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March 1, 2020, 3:55 PM

Top News

Mike Isaac / New York Times:
COVID-19's impact on tech this week: cancelled conferences, supply chain and sales disruptions, murky business outlook for online travel firms, and rise of Zoom  —  Companies are telling investors that sales are slumping because of the outbreak, conferences are being canceled, and workers are being instructed not to travel.
Polygon:
Organizers announce that this year's Game Developers Conference has been postponed from March to summer amid COVID-19 concerns  —  Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, Unity, and Epic Games have all withdrawn due to COVID-19 concerns  —  This year's Game Developers Conference has been postponed …
Nicole Wetsman / The Verge:
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Union of Concerned Scientists study: ride-hailing trips today result in an estimated 69% more climate pollution on average than the trips they displace  —  Union of Concerned Scientists recommends more electric cars and pooled trips  —  Uber and Lyft have weathered criticism about pollution …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
The Intuit-Credit Karma deal, driven by the latter's stash of user data, poses an important test case for US regulators' budding interest in data-driven mergers  —  Antitrust regulators say they're interested in data-driven mergers.  Intuit's $7 billion deal to buy Credit Karma will show how serious they are.
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Anonymous Twitter account @VCBrags hits a nerve mocking VC's propensity for self-promotion by quote-retweeting boastful tweets  —  Investors either are loving or blocking @VCBrags, which retweets investors' best brags.  —  A parody Twitter account is getting under the skin …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Elementor, a WordPress-focused graphical website building platform, raises $15M from Lightspeed Venture Partners  —  WordPress has become so ubiquitous, it's easy to forget that it still drives a huge ecosystem of startups that build tools and services around the platform.
Rajiv Rao / ZDNet:
How Apple, after languishing in India for years, became the fastest growing premium smartphone brand in the country in 2019  —  For the first time in its brief history in India, the premium brand has gone all out to woo customers with big price cuts, and thanks to local manufacturing efforts, it has worked wonders.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
A look at top Democratic presidential candidates' stances on tech issues like breaking up Big Tech, digital privacy, encryption and backdoors, and Section 230  —  - Voters from 14 states and one U.S. territory will decide which Democratic candidate to support for the presidential nomination on Super Tuesday.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sean Endicott / Windows Central:
Microsoft adds productivity features to Cortana, drops consumer skills including music, connected home, and third-party skills in the upcoming Windows 10 update  —  Cortana is converting to a productivity assistant, meaning Cortana skills are on the way out.  —  What you need to know

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