March 20, 2020 / 9:18 PM / 9 days ago

Google cancels annual developer conference on coronavirus fears

FILE PHOTO: The Google internet homepage is displayed on a product at a store in London, Britain January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Friday cancelled its annual developer conference, two weeks after calling off the in-person portion of the event due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In contrast, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has moved its upcoming developers conference to online-only format.

The alarming global spread of the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on businesses and forced organizers to postpone or cancel some major industry events.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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