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March 28, 2020, 10:20 AM

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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  —  Tools Offer Up-to-Date Guidance and Information for People Across the US  —  Apple today released a new screening tool and set of resources …
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  —  On Friday video-conferencing software Zoom issued an update to its iOS app which stops it sending certain pieces of data to Facebook.
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  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Friday his company is donating more than $800 million in cash and advertising to help stem …
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  —  Airbnb plans to halt all of its marketing, pause most hiring, and likely withhold employee bonuses as it tries to conserve cash amid …
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  —  Start-up that wanted to beam broadband internet from space had raised $3bn from investors  —  OneWeb, the satellite internet start-up …
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  —  Bird is the latest startup hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Today, Bird laid off about 30% of its employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, TechCrunch has learned.
Smartsheet:
Smartsheet offers free Gov product to governments and agencies  —  Smartsheet Gov, the FedRAMP authorized Smartsheet environment, is now free of charge or obligation for any US government agency responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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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  —  Kalen Keegan, a college student at the University of Nebraska Omaha, immediately noticed when her Twitter account unleashed a torrent of posts in Chinese.
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Smartsheet:
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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:
The Working from Home Guide: Remote Collaboration with Show  —  The current COVID-19 pandemic has made remote work the norm.  But, the real question is, “Can the lack of commuting and convenience of working from home match the in-office productivity?”

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