Daily Coronavirus updates: Lyft makes face masks mandatory on its platform
The coronavirus has spread to 181 countries around the world, and it shows no signs of abating . The pandemic has proved particularly devastating in recent weeks, with total confirmed cases crossing 3.75 million and fatalities of over 263,000 globally.
The virus has effectively shut down all sporting leagues around the world, major gatherings including tech events and music festivals, and closed down restaurants and malls. It has transformed how we live and work, and how we connect with our friends and families. Tech brands are doing their part to assist, with Google teaming up with Apple to build a coronavirus tracking tool .
Here's the latest on the coronavirus and how it's affecting not only the tech industry, but also the world at large.
May 8, 2020: You'll need to wear a face mask to use Lyft
Lyft is now making face masks mandatory for both drivers and passengers. Those that don't agree to the new policy will be barred from using the ride-sharing service. Uber is said to be mulling similar guidelines for its own platform.
May 7, 2020: Facebook extends remote work through end of 2020
With the virus showing no signs of slowing down, Facebook has extended its remote working guidelines through the end of 2020 . The social networking giant will open its offices starting July 6, but most of its workforce will not be asked to come in and instead work remotely.
May 6, 2020: Tinder is going to add video dating features shortly
Global COVID-19 cases have crossed 3.75 million, with 79,200 new cases registered over the last 24 hours. The U.S. has been hit particularly hard, with the country's tally going up to 1.22 million. The virus has recorded 263,000 global fatalities, with the U.S. alone witnessing 73,000 deaths due to the virus.
Tinder has announced that it will offer a video dating service next quarter. The news comes on the heels of slow usage in the first quarter of 2020 as quarantine and social distancing protocols went into effect around the world. And with Facebook also announcing that it is rolling out virtual dating on its dating platform, Tinder had to follow suit.
May 5, 2020: YouTube reveals star-studded roster for its virtual graduation ceremony
YouTube has announced that former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama will be headlining its 2020 virtual graduation ceremony , and they'll be joined by Sundar Pichai, Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and musicians Lady Gaga and BTS. The event will kick off on June 6 at 3 p.m. ET at this link .
Xiaomi is finally gearing up to kickstart its business in India, with the brand rolling out its Mi Commerce platform. The platform lets users locate nearby stores that sell Xiaomi products they're looking for, and they can register interest and get delivery of that product from Xiaomi's retail team.
May 4, 2020: There's now a...