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Apple, Google Bring Covid-19 Contact-Tracing to 3 Billion People

  • Tech giants in rare partnership via iPhone, Android devices
  • Users will be alerted if they were close to infected person
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Apple Inc. and Google unveiled a rare partnership to add technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact with a person with Covid-19. People must opt in to the system, but it has the potential to monitor about a third of the world’s population.