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Amazon reverses ban on book critical of coronavirus lockdown after decision is blasted by many, including Elon Musk

The tweet ricocheted around social media, retweeted more than 4,000 times. Musk, with his 35.6 million followers, replied to the tweet, calling the decision “insane.” He directed his comments to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. “Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!” Musk added. Within a few hours, Amazon […]

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Elon Musk says Tesla will ‘immediately’ leave California after coronavirus shutdowns forced the company to close its main car factory

Elon Musk says Tesla may leave its Palo Alto headquarters and Fremont, California factory. In a tweet Saturday morning, the chief executive continued his outrage against shelter-in-place orders that have forced most non-essential businesses to close. Last week, Musk likened the rules to fascism, and urged leaders to “give people their goddamn freedom back.” Visit […]

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India orders coronavirus tracing app for all public and private sector employees

(Reuters) — India has ordered all public and private sector employees use a government-backed contact tracing app and maintain social distancing in offices as it begins easing some of its lockdown measures in districts less affected by the coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government said on Friday India, with the world’s second-largest population after China, […]

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A bizarre conspiracy theory puts Bill Gates at the center of the coronavirus crisis — and major conservative pundits are circulating it

Mentions of coronavirus-related Bill Gates conspiracy theories have exploded on social media and TV: They were mentioned 1.2 million times in the last two months, according to data provided to the New York Times by the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs. Those conspiracy theories have spread from fringe right-wing conspiracy theorists, like Alex Jones, to […]

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Governments around the world are trying a new weapon against coronavirus: Your smartphone

Newsom’s move to blunt the spread of the coronavirus was just one sign of the increasingly close cooperation between government authorities and technology companies in fighting a dangerous common enemy. This global wave of experimentation has involved data sets long considered so personal and sensitive — capable of revealing how smartphone users spent their days, […]

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Even astronauts get ornery: Coronavirus advice from those who have endured social distancing in the extreme

Today, instead of being confined on the International Space Station with a handful of crewmates, he’s restricted to his 1,200-square-foot, two-bedrooms-with-den apartment in Houston with his wife. But his philosophy is the same, as is his strict adherence to routine, laid out daily on a shared Google calendar. He sets his alarm for 7 a.m., […]