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The Apple offsets the annual developers conference, the online-only format

FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is displayed at an Apple store at a shopping mall in La Jolla, California, USA, December 17, 2019 at the latest, by the year 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.Oh, on Friday moved its annual developers conference in San Jose, Calif., in June, the internet, citing the “current situation.”

Apple is the latest biggest technology in the company, to cancel it or move it from a software developer’s conference online. Facebook Inc’s (FB.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.And Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.D) Google is already doing.

Apple’s annual conference typically attracts more than 5,000 participants. The company said in a statement that it would commit $1 million to the local San Jose and organisations, in order to compensate for the loss of income as a result of the new on-line format.

On Monday, officials in Santa Clara County, where San Jose is located is prohibited gatherings of 1,000 people or more for a period of at least three weeks. Late Wednesday, the office of the Governor, Gavin Newsom, prohibited all meetings of more than 250 people in the state through the end of March.

Reporting Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Richard Chang

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