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February 28, 2020, 11:35 AM

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Carli Velocci / Windows Central:
Microsoft says it will not attend Game Developers Conference due to coronavirus concerns and will make sessions and experiences available in a digital event  —  The move follows Sony, Facebook, and Unity.  —  What you need to know  — Microsoft Game Stack announced it's pulling out of GDC due to coronavirus concerns.
Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook cancels its F8 developer conference amid growing concerns around COVID-19, says it is planning “locally hosted events” and livestreamed content instead  —  Facebook said Thursday it's cancelling its annual F8 developers conference, the social media giant's biggest event of the year …
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Source: Apple is planning to release an iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad, likely with the next version of the iPad Pro, later this year  —  Apple is planning to release an iPad keyboard accessory later this year that will include a built-in trackpad, the latest step in its effort …
BuzzFeed News:
Docs show Best Buy and Walmart, alongside ICE, DOJ, and FBI, are among the 2,200+ companies and law enforcement agencies listed as clients of Clearview AI  —  The United States' main immigration enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, retailers including Best Buy and Macy's …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Sources: FCC proposes fining AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon at least $200M in total for improperly disclosing some real-time location data of users  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is set to propose fining four major U.S. mobile phone companies …
CNN:
Twitter verified the account of a fake candidate for Congress created by a 17-year-old to test its election integrity efforts; the account is now suspended  —  New York (CNN Business)Andrew Walz calls himself a “proven business leader” and a “passionate advocate for students.”
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Senate passes bill that bans the government from purchasing Huawei and ZTE equipment, funds small telecoms to replace equipment; bill heads to Trump for signing  —  The Senate unanimously approved legislation on Thursday that would ban the use of federal funds to purchase telecommunications equipment …
Maddie Stone / OneZero :
Researchers argue that fear of rising data center usage, accounting for 1% of global electricity demand, is overblown and will be offset by improved efficiency  —  Researchers argue that new technology and greater efficiency could offset energy demands  —  The climate impact of the data centers …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Amazon says it has barred 1M+ products from sale in recent weeks that had inaccurately claimed to cure or defend against the coronavirus  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has barred more than 1 million products from sale in recent weeks that had inaccurately claimed to cure or defend against the coronavirus …
Zoho:
Google AppMaker is closing its doors.  Welcome to Zoho Creator.  —  What happens when the product or service you run your business on closes down?  —  Google entered the low-code space with Appmaker, in 2016, with promises to make it easy for anyone in an organization to quickly create apps that fit their needs.
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Varun Mishra / Counterpoint Research:
Counterpoint: iPhone XR was the best selling phone globally for 2019, followed by the iPhone 11, with the Samsung Galaxy A50 coming in third  —  According to Counterpoint Research's Market Pulse, iPhone 11 raced to become the second-best selling model globally for 2019 despite it being launched in September.

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Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Zoho:
Google AppMaker is closing its doors.  Welcome to Zoho Creator.  —  What happens when the product or service you run your business on closes down?  —  Google entered the low-code space with Appmaker, in 2016 …
CircleCI:
Maslow's hierarchy of remote worker needs  —  Remote work is an art and a science.  Here are 5 key things all remote workers need for success.

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