COVID-19

Private party app pulled from App Store by Apple

Enlarge Hinterhaus Productions | Getty Images Despite over 82 million cases and over 1.75 million deaths due to COVID-19, many people are bound and determined to carry on with normal life. For some, that includes attending Saturday night ragers, just like they did in the Before Times. Reports of yet another secret party being broken …

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LA residents can use their phones to provide COVID-19 vaccination proof

PATRICK T. FALLON via Getty Images After seeing record COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County will use technology to help residents track and prove their vaccination records, Bloomberg reports. The public health department has teamed with startup Healthvana on an app that will that will store vaccination records in Google or Apple wallets. It …

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Recommended Reading: The best long-form stories of 2020

USA Today Sports / reuters On a semi-weekly basis, we compile a collection of the best long-form stories on tech, tech culture and more. We’ve collected a list of the best selections from 2020 for you to revisit — or enjoy for the first time — as we finish up one dumpster fire of a …

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Trump admin. agrees to pay Pfizer $1.95B for 100M more vaccine doses

Enlarge / A nurse in the UK holds a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on December 22, 2020. Lindsey Parnaby | AFP | Getty Images The Federal government has reached a deal with drugmaker Pfizer to secure an additional 100 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine before the end of July, the company …

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Congress approves COVID-19 spending bill with contentious copyright measures

Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images US Congress has finally passed a new spending bill with COVID-19 relief measures, which on the one hand is good news for many Americans. As often happens with crucial legislation, however, lawmakers tacked on some extra legislation, including a controversial copyright bill called the CASE Act. They make illegal …

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Apple closes stores in California and the UK as COVID-19 cases soar

Brendan McDermid / reuters Apple has closed all 53 stores in California and up to 16 across the UK, Tennessee, Brazil and Mexico due to soaring COVID-19 cases in those regions, the company told the New York Times in a statement. It’s the second major closure of Apple’s retail locations since it closed stores across …

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ rentals will start early in UK, where there’s no HBO Max

Warner Bros. Warner Bros. is using Wonder Woman 1984 to push HBO Max, but what happens in countries where the streaming service (or an equivalent partner) simply isn’t an option? Early rentals, apparently. Deadline and Variety have confirmed WW84 will be available for 48-hour digital rentals in the UK and Ireland on January 13th, just …

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Second COVID vaccine approved for use in the US

Enlarge DeFodi Images Late Friday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine from a company called Moderna. The move follows an enthusiastic endorsement of the vaccine following an evaluation of clinical trial data by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. Moderna already has millions of doses …

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Stanford hospital erupts in protest after vaccine plan leaves out residents [UPDATED]

Enlarge / Protests by medical staff took place both inside and out of the hospital. Ars Technica Update, 10:00pm EST:  Stanford Medicine shared the following statement with Ars:  “We take complete responsibility for the errors in the execution of our vaccine distribution plan.  Our intent was to develop an ethical and equitable process for distribution …

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FDA authorizes use of a nonprescription home COVID test

Enlarge Ellume The FDA’s ability to issue Emergency Use Authorizations isn’t limited to treatments; the administration can also hand them out for medical equipment and tests. And today, it approved the first over-the-counter, at-home SARS-CoV-2 test kit. The kit detects the presence of a protein found on the surface of the virus and sends the …

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