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March 1, 2020, 12:55 PM

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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 …
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postponed from March to summer amid COVID-19 concerns  —  Sony, EA, Activision Blizzard, Unity, and Epic Games have all withdrawn due to COVID-19 concerns  —  This year's Game Developers Conference has been postponed …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:
Amazon restricts employee travel in US, Google restricts travel to Italy, Iran, Japan, and South Korea as a Google employee in Zurich is diagnosed with COVID-19  —  A Google employee in Switzerland has a confirmed case of the virus  —  Google is preventing employees from traveling to Italy …
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.
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
Aditi Shrivastava / The Economic Times:
Sources: Amazon to launch a food delivery service in India in March, charging restaurants commissions of 10-15%, about half of what Swiggy and Zomato charge  —  The food delivery platform is open to own employees for now, pilots underway across five high-density pin codes in Bengaluru

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