Amazon and Meta dump CES plans due to Covid surge

Amazon.com, Meta Platforms, Pinterest, Twitter, and several news outlets have cancelled plans to attend the annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas, Bloomberg reports.

The cancelled plans is a response to surging Covid-19 cases around the world.

The CES technology conference, put on by the Consumer Technology Association, is still scheduled to get underway in early January.

Efforts to return to normal after an online-only event this year have been thwarted by the raging omicron variant, though.

Meta,formerly known as Facebook, Amazon, T-Mobile, Pinterest, and Twitter have opted out of physical attendance already while Nvidia, and Samsung Electronics Co are considering toeing that line.

Yet, several big names are pushing ahead with plans for the event.

Sony Group Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google told Bloomberg News they are still scheduled to attend, but that they are monitoring local conditions.

Qualcomm Inc. still plans to attend as well.

Some smaller technology companies, including smartphone maker OnePlus and virtual reality headset developer HTC Vive, said they also currently plan to attend the show.

Several technology-focused publications, including The Verge, Engadget, TechCrunch and CNET, told Bloomberg that they’re not sending reporters to Las Vegas to cover the conference.

The CTA, though, has no plans to cancel the in-person conference, Bloomberg reports.

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