Own

Disney added “Frozen 2” to Disney+ three months ahead of schedule. Source: The Walt Disney Company Will Make “Frozen 2” Available on Disney+ Three Months Early, Beginning Sunday, March 15

The headline on 13 Mar 2020

OpenAP has assembled an advertiser advisory board. Source: OpenAP Appoints Advertiser Advisory Board

COVID-19 Briefs:

  • Have you seen AP’s coronavirus style guide? It’s “COVID-19”
  • Google followed Facebook in banning ads for medical face masks. “We’re seeing a rise in ads that may not mention coronavirus but are clearly trying to capitalise on it.
  • CNN started calling the coronavirus crisis a pandemic, preceding the WHO’s own classification that followed days later. It says it did so because there was clear evidence of “sustained person-to-person transmission” and wanted to force the U.S. authorities to better plan for a bigger crisis. “Shifting the dialogue toward pandemic preparedness means we should more directly and completely address these shortfalls.”
  • VC firm Sequoia is calling this coronavirus crisis the black swan event of the year. They wrote an important note to their founders and CEOs with guidance on how to survive the year. “We suggest you question every assumption about your business,” including cash runway, fundraising, sales, marketing efforts, and capex. It wasn’t all cautious — Sequoia notes that Google, PayPal, Airbnb, Square, and Stripe were all products of difficult times. It left me with a lot to think about in terms of taking new risks and launching new experiments (Splice Low-Res, for one). If there’s a crazy idea out there, this could be an equally crazy year to give it a shot. A black swan is an opportunity too important to waste.

Coconuts Media is hiring Associate Editors in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. Plenty of positions to check out.

Meet Mailbrew. Pick the topics that you care about, and boom, a beautiful email newsletter appears in your inbox. “Create automated newsletters from multiple sources, and cure your feeds addiction.”

The Ken finally launched its Southeast Asia service, pricing it at $120 a year. Check out their pricing structure. Curiously, there’s no monthly option, which seems like a deliberate strategy to avoid the distractions of a monthly subscription churn.

There are two very important sets of numbers in a Reuters Institute survey of gender balance across 10 different countries. First, 40% of journalists in the top markets are women. Second, only 23% of them are in top editorial positions in newsrooms. That’s shocking. Here’s a third: There are zero women in top editorial jobs in Japan.

ByteDance’s Jinri Toutiao, China’s popular news app, is a superapp. You get your news on it. And now you can also order food on it.

Jack Dorsey gets to keep his job as Twitter CEO... for now. As part of a negotiated ceasefire with Elliott Management Corp and private equity firm Silver Lake, Twitter will appoint 3 new directors to its board. It’ll also create a committee to review its leadership and governance. Silver Lake will make a $1 billion investment in the company, which Twitter will use to fund part of its first share buyback. But Dorsey now has some big KPIs to hit: Grow its ad-served user base by at least 20% this year, accelerate revenue growth, and gain market share as a digital advertiser.

TikTok opened a content moderation center in the U.S. to boost transparency into its inner workings. They’ll bring in external experts to observe how content moderators work. TikTok is facing scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers who’ve called the app a cybersecurity threat that allegedly allows China to snoop on American kids.

People are watching people sleep on TikTok. And these sleep streamers are making money from that. “I scrolled and scrolled and saw more and more. I was like, OK this is a thing now. I saw videos with over 1 million likes.” Time to get some nice PJs.

The headline on 11 Mar 2020

Understanding reactive marketing. Reactive marketing content taps into trending topics and conversations in real-time. Just like responding with relevant articles when a news story breaks. Why this matters. The results for brands that participate in this form of marketing often pay off, yielding increased interaction on social (especially if it’s funny). Responding quickly can make a brand appear more relevant and boost their credibility. The best example of this is in 2018 when KFC ran out the chicken and responded by rearranging its letters to simply say, FCK. When is it risky? Not all news events are appropriate vehicles to attach your brand to. Most brands are staying away from the current COVID-19 crisis despite it being global news. Brands don’t want to be seen as profiting from a crisis. At the end of the day, marketers need to ask themselves, does this event relate to my brand in any way?

The year of the webinar? Speaking of COVID-19, could its global spread and associated travel bans see a spike in webinars and live video streaming? LinkedIn Live streaming is a cost effective solution for content marketers who can no longer hold live events. The feature is whitelisted so your business page needs to be approved by the product team to go live. According to LinkedIn, the streaming tool receives 24 more times engagement than simply posting a video.

Have a look at gaming streaming platforms. Microsoft Teams is free for six months in response to the virus work-from-home demand. Video conferencing platform Zoom has seen its shares rocket. But some smart cookies are looking at a few emerging streaming platforms and those in the gaming industry. The cool gamers are on Xsplit which has a useful product called Vcam that enables it to be used as a video source in Hangouts. OBS is another one popular with gamers.

E-learning seeing huge growth. Education is embracing video streaming, especially in China where the spread of the virus means students are unable to attend classes domestically or overseas. In fact, the leading Chinese e-learning platforms have seen their revenue surge by US$3.2 billion as students opt for online learning.

Online censorship issues. While video streaming appears to be the easiest way to stay connected to the Chinese market, censorship still remains an issue. Recently, medical students had their live stream lecture interrupted when an image of the female reproductive organ was shared by the lecturer. Apparently it was mistaken for pornography. Earlier this year, the Chinese government relaxed internet restrictions so students studying in Australia were able to access course material during the travel ban. It’s still not clear how relaxed Chinese censors can be.

Former IMAX president and Walt Disney Studios executive Jason Brenek announced the launch of MetaMedia. Source: Former Disney, IMAX Exec Brenek Introduces MetaMedia Entertainment Network™ and Assembles Executive Team from Top Cinema, Studio and Tech Companies

LiveXLive will produce a slate of original programming for a new music channel set to launch on STIRR later this month. Source: LiveXLive to Produce Exclusive Original Content for New Music Channel on Streaming Service, STIRR, Launching This Spring

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Gray Television has reportedly made an offer to acquire Tegna for approximately $8.5 billion. Source: Reuters > Exclusive: Gray Television in $8.5 billion bid to acquire Tegna – sources

ViacomCBS said Kelly Day has been appointed chief operating officer of ViacomCBS Networks International. Source: ViacomCBS Names Kelly Day Chief Operating Officer ViacomCBS Networks International

COVID-19 Briefs:

  • Researchers say at least 516 coronavirus-related keyword combinations are censored on WeChat.
  • Facebook says it will remove “false claims and conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations”.
  • Facebook is giving unlimited free ad credits to the World Health Organization to promote accurate information about the crisis.
  • WHO launched a TikTok account to fight coronavirus misinformation.
  • On Twitter, if you’re searching for COVID-19, you’ll see a page featuring recent stories from public health organizations and credible media.
  • Twitter vowed to take a “zero-tolerance approach to platform manipulation”.
  • YouTube is also linking to the WHO in search results.
  • Google is giving free access to its top, paid features on Hangouts Meet so that people can host meetings with up to 250 participants, and live stream to up to 100,000 viewers.
  • Microsoft is offering a free 6-month trial on its Slack-competitor Teams.
  • Covid-19 newsletters are popping up everywhere.
  • The International Journalism Festival, my favorite annual media conference in Perugia, is cancelled.
  • Society of News Design postponed its annual workshop.

Australian Associated Press is closing, resulting in the loss of 180 journalism jobs. This also creates an even bigger gap in the country’s already polarized media space. The wire has been the backbone of impartial public interest news in the country, providing much-needed content for traditional media companies though its network of regional and international journalists. But like many wire services, it’s seen a decline in revenue as newsroom subscribers cut costs. Source: The Guardian > Why AAP’s closure is a brutal hit to Australia’s concentrated media market

Twitter is testing its own Stories format. Fleets, as its name suggests, is ephemeral — they disappear in 24 hours. You can’t get Likes, Replies, or Retweets. Sadly, as much as I’d like to try this out right now, Fleets is only available in Brazil as part of this test. Source: TechCrunch > Twitter starts testing its own version of Stories, called ‘Fleets,’ which disappear after 24 hours

But Fleets is a distraction from a bigger story brewing at Twitter. Jack Dorsey is in a fight to hold onto his CEO seat after an activist hedge fund reportedly took an almost 5% stake in the company. Elliott Management wants Dorsey out and has nominated four members to Twitter’s board. It’s easy to point an accusing finger at Dorsey. Twitter, for most of his tenure, has been unprofitable despite its outsized importance in the world. Dorsey is also the CEO of Square, which some say distracts him. And to make things worse, he’s also planning to move to Africa this year — for an unspecified length of time. If he gets pushed out, well, it wouldn’t be his first time. Dorsey was the first CEO of the company, but was forced out apparently because he spent too much time doing yoga and attending fashion design classes. Source: Yahoo Finance > Why Elliott Management wants to remove Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO

ByteDance launched Resso, a “social music streaming app” in India. Users are encouraged to share lyrics and comments with each other. No mention of the number of tracks available, but the company has signed big names like Sony and Warner. ByteDance has also been testing this app in Indonesia. Source: TechCrunch > Resso, ByteDance’s music streaming app, officially launches in India, sans Tencent-backed Universal Music

Here’s what a roomful of newsletter writers looks like. Newsletter platform Substack hosted its first newsletter writer gathering in New York. Here’s what they learned. Source: Substack Blog > What we learned from the Substack writers gathering in New York

Under pressure from regulators, Facebook is reportedly changing its plans for its Libra coin. It now wants to create a system with digital versions of major currencies such as the dollar and euro. Source: BBC > Facebook ‘rethinks’ plans for Libra cryptocurrency

Two schools of thought about the success of the New York Times’s transformation into a global digital media company: It lifts the overall industry, or it creates a new monopoly. The former editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News, Ben Smith is now the media columnist at NYT. This is his first op-ed. “The Times so dominates the news business that it has absorbed many of the people who once threatened it.” My advice to media entrepreneurs — don’t compete against NYT in mass-audience segments; the future of digital media is niche. Find a specific category. Dominate the hell out of it.

NYT is making a big push in India with a massive discount. At 60 rupees ($0.80) a month, this is a steal.

India’s The Ken got a big redesign that does away with Rishad’s pet peeve: Categories in navigation bars. From his Frames newsletter: “Nobody reads stories based on categories, and yet we continue to see them faithfully perpetuated on news surfaces everywhere.

MDIF invested in Indian social tech startup Josh Talks in a pre-Series A funding round. The company creates career and education services for young people in low-income households in India through 8 vernacular languages. It reaches 45 million people each month. Source: MDIF invests in Indian social tech startup Josh Talks

Mailchimp acquired Courier Media, a niche London-based media startup that publishes a magazine and newspaper for entrepreneurs and small businesses. “Since 2013, Courier has empowered the next generation of entrepreneurs with practical and authentic stories that inspire people who want to live and work on their own terms — and we think this perfectly aligns with our own values.” No mention of deal terms. Source: Mailchimp Acquires Courier Media

SETI@home is shutting down after two decades. They crowdsourced efforts to search for aliens using internet-connected computers (a very new thing back then) to mine data for signals from galactic civilizations.

Dark mode is finally available on WhatsApp. Source: The Verge > WhatsApp dark mode now available for iOS and Android

Make your own hand sanitizer. Why not? Source: The Verge > How to make your own hand sanitizer

How’s this for solutions journalism? As people raid shelves for toilet paper, Australian newspaper NT News printed extra pages that you can fold and wipe yourself with. News you can use. Source: The Guardian > Coronavirus: Australian newspaper prints extra pages to help out in toilet paper shortage

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ACA Connects has decided to postpone its 27th Annual Summit on March 17-19 in Washington due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus. Source: TV News Check > ACA Connects Postpones Its D.C. Summit

WOW! reported fourth-quarter results. Source: businesswire > WOW! Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2019 Results

Technology and Content Marketing

It seems like people have been talking about it for ages, but it’s clear 5G will have a huge impact on technology when it becomes the norm. What will its effects on content marketing be, especially with Singapore rolling out the technology this year?

Why this matters
The future of content marketing is video. And the adaptation of 5G tech will offer faster speeds, allowing for more immersive and interactive video. 5G will also allow for VR and AR to flourish, as well as provide for better streaming capabilities. While the consumer experience is one thing, 5G also promises better quality data and real-time location-based targeting.

How should brands use video?
If the future is video, brands need to create content that maximizes engagement. It’s not about expensive, professionally-shot videos either. Social media is a great space for brands to post ‘behind-the-scenes’ or organically engage their customers with Instagram live.

It’s all about the story
Slick video production aside, the primary focus needs to be storytelling. According to Kelly Engstrom from English telco, EE: “Storytelling is the thing I would advise anyone getting into this area to focus on… because you have to come up with scenarios or stories that tell them [consumers] why it’s a good thing to have.”

The headline on 04 Mar 2020

Tubi has entered a deal with Enseo to launch its library on Enseo’s in-room entertainment platform accessible in more than 30,000 hotel rooms. Source: businesswire > Tubi Now Available in Over 30,000 Hotel Rooms Nationwide via Deal With Enseo

Wurl is providing streaming video distribution and advertising services for Waypoint TV. Source: Waypoint TV Taps Wurl’s Video Distribution and Monetization Services to Deliver its Network to New Platforms

The Ken website got a redesign. Rohin, their CEO, sent out an email detailing the thinking behind the changes, and it all converges beautifully in one direction: their user. So they’ve restructured the “entire site as a giant “reading list”, added “visible reading progress indicators for all stories”, added a bunch of “options to save stories for later reading”, and included “intelligent recommendations on what stories to read next”. Source: The Ken

Welcome to the dark underbelly of the world of Cmd+B. Toggling to a bold state is as old as 1973, when you could press Ctrl+B on a Xerox Alto and make a letter bold. Marcin Wichary is the design manager at Figma, one of the most revolutionary tools for interface design ever. His presentation here is intriguing, then funny, then shocking, and then really touching — what a beautiful ride. If you’re a type nerd, watch. If you’re not a type nerd, this will turn you into one.

Color Oracle is an open source colour blindness simulator for the web. It does one very simple thing: it shows you in real-time “what people with common color vision impairments will see.”

A New York pizza shop is using prime real estate to advertise adoptable dogs — its pizza delivery boxes. There was even an extra bonus: “Anyone who adopts a dog featured on a pizza box flyer will receive a $50 gift certificate to the pizza shop.” It seems to be working — a 6-month-old puppy named Larry was adopted after just one day of the flyers going out. It’s also working out for the pizza shop, which is getting “a lot more business”, and now other pizza places are following suit.

From Simon Kearney’s excellent Content Confidential newsletter: What’s a CTA? A call to action, usually on a website or newsletter (think ‘Buy now’ or ‘Sign up’). What’s a good CTA? A call to action that is specific, achievable, easy, and that makes you feel like you’re part of a larger cause or community. This quick read is specific to how NGOs can use behavioural science to get better conversions with their communication strategy.

The headline on 03 Mar 2020

Fox completed the previously announced $350 million purchase of Seattle stations KCPQ (Fox) and KZJO (MNT) as well as Milwaukee station WITI from Nexstar Media Group. Source: TV News Check > Fox And Nexstar Complete Station Sales

Fox And Nexstar Complete Station Sales
Fox And Nexstar Complete Station Sales

The headline on 02 Mar 2020

YouTube TV agreed to a contract extension with Sinclair as the companies try to reach a distribution deal. Source: Variety > YouTube TV Keeps Fox Regional Sports Networks in Lineup as Sinclair Talks Continue

Map from Sinclair showing the teams affiliated with the Fox RSNs
Map from Sinclair showing the teams affiliated with the Fox RSNs

TVSquared said former chief revenue officer and executive vice president, Jo Kinsella, has been appointed as president. Source: businesswire > TVSquared Names Jo Kinsella President

Mobile Technology and Wireless Communication News Headline Updated on 31 Mar 2020

The headline on 31 Mar 2020

Nokia launched its complete AI as a service offering, AVA 5G Cognitive Operations, which can anticipate network and service failures up to seven days in advance. Source: Nokia launches AVA 5G Cognitive Operations to help telcos enter the 5G era

China Mobile has partnered with Ubitus to launch a 5G cloud gaming service. Source: China Mobile teams up with Ubitus to launch 5G Cloud Game Streaming Service (UGAME)

Enea is offering unlimited software licenses for its Voice over Wi-Fi solution for three months to help operators manage increased voice calls as millions of people work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Enea Offers Unlimited Licenses for Voice Over Wi-Fi to Help Operators Manage Increase in Remote Working

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi said its sales in China have already recovered to 80-90% of the normal level after falling in the first quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Reuters > Smartphone maker Xiaomi says China sales already close to full recovery

Huawei is blaming its $12 billion revenue shortfall in 2019 on the U.S. decision to blacklist the Chinese tech company and place it on the Commerce Department’s Entity List. Source: CNBC > Huawei says US blacklisting led to $12 billion revenue shortfall in 2019 as profit growth slowed

NTT East Selects Cisco SD-WAN to Expand its “Managed SD-WAN” Services for Enterprises. Source: NTT East Selects Cisco SD-WAN to Expand its “Managed SD-WAN” Services for Enterprises

The headline on 30 Mar 2020

Veea announced that its VeeaHub-based solutions are ready to meet the needs of COVID-19 healthcare providers and responders. Source: In the Fight Against COVID-19, Veea Stands Ready

NTT recently announced that it has deployed Resource Public Key Infrastructure-based Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) origin validation on its Tier-1 global IP network. Source: NTT

Huawei announced that MindSpore, a framework for AI app development, is now available in open source on GitHub and Gitee. Source: VentureBeat > Huawei open-sources MindSpore, a framework for AI app development

Spain will delay its planned 5G spectrum auction due to the coronavirus outbreak. Source: Reuters > Spain postpones 5G spectrum auction due to coronavirus

Telit completed a successful sub-6 GHz 5G connection on Mobile TeleSystems’ (MTS) network in Russia. Source: Yahoo Finance > Telit Completes Successful 5G Sub-6 GHz Connection on Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) Network in Russia

U.S. Cellular announced updates to offer customers assistance amid the COVID-19 crisis, including eliminating overage charges until the end of May. Source: U.S. Cellular Taking Additional Steps to Keep Customers Connected

The headline on 27 Mar 2020

Dell announced on Friday that it has moved its virtual Dell Technologies World conference to October. Source: We’ve rescheduled the Dell Technologies World virtual experience to October 2020.

Russia’s MTS picks Ericsson for a large-scale network upgrade to its 2G/3G/4G infrastructure. Source: MTS selects Ericsson for large-scale network modernization toward 5G

Vodafone says it will give 30 days of free access to unlimited mobile data for 500,000 customers who are flagged as vulnerable. Source: Reuters > Vodafone to offer unlimited data to the vulnerable for free

The U.S. is moving forward with restrictions that would limit Huawei’s access to chips and semiconductor shipments. (WSJ > U.S. Moving Forward With Rule to Limit Chips to Huawei

The headline on 26 Mar 2020

MobiledgeX and Savari announced a strategic partnership to jointly enable enhanced Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) use cases for automotive OEMs, their fleet management and mobility-as-a-service partners. Source: MobiledgeX and Savari Partner to Bring C-V2X to the Mobile Edge

The FCC will get a $200 million boost for telehealth efforts after U.S. Senate’s passage of CARES Act. Source: CHAIRMAN PAI WELCOMES SENATE PASSAGE OF THE CARES ACT AND $200 MILLION BOOST FOR FCC TELEHEALTH EFFORTS

Global smartphone sales fell 14% in February amid coronavirus spread. Source: Reuters > Global smartphone sales fell 14% in February as coronvirus spread: Counterpoint

Nokia completed its acquisition of U.S.-based Elenion Technologies, which focuses on silicon photonics technology and is expected to help the vendor address 5G optical needs. Source: Nokia completes acquisition of Elenion Technologies

Senior cabinet officials in the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies. Source: Reuters > Exclusive: U.S. prepares crackdown on Huawei’s global chip supply – sources

The headline on 25 Mar 2020

Telecom Italia’s (TIM) network can cope with the surge in traffic driven by the coronavirus crisis, CEO Luigi Gubitosi was quoted as saying on Wednesday, as U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management cut its stake in the group. (Reuters > Telecom Italia’s CEO says network solid as Elliott cuts stake

The World Health Organization has partnered with Facebook, Microsoft and several other tech companies for a hackathon to promote the development of software to take on challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. Source: CNBC > Facebook, Microsoft partner with WHO for coronavirus hackathon

ASSIA joins open-source consortium prpl Foundation to help create a vendor-neutral Wi-Fi management ecosystem. Source: Yahoo Finance > ASSIA Joins prpl Foundation to Make a Vendor-Neutral Wi-Fi Management Ecosystem a Reality

Bandwidth announced it’s now supporting STIR/SHAKEN call authentication technology across networks with T-Mobile. Source: Bandwidth Announces Successful STIR/SHAKEN Interop with T-Mobile

The headline on 24 Mar 2020

Cato Networks announced its Cato SDP with Instant Access to help IT teams enable work-from-home solutions at scale. Source: Cato Launches Instant Access: The First SASE-Based Clientless Access Service to Enable Enterprises to Support Work-From-Home at Scale

Japan’s top carriers announce 5G launches despite 2020 Olympics delay. Source: VentureBeat > Japan’s top carriers announce 5G launches as 2020 Olympics face delay

Rakuten Mobile and NEC start production of open RAN 5G radio equipment. Source: Rakuten Mobile and NEC Begin Production of Open RAN 5G Radio Equipment

Nokia said lab tests using Sprint’s 5G spectrum with E-UTRAN New Radio – Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) and MU-MIMO delivered up to four times the network capacity. Source: Nokia delivers record 5G capacity gains via software upgrade

The headline on 23 Mar 2020

Nokia is working with Korean operator LG Uplus to automate its IP transport and core networks, allowing the operator to launch 5G services faster. Source: Nokia and LG Uplus build fully automated IP transport network for 5G services

u blox has completed AT&T’s chipset verification process for the UBX R5 multi band Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) chipset platform to operate on the carrier’s LTE M network. Source: u-blox IoT chipset certified by AT&T for LTE-M

On Saturday, AT&T said it reached a tentative agreement with Communications Workers of America District 9 for wireline contract negotiations that covered over 12,500 AT&T wireline employees in California and Nevada. Source: AT&T, Communications Workers of America Reach Tentative Agreement in West Wireline Contract Negotiations

Nokia announced on Monday that it’s working with Korean operator LG Uplus to automate its IP transport and core networks, which will help the operator launch 5G services faster. Source: Nokia and LG Uplus build fully automated IP transport network for 5G services

T-Mobile launched its lowest priced smartphone plan today. Source: T-Mobile Connect Launches Early to Help the Most Vulnerable in America Get and Stay Connected

European mobile operators are sharing data with health authorities to help fight coronavirus spread by monitoring whether people are complying with movement restrictions. Source: Reuters > European mobile operators share data for coronavirus fight

The headline on 20 Mar 2020

Due to the coronavirus, Russia has postponed a test designed to improve the ability of its domestic internet infrastructure to cope with being cut off from the global network. Source: Reuters > Russia postpones sovereign internet test over coronavirus

C Spire is providing Mississippi public schools K-12 with free wireless data access for approved learning websites at home during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Source: C Spire gives Mississippi schools free wireless data access for approved learning websites

Portugal’s telecom regulator plans to allocate 5G spectrum before June. Source: Portugal’s telecom regulator to auction frequency bands for 5G before June

The EU has warned Europe’s telecom providers not to throttle content platforms in their efforts to prevent internet gridlock as data traffic spikes due to the coronavirus. Source: Reuters > EU warns telcos against throttling internet giants as data traffic spikes

The headline on 19 Mar 2020

SoftIron announced its latest top-of-rack switches, which were designed to run the open source SONiC network operating system. Source: SoftIron Introduces HyperSwitch™: Next-Generation Top-of-Rack Network Switches Built On Open Source SONiC

Telefónica Germany is using Cisco’s SD-WAN technology to connect grocery store chain Aldi’s more than 8,000 sites across 14 European countries. Source: Telefonica S A : Telefónica Germany connects ALDI

Ericsson decided to cancel and/or postpone all events for the coming three months until June 11, or until further notice. Source: Ericsson’s approach towards the coronavirus disease

Ericsson is providing 5G core and VoLTE solutions to Chunghwa Telecom for its 5G build-out in Taiwan. Source: Chunghwa Telecom selects Ericsson for rapid 5G build-out in Taiwan

NTT Docomo plans to launch 5G service in Japan on March 25. Source: NTT DOCOMO to Launch 5G Service in Japan on March 25

Nokia introduced a new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router it says provides 40% faster speeds. Source: Nokia introduces new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router and technology innovations to deliver ultimate gigabit experience in a 5G world

The headline on 18 Mar 2020

Vodafone said the coronavirus crisis was causing data traffic on its networks to surge, with demand already rising 50% in some markets. (Reuters > Vodafone data traffic surges 50% due to coronavirus

Ekinops announced Compose, which is a new suite of software products for operators, and launched its SD-WAN Xpress offering. Source: EKINOPS announces Compose, a new suite of software products, and launches SD-WAN Xpress

Nokia announced it is partnering with China Mobile to deliver an IoT-based highway landslide alert platform. Source: Nokia partners with China Mobile to deliver IoT-based highway landslide alert platform

ZTE will launch its new 5G smartphone, ZTE Axon 11, on March 23 in China. Source: ZTE to launch new smartphone Axon 11 5G on March 23

Telefónica is driving a strategic ecosystem collaboration with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx to foster the development of Open RAN technologies in 4G and 5G. Source: Telefónica joins forces with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx for the development and deployment of Open Ran in 4g and 5g

The headline on 17 Mar 2020

Ethernity Networks announced the launch of its new ENET-D, which is an add-on Ethernet controller technology to its ACE-NIC100 SmartNIC, for telco and cloud networks. Source: Ethernity Networks Launches New ENET-D Ethernet Controller FPGA Engine

Platform9 launched a managed Kubernetes service that provides free access to Kubernetes clusters of up to 20 nodes spanning a maximum of 800 virtual CPUs running on three clusters. Source: Container Journal > Platform9 Adds More Tiers to Kubernetes Service

France’s 5G spectrum auction is likely to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Source: Reuters > France’s 5G spectrum auction ‘likely’ postponed, Iliad CEO says

C Spire is working with Mississippi schools to offer free wireless data for K-12 students as they prepare for school from home during the COVID-19 crisis. Source: C Spire working with Mississippi schools to offer free wireless data for approved learning sites

AccelerComm announced a new optimized LDPC software decoder for Intel’s FlexRAN reference software, to increase 5G throughput by up to three-times. Source: AccelerComm’s New Highly Optimised LDPC Decoder in Software for Intel’s FlexRAN Reference Software Will Increase 5G Throughput by up to 3X

The headline on 16 Mar 2020

Taoglas and MixComm announced the co-development of a 5G NR millimeter wave smart antenna subsystem covering the 26.5-29.5 GHz band. Source: Taoglas and MixComm Announce High-Performance and Innovative 5G NR mmWave Smart Antenna Subsystem

ETSI OSM is declaring its reorganized Hackfest, which originally was planned as a physical event in Madrid from March 9-12, as a successful remote event. Source: ETSI OSM ORGANIZES ITS FIRST FULLY REMOTE HACKFEST WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

Due to the impact of COVID-19, ETSI OSM opted to re-tool its Hackfest conference as a remote event, which led to a record number of attendees. Source: ETSI OSM ORGANIZES ITS FIRST FULLY REMOTE HACKFEST WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

AT&T expanded 5G to 20 new markets and customers can order the new LG V60 ThinQ 5G starting Friday. Source: Maximize Your Productivity on the LG V60 ThinQTM 5G from AT&T Starting March 20

French antitrust regulator fined Apple $1.23 billion on Monday for anti-competitive behavior related to the iPhone-maker’s distribution and retail network. Source: Reuters > French antitrust regulator fines Apple $1.2 billion

C Spire said it’s supporting FCC efforts to make special arrangements to meet customers’ communication needs during the current coronavirus public health crisis. Source: C Spire supports FCC’s efforts to meet customer emergency communications needs

The headline on 11 Mar 2020

WOW announced on Wednesday that Chief Financial Officer Rich Fish will leave the company effective April 1. Source: WOW! Announces Departure of Chief Financial Officer

The Trump administration said on Tuesday it was extending a license allowing U.S. companies to continue doing business with China’s Huawei until May 15. Source: Reuters > U.S. Commerce Department extends Huawei license through May 15

Hudson Valley Wireless has deployed Mavenir’s cloud-native LTE vEPC. Source: HUDSON VALLEY WIRELESS DEPLOYS MAVENIR’S CLOUD-NATIVE LTE vEPC

The headline on 10 Mar 2020

Indosat Ooredooo is planning OpenRAN field trials in Asia with TIP and GSMA. Source: Indosat Ooredoo Mendapat Dukungan Penuh dari GSMA untuk Menjadi yang Pertama di Asia yang melakukan Field Trial untuk Teknologi OpenRAN

AT&T will deploy the Synchronoss Personal Cloud Solution, giving AT&T wireless subscribers the ability to back up personal content from any Android smartphone. Source: AT&T to Deploy the Synchronoss Personal Cloud Solution

Britain’s Prime Minister defeated pushback from some lawmakers over the country’s decision to give Huawei a limited role in 5G networks. Source: British PM Johnson defeats lawmaker revolt on Huawei’s 5G role

AT&T has launched additional FirstNet cell sites nationwide for its public safety communications platform. Source: FirstNet Cell Sites Launching Nationwide to Support Public Safety

DriveScale, a provider of elastic bare-metal cloud infrastructure, announced support for Red Hat’s OpenStack. Source: DriveScale Announces Support for OpenStack to Enable Elastic Bare Metal Infrastructure for Bare Metal Cloud Operators

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced the general availability of the HPE Container Platform, which includes several new reference configurations for data-intensive application workloads. Source: Hewlett Packard Enterprise announces general availability of the HPE Container Platform, empowering customers with choice in deployment models

Red Hat announced a new release of its Ceph Storage platform for cloud-native workloads. Source: Red Hat Ceph Storage 4 offers enhanced scalability and simplicity for new generation of data-intensive applications

Xilinx unveiled Versal Premium, the third series in the company’s Versal adaptive compute acceleration (ACAP) platform portfolio. Source: Xilinx Announces World’s Highest Bandwidth, Highest Compute Density Adaptable Platform for Network and Cloud Acceleration

The headline on 09 Mar 2020

Speedcast has launched an SD-WAN solution that blends satellite, LTE, wireless, and fiber technologies. Source: Speedcast Launches Global Standardized SD-WAN Solution

Interconnect vendor Inphi announced its new Porrima Gen3 Single-Lambda PAM4 platform for hyperscale data center networks. Source: Inphi Announces Third Generation, Low-Power Porrima PAM4 Platform for Hyperscale Data Center Networks

Ericsson is introducing an industry first entitlement server solution for on-device eSIM subscription activation without QR-codes for smartphones – starting with Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip. Source: Ericsson enables seamless eSIM activation for Samsung devices

Rakuten and Vodafone led a $110 million investment in U.S. startup AST & Science, which is planning to create a cellular broadband network with a constellation of hundreds of satellites that would link directly to people’s smartphones. Source: Space News > Megaconstellation startup raises $110 million to connect smartphones via satellite

Huawei projects its annual smartphone shipments will fall around 20% this year as a result of U.S. sanctions. Source: The Information > Huawei Projects Big Drop in Smartphone Sales Amid U.S. Sanctions

Vodafone and Telecom Italia (TIM) secured EU antitrust approval to create Europe’s biggest mobile tower company in an effort to roll out 5G services. Source: Reuters > Vodafone, TIM win conditional EU approval for tower deal

Verizon’s high-band 5G network is going live at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington to explore opportunities for national security, energy efficiency and advanced science. Source: Verizon Business brings 5G Ultra Wideband service to First Department of Energy national lab

Accedian announced a partnership with MobiledgeX, enabling enterprises to easily access 5G edge environments. Source: Yahoo Finance > Accedian and MobiledgeX Partner to Bring an Open Ecosystem for Flawless Delivery of Low Latency 5G Digital Experiences

Apple sold fewer than 500,000 iPhones in China last month as the coronavirus outbreak cut smartphone demand in the country by half. Source: Reuters > Apple sells fewer than 500,000 smartphones in China in February amid coronavirus

The headline on 06 Mar 2020

A federal appeals court declined to invalidate a Caltech patent underlying a $1.1 billion verdict the university won against Apple and Broadcom. Source: Reuters > Apple loses bid to nix Caltech patent underlying $1.1 billion verdict

Ericsson has joined the White House Pledge to America’s Workers program, committing to 50,000 enhanced career opportunities over the next five years. Source: Seeking Alpha > Ericsson commits to 50,000 enhanced career opportunities for the U.S. workforce over the next five years

Oppo launched the Find X2 series, its new 5G smartphone lineup. Source: CNET > Oppo Find X2 Pro hands-on: 120Hz screen and a superb 10X zoom camera

An investigation details Apple’s difficulty to create a device manufacturing supply chain in India. Source: The Information > Inside Apple’s Search for an Indian Supply Chain

Huawei is confident some European telecoms firms will choose it to provide 5G technology for their core networks. Source: Reuters > Huawei confident it will supply core network technology to European operators

The headline on 05 Mar 2020

The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would require a security review for equipment and software supporting 5G networks. Source: WSJ > Senate Passes Bill Requiring 5G Security Review

Telefonica, KT, China Unicom and Telstra team up to collaborate on the multi-operator edge computing experience. Source: Telefónica signs an agreement with KT Corp., China Unicom and Telstra to collaborate on the multi-operator Edge Computing experience

JMA announced a unique platform that supports large indoor coverage and capacity deployments for New T-Mobile’s 2.5 GHz and Dish’s AWS-4 spectrum. Source: JMA’s TEKO Platform Delivers Unique Large Venue Support for New T-Mobile and DISH Bands

Samsung captured 74% of 5G smartphone sales in 2019 in the U.S., new data from Counterpoint Research finds. Source: Samsung Captures 74% of the 5G Smartphone Sales in 2019 in the USA

5G will account for 20% of global connections by 2025, according to a new GSMA report. Source: The Mobile Economy

Coherent optical vendor Acacia Communications announced it’s sampling multiple variants of its family of 400G pluggable optical transceiver modules. Source: Yahoo Finance > Acacia Builds Upon its Coherent Pluggable Leadership with a Comprehensive 400G Portfolio

Cisco and Telstra announced this week that they have completed a 5G call over a packetized front haul network. Source: Cisco and Telstra Complete World’s First 5G Call over Packetized Fronthaul Network

Ericsson has selected Sinch AB to support its worldwide 5G rollout with messaging technology. Source: Yahoo Finance > Sinch AB (publ): Ericsson and Sinch evolve mobile messaging partnership into 5G

Sequans Communications and NXP Semiconductors are collaborating to bring LTE for IoT connectivity to NXP’s microcontroller ecosystem. Source: NXP and Sequans Collaborate to Deliver LTE-M/NB-IoT Connected MCU Solutions

The headline on 04 Mar 2020

Working with Barefoot Networks, Lanner Electronics announced the release of a new multi-access edge compute (MEC) platform. Source: Lanner Launches Open, Scalable and Programmable Multi-access Edge Computing Solution

Equinix announced it has completed its $335 million acquisition of Packet, which was first announced in January. Source: Equinix Completes Acquisition of Bare Metal Leader Packet

Cisco has expanded its portfolio of products and services that are targeted at small businesses. Source: Cisco Expands Simple and Secure Portfolio to Help Small Businesses Thrive

Samsung and Marvell are collaborating on new 5G infrastructure products including radio unit architectures. Source: Samsung and Marvell Drive Innovation in a New Generation of 5G Infrastructure Products

In an unusual move, 20 U.S. senators sent a letter to British lawmakers urging them to reconsider the decision to allow Huawei into the country’s 5G networks. Source: Reuters > U.S. senators want Britain to reconsider using Huawei equipment

NEC announced a successful demo of bidirectional 10 Gbps outdoor transmission in the 150 GHz band. Source: NEC successfully demonstrates 10Gbps outdoor transmission in the 150GHz-band

The headline on 03 Mar 2020

Nokia is expanding its fiber access portfolio to include new solutions and innovations for 5G and gigabit services. Source: Nokia enhances fiber access portfolio to accelerate 5G

OIF announced on Tuesday the completion of its Coherent Common Management Interface Specification (C-CMIS) Implementation Agreement (IA.) Source: OIF Completes Coherent Common Management Interface Specification (C-CMIS) Implementation Agreement for Management of Digital Coherent Optics (DCO) Modules

T-Mobile unveiled a 10-year commitment in Puerto Rico with naming rights for Distrito T-Mobile, a new entertainment complex in San Juan opening in April. Source: Introducing Distrito T-Mobile: Un-carrier Deepens Commitment to Puerto Rico with 10-Year Investment in New Entertainment Complex

Apple has agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle litigation for slowing down older iPhone models to encourage customers to buy new phones or batteries. Source: Reuters > Apple to pay up to $500 million to settle U.S. lawsuit over slow iPhones

The Wireless Broadband Alliance announced the first phase of Wi-Fi 6E trials in the 6 GHz band, achieving 2 Gbps speeds using mobile platforms and laptop equipment from Broadcom and Intel. Source: WBA’s First Phase of Wi-Fi 6E Trials Shows the Massive Potential of Wi-Fi in the 6GHz Band

Newport Utilities has tapped Ericsson to build a high-speed fixed wireless access network in underserved portions of their rural Tennessee service territory. Source: Newport Utilities taps Ericsson for first rural Fixed Wireless Access network

Nokia has enhanced its fiber access portfolio to accelerate 5G including new 5G fixed wireless access gateways and new Beacon 6 Wi-Fi gateway with Wi-Fi 6. Source: Nokia enhances fiber access portfolio to accelerate 5G

The headline on 02 Mar 2020

Huawei, which for years has denied violating American trade sanctions on Iran, produced internal company records in 2010 that show it was directly involved in sending prohibited U.S. computer equipment to Iran’s largest mobile-phone operator. (Reuters > Exclusive: Newly obtained documents show Huawei role in shipping prohibited U.S. gear to Iran

Verizon and Walmart are in discussions to test 5G services in some of the retailer’s stores for digital health services. Source: The Wall Street Journal > Walmart, Verizon in Talks to Test 5G Services in Some Stores

Oppo announced plans to launch its 5G flagship Find X2 series smartphones on March 6. Source: OPPO’s All-round Powerful 5G Flagship to Be Launched at Online Conference

OPPO's All-round Powerful 5G Flagship to Be Launched at Online Conference
OPPO’s All-round Powerful 5G Flagship to Be Launched at Online Conference

JMA said its TEKO platform supports the full range of available 2.5 GHz mid band for New T-Mobile as well as AWS-4, a deployment band available for DISH. Source: businesswire > JMA’s TEKO Platform Delivers Unique Large Venue Support for New T-Mobile and DISH Bands

The Besen Group launched a CBRS Spectrum Evaluation Tool for enterprises that are planning to bid at the upcoming FCC Priority Access License (PAL) auction in June 2020. Source: The Besen Group Releases CBRS Spectrum Evaluation Tool

Viavi Solutions introduced what it describes as the industry’s first comprehensive test suite for O-RAN specifications. Source: VIAVI > Command the 5G Network: VIAVI Introduces Industry’s First Test Suite for O-RAN Specifications

Parallel Wireless announced that it has deployed hundreds of programmable virtualized 4G OpenRAN sites to deliver mobile broadband in Latin America through Internet para Todos Perú. Source: bnamericas > Internet para Todos Perú deploys Parallel Wireless OpenRAN sites

Cambium Networks announced that it is working with Facebook Connectivity on multiple initiatives including incorporating Terragraph mesh networking into its 60 GHz millimeter wave (V-Band) Gigabit wireless radios. Source: Cambium Networks Expands Collaboration with Facebook Connectivity for Multiple Wireless Access Initiatives

STL will collaborate with VMware to develop virtual network functions for 5G Access Solutions for converged wireline-wireless technology. Source: STL and VMware to Collaborate on 5G Access Solutions for Telcos and Large Enterprises

[Solved] How to Enable Google Live Captions when Playing Video on Android

Google allows for live captions to be added to the video playing on Android phones. This is useful, especially when viewing videos in a language you are not familiar with or are suffering from some form of hearing impairment. Google Live Captions use the same technology as Youtube to provide closed captions on a video. Follow the following steps to enabling Google Live Captions feature.

Google Live Caption on Android
Google Live Caption on Android

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Explained Libra In Simple Terms: What is Libra and why is it so important?

Libra is poised to transform how people transact with each other, daily and across the globe.

For most of 2019, Facebook’s Libra project dominated the headlines in the cryptocurrency world. While it may seem like just another project by a tech giant, Libra promises to have major implications at the global level.

Explained Libra In Simple Terms: What is Libra and why is it so important?
Explained Libra In Simple Terms: What is Libra and why is it so important?

This is the first time a technology company like Facebook has entered the financial sector. We’re talking about a field that hasn’t evolved in the last 20 years, has had no real competition, and has been dominated by big banks for decades. Also, Facebook has the resources, know-how, and political muscle to succeed. Understandably, the announcement of the Libra project by Facebook has left everyone worried.

This guide aims to provide an educated guess about the potential effect of the Libra project on the global payments ecosystem.
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Accelerating Digital Transformation through Hyper-Converged Solutions

With IT complexity growing, digital transformation may be getting sidetracked. How can you overcome this challenge? By combining hyper-converged infrastructure with enterprise-class hyper-availability, this will help overcome this challenge.

Accelerating Digital Transformation through Hyper-Converged Solutions
Accelerating Digital Transformation through Hyper-Converged Solutions

What’s Happening: IT and Business executives are racing to digitize their business at the core; in return, they become a digital business.

What’s the problem: IT is becoming increasingly complex. The payoff of digital transformation is high; however, the success rate is low.

What is causing this complexity? How can your organization navigate these challenges? This article gives an in-depth look at the IT complexity through different lenses of infrastructure and data.

How can organizations simplify IT to improve business agility, enhance financial return on investment, reduce risk and fulfill the striking potential of Digital Transformation? Much of it starts with a redefinition of IT infrastructure. It even transcends that. It’s about re-envisioning the next-generation data center through hyper-convergence and enterprise-class Hyper-Availability solutions.

This article takes a look at how IT and business leaders can turn the corner on IT complexity through re-engineering of enterprise data centers, including:

  • Sources and implications of IT complexity
  • Strategies for IT simplification
  • How to choose the right approach for your IT infrastructure
  • And more!

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