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March 5, 2020, 9:05 PM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Numerous tech companies, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook are asking Seattle-based staff to work from home because of coronavirus  —  Amazon and Facebook have shut down individual offices as well  —  Numerous tech companies have asked their Seattle-based employees to work from home …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Sources: Apple is rejecting apps related to COVID-19 that do not originate from “recognized institutions” like governments or hospitals  —  - Apple is cracking down on apps related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak that aren't from recognized institutions like governments or hospitals, iPhone developers say.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft encourages Seattle area and Bay Area employees to work from home if possible through March 25 and 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 …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
DuckDuckGo makes Tracker Radar, a tool detailing 5,326 domains used by 1,727 companies and organizations that track users online, publicly available  —  DuckDuckGo, the maker of search engine and browser technology that doesn't track you online, is sharing data it's collected about online trackers …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
An unfixable flaw in nearly all Intel chips released in last five years allows sophisticated attackers access to mask ROM of its chipsets and microprocessors  —  Converged Security and Management Engine flaw may jeopardize Intel's root of trust.  —  Virtually all Intel chips released …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Sonos says it is getting rid of its controversial recycle mode, which bricked its older devices, while continuing to offer a trade-in discount  —  Sonos has been under fire lately for the way it has handled a few decisions around its oldest products.  Last fall, the company introduced a …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Jack Dorsey says he is reevaluating plans to spend part of the year in Africa amid the coronavirus outbreak and “everything else going on”  —  The Twitter CEO is facing down an adversarial investor who wants him gone  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is reevaluating his plans …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook reverses course and says it will remove 1K+ deceptive census ads being run by the Trump campaign, after initially saying they do not violate its policy  —  November's election will have an enormous impact on politics in the United States for the next four years.
Michael H. Keller / New York Times:
Five Eyes nations release guidelines for platforms to fight child porn; US senators introduce a bill to remove Section 230 for failure to police such content  —  Legislation announced on Thursday aimed at curbing the spread of online child sexual abuse imagery would take the extraordinary step …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter expands its rules around hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes people on the basis of their age, disability, or disease  —  Last year, Twitter expanded its rules around hate speech to include dehumanizing speech against religious groups.
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
Emails show Wolfcom, a major body cam provider in the US, is testing integrating live facial recognition on its Halo camera with at least one police department  —  Police cam manufacturer Wolfcom has contracts with 1,500 organizations  —  olfcom, a company that makes technology for police …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Clearview AI's facial recognition app was used by the company's investors, clients, and friends to “test” its tech for over a year prior to public scrutiny  —  Investors and clients of the facial recognition start-up freely used the app on dates and at parties — and to spy on the public.
Chris Mellor / Blocks and Files:
Nvidia acquires SwiftStack, a small AI-focused data storage and management platform it currently uses, for an undisclosed sum  —  Nvidia is buying SwiftStack, an object storage software company.  Terms were undisclosed but the takeover looks like a white knight move by Nvidia.
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Google launches a version of Anthos cloud platform for telecoms as part of its Global Mobile Edge Cloud strategy, partners with AT&T to test 5G edge solutions  —  Google LLC today launched a new version of its Anthos application development platform for telecommunications providers …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google says it will switch to mobile-first indexing for all sites from September and 70% of sites shown in its search results have already shifted over  —  Google has said currently 70% of sites shown in search have already been switched over.  —  Google has announced that by September 2020 …
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.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google starts rolling out 4K gaming for Stadia on the web for Stadia Pro subscribers; until now 4K gameplay was limited to Chromecast Ultra and TVs  —  Google last month started fulfilling its Q1 2020 roadmap by rolling out its streaming service to Samsung, Asus, and Razer phones.

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