Feb 8, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: an Amazon Dash button for the ACLU

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ACLU donations on demand: A crafty tinkerer, Nathan Pryor, has engineered an Amazon Dash button so that it donates $5 to the ACLU every time he presses it. Pryor has published the code and instructions for anyone who wants to build their own. The ACLU raised $24 million in donations over the course of a single weekend after Trump's executive order on immigration. As Pryor explains in a blog post, his button was inspired by the idea that donating to the organization can be a gratifying response to the recent avalanche of news coming out of Washington.

Apple beefs up its TV unit: The company has hired former Amazon Fire TV chief Timothy D. Twerdahl to head its Apple TV product marketing, according to Bloomberg. Apple was recently rumored to be working on its own "skinny bundles," though the efforts never materialized. This could be a sign that it's getting serious about content again.

Sean Spicer's online troubles: The WH press secretary found himself at the receiving end of money requests and payments via the mobile app Venmo on Tuesday. On the same day, tech news site Mashable reported that Spicer has omitted to hide publicly available information about websites he's previously registered, along with his phone number and home address. As BuzzFeed outlines, Spicer's troubles on Venmo also highlight the online safety holes in the app.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 5,618,829 — Total deaths: 351,146 — Total recoveries — 2,311,404Map.
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  3. Public health: Fauci says data is "really quite evident" against hydroxychloroquine — Nearly half of Americans say someone in their household has delayed medical care.
  4. Tech: Zipline drones deliver masks to hospitals; vaccines could be next
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U.S. coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios. This graphic includes "probable deaths" that New York City began reporting on April 14.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will start to lift coronavirus restrictions on May 29 after seeing a 14-day decline in community spread of the virus. The city’s current stay-at-home and business closure orders were set to run through June 8.

By the numbers: More than 98,900 people have died from the novel coronavirus and over 1.6 million have tested positive in the U.S. Over 384,900 Americans have recovered and more than 14.9 million tests have been conducted.

Boeing to lay off 6,770 more U.S. employees

Lufthansa Boeing 747 passenger aircraft. Photo: Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images

Boeing will lay off 6,770 more U.S. employees as it seeks to offset the plummeting demand from the coronavirus pandemic and its year-long grounding of the 737 MAX, CEO Dave Calhoun told employees Wednesday.

The big picture: The layoffs are part of Boeing's previously-announced move to cut 10% of its workforce, which included 5,530 voluntary layoffs. The jobs most in peril are related to its commercial industry, while the company's defense, space and related services businesses will try to limit the overall job loss, per a Boeing spokesperson.