How to stay in business during coronavirus: Lessons from running a remote-first company

We’re facing a challenging time for our world. Having passed 413,467 cases in 196+ countries and territories at the time of writing, the coronavirus outbreak has gone global. This coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, spreads through droplet transmission, such as coughing or sneezing. It may also be possible for employees to pick up the virus from touching contaminated surfaces. [Read: 9 tips to perfect your ‘working from home’ morning routine] Traditional offices bring employees together physically — making it easier to get and spread the virus. To stay operational, companies around the world are strongly encouraging their workforces to…
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Don’t believe Zoom: Its video calls are not encrypted end-to-end

It’s a brand new day with a brand new privacy issue for popular video calling app Zoom. Last night, The Intercept published a report highlighting that Zoom‘s claim of having end-to-end encryption for its meetings is not true. The video conferencing company boasts about end-to-end encryption on its website, and in a separate security-related white paper. However, The Intercept’s report found that the service uses transport encryption instead. [Read: This tool erases web page text to reveal hidden poetry] Transport encryption is a Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, that secures the connection between you and the server you’re connected to. That’s…
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4 things I learned about innovation by working under Intuit’s Scott Cook

In the case of many technology companies, when you’re talking about the founder, it is the person who successfully brought a great new innovation to the world. They are often the big personalities behind the corporate stories; they are visionary leaders who drove the companies through transformative steps over decades. The only difference in Silicon Valley is that there haven’t been many iterations or generations of leaders. The founder’s story isn’t in the archives, and neither is the founder. Many founders are still involved with the company. [Read: As a CEO I’m often wrong — but that’s okay] There’s a little mystique…
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How to sort your Facebook feed by most recent in the new redesign

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Facebook has now rolled out its site-wide redesign to everyone, meaning we can all now enjoy its spiffy dark mode. The new design is very clean and aesthetically pleasing — it actually makes Facebook fun to look at again. But there is one change that might leave you confused. In the previous design, the ability to sort the News Feed by Top or Most Recent was done from a dropdown menu on the left-hand menu.…
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Facebook offers $100 million to help news outlets during coronavirus

Facebook revealed Monday it intends to commit $100 million to help rebuild media and new organizations that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. These emergency funds are intended to help bolster local news outlets, but some news media reps say they would appreciate help that’s a little more consistent. The company revealed it’ll be distributing the funds via its Journalism Project, with the intention being smaller news outlets can use the money as emergency funding to help cover the COVID-19 news: At a time when journalism is needed more than ever, ad revenues are declining due to the economic…
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30 Web Development Checklists Every Team Should Keep Handy

Building a website or app and making it available for the world is a complex business. A number of factors must come together to ensure the final product is successful. That means attracting and keeping visitors, meeting business goals, and minimizing problems. You can deliver a better product with the help of web development checklists.

As in everyday life, checklists can be a great organizational tool. They keep web development teams on track. They also ensure important tasks aren't overlooked in the rush to complete a project.

We searched the web for the most useful web development checklists. They cover everything from front-end and performance to SEO and marketing.

Launch (Pre-launch/Post-launch)
#1 The Essential Pre-launch Checklist for Your Website
A practical checklist that includes:

design elements to look out for before launch
functionality
cross-browser testing
SEO and content editing
#2 Website Launch Checklist
This is a nice checklist tool built by Glasgow develop..

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An entrepreneur’s guide to startups battling COVID-19

Around the world, communities, organizations, and governments, are waging the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, hoping to turn the tide and help the public cope in the interim. Solidarity and mutually shared responsibility have proved critical in the very slow return to normalcy, as both private and public organizations look to each other for advice on how to best mitigate the effects of the pandemic. The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released its COVID Action Platform, with an aim to mobilize collective support from all stakeholders for the COVID-19 response. Meanwhile, the US government signed a $2.2 trillion rescue package…
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Claims that AI detects coronavirus in X-rays aren’t convincing medical experts

X-rays reveal the horrific damage the coronavirus does to the lungs. Images released by the Radiological Society of North America show how the virus fills the lungs with sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe as there’s little space remaining for fresh air to enter. These effects have led a host of tech firms to release AI systems that can detect signs of the infection in the lungs. Their rationale is straightforward: AI, and in particular deep learning, has had some of its biggest successes in classifying features in images. If it can pick out details from high-resolution photos,…
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The night is always darkest before the dawn

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola quarantine buddies, In dark, uncertain times I’m often comforted by the words of wise people. No, I’m not talking about scholars and philosophers. I take my solace from my Hollywood heroes. Brandon Lee, as The Crow, famously once said “It can’t rain all the time,” a quote that tends to bubble to my brain when things seem grim. Here’s another, from Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight: “The night…
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Meet the quarantined street photographers documenting life in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

Since the 19th century, photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Joel Meyerowitz have been tirelessly roaming around to photograph life on the streets. Camera strapped in hand, these artists devoted thousands of hours seeking for beauty and meaning in the banalities of daily life. Although the proliferation of camera tech has drastically changed the landscape of street photography in the digital age, the tradition is continued by thousands of enthusiasts photographers who are still pushing the envelope on what the genre should be about — and what it means to be a street photographer in the 21st century. [Read: I hated street photography with the…
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