Twitter opens up data for researchers to study COVID-19 tweets – Benchmarking Change- Tempemail

Twitter Inc will grant researchers and software developers access to a real-time data stream of tens of millions of daily public tweets about COVID-19, which they can use to study the spread of the disease or track misinformation, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. Twitter said that Continue Reading

Spotify’s subscribers, usage surge amid coronavirus outbreak – Networking- Tempemail

Spotify Technology SA’s paid music subscribers surged to 130 million in the first quarter, driving shares in the Swedish music streaming firm higher as its business model proved more resilient than expected in the coronavirus lockdowns. A double-digit rise in quarterly revenue helped the company weather a virus-related decline in Continue Reading

Google makes Meet video conferencing free to all users, challenging Zoom – Cloud – Networking – Software- Tempemail

Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday said any user will soon be able to host free video conferences on Meet, turning its previously business-only tool into a bigger rival to Zoom and others battling for users during the coronavirus outbreak. Zoom Video Communications Inc, Microsoft Corp’s Skype and Facebook Inc’s Messenger Continue Reading

Amazon turns to Chinese firm on US blacklist to meet thermal camera needs – Networking – Security – Software- Tempemail

Amazon.com Inc has bought cameras to take temperatures of workers during the coronavirus pandemic from a firm the United States blacklisted over allegations it helped China detain and monitor the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. China’s Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co Ltd shipped Continue Reading

Telstra reveals facility outage numbers from bushfire crisis – Telco/ISP- Tempemail

Few assets, such as this mobile facility at Surf Beach in NSW, were fire-damaged. (Credit: Telstra) Telstra has revealed that 329 network facilities suffered over four-hour outages due to bushfires over six weeks last summer, though only around five were the direct result of fire damage. Over 70 percent of Continue Reading

Medicare to share Centrelink’s new SAP-based payments platform – Strategy – Hardware – Software- Tempemail

A centralised platform developed to deliver welfare payments to Centrelink customers will replace the country’s 30-year-old Medicare payments system, ending years of uncertainty over the long-term future of the mission-critical system. iTnews can reveal the SAP-based platform, which has been built as part of the billion-dollar welfare payments infrastructure transformation Continue Reading

Facebook reports slowest quarterly growth since going public | Facebook- Tempemail

Facebook reported its slowest quarterly growth as a public company, pressured by a global slowdown in the digital advertising market due to the coronavirus pandemic. Like Google on Tuesday, the social network said it was feeling the squeeze from the global pandemic but expects to weather it with modest long-term Continue Reading

Marketing in the value exchange economy: Do brands need to think differently about brand trust?- Tempemail

Consumers don’t exactly understand the value of what marketers are giving them in exchange for access to personal data and information, a panel discussion on brand trust concluded. The Covid-19 crisis has inevitably impacted customer behavior, shaking up the industry and the ways marketers respond – yet there are steps Continue Reading

Too boring for loyal customers? Tactics to build your brand- Tempemail

Standing out from the crowd is becoming more important with the saturation of most markets. However, it’s no walk in the park when your product or service is pretty run of the mill. You know your USPs, but your potential customers will struggle to see beyond the preconditioned conceptions they Continue Reading

Flattening the fake news curve: tips for brands to help optimise search- Tempemail

The impact of fake news and the distribution of misinformation has had unprecedented repercussions during this pandemic, endangering the lives of those who read – and believe –the false headlines about Covid-19 cures and beyond. So how can brands acclimatise to these uncertain times and ensure that their consumers are Continue Reading