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Market Cap £96.91bn
Enterprise Value £93.84bn
Revenue £1.59bn
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UPDATE 1-Shopify, BlackBerry develop COVID-19 app; Canada to roll out voluntary tests

Thu 18th June, 2020 8:42pm
(Adds details on the app, Ontario premier's comments)
    By Moira Warburton and David Ljunggren
    TORONTO/OTTAWA, June 18 (Reuters) - Canadian technology
firms Shopify Inc  SHOP.TO  and Blackberry Ltd  BB.TO  are
developing a mobile contact testing app for the novel
coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.
    The voluntary app is set to roll out nationally after
launching in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, slated
for July 2.
    The test-and-trace program is emerging as an important tool
to identify and contain the spread of the coronavirus, as
Canadian provinces gradually reopen their economies after three
months of lockdown. On Thursday, Canada officially hit 100,000
cases.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2DU2DJ
    The app will use Bluetooth connections to swap randomly
generated codes with other users in a geographic vicinity. Users
who have tested positive for COVID-19 will receive an
eight-digit number from health officials that will verify their 
status within the app, which then alerts other users who come
into contact with them, according to provincial officials.
    "Testing and contact tracing is critical," Ontario Premier
Doug Ford told a separate briefing in Toronto. "Building this
capacity will help us stop the virus in its tracks."
    Concerns have been raised around the ability of contact
tracing apps to maintain the privacy of users.
    Ford said the app, called COVID Alert, is "100% private."
    It was developed by the Ontario and Canadian governments,
working with employees from Shopify. It will undergo a security
review by Blackberry and will be supported by Statistics Canada
staff.
    On Thursday, Britain said it was switching to the Apple
 AAPL.O  and Google  GOOGL.O  model for its COVID-19
test-and-trace app after a locally developed system did not work
well enough on Apple's iPhone.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL8N2DV4E7

 (Reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa and Moira Warburton in
Toronto; Editing by Dan Grebler)
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613 235 5890; Reuters Messaging:
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