Daily Crunch: Apple and Google start releasing their exposure notification API

Apple and Google request for developer feedback on their contact tracing efforts, Facebook sees a “significant decrease” in ads and Microsoft makes life easier for IT supervisors.

Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 30, 2020.

1. Apple and Google release first seed of COVID-19 exposure notification API for contact tracing app designers

This is a developer-focused release, and it’s a seed of the API in development, with the primary intent of gathering feedback from designers who will be utilizing the API to develop brand-new contact tracing and alert apps on behalf of the public health firms.

Apple and Google initially announced the combined API and ultimate system-level contact tracing function on April 10, and plan to release the very first variation of the API publicly in mid-May, with system-level integration to follow in the coming months. The tech is designed to be privacy-preserving, ensuring that contact IDs are rotating and randomized, and never connected to an individual’s specific determining details.

2. Facebook stock spikes in spite of ‘considerable reduction’ in demand for advertisements

While Facebook’s ad incomes in Q1 increased by 17%year-over-year growth, Facebook used its revenues announcement to hedge expectations for Q2. In its release, the company stated it saw “a significant reduction in the demand for marketing, as well as an associated decline in the prices of our advertisements, over the last 3 weeks of the first quarter of 2020.”

3. Microsoft makes it easier to start with Windows Virtual Desktops

Microsoft announced a multitude of updates to various parts of its Microsoft 365 community. The thrust is to make life simpler for the IT admins that help arrangement and handle corporate Windows– and Mac– devices, something that’s much more crucial as numerous companies try to adapt to a new work-from-home environment.

4. Twitter Q1: sales up 3%to $808 M as it swings to a loss on COVID-19, mDAUS hit record 166 M

None of this should come as a surprise. Twitter revealed more than a month ago that it was eliminating its own financial assistance due to the fact that of the instability of its company due to COVID-19, keeping in mind only that it would be lower than anticipated.

5. Freada Kapor Klein alerts of ‘vulture capitalists’ throughout pandemic

” We have actually seen a great deal of VCs acting incredibly badly in the last couple of weeks– making the most of startups that are in a precarious position,” Kapor Capital’s Fraeda Kapor Klein told us. (Bonus Crunch subscription needed.)

6. Here’s what NASA’s Mars helicopter will appear like when it makes history with the very first extraterrestrial powered flight

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed a trailer of sorts to show you around what the flight will look like, at some point after the Mars 2020 objective’s targeted February 18, 2021 arrival date.

7. With fresh support from its billionaire backers, Pivot Bio is ushering in a farming revolution

Pivot uses genetically modified microbes to reproduce the work that naturally happening bacteria had done for millions of years to repair nitrogen in the soil.

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