Spotify: How Spotify Is Addressing COVID-19, On-Platform and Off

Spotify: How Spotify Is Addressing COVID-19, On-Platform and Off. “We have several COVID-19 efforts already underway, and today we’re announcing a new initiative to support members of the music community with the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project. Via our website, Spotify will recommend verified organizations that offer financial relief to those in the music community most in need. Spotify will match dollar-for-dollar public donations, up to a total Spotify contribution of $10 million.”

SoraNews24: Japanese students hold graduation ceremony in Minecraft amid school cancellation

SoraNews24: Japanese students hold graduation ceremony in Minecraft amid school cancellation. “Because the Japanese school year ends in March and begins in April, for many students this closing period means that they mill miss their graduation ceremonies. Whether they’re leaving elementary school, middle school, or high school, it’s a sad feeling for them to go out with a whimper instead of a bang. But some creative elementary school graduates in Japan came up with a great workaround. If they couldn’t have a graduation ceremony at school, then why not have one digitally in a place they all meet often anyway… in Minecraft!”

CNET: 77-year-old fined for playing Pokemon Go amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown

CNET: 77-year-old fined for playing Pokemon Go amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown. “The coronavirus pandemic is most lethal to the elderly and the virus’ spread throughout Spain is the second most deadly in the world. So it’s not surprising that police in Madrid, enforcing the city’s lockdown measures, arrested a 77-year-old on Sunday for being out and about in the city, reports TeleMadrid. The septuagenarian’s reason leaving his home? Having to catch ’em all, obviously.”

CNET: Coronavirus memes help an isolated world cope with ‘existential dread’

CNET: Coronavirus memes help an isolated world cope with ‘existential dread’. “As COVID-19 spreads to more cities and claims more lives, meme accounts across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Reddit have cranked out more content seeking light and humor amid the darkness and uncertainty. Memes poking fun at everything from hoarding toilet paper to going stir crazy while in quarantine have dominated social media feeds.”

BetaNews: Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and others support #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon

BetaNews: Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and others support #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon. “There are numerous technology companies that have agreed to offer their services for free as the world tries to tackle the coronavirus crisis, and others who have taken steps to reduce their strain on the internet. [Today], #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon kicks off, with many of the big names from the world of tech coming together to tackle some of the problems COVID-19 presents.”

Forbes: Coronavirus Social Distancing Shown On Interactive Maps From Unacast

Forbes: Coronavirus Social Distancing Shown On Interactive Maps From Unacast. “Unacast, a New York City startup that normally provides location data sourced from consumers’ smartphones to real estate and retail interests, is using that data to provide near-real-time information on how well states and counties are succeeding at social distancing while they fight the COVID-19 coronavirus. The data is presented as a series of interactive maps that allow anyone to drill down to the individual city or county and see how well their efforts to get people to stay at home are working.”

DeliverDXB: new delivery website allows Dubai customers to directly connect with and support local restaurants (The National)

The National: DeliverDXB: new delivery website allows Dubai customers to directly connect with and support local restaurants. “There’s no doubt that the spread of Covid-19 has been a blow to the hospitality industry as a whole. With restaurants in the region having ceased all dine-in options, food delivery remains their only source of income. In light of this, anonymous Dubai food blogger Food Sheikh, and online ordering platform ChatFood have teamed up to create an online ordering platform that directly connects restaurants with customers, for a limited time only.”

Paul|Weiss: Paul, Weiss Launches Online Coronavirus Relief Center to Help Those Impacted Financially by Pandemic

Paul|Weiss: Paul, Weiss Launches Online Coronavirus Relief Center to Help Those Impacted Financially by Pandemic. “Hundreds of Paul, Weiss lawyers have logged thousands of hours pro bono over the past 10 days collecting, digesting, organizing and synthesizing hundreds of emergency relief programs made available by federal, state and local governments and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. The resulting new website includes a repository of relief programs searchable by jurisdiction, explanations of eligibility requirements, guidance for accessing benefits, direct links and contact information for those responsible for administering the relief programs, and other resources.”

NBC Boston: New List Shows Restaurants Still Open in Mass. Amid Coronavirus

NBC Boston: New List Shows Restaurants Still Open in Mass. Amid Coronavirus. “The Massachusetts Restaurant Association has launched a new centralized database of eateries offering takeout and delivery services during the coronavirus pandemic. CarryOutMA will tell the public about restaurants in the Bay State offering carryout, curbside and delivery. Businesses can click here to add their listings.”

InsideHook: A New Website Is Helping NYC Restaurants Sell Off Their Wine Cellars

InsideHook: A New Website Is Helping NYC Restaurants Sell Off Their Wine Cellars. “Philip Thomas, a software developer with several successful startups living in Brooklyn, noticed that many of his favorite local spots had begun to open up their rather extensive wine and liquor cellars to help support themselves in this uncertain and unfortunate time. Seeing an opportunity to help them, Thomas set up Cellars.NYC, an interactive map that highlights NYC locations that are offering to-go booze.” The site is being expanded to other cities. San Francisco is now available and more cities are on the way.

Exclusive: How West Java uses QR codes to fight Coronavirus (GovInsider Asia)

GovInsider Asia: Exclusive: How West Java uses QR codes to fight Coronavirus. “Indonesia now has the highest Covid-19 death toll in ASEAN, less than a month after it reported its first confirmed case. Hospitals risk being overwhelmed by the surge of confirmed cases, as well as panicked citizens rushing to get tested. West Java, one of the worst-hit areas in Indonesia, has registered 60 cases and 10 deaths as of 24 March. The province’s digital team, Jabar Digital Service, this week launched a service to help manage the strain on healthcare facilities.”