Wednesday, April 01, 2020



Elton John’s coronavirus ‘living room’ show raises $8 million for U.S. charities


U.S. Supreme Court orders reconsideration of racial bias claim against Charter Communications

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to let comedian-turned-media executive Byron Allen’s $10 billion lawsuit accusing cable television operator Charter Communications Inc of discriminating against black-owned channels move forward. The justices sent the case back to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…


Rotterdam concert hall to admit coronavirus patients instead of Eurovision fans

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Ahoy concert hall in Rotterdam should have hosted the glitter and glamour of the Eurovision song contest in May, but instead is now being turned into an emergency hospital to help the Netherlands battle its coronavirus outbreak. On Monday, work began on installing the first 88 of a possible 680 hospital…


Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who had been hospitalized after being infected with the new coronavirus, has died, becoming the first Japanese celebrity to die of the virus. His death, late on Sunday, set off widespread grief among fans. Shimura, 70, one of Japan’s best-known comedians with a career dating back to the…



France to transfer critical coronavirus patients by train to ease hospital pressure

PARIS (Reuters) – Thirty-eight critically ill coronavirus patients will be transferred by high-speed train from the Paris area to less overwhelmed regions on Wednesday to ease pressure on the capital’s intensive-care capacity, French health officials said. France recorded its worst daily coronavirus death toll on Monday, taking the toll above 3,000 for the first time,…


France to ramp up domestic production of face masks, respirators: Macron

PARIS (Reuters) – France plans to quickly ramp up domestic production of face masks and respirators to respond to urgent needs of hospitals and caregivers during the coronavirus epidemic, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. Macron said consumption of face masks in France had soared from four million per week to more than 40…


Dutch 101-year-old coronavirus patient recovers

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – A 101-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus in the Netherlands has recovered, offering what her hospital said was “a spark of hope”. The woman, whose name was not released, was admitted to the IJsselland Hospital near Rotterdam a week and a half ago with breathing difficulties and tested positive for coronavirus. She…

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Video chat app Houseparty offers $1 million reward over hacking claims

(Reuters) – Group video chat app Houseparty offered a reward of $1 million for evidence of what it said was a smear campaign against the company as it fought to quash claims that the app was stealing data from others installed on the same smartphone. Hundreds of tweets have surfaced in the last two days,…


Walt Disney to launch streaming service in India on Friday

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) will launch its Disney+ service in India on April 3, the company said on Tuesday, intensifying rivalry with Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and Inc’s (AMZN.O) Prime Video in a country where demand for online streaming is surging. Disney+ will be launched with local partner Hotstar, one of…


Huawei warns China will strike back against new U.S. restrictions

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Huawei warned on Tuesday that 2020 would be its most difficult year yet due to American trade restrictions which dealt a blow to its overseas sales in 2019, and predicted the Chinese government would retaliate against the United States. The world’s largest maker of telecoms equipment issued the warning as it…


Court finds Helsinki less at fault than Siemens in metro dispute

HELSINKI (Reuters) – The city of Helsinki had the right to scrap its contract with Siemens over the failed automation of the Finnish capital’s metro, but both sides broke agreements, a Helsinki district court ruled on Tuesday in a long-running legal dispute. The dispute dates back to Helsinki’s decision in 2008 to pick the German…


Smartphone maker Xiaomi says China sales already close to full recovery

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp is seeing signs of a sales recovery in China, it said on Tuesday, as the country starts to return to normal following the coronavirus lockdown. “The (Chinese) market has entered a full recovery stage, and… has already recovered to 80 to 90% of the normal level,” Chief…



Musk’s SpaceX wins NASA award to supply planned lunar space station

(Reuters) – NASA on Friday picked a new space capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ferry cargo and supplies to the agency’s planned lunar space station, a crucial building block to its plans to build a permanent post on the moon and mount future missions to Mars. SpaceX will get a portion of a $7…


Russia’s 2020 satellite launch programme hit by production halt: Roscosmos

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said on Friday it would have to adjust its 2020 launch programme because of a halt in satellite production in Europe, amid the coronavirus outbreak. The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, will hold several meetings to discuss the adjustments via video on Friday and Saturday, the agency said…