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March 4, 2020, 12:15 PM

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says it will not host an in-person I/O event this year, due to coronavirus fears, and will instead offer a series of online events  —  Following a string of other tech cancellations in recent days, Google just announced that it will not host an in-person I/O 2020 over coronavirus concerns.
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
In an email to staff, Amazon says an employee at its Seattle headquarters has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the affected employee remains in quarantine  —  An Amazon employee at the company's Seattle headquarters has tested positive for the novel coronavirus spreading across the country …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Citing coronavirus concerns, Apple restricts employee travel to Italy and South Korea, following its similar restrictions for China  —  - Company sends memo to employees about Covid-19 response  — Sick employees told to take leave; virtual meetings encouraged
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Upmanyu Trivedi / Bloomberg:
India's Supreme Court strikes down central bank's two-year-old ban on cryptocurrency trading in the country  —  - RBI banned banking services for digital currencies in 2018  — Start ups, exchanges, industry body challenged RBI's directive  —  India's Supreme Court struck …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Robinhood says recent outages were caused by an “unprecedented load” on its system and will waive Gold customers' $15 fee for 3 months as initial compensation  —  It wasn't the leap year, a coding blip, or a hack that caused Robinhood's massive outages yesterday and today that left customers unable to trade stocks.
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Jim Salter / Ars Technica:
Let's Encrypt discovers a bug in its Certification Authority Authorization code, meaning affected users need to manually force-renew certs to avoid downtime  —  Let's Encrypt users will need to manually force-renew once to avoid downtime.  —  On Leap Day, Let's Encrypt announced …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Legal tech startup Atrium is shutting down, laying off 100+ employees; CEO Justin Kan says Atrium failed to be more efficient than a traditional law firm  —  Justin Kan's hybrid legal software and law firm startup Atrium is shutting down today after failing to figure out how to deliver better efficiency than a traditional law firm.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
CB Insights analysis of top 100 AI startups: the “most promising” 65 are US-based, though some have a dual HQ in China; overall US investment share is dropping  —  - Study finds companies focus on health, retail, transportation  — Investment from other countries could slow American share
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter will begin testing Fleets, letting users make posts that disappear after a short period of time, in Brazil, finally using a Stories-like format  —  On Wednesday, Twitter will begin testing a feature, called “Fleets,” that will allow you to post photos, videos, and text that disappear after a short period of time.

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