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Technology Facebook cancels F8 developer conference over coronavirus concerns

15:20  28 february  2020
15:20  28 february  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Facebook is the latest tech company to cancel an event due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company's annual developer conference , F 8 , was scheduled for May 5th and 6th, but it's not going to happen this year. Facebook said that the "growing concerns around COVID-19" made it necessary.

Facebook cancels F 8 developer conference over coronavirus concerns . A statement from the company reads: "In light of the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of F 8 this year, in order to prioritise the health and safety of our

Facebook is the latest tech company to cancel an event due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company's annual developer conference, F8, was scheduled for May 5th and 6th, but it's not going to happen this year. Facebook said that the "growing concerns around COVID-19" made it necessary to cancel the "in-person" component of F8, though the company is planning locally-hosted events and livestreamed content to try and make up for skipping the main part of the conference. Facebook is also donating $500,000 to an organization that promotes diversity in the tech industry -- most years, the company donates a portion of ticket sales, but with no in-person event it's just making a flat donation instead.

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Facebook is canceling its annual F 8 developer conference due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus . F 8 isn’t the first major tech event to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak: Mobile World Congress was canceled earlier in February due to similar concerns over the virus.

Read full articles from Facebook cancels F 8 conference over coronavirus fears and explore endless topics, magazines and more on your phone or tablet Facebook announced Thursday it is canceling its annual F 8 developers conference due to the coronavirus outbreak and instead only hosting the

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Of course, Facebook is hardly the first to make such a move. MWC, which takes place in Barcelona at the end of February, was cancelled after multiple high-profile companies pulled out. Similarly, many companies are deciding to pass up on exhibiting at the GDC conference in San Francisco next month -- Sony, Facebook and Microsoft have all decided not to participate.

At this point, it's fair to wonder if some of the spring's other marquee tech events, like Microsoft Build and Google I/O, will be happening. These cancellations we've seen thus far this year highlight how the global health community doesn't quite have a handle on the coronavirus spread, something that's probably making participants and organizers alike reluctant to take part in events like F8.

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Apple sets clearer rules for coronavirus-related apps .
Apple has been cracking down on coronavirus-related apps for days, but now it's clarifying just what it will accept on the App Store. The tech giant has posted an update clarifying its rules for COVID-19 app submissions, and they're unsurprisingly strict. The developers presenting apps should be "recognized entities" like government bodies, institutions (educational and medical), health-focused non-governmental organizations and companies "deeply-credentialed" in health. Apple will outright reject any entertainment apps themed around COVID-19.

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