March 28, 2020, 9:50 AM

March 28, 2020

8:10 AM  •
ProPublica:  An in-depth look at China's Twitter propaganda machine, which uses over 10K fake Twitter accounts to promote the Chinese government's image abroad
5:05 AM  •
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:  Interview with Huawei CEO Richard Yu on the impact of COVID-19, the launch of the P40 series, and the continuing issues brought upon by the US ban
2:00 AM  •
Paris Martineau / Wired:  With 3M+ people filing for unemployment benefits last week, US states are seeing their aging tech systems get overwhelmed and experts say it will only get worse
12:55 AM  •
South China Morning Post:  Tencent is partnering with Huawei to build Tencent's GameMatrix cloud gaming platform, and will explore possibilities in areas such as AI and AR/VR in games
12:45 AM  •
Financial Times:  OneWeb files for bankruptcy after failing to secure new funding amid COVID-19 crisis; sources: OneWeb was in talks to raise ~$2B from SoftBank before the crisis
12:05 AM  •
Pei Li / Reuters:  Tencent to develop cloud game platform with Huawei

March 27, 2020

11:30 PM  •
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:  Russia's FSB has charged 25 people and shut down a network of about 90 websites that the group allegedly operated to circulate stolen credit card data
10:25 PM  •
Kali Hays / WWD:  Podtrac: podcast downloads in the US have fallen ~10% and total unique visitors are down ~20% since the start of March, with true crime podcasts down the most
9:35 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Surveillance software companies, like InterGuard and Hubstaff, are seeing an increase in sales, as skeptical employers attempt to keep tabs on remote employees
8:45 PM  •
Owen Myers / Input:  A look at how Epic Games's Houseparty creates a flash of optimism in isolating times, through a casual, dorm-like atmosphere and cross-platform social games
8:05 PM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Zoom updates its iOS app to remove Facebook SDK after concerns were raised over Zoom's failure to disclose Facebook data sharing in privacy policy
7:05 PM  •
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:  In response to plummeting demand, Lyft suggests drivers find additional income by becoming Amazon grocery shoppers, warehouse workers, and delivery drivers
6:30 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Microsoft will no longer invest in third-party facial recognition firms, including AnyVision, after the Israeli company was accused of surveilling Palestinians
5:55 PM  •
Cory Weinberg / The Information:  Sources: Airbnb will halt all marketing, most hiring, and will likely withhold employee bonuses according to CEO Brian Chesky; employee layoffs possible
5:20 PM  •
Bloomberg Law:  NY Court of Appeals rules that Postmates drivers are employees, because the company “could not operate” without them, a potential win for all NY gig workers
4:35 PM  •
Washington Post:  Uber, Grubhub drivers and others will receive unemployment checks as part of the CARES Act that, critics say, amounts to a bailout of gig economy companies
4:05 PM  •
Bloomberg:  Sources: Microsoft's agreement to acquire 5G cloud software maker Affirmed Networks valued the startup at about $1.35B
3:35 PM  •
Ashley Carman / The Verge:  Facebook Live gets new features, including an audio-only mode, automatic closed captions, and letting logged-out users watch streams
2:45 PM  •
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:  CEO memo: Bird is laying off about 30% of its workforce; company says it will provide four weeks of pay and three months of health coverage
2:35 PM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Disney-owned digital movie locker service Movies Anywhere is launching its first smart TV app, on LG TVs
1:45 PM  •
Ina Fried / Axios:  Google to donate $800M+ to fight COVID-19, including $250M in ad grants to WHO, $340M Google Ads credits for SMBs, $200M fund to improve SMBs' access to capital
12:55 PM  •
Jordan Novet / CNBC:  Slack CEO says the company is working on Microsoft Teams integrations for calling features
12:14 PM  •
Apple:  Apple launches an app and a website that provides information and guidance on COVID-19, in partnership with CDC, FEMA, and the Coronavirus Task Force
11:50 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Munich-based DataGuard, which helps businesses comply with regional regulations like GDPR, raises $20M Series A
11:25 AM  •
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:  Instacart workers say they are planning a nationwide strike from Monday after the company failed to offer protections like hazard pay, sanitizer, and paid leave
11:10 AM  •
TechCrunch:  Yelp pauses automatically creating fundraising campaigns with profiles of local businesses after outcry that there is no easy way for businesses to opt out
10:10 AM  •
Sarah Dai / South China Morning Post:  Beijing-based big data and AI company MiningLamp, often dubbed “China's Palantir”, raises $300M Series E co-led by Temasek and Tencent
9:30 AM  •
Antuan Goodwin / CNET:  Autonomous truck startup TuSimple partners with supplier ZF to develop tech including cameras, lidar, and other sensors; plans driverless truck tests by 2021
8:55 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  Hooq, a streaming service backed by Singapore's Singtel, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros, which had raised $95M, files for liquidation
6:30 AM  •
Joseph Menn / Reuters:  An international group of ~400 cybersecurity experts from over 40 countries have come together to fight hacking related to the novel coronavirus
2:50 AM  •
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:  Kuo: Apple to launch several Mac notebooks and desktop computers with its own custom Arm-based processors in 2021; USB4 support will come to Macs in 2022

March 26, 2020

10:45 PM  •
DL Cade / PetaPixel:  Sony to spin off its consumer electronics, imaging, and mobile businesses into new intermediate holding company Sony Electronics Corporation on April 1
10:10 PM  •
Jason Del Rey / Vox:  Amazon admits it unintentionally hid competitors' faster delivery options and is working on a fix, after pushing back delivery on some items to April 21
8:05 PM  •
Laura Kayali / Politico:  The COVID-19 pandemic could signal a truce between EU and Big Tech, as Netflix and others limit video quality and stamping out misinformation becomes a priority
7:40 PM  •
Andy Greenberg / Wired:  Kaspersky says Google's TAG links DarkHotel, a S. Korean hacking group with gov ties, to attacks on N. Koreans; 0-day exploits demonstrate rare sophistication
7:25 PM  •
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:  Apptopia: COVID-19 quarantines have seen global downloads of Houseparty, Discord, Zoom, and Marco Polo skyrocket; Houseparty has seen ~652K downloads/day
6:05 PM  •
Toni Gidwani / The Keyword:  Google sent users 40K warnings about phishing or malware attempts from nation-states in 2019, a 25% drop YoY; journalist and news outlet impersonations up
5:30 PM  •
Joseph Cox / VICE:  Zoom iOS app, like many using Facebook SDKs, sends data to FB even if there's no linked account, but Zoom's privacy policy fails to clearly mention the practice
4:10 PM  •
Matt Day / Bloomberg:  Amazon says a returns warehouse in Kentucky where three workers tested positive for COVID-19 has been closed by the order of the state's governor until April 1
4:05 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Cybersecurity insurance provider Chubb confirms it is investigating a “security incident” involving the unauthorized access of data belonging to a third-party
3:35 PM  •
WRAL TechWire:  CData, a Chapel Hill, NC-based provider of cloud data access and connectivity software, raises $20M Series A from Updata Partners
2:40 PM  •
William J. Broad / New York Times:  MIT, Princeton, Microsoft, and others form a consortium to launch the Digital Transformation Institute to investigate big issues, like pandemics, using AI
2:25 PM  •
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:  Researcher: a vulnerability affecting iOS 13.3.1 and later prevents VPNs from encrypting some traffic, potentially exposing user data or leaking IP addresses
2:20 PM  •
Celia Wan / The Block:  Blockchain startup invests $150M in its social media app Voice, to kickstart its independent operations; Voice lets users post for token rewards
2:10 PM  •
Maura Church / Patreon Blog:  Patreon says 30,000+ creators signed up in the first three weeks of March; average new patron growth in 6 countries, including US and Italy, was 36.2% over Feb.
1:35 PM  •
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:  Google says it will resume Chrome and Chrome OS releases after pausing them last week due to the adjusted employee work schedules during the pandemic
1:25 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Denver-based Yaguara, which helps e-commerce companies analyze customer data, raises $7.2M seed round led by Foundation Capital
1:10 PM  •
Annie Palmer / CNBC:  Interviews with 12 Amazon warehouse workers: limited options from Amazon are forcing them to work in crowded warehouses with few essentials, like sanitizers
12:50 PM  •
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:  Microsoft acquires Affirmed Networks, which provides fully virtualized, cloud-native networking tech to telecom operators, with a focus on 5G and edge computing
12:20 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Dremio, which offers a virtualization toolkit to streamline and curate data, raises $70M Series C led by Insight Partners, bringing its total raised to ~$115M
12:10 PM  •
Bloomberg:  US CFTC publishes guidance on the “actual delivery” of a digital asset, which could impact margin loans where no actual cryptocurrencies change hands
11:25 AM  •
Todd Haselton / CNBC:  On Twitter, Slack CEO discussed some of the dramatic changes Slack has seen over the last few weeks, like quickly adding 9K net new customers; stock up 10%+
10:55 AM  •
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:  Huawei rolls out Celia, its multilingual AI assistant for phones outside China, initially on P40 in UK, France, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia
10:40 AM  •
Andrew Webster / The Verge:  Epic Games launches Epic Games Publishing, a label that will cover up to 100% of development costs while game creators retain 100% of IP and creative control
10:25 AM  •
Airbnb Newsroom:  Airbnb says it will subsidize hosting costs for up to 100K healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders around the world
9:55 AM  •
Reuters:  Counterpoint: global smartphone sales fell 14% in February as the coronavirus spread in China; China saw sales drop 38% YoY in February
8:50 AM  •
CNBC:  33 US state AGs call on Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Walmart, and Craigslist to take proactive measures to prevent price gouging on products related to COVID-19
7:45 AM  •
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:  Fast, which is building platform-agnostic login and checkout services for e-commerce, raises $20M Series A led by Stripe
6:50 AM  •
Andy / TorrentFreak:  AMD confirms someone claimed in December to have “test files” related to current and future graphics products; some files recently posted online were removed
2:55 AM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  A self-reporting COVID-19 symptom app developed by Boston-based startup Zoe had 750k downloads in 24 hours in the UK; Zoe is working to bring the app to the US

March 25, 2020

10:55 PM  •
David Carnoy / CNET:  Qualcomm introduces ultra-low power Bluetooth audio SoCs for wireless earbuds, with support for hybrid active noise cancellation and voice assistants
10:40 PM  •
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:  Plastiq, which lets consumers and SMBs use credit cards to pay for anything, raises $75M Series D round led by B Capital Group, bringing total raised to $140M+
9:00 PM  •
Sam Byford / The Verge:  Preview of Huawei's P40 flagship, which doesn't include any Google services: the hardware is really terrific but is not enough to overcome Google's absence
7:55 PM  •
ESPN:  StubHub says it has furloughed some employees, citing the pandemic's impact on live events; source: ~450 staff on unpaid leave, 67% of its N. American workforce
7:35 PM  •
Reuters:  Amazon says it is pausing sellers' repayments of loans from its Amazon Lending program until April 30, with interest not accruing during this period
7:20 PM  •
Ally Marotti / Chicago Tribune:  Groupon says CEO Rich Williams and COO Steve Krenzer “no longer” in their roles, but continue to work at Groupon; N. America business head appointed interim CEO
6:40 PM  •
Biz Carson / Protocol:  Several former TripActions employees say ~100 staff members were fired en masse during a Zoom call, without being told the reason behind the meeting beforehand
6:20 PM  •
James Shotter / Financial Times:  Slovakia passes a law allowing state use of telecom data to track movements of people infected with the coronavirus to ensure they abide by quarantine rules
5:10 PM  •
Nikkei Asian Review:  Sources: Apple is weighing a delay of the launch of the iPhone 12 by months over fears of low sales and supply chain constraints amid the coronavirus pandemic
4:30 PM  •
Pew Research Center:  Pew survey: 57% of Americans who rely mostly on social media for political and election news say they've seen “news” that seemed made up about COVID-19
4:15 PM  •
Jon Porter / The Verge:  Dell updates its Mobile Connect app to support iPhone screen mirroring, controlling the keyboard and mouse, and sharing photo and video files
4:00 PM  •
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:  IBM and its subsidiary The Weather Company announce real-time COVID-19 maps and data tracking on the Weather Channel's app and
3:50 PM  •
Amy Feldman / Forbes:  How Carbon, an industrial-scale 3D printing startup worth $2.4B, is scrambling to design and produce FDA-approved medical equipment for the COVID-19 response
3:40 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  Munich-based Twaice, which builds battery management analytics software for electric vehicles and other devices, raises €11M Series A led by Creandum
2:50 PM  •
John Herrman / New York Times:  As social interactions become more distant, Nextdoor has seen a spike in engagement as it helps neighbors connect and organize without risking physical contact
2:20 PM  •
Aral Balkan:  As part of Safari's privacy push, it will delete a site's local storage, like Indexed DB, after seven days of inactivity, hamstringing Safari's offline web apps
2:05 PM  •
FireEye:  FireEye says that between January 20 and March 11 Chinese actor APT41 attempted to exploit bugs in Citrix and Zoho products at organizations in 20+ countries
1:30 PM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Humio, which offers an unlimited logging service, raises $20M Series B led by Dell Technologies Capital
12:55 PM  •
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:  Reports: amid the pandemic, TripActions, Zeus Living, and Sonder have laid off one third or more of their staff; TripActions and Sonder are each valued at $1B+
12:35 PM  •
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:  Online marketplace OfferUp raises $120M led by OLX Group and says it will acquire rival Letgo, aimed at used goods
12:20 PM  •
David Uberti / Wall Street Journal:  Experts say the cybersecurity fallout from COVID-19 will not become clear for weeks or months, as sophisticated organizations and nation-states glean more data
12:00 PM  •
Maciej Ceglowski / Idle Words:  During the pandemic, we should use “surveillance economy” infrastructure to trace contacts with location data, enforce self-quarantine, aid health authorities
11:35 AM  •
Antony Sguazzin / Bloomberg:  WHO's WhatsApp global COVID-19 information service is launching in 20+ languages, aiming to reach 50M people, after successful trials in South Africa
11:25 AM  •
Craig Mod / Wired:  The iPad's cursor, a translucent circle that has momentum and can change its form based on the context, is more convincing and simply more fun than direct touch
11:05 AM  •
Todd Spangler / Variety:  Analyst estimates Facebook and Google could lose $44B+ in 2020 global ad revenue due to COVID-19; Facebook says its ad business has weakened in affected places
10:30 AM  •
NBC News:  Tech platforms, which had mostly resisted calls for strict moderation, are now taking a “harder line” when it comes to moderating content related to COVID-19
10:00 AM  •
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:  Facebook's Portal makes a lot of sense during a quarantine: it is great for video chatting and staying in touch, especially with kids and the elderly
9:50 AM  •
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:  Espressive, which aims to develop AI-driven chatbots to reduce calls to company help desks, raises $30M Series B led by Insight Partners
9:40 AM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  App Store rules, like a ban on services that stream from the cloud, limit iOS users from accessing rival gaming services from Microsoft, Google, and Nvidia
9:30 AM  •
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:  Google brings its Podcasts app to iOS and unveils a redesign of Android app, with users' listening habits syncable across platforms via Google Podcasts for Web
9:20 AM  •
Jay Peters / The Verge:  YouTube Music can now show static lyrics, sourced from LyricFind, while listening to a song on its iOS and Android apps, with web player support coming soon
8:50 AM  •
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:  iPhone makers Foxconn and Wistron have suspended all production at their Indian plants to comply with a nationwide lockdown
8:25 AM  •
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:  How 3D printer makers like Stratasys, Protolabs, and other companies like Ford, are helping fight COVID-19 by 3D printing face shields and medical equipment
8:01 AM  •
Annie Musgrove /  London-based SoftIron, which provides performance-optimized data center appliances, raises $34M Series B led by its co-founder Norman Fraser
7:25 AM  •
Travis Andrews / Washington Post:  As more people work and live in isolation during the pandemic, Apple's Screen Time tool is horrifying many users with skyrocketing usage reports
7:00 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  France announces a $4.3B plan to support startups including bridge funding, liquidity support measures, and faster tax returns and public support payments
5:30 AM  •
Hariz Baharudin / The Straits Times:  Singapore will open source its contact-tracing app TraceTogether, which uses Bluetooth to identify people in extended close contact with COVID-19 patients
2:55 AM  •
Christina Farr / CNBC:  How volunteers from tech companies and epidemiologists worked together to build the US-focused COVID-19 data aggregation website in six days
12:55 AM  •
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:  Sansar, a social VR platform from the makers of Second Life, is acquired by SF-based Wookey Project Corp, a social search engine, for an undisclosed sum

March 24, 2020

11:20 PM  •
Chris Freeland / Internet Archive Blogs:  Internet Archive launches National Emergency Library, which lets users borrow 1.4M+ digitized books without joining a waitlist during the COVID-19 crisis
10:55 PM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  WHO partners with Facebook, Microsoft, and other tech companies on #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon to develop software tackling COVID-19 challenges, starting Mar. 26
9:45 PM  •
Amir Efrati / The Information:  Source: amid quarantines, Uber Eats recorded a 10% increase in US sales last week and a 30% increase in signups from people willing to deliver food
9:05 PM  •
Jay Greene / Washington Post:  Ten US Amazon warehouses have at least one worker testing positive for COVID-19, with some facilities temporarily shut for cleaning and some workers quarantined
7:40 PM  •
Stephen Palley / The Block:  NY federal court issues preliminary injunction against Telegram's 2018 $1.7B ICO, finding the distribution of Gram tokens likely violates US securities law
7:30 PM  •
Kate Rooney / CNBC:  After multiple outages, Robinhood says it has fixed an issue with an internal messaging system and will offer credits to some users on a “case-by-case basis”
6:25 PM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Yelp and GoFundMe team up to promote local business fundraisers, with GoFundMe campaigns automatically appearing on Yelp business profiles
5:40 PM  •
New York Times:  While traffic surges on Facebook, with messaging up 50% from last month in many countries, their now-remote workforce struggles to handle its own IT snafus
5:05 PM  •
Nick Statt / The Verge:  Apple updates Safari to fully block third-party cookies by default, months after Google said it would do the same in Chrome by 2022
4:45 PM  •
Scott Nover / Adweek:  Pinterest introduces a new Today tab, a central hub including curated topics and trending posts, as users flock to the service during the pandemic
4:00 PM  •
New York Times:  Facebook internal report: US users are reading more COVID-19 content from “higher-quality” sources based on its ranking of top publishers adopted last year
3:55 PM  •
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:  Apple updates Apple Card's privacy policy to share more anonymized data with Goldman Sachs, to help some users secure or expand credit, allows opt out via email
3:49 PM  •
Laura Baldwin / O'Reilly Media:  O'Reilly Media announces it is canceling all of its upcoming in-person conferences and shutting down that portion of its business indefinitely
3:25 PM  •
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:  Apple SVP of People and Retail says in internal memo that Apple expects to start reopening its retail stores in the first half of April on a staggered basis
3:10 PM  •
Instagram:  Instagram to remove some coronavirus-related content and accounts from recommendations and Explore, with exceptions for credible health organizations
2:40 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple rolls out a universal purchase option, letting devs bundle macOS, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and iPadOS apps, sharing in-app purchases across iOS and macOS
2:25 PM  •
Dani Deahl / The Verge:  Spotify confirms it will no longer work with third-party DJ apps starting on July 1, affecting developers like Algoriddim
2:15 PM  •
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:  Unacast, an analytics company using location data from a variety of apps, debuts a Social Distancing Scoreboard to grade how US citizens are adapting by region
2:00 PM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Arkose Labs, which is developing a service that detects and mitigates online fraud, raises $22M Series B led by Microsoft's venture fund M12
1:50 PM  •
Check Point Research:  Ad fraud malware found in 24 children's Android games and 32 utility apps, downloaded nearly 1M times, before being removed from the Google Play Store
1:39 PM  •
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:  Apple releases iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4, tvOS 13.4, and watchOS 6.2 to the public
1:25 PM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Brave partners with Binance to include a widget on the new tab page that lets users buy, trade, and receive cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and ether
12:47 PM  •
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:  YouTube will change the default video resolution to standard definition worldwide for a month starting today to ease internet traffic
11:25 AM  •
Financial Times:  Sources: Facebook's in talks to buy a multibillion-dollar stake in Reliance Jio to expand its presence in India; source says it was nearing deal for a 10% share
10:10 AM  •
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:  Instagram announces Co-Watching, a feature that lets users browse the app together over video chat
9:55 AM  •
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:  Mozilla launches Firefox Better Web with Scroll for Firefox tracking protection and Scroll's ad-free browsing experience for $2.50/mo. for the first six months
9:45 AM  •
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:  Google open sources SEED RL, a TensorFlow 2.0-based architecture for scaling AI model training to thousands of machines while reducing costs by up to 80%
9:30 AM  •
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:  Mobile-only banking app Revolut, which has 10M+ customers in Europe, is launching in the US today
9:05 AM  •
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:  iPad Pro 2020 review: it's fast with a great display and excellent trackpad support, but iPadOS limitations remain and its lidar tech may get little use
8:30 AM  •
Eleanor Cummins / OneZero :  The spread of COVID-19 has marked an uptick in livestreamed funerals and ancestor ceremonies, forcing the technologically stagnant death industry to adapt
3:05 AM  •
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:  India launches a WhatsApp chatbot to create awareness about coronavirus and asks social media services to curb the spread of misinformation

March 23, 2020

11:15 PM  •
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:  Amazon now offers all US part-time and seasonal delivery employees paid time off amid COVID-19 outbreak; an employee group had been pressuring Amazon since Dec.
11:00 PM  •
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:  Apple announces that the App Store is launching in 20 new countries this year, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia, Morocco, and Myanmar
10:40 PM  •
Tom Wilson / Financial Times:  Kenya fast tracks permit for Alphabet's Loon internet balloons as the country looks to boost communication capabilities to help fight the spread of COVID-19
10:10 PM  •
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:  Lilium, a German electric flying taxi manufacturer, has raised $240M from existing investors led by Tencent, to launch an on-demand flying taxi service by 2025
9:40 PM  •
Ariel Shapiro / Forbes:  Streaming services see signup spikes in the past week, boosted by free trials, with Disney+ up over 300%, HBO Now 90%, Showtime 78%, Netflix 47%, Apple TV+ 10%
7:50 PM  •
Cade Metz / New York Times:  Study: speech recognition systems from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft misidentify words 19% of the time with white people vs. 35% with black people
6:35 PM  •
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:  In a letter to Trump, Uber CEO seeks updated labor laws to provide a “third way” of classifying workers, between contractors and employees
6:00 PM  •
Abner Li / 9to5Google:  Google unveils the Stadia Makers program to attract more indie developers, promising funding, technical assistance from Unity experts, free developer hardware
5:10 PM  •
Tom Krazit / Protocol:  Q&A with Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on COVID-19 and its impact on the company, competing with Microsoft and Zoom, and Slack's new redesign
4:45 PM  •
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:  Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a critical zero-day flaw in font rendering found in all supported versions of Windows; no patch is available
4:35 PM  •
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:  The UK government has no system for sending mass emergency alerts to Britons, after repeatedly ignoring its own findings that building one would be helpful
4:31 PM  •
PR Newswire:  Twitter withdraws Q1 guidance due to COVID-19, says it expects Q1 revenue to be down YoY but the number of monetizable DAUs has hit 164M, up 8% QoQ and 23% YoY
4:25 PM  •
Shirley Zhao / Bloomberg:  Chinese mobile carriers report losing 20M+ users; the world's largest carrier China Mobile dropped by 8M subs over Jan. and Feb., its first net drop in decades
3:57 PM  •
Instacart News:  Instacart plans to add 300,000 workers in US and Canada over next three months; all in-store shoppers get sick pay access, extended pay for those with COVID-19
2:50 PM  •
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:  Nvidia announces Deep Learning Super Sampling 2.0, hoping to show that using machine learning to upscale a game's resolution boosts both performance and visuals
2:35 PM  •
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:  Sources: EU reconsiders its digital strategy, unveiled last month, after the pandemic highlights issues like the limitations imposed by proposed AI regulation
1:55 PM  •
Jenny Leonard / Bloomberg:  Apple's request for Apple Watches to be excluded from a 7.5% US tariff on Chinese imports has been approved
1:30 PM  •
Nikkei Asian Review:  Foxconn says it has secured enough workers to meet “seasonal demand” at all major Chinese plants ahead of schedule
1:25 PM  •
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:  German e-commerce content company Global Savings Group acquires French cashback company iGraal for €123.5M
12:55 PM  •
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:  iOS 14 code reveals new features in Find My, including an AR mode and new notification options, like being alerted if someone does not arrive at a place on time
12:15 PM  •
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:  Google unveils new tools for game developers including Android Performance Tuner, Android GPU Inspector, and a NoSQL cloud database called Cloud Firestore
11:30 AM  •
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:  The New York Times Company acquires Audm, a subscription-based audio app offering listeners longform articles read by actors and celebrities for $8.99 per month
10:25 AM  •
David Jagneaux / UploadVR:  The Director of Content Ecosystem at Oculus, Chris Pruett, says 90% of users who got an Oculus Quest for Christmas never owned an Oculus headset before
10:00 AM  •
New York Times:  Civil liberties experts argue that governments turning to electronic surveillance to track COVID-19 opens the door to future abuses, as happened after 9/11

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