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March 4, 2020, 11:00 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter will begin testing “Fleets”, letting iOS and Android users make posts that disappear after 24 hours, in Brazil, finally using a Stories-like format  —  Twitter is testing its own version of Stories.  The company announced today it will begin to trial a new sharing format called …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
In new App Store review guidelines, Apple now allows push notification advertising if users opt in, raises the quality bar on dating and “fortune telling” apps  —  Apple today updated its App Store review guidelines regarding some of the features introduced with iOS 13 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google announces it has hired Sony game development leader Shannon Studstill to run a new Stadia Games and Entertainment studio in LA  —  Google announced that it has hired Sony game development leader Shannon Studstill to run a new Stadia Games and Entertainment studio in Playa Vista, California, in the Los Angeles area.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple retail employees say a memo to technical support staff noted iPhone repair parts and replacement phones would be in short supply for as long as 2-4 weeks  —  - Company re-opens nearly all of its retail locations in China  — Coronavirus begins to strain Apple's global supply chain
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Corellium, which was sued by Apple over its iOS virtualization software, demos Project Sandcastle, which uses checkra1n jailbreak to install Android on iPhone 7  —  Ten years ago, David Wang pulled off a remarkable trick, installing Android on the first-generation iPhone.
VICE:
A look at Banjo, which offers Palantir-like tools to flag emergencies, crime, and more using AI and has a 5-year deal with Utah and access to surveillance data  —  The state of Utah has given an artificial intelligence company real-time access to state traffic cameras, CCTV and “public safety” …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Former Uber self-driving unit head Anthony Levandowski, a key figure in the Uber-Waymo trade secrets trial, ordered to pay $179M to Google over contract breach  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The former head of Uber Technologies Inc's self-driving technology unit must pay $179 million to Google …
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google Assistant can now be asked to read webpages or Android app content aloud, launching with support for 42 different languages  —  Google Assistant is able to read web pages or and news articles on Android devices worldwide today, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat.
R.T. Watson / Wall Street Journal:
Quibi says it has closed a second round of financing worth $750M that includes about $400M raised at the end of 2019, bringing its total raised to $1.75B  —  Closing $750 million financing round brings total raised to $1.75 billion  —  Short-form video streamer Quibi said it has closed …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg details how Facebook and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are responding to COVID-19: free ads for WHO and other health orgs, misinfo flagging, more  —  Mark Zuckerberg has outlined some of the steps that Facebook and his family's non-profit, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative …
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Sources: DoorDash lost around $450M in 2019 and is in talks to raise debt that would convert to equity when it goes public  —  The food delivery app is losing money, battling rivals, facing lawsuits — and trying to go public.  What could go wrong?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — DoorDash …
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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
HPE partners with AMD to use its chips in HPE's $600M US DOE supercomputer contract announced last August to optimize AI and ML for nuclear weapons support  —  The system, which will help protect the US nuclear stockpile, will deliver performance greater than two exaflops, HPE now says …
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:
Facebook fact-check partner Daily Caller faces scrutiny for labeling Politico, NBC News stories on Trump's COVID-19 comments as false, raising process concerns  —  Who fact-checks the fact-checkers?  Did Trump call coronavirus the Democrats' “new hoax”?  —  Those are the big questions emerging …

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