Coronavirus unemployment: Everything you need to know about payments, applying and more (CNET)

CNET: Coronavirus unemployment: Everything you need to know about payments, applying and more. “If you’ve never lost a job or been furloughed, the COVID-19 outbreak might have changed that for you. More than 3 million Americans filed for unemployment the week ending March 21. But that number doesn’t reflect the magnitude of people who are financially suffering right now. Normally, filing for unemployment doesn’t account for those who are self-employed, part-time workers or independent contractors.”

ZDNet: Debian Linux readies an anti-coronavirus hack-a-thon

ZDNet: Debian Linux readies an anti-coronavirus hack-a-thon. “Open-source programmers and engineers have been working on a wide variety of projects to beat coronavirus. These range from hospital management programs to speeding up drug development to building inexpensive ventilators. Now, Debian Linux, one of the oldest and largest Linux distribution communities, is throwing its programming resources behind a hack-a-thon trying to beat COVID-19. “

Malta Today: Can our cultural sector survive the pandemic?

Malta Today: Can our cultural sector survive the pandemic?. “Government’s revised covid-19 economic recovery package did offer some relief to self-employed artists by even acknowledging them as members of Malta’s workforce, but in speaking to stakeholders in the industry TEODOR RELJIC finds that the onset of the virus may have brought to the fore some already existing challenges for creative professionals on the island.”

Zoom vs. Google Hangouts: Which video chat service is right for you? (Tom’s Guide)

Tom’s Guide: Zoom vs. Google Hangouts: Which video chat service is right for you?. “Comparing Zoom vs Google Hangouts comes down to your priorities and needs for communication. They’re both video chat clients that have been widely popular for a while, and can both be found on a variety of platforms.”

ABC News: ‘Calling all scientists’: Experts volunteer for virus fight

ABC News: ‘Calling all scientists’: Experts volunteer for virus fight. “Michael Wells was looking for a chance to use his scientific training to help fight the coronavirus when — on the same day the pandemic forced his lab to temporarily close — he decided to create his own opportunity. ‘CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS,’ he tweeted on March 18. ‘Help me in creating a national database of researchers willing and able to aid in local COVID-19 efforts. This info will be a resource for institutions/(government) agencies upon their request.’ That’s how the 34-year-old neuroscientist at the Broad Institute and Harvard University launched a national effort to marshal scientists to volunteer in the fight against the virus.”

US News & World Report: Many Schools Are Not Providing Any Instruction Amid Closures

US News & World Report: Many Schools Are Not Providing Any Instruction Amid Closures. “WITH SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR more than 55 million children across the country – and shuttered for the rest of the academic year in seven states – school district leaders are scrambling to establish some kind of distance learning routine.”

CNET: Facebook rolls out tool to make it easier to help during the coronavirus outbreak

CNET: Facebook rolls out tool to make it easier to help during the coronavirus outbreak. “Called Community Help and released in the US and four other countries on Tuesday, the online hub displays fundraisers and posts from Facebook users within 50 miles of their location who are requesting or offering assistance. Users can filter posts by categories such as supplies, transportation and business support, making it easier for them to connect with the right person or volunteer group. People on Facebook are already using features such as groups to help out, but the new Community Help tool will display all this information in one place.”