The policy will remain in locales that still officially deem COVID-19 to be a public health emergency. News 

Meta reverses regulations against false information about COVID-19 in numerous nations

Meta is reversing its COVID-19 misinformation regulations for Instagram and Facebook in nations where the pandemic is no longer considered a national emergency. The regulation will no longer be enforced in the United States and a few other regions. Last July, Meta asked the Supervisory Board for an opinion on the spread of false information after stating that the pandemic had “developed”. It took some time for the oversight board to weigh in, but in April the group suggested that Meta should continue to remove false claims about COVID-19 that…

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Performers prepare for an online Christmas party hosted by event company Hire Space, location unknown, December 10, 2020. Photo taken December 10, 2020. Hire Space / Handout via REUTERS (via REUTERS) News 

Virtual working groups: the good, the bad and the simple individual

Virtual working groups? You can’t really mingle with or dance with coworkers, and it’s hard to get into the disco vibe in your home office. On the other hand, you can’t spread disease, you don’t have to go home, and there is no chance of an ill-advised romantic encounter. In the Covid-19 era however, the gala options are limited. Businesses are looking to event planners to create virtual social events for staff. And with working from home here to stay, some expect demand to continue even after the pandemic. After…

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A customer scans a QR code for the LeaveHomeSafe Covid-19 contact tracing app before entering a Cafe fast food restaurant of Coral Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong, China, Thursday, February 18, 2021. Hong Kong extends restaurant opening hours, doubles the number of people allowed to sit at a table and reopen some rooms from today, formalizing his plan to roll back restrictions as cases dwindle during the Chinese New Year. Photographer: Roy Liu / Bloomberg (Bloomberg) News 

Hong Kong sees rush for burner phones as government pushes contact tracing app

Electronics stores in Hong Kong have seen a surge in demand for inexpensive burner phones as the Chinese-dominated city government relaxes coronavirus restrictions but pushes the use of a search app to contacts, which raised confidentiality concerns. The former British colony has seen anti-government and anti-Chinese protests erupt in 2019 and a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing in 2020 in response, as well as the arrest of most of its prominent pro-democracy activists. The government’s rapid turn to authoritarianism, which denies restricting the rights and freedoms of the…

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WHO has finally released its Covid-19 app on Google Play Store

The World Health Organization released its Covid-19 Updates app on Google’s Play Store almost eight months after removing it from the platform. The company released its WHO Covid-19 Updates app on the Google Play Store in April this year. But the world health body withdrew it shortly after saying the published app was supposed to be a private beta. Now, almost eight months later, the app is finally ready to ship to Android users around the world. You can download the WHO Covid-19 Updates application by going to the Play…

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The payment was designed to encourage people to stay at home when they test positive for Covid-19, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (REUTERS) News 

England gives 500 pounds to people who self-isolate after Covid Trace app alert

England’s Covid testing and tracing system is making available to people who self-isolate after receiving notification through its app a support payment of 500 pounds ($665), he said Thursday. Money was already available for people asked to self-isolate by contact tracers by phone, email or test message, but not previously through the app due to its anonymous nature. Anyone who receives a self-isolation alert in the app can now register their details to receive payment, the service said. Strong protection of user privacy was a key requirement defined by Apple…

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Samsung captured the maximum market share by taking the top spot. (AP) News 

Global smartphone sales fell 5.7% in Q3 2020: Gartner report

Global sales of smartphones decreased 5.7% in the third quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Global sales of smartphones amounted to 366 million units in the last quarter. Global sales of mobile phones to end users totaled 401 million units, down 8.7% year-over-year, according to a new report from Gartner. While this may sound like bad news, it is actually an improvement over the first and second quarters of pandemic-prone 2020, and the report says after two consecutive quarters of a 20% decline , quarterly smartphone…

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Duval has given no indication that Amazon may cancel its "Black Friday" discount shopping day on November 27 as small stores, which have struggled to compete with Amazon, are closed. (REUTERS) News 

Amazon France CEO says French lockdown boosted sales

The online sales giant Amazon, which operated during the French lockout, has seen its activity increase by around 40% to 50%, the head of Amazon France said on Wednesday. France entered a second national lockout on October 30 and it is expected to last at least until early December. The sidewalks include the closure of non-essential shops, restaurants and bars. “Business has grown with the lockdown,” Amazon’s Fr d ric Duval told France Inter radio, adding that the French online retail federation FEVAD was seeing activity up 40% to 50%…

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