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Zoom Opening 2 New R&D Centers

SAN JOSE — Zoom Video Communications, which has seen its popularity soar during the pandemic, says it will hire hundreds of engineers and open two new research and development centers – one in the greater Phoenix, AZ area and one in Pittsburgh, PA. Zoom will immediately begin recruiting software engineering talent in these locations. Employees […]

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Instacart to Deliver for Rite Aid

Rite Aid, a pharmacy chain with 2,400 locations in 18 states, has formed a new partnership with Instacart, which will allow customers to conveniently order and receive essential healthcare and grocery items delivered directly to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Prescriptions are not included in the service. “At Rite Aid, we are […]

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Apple Funds $10 Million to Covid Test Maker

CUPERTINO — Apple announced it is awarding $10 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to COPAN Diagnostics, a Murrieta-CA maker of sample collection kits that play a critical role in COVID-19 testing. This funding will allow COPAN Diagnostics to rapidly accelerate their supply of sample collection kits for hospitals across the United States, expanding production […]

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Impossible Foods Burgers Debuts in Kroger Stores

REDWOOD CITY — Impossible Foods is rolling out its flagship Impossible Burger at more than 1,700 grocery stores nationwide owned by The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer. In addition to grocery shelves at Kroger-affiliated brick-and-mortar stores, Impossible Burger is also available for online ordering through Kroger.com for Kroger Curbside Pickup and Delivery. The rollout […]

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Airbnb Cutting 25% of Workforce

Airbnb, which was one of the hottest companies in the area, is making major job cuts and laying off 25% of its workforce. CEO Brian Chesky announced in a memo that out of 7,500 Airbnb employees, nearly 1,900 are being let go due to a steep decline in bookings because of the pandemic. Airbnb operates […]

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New Home Listings Down 44.1%

SANTA CLARA — Newly listed homes dropped 44.1% nationally in April — historically one of the busiest months for residential real estate — an indication sellers decided to wait and see how market conditions play out over the coming months, according to realtor.com’s April Monthly Housing Trends Report. The report offers the first full month […]

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FDA Approves Remdesivir for Emergency Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir — made by Gilead Sciences — for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. While there is limited information known about the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to […]

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OpenTable to Cut Prices for Restaurants Reopening

SAN FRANCISCO — As restaurants around the country look to reopen, the needs of each will change as government restrictions and safety recommendations evolve. Restaurants that have never taken reservations may find themselves looking for ways to adjust floor plans to allow more space between tables and manage capacity. To help restaurants reopen and adhere […]

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NIH Trial Boosts Gilead Drug to Fight Covid-19

Hospitalized patients with advanced COVID-19 and lung involvement who received remdesivir — made by Gilead Sciences — recovered faster than similar patients who received placebo, according to a preliminary data analysis from a randomized, controlled trial involving 1063 patients, which began on February 21. The trial (known as the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial, or ACTT), […]

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EA to Bring 5 Games to Google’s Stadia

REDWOOD CITY — Electronic Arts and Google have formed a partnership to launch five EA games on Stadia – Google’s cloud-based gaming platform. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – the critically acclaimed single-player, third-person action-adventure Star Wars game from Respawn and EA – is scheduled to launch on Stadia by the end of this year. EA SPORTS FIFA and Madden NFL are […]

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Local Transit Agencies Receive $780 Million in Federal Aid

SAN FRANCISCO — The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released a framework for the allocation of more than $780 million of federal funds to cash-strapped Bay Area transit agencies through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law last month. MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the […]

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YouTube Offers Free Video Tool

With millions of businesses turning to YouTube during the global pandemic, YouTube has introduced a new tool called Video Builder for businesses who don’t have the resources to create videos from scratch. Video Builder is a free beta tool that animates static assets—images, text and logos—with music from YouTube’s library. You can choose from a […]

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DoorDash to Cut Fees by 50% for Local Restaurants

SAN FRANCISCO — DoorDash says it will cut commission fees for local restaurant partners by 50 percent on both DoorDash and Caviar. This commission relief program could benefit more than 150,000 local restaurants in the United States, Canada, and Australia and will begin on April 13 and continue through the end of May. The discount program is only eligible […]

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Tokyo Olympics Postponed Until 2021

In an unsurprising move, the International Olympic Committee has agreed to delay the Summer Olympic Games scheduled to begin in Tokyo this summer on July 24 to sometime next year. With the coronavirus pandemic raging around the world, the IOC President Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan Abe Shinzo finally decided that the […]

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Chipotle Expands Delivery With Uber Eats

Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill announced it would expand delivery and partner with Uber Eats for the first time. Chipotle is waiving all delivery fees thru the end of March. Chipotle had been primarily using DoorDash and also Postmates for delivery but now with many restaurants across the country closed for dine-in, it’s urgent for […]

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PG&E Donating 1 Million Masks for Healthcare Workers

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced it is donating 480,000 N95 masks and 470,000 surgical masks to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for distribution to California hospitals and other first responders facing a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PG&E and The PG&E […]

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Doordash Reduces Commissions to Restaurants

Delivery service Doordash announced it will drop commissions for restaurants for at least the next 30 days. Many restaurants have been devastated by the Covid-19 outbreak and are only offering takeout or delivery. Doordash is announcing a package of commission relief and marketing support for new and existing DoorDash partner restaurants to help them generate up […]

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Amazon Hiring for 100,000 Jobs

Amazon, the leading Internet retailer, has seen a surge in demand during the coronavirus scare and said it is looking to fill 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. The jobs are in the company’s fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during […]

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MGM Resorts, Wynn Shutting Vegas Resorts

MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts have announced dramatic closings of their casinos and hotels in Las Vegas by Tuesday to thwart spread of the coronavirus. MGM Resorts operates the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Aria, Vdara, Park MGM, Luxor, Excalibur, Mirage and New York-NEw York casino hotels. The company says casino operations will close today […]

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Facebook Adds Two Female Directors

Facebook has appointed Nancy Killefer and Tracey T. Travis to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, said, “Nancy brings a great deal of private and public sector experience to this position. She’s held a number of senior roles in the US government and was a leader at […]

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Santa Clara Bans Mass Gatherings of 1,000 People

The County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department is taking dramatic steps to protect the health of the community by issuing an order cancelling mass gatherings and making additional recommendations that will slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-​19 in our community, reduce the number of people infected, and, especially, to protect those who […]