Join us June 17 for a live discussion on COVID-19 contact tracing and safe reopening strategies – TechCrunch

Contact tracing is a practice almost as old as epidemiology itself, but today’s technology means the way that we go about tracking the spread of a contagious illness within and between communities is changing very quickly. This presents an opportunity for learning more about the opportunities and challenges presented in extending contact tracing and exposure notification via digital means, especially as contact tracing is likely a key ingredient in any successful reopening of the economy in light of ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.

To that end, we’re happy to be working with the COVID-19 Technology Task Force, as well as Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, NYU’s Alliance for Public Interest Technology, Betaworks Studios and Hangar. We’ll be playing host on TC to their live-streamed discussion (embedded above) around contact-tracing and exposure-notification efforts, as well as how and when businesses can safely reopen, and what tools can help

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New technology could make your dog a motion capture movie star

Credit: Bath University
Credit: Bath University

Researchers from the University of Bath have developed technology that would allow people to digitise their dogs.

Such an application could be used for a number of purposes, such as assisting vets in diagnosing issues walking and monitoring their recovery.

It could also be used for more entertaining reasons, such as putting digital representations of dogs into movies and video games – without constant use of motion capture suits or expensive equipment.

Computer scientists digitised the movement of 14 different breeds of dog, including lurchers and pugs, who were residents of the local animal shelter.

The motion capture suits, made especially for dogs, were filmed doing a range of movements as part of their activities.

They then created a computer model which could accurately predict and replicate the poses of dogs, capturing all the vital information without the dogs wearing the suits.

Instead, the researchers can use

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DXC Divests Healthcare Software Unit, Streamlines Business

DXC Technology DXC yesterday announced that it has agreed to sell its healthcare software provider business unit to privately-held Dedalus Group for a total cash consideration of $525 million. The transaction is anticipated to complete by March 2021.

DXC’s innovative healthcare software give clinicians and caregivers the tools they need to improve processes across the continuum of care. The company’s technology solutions provide tools to healthcare providers to better connect with their patients, which helps them boost productivity and patient outcomes.

The latest divestment can be seen as part of DXC’s strategy to offload non-core assets. Notably, the IT and consulting services provider announced last November that it is exploring options to divest three of its non-core businesses, including the State and Local HHS business, the horizontal BPS business and the workplace and mobility business. The three units account for about 25% of DXC’s total revenues, on a combined basis.

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Dfinity opens its long-anticipated ‘internet computer’ to third-party developers

Dfinity, the much-hyped and long-anticipated blockchain project whose creators say will be the basis of a decentralized “internet computer,” is now open to third-party developers.

Dominic Williams, Dfinity’s founder and chief scientist, said during a live-streamed launch event that today’s “Tungsten release” is the third of five “public milestones,” the fifth of which will be the culmination of the full internet computer sometime “later this year.”

Dfinity raised $102 million in a 2018 funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz. In total, it has raised more than $160 million.

“One of the biggest problems emerging in technology is the monopolization of the internet by Big Tech — companies that have consolidated near-total control over our technologies,” Williams said in a statement. Dfinity uses a blockchain-based protocol to weave together computing capacity from a decentralized network of data centers. The goal is to shift the power back to developers aiming to

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