Technology Google commits over $800 million for coronavirus crisis response
Google employee tests positive for coronavirus as company further restricts travel
The Google employee had been in the Zurich office days before displaying symptoms, the company told employees by email on Friday.On Friday, the California search giant emailed its employees to inform them that an employee who had been in the Zurich office has tested positive for the virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider. That employee was not symptomatic while in the office.
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is committing over $800 million to support health organizations and workers, small- and medium-sized businesses, and governments, to battle the global pandemic.
The tech giant'smade the announcement on Friday.
"Together, we’ll continue to help our communities—including our businesses, educators, researchers and nonprofits—to navigate the challenges ahead," Pichai said in a press statement.
Facebook pledges $20 million to coronavirus global relief efforts
The social media site is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is creating another way for people to help fight back against the coronavirus.
The initiativeto help the World Health Organization and more than 100 government agencies globally provide critical information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other measures to help local communities -- a significant increase from the company's previously announced $25 million commitment last month.
Google will create a $200 million investment fund that will support NGOs and financial institutions worldwide to help provide small businesses with access to capital amid the economic fallout from the pandemic.
Trump says Google is helping to build a website for coronavirus information
The website will help facilitate screening for COVID-19."Google has 1,700 engineers working on this right now, they've made tremendous progress," Trump said during an address at the White House, where he announced a national state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The search giant is providing $340 million in Google Ads credits to small and medium-sized businesses with active accounts over the past year as a way to alleviate some of the cost of staying in touch with customers.
In addition, the California-based company is working to provide first responders and medical workers with access to more personal protective equipment (PPE). Shortages in these critical materials have been happening in hospitals across the country. Google is working with Magid Glove & Safety with the goal of ramping up production of 2 to 3 million face masks in the coming weeks.
Employees from across Alphabet, including Google, Verily and X, are using their engineering, supply chain and healthcare expertise to facilitate increased production of ventilators, working with manufacturers, distributors and the government in that effort.
Silicon Valley has beenin a range of ways to assist with production or of and ventilators and in other ways.
Google’s Meet teleconferencing service now adding about 3 million users per day .
That’s up from two million per day earlier this month“Last week, we surpassed a significant milestone,” said Pichai on today’s earnings call. “We are now adding roughly 3 million new users each day and have seen a thirty-fold increase in usage since January. There are now over 100 million daily Meet meeting participants.