Feb 1, 2017

Hot in Silicon Valley: Slack goes corporate

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Slack goes after the big customers: Despite being a tool for organizations and companies by nature, workplace chat tool Slack didn't make a deliberate push to service "enterprise"-sized customers until now. Slack announced on Tuesday that it has already signed Capital One, Paypal, and IBM as its first enterprise clients.

Over the last few years, Slack quickly became a Silicon Valley darling thanks to its quirky design and popularity among startup teams. It also quickly raised large rounds of funding and its valuation shot up to over $1 billion very early. But its user growth began to somewhat slow down a few months ago, and it had yet to prove whether it could compete for the largest customers and continue to justify its valuation.

Apple makes a comeback this quarter: After a disappointing fourth quarter last year, the tech giant posted record revenue and iPhone sales. The App Store saw $3 billion in purchases in December alone, and Apple's overall services category continues to grow. It's also making headway in Greater China, though sales are still in decline there.

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History's largest lockdown leaves Indian workers stranded, afraid

A migrant worker on the move with his child, in Gurugram, India. Photo: Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty

Few moments better capture the world into which we've slipped than the decision of one man to order 1.4 billion into lockdown.

Why it matters: India’s three-week lockdown is the largest ever attempted, and it sparked South Asia's greatest migration since partition in 1947. While the economic effects could be devastating, the public health crisis it's intended to fend off could be more destructive still.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 782,319 — Total deaths: 37,582 — Total recoveries: 164,565.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in confirmed cases. Total confirmed cases as of 5 p.m. ET: 161,807 — Total deaths: 2,953 — Total recoveries: 5,595.
  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. State updates: Rural-state governors say testing is still inadequate, contradicting Trump — Virginia, Maryland and D.C. issue stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states.
  5. Business latest: Ford and General Electric aim to make 50,000 ventilators in 100 days.
  6. In photos: Navy hospital ship arrives in Manhattan.
  7. What should I do? Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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First U.S. service member dies from coronavirus

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The Pentagon on Monday announced the death of a member of the New Jersey National Guard who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It's the first U.S. service member — active, reserve or Guard — to die from the virus, according to the Pentagon. The guardsman passed away on Saturday after being hospitalized for the novel coronavirus on March 21.