Big Tech &
Bill Gates leaves Microsoft board (2 minute read)
Bill Gates has left Microsoft's board and stepped down from his position on the board of Berkshire Hathaway. Gates stated that he decided to step down in order to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities, including global health and development, education, and tackling climate change. He will continue to be in contact with the current CEO and technical leadership in order to help shape Microsoft's vision and achieve its goals. Microsoft is currently valued at $1.21 trillion and Gates owns 1.36% of its shares.
Apple to close US retail stores and all others outside China until March 27th (3 minute read)
Apple will close all of its retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27 in order to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission. The online store will remain operational, as well as the stores within China. Customers will still be able to find authorized repair shops that remain open or arrange mail-in service. Employees will still be paid while the stores are closed. WWDC 2020 will be an online-only experience when it happens in June.
US Regulators Approve Roche's New And Faster COVID-19 Test (2 minute read)
US regulators have given emergency approval for Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche's new COVID-19 diagnosis test. The test can be run in high volumes on fully automated equipment, providing results much faster than other tests available. Widespread testing is essential in the race to control the spread of the virus. Roche will have millions of tests available each month and it is committed to pushing its production capacity in order to deliver as many tests as possible.
Scientists find toolkit to aid repair of damaged DNA (2 minute read)
DNA damage over time is responsible for aging, cancer, and some neurological diseases. A new protein called TEX264 is able to combine with other enzymes to find and destroy toxic proteins that bind to DNA and trigger damage. It could potentially be used to repair the DNA damage linked to disorders like cancer and ALS. Scientists also hope to be able to use the protein to repair the purposeful DNA damage caused by chemotherapy. The next step in the research is manipulating the expression and properties of the protein to see if it can reverse the effects of aging and alter the course of diseases like cancer.
Programming, Design & Data Science
pentest-tools (GitHub Repo)
Coronavirus Data API (Website)
This API gives four options to track the coronavirus: global stats, country stats, full timeline, and country timeline. Data can be queried using AJAX or $.ajax() in jQuery.
Coronavirus: Spain and France announce sweeping restrictions (4 minute read)
Spain and France have announced emergency restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In Spain, people can only leave home to work or buy essential supplies and medicines. Cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and most shops are now shut down in France. According to the World Health Organization, Europe is now the epicenter of the pandemic. Many other countries are now implementing self-quarantine rules and other restrictions. Italy, Spain, and France have been hit hard with the coronavirus, with 1,440, 191, and 91 deaths in each country respectively.
Italians over 80 'will be left to die' as country overwhelmed by coronavirus (3 minute read)
Italian hospitals may have to turn away coronavirus victims from intensive care if they are more than 80 years old or in poor health. A crisis management unit in Turin has proposed a protocol for determining which patients receive treatment in intensive care if there are insufficient spaces. Intensive care capacity is running short in Italy as the virus continues to spread. Doctors need to be able to balance the clinical needs of patients and the effective ability of intensive resources. More than 15,000 people in Italy have been infected with the virus, with 1,000 people dead. Italy has 5,090 intensive care beds.