California is tapping Salesforce to help with its rocky vaccine rollout, one that is plagued by basic data issues and frustration over appointment websites that crashed under heavy traffic.
<p>The <a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2021/01/25/salesforce-lands-major-california-s-covid-role.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">software company developed</a> what it's calling "My Turn," a platform that can alert citizens when they are eligible for the vaccine and schedule times for them to receive it. The product will also serve as a new mechanism for California to track how many vaccines have been administered, a goal that has so far <a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-01-21/california-data-collection-issues-covid-19-vaccinations-in-10-days-gavin-newsom-promise" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">proved elusive</a> for the state. </p><p>It's a similar system to one that ServiceNow <a href="https://www.protocol.com/newsletters/protocol-enterprise/vaccine-saas" target="_self">rolled out on Monday</a>. MyTurn will be available for Los Angeles and San Diego residents before it will be expanded statewide as soon as early February, said Gov. Gavin Newsom. </p><p>Details of the Salesforce contract were not disclosed, per the San Francisco Business Times. </p>
<p>In a blog post, Twitter wrote that the deal would accelerate its work "to help people stay informed about their interests while giving all types of writers a way to monetize their audience." <br></p><p>Revue will continue to exist as a standalone service, Twitter wrote, and its team will be expanded. "Over time, this team will build more discovery, reading, and conversational experiences centered around long-form content on Twitter," Twitter explained.</p>
ServiceNow is launching a new $100 million fund to enable local lenders to distribute capital to Black residents, business owners and communities in several cities where the software firm has offices.
<p>The Racial Equity Fund will be managed by RBC Global Asset Management, per a Tuesday announcement. It will put a priority on, among other areas, home loans and lending to small businesses in Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Orlando and six other cities. All funds will be invested by the end of 2021, according to the release. </p>
President Biden announced Monday that his administration plans to replace all of the vehicles owned by the U.S. government with "net-zero emission" electric vehicles in the future.
<p>Biden made the announcement as part of a new <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/25/president-biden-to-sign-executive-order-strengthening-buy-american-provisions-ensuring-future-of-america-is-made-in-america-by-all-of-americas-workers/" target="_blank">executive order</a> aimed at spurring U.S. manufacturing jobs and investing in the country's infrastructure. It wasn't clear whether he meant any low-emission vehicles, like hybrids, or solely electric vehicles, nor did he give a timeframe for when all the vehicles would be replaced. The government owns some 645,047 vehicles, <a href="https://www.gsa.gov/policy-regulations/policy/motor-vehicle-management-policy-overview" target="_blank">according to</a> a 2019 report. </p>
Facebook announced the news in a blog post Monday, following years of requests from academics. Until now, Facebook has only publicly shared data on who sees a given ad, but it has withheld information on who, exactly, the advertiser targeted in the first place.
<p>Facebook is releasing the data through its Facebook Open Research and Transparency program, a project it <a href="https://www.protocol.com/facebook-data-sharing-researchers" target="_blank">launched</a> last year in hopes of giving researchers more secure access to Facebook data. "We welcome continued analysis from researchers on the impact of Facebook's products on the election, which helps make our democracy more transparent," Chaya Nayak, head of the FORT team, told Protocol in a statement. </p><p>The data set in this case will be limited to ads that ran between Aug. 3 and Nov. 3 of 2020.</p><p>Facebook's history of denying researchers targeting data has led to dust-ups between Facebook and academics who have built their own tools to monitor targeting information on political ads. Most recently, Facebook sent researchers at New York University a <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-seeks-shutdown-of-nyu-research-project-into-political-ad-targeting-11603488533" target="_blank">cease-and-desist</a> demand over their ad monitoring tool.</p><p><div class="ad-tag"><div class="ad-place-holder" data-pos="1">