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March 5, 2020, 6:20 AM

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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft encourages Seattle area and Bay Area employees to work from home if possible through March 25th, asks sick employees to stay home  —  - People who can work from home in the two affected areas should do that, Microsoft said.  — Microsoft said non-essential business travel …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
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.
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 …
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
Amy Castor / Decrypt:
UK's FCA warns UK citizens against offers from crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX, saying it lacks authorization to market financial products in the country  —  The Financial Conduct Authority cautions UK citizens to avoid the bitcoin derivatives platform.  Bitmex is promoting its services without authorization, it says.
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” …
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.
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 …
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
Buenos Aires has had live facial recognition in its subway systems for about a year, which has caused wrongful detentions, even as politicians praise the system  —  July 2019, Guillermo Federico Ibarrola was heading home on the subway when he was stopped by Buenos Aires police.

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