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Read How Tech Is Helping Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving will look different this year for millions of people around the country. From virtually connecting families who can't be together in person to donating meals to Americans in need, the tech industry is working to enable a safe and enjoyable holiday. See below for more information on how tech is helping Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.
Tech Helps Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving
Microsoft Teams is allowing calls to friends and family to last up to 24 hours and with up to 300 participants for free on desktop and the web.
Zoom is lifting its 40-minute restriction on free video chats for Thanksgiving Day to make it easier for families and friends to connect.
Campbell’s and Instacart are offering “Dinner Insurance” to New Yorkers who suffer side-dish snafus on Thanksgiving Day. Among the replacement options are green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and savory stuffing.
Ahead of Thanksgiving and Small Business Saturday, eBay is giving back to small businesses by awarding more than $500,000 in grant packages and education resources.
What's New in Tech
Give a Little Back During the Holidays With Facebook's Season of Giving (Facebook)
Facebook is kicking off its Season of Giving campaign to encourage people to give however they can. Next week on GivingTuesday — a day when people all over the world come together to support great causes — they will match up to $7 million in eligible donations made on Facebook to U.S. nonprofits. Read more here.
What We're Saying
· TechNet Statement Regarding President-elect Biden's Nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to Head the Department of Homeland Security. Read the press release here.
· Groups See Positives in Biden's Team. (CEO Update) Read the news feature here.
Before You Start Your Weekend
Inspired by her creative family, as well as doctors and nurses who needed masks to safely do their jobs, sewing instructor Kristine Frailing confronted the coronavirus and the shortage of face coverings head-on. “We decided to host a free online class teaching how to make a mask,” Frailing says. “It was a short, concise video. That was the first step into our virtual classes.” Frailing estimates that sewers who took her free classes made 10,000 protective masks, which primarily went to New York hospitals. (Visa)