Your phone can send you an alert if you were near someone who has coronavirus

By Faith Karimi | CNN

As new coronavirus cases explode nationwide, health officials are turning to cell phones to help slow the spread of infections.

Thanks to technology available on Apple and Google phones, you can now get pop-up notifications in some states if you were close to someone who later tested positive for Covid-19. The alerts come via state health department apps that use Bluetooth technology to detect when you (or more precisely, your phone) has been in close contact with an infected person’s phone.

While these apps can’t keep you safe — they only let you know after you’ve been exposed — they could prevent others from getting infected if you take precautions, such as self-quarantining, after receiving an alert.

Millions of people are signing up, although these apps aren’t yet available in many states. Health officials believe the alerts could be especially helpful in cases where an

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[Funding Alert] Ensuredit Raises INR 2.5 Cr In Pre-Series A Funding Led By Venture Catalysts

The platform aims to leverage the capital infusion to establish its position as a market leader by bolstering its tech infrastructure and outreach

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Venture Catalysts has announced on Wednesday to have led an INR 2.5 crore pre-Series A investment in Ensuredit, an insurance technology startup. Leveraging its platform-as-a-service business model, the platform is committed to helping brokers, corporate agents, and insurers to bolster their revenue generation.

 

Founded in 2019 by Amit Boni, Rohit Sadhu, and Vikas Ranga, the platform aims to disrupt the insurance industry in India and unlock the next chapter of its development by utilizing the power of technology. 

 

To achieve this,

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[Funding Alert] Radio Technology Startup Inntot Technologies Raises Bridge Round From Unicorn India Ventures

Funds raised will be used for procuring vastly refined and precision digital radio test equipment

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Kerala-based technology-driven startup Inntot Technologies has announced to have raised an undisclosed bridge round from Unicorn India Ventures. The venture company first seeded the company in 2018.

The platform focuses on providing high quality and cost-effective IP solutions for next-generation digital media broadcast receivers, namely, Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) for amplitude modulation (AM) and frequency modulation (FM) bands receivers, digital audio broadcasting (DAB)/DAB+ receivers, call detail record (CDR) receivers and integrated services digital broadcasting (ISDB-T) receivers and HD-radio (HDR) receiver in collaboration with Xperi.

The company plans to use

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[Funding Alert] Waste Recycling Company Thermowaste Solutions Plans To Invest $1 Mn For Expansion

Under their Swachh Bharat initiative, the platform aims to work closely with different stakeholders to ensure that plastic waste is handled and recycled properly

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Thermowaste Solutions announced to invest $1 million over the next two years to expand in more cities such as Jamshedpur, Hyderabad, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad to grow its recycling capacity.

The company at the forefront of sustainable waste management has expanded to seven major cities in the last six months such as Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Jaipur, Muradabad, and Gurgaon.

“Recycling is more than just a response to the environmental crisis and has assumed a symbolic role in beginning to change

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[Funding Alert] Insuretech Platform Turtlemint Raises $30 million


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Mumbai-based insuretech platform Turtlemint on Wednesday announced to have secured $30 million in a funding round led by GGV Capital. New investors American Family Ventures, MassMutual Ventures, and SIG, along with existing investors Sequoia Capital India, Blume Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Dream Incubator, and Trifecta Capital also participated in the round.

“For over five years, Turtlemint through its PoSP (point of sales person) model has been empowering insurance advisors in over 5,000 metros, cities, and towns across India. Aside from the ease of doing business, sales growth is crucial for an advisor. The Turtlemint platform enables this through tools like a mobile CRM (customer relation management) to manage customers, a repository of video content that they can use for customer education, and social media marketing features

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How Facebook plans to alert you when there’s a projected presidential winner

Facebook and its photo service, Instagram , said they plan to show users a message at the top of their feeds, and new labels, when a US presidential winner has been projected.



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The notifications and labels will include a link to Facebook’s voting information center and cite who projected the winner. Facebook and Instagram will add labels that state the projected winner below posts from candidates President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The notification that’ll appear at the top of a user’s News Feed will also include a timestamp.

Facebook said in an e-mail that it’s relying on a majority opinion from Reuters and major media outlets, including ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, NBC News, CNN and the Associated Press, to determine when a presidential winner is projected. 



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Stock Alert: Microchip Technology At New High As Results, Outlook Above Estimates

(RTTNews) – Shares of Microchip Technology Inc. (MCHP) are gaining more than 4 percent or $5.19 in Friday’s morning trade at $123.57, after touching a new 52-week high of $123.93 as the company’s second-quarter results beat analysts’ estimates and it forecast third- quarter results also above their expectations.

Thursday, Microchip Technology said its second-quarter net income fell to $73.6 million or $0.27 per share from $108.9 million or $0.43 per share in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted earnings were $1.56 per share, compared to $1.43 per share last year. Net sales declined 2.1 percent to $1.31 billion from $1.34 billion in the year-ago period.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had a consensus estimate for earnings of $1.43 per share on revenues of $1.26 billion.

For the third quarter, Microchip Technology forecast adjusted earnings of $1.51 to $1.63 per share on net sales in a range of $1.310 billion to $1.375 billion.

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DC debuts smartphone-based COVID-19 exposure alert system

The nation’s capital has become one of the first jurisdictions in the country to employ a new COVID-19 notification system

Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday urged all residents with Apple or Android smartphones to opt in to the new DC COVID Alert Notice system, or DC CAN. Bowser called it “a quick and easy way to know if you might have been exposed to COVID-19. Opting in is one more way you can protect yourself, your friends and family, and our entire community.”

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