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March 6, 2020, 3:45 PM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter plan to pay their hourly workers regular wages as they ask their staff, including in Bay Area, to work from home  —  Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter all told Axios on Thursday night that they plan to pay their hourly workers regular wages …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple is encouraging employees in Silicon Valley and Seattle to work from home as an “additional precaution” against the outbreak of coronavirus  —  Apple Inc. is encouraging employees in Silicon Valley to work from home as an “additional precaution” against the outbreak of coronavirus …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Oppo unveils Oppo Watch, its first smartwatch with 1.91-inch OLED screen, fitness tracking, music playback, available on March 24 in China for ~$215  —  Out in China this month for $215  —  As repeatedly teased by Oppo itself, Oppo is making a watch called the Oppo Watch, and today it got revealed in full.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Oppo unveils €1,199 Find X2 Pro with 5G, Snapdragon 865, 6.7-inch Quad HD+ 120Hz display, a 10x hybrid zoom camera, and 4,260mAh battery with 65W charging  —  Even though Oppo isn't as well-known in the US, chances are you might have come across one of its recent tech demos.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
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 …
Steven Levy / OneZero :
Profile of Whitfield Diffie, one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography, which ushered in digital signatures and now underlies the security of ecommerce  —  Longtime tech journalist Steven Levy's new book, Facebook: The Inside Story, details how Mark Zuckerberg transformed …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Study: 86K+ Facebook pages ran at least one political ad that was not properly disclosed, and ~20K ads had been purchased by “likely inauthentic communities”  —  The Facebook ad purchased by a page called “Angry Buckeyes” in December seemed ordinary at first …
Wayne Ma / The Information:
Investigation details Apple's struggles to create a device manufacturing supply chain in India  —  Several years ago, employees at Apple investigated whether components for the iPhone could be made in India.  The results weren't encouraging.  —  While the employees found some companies …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Boston-based HaulHub, an “Uber for dump trucks” for the heavy construction industry, raises $30M Series B led by T. Rowe Price and Durable Capital Partners  —  HaulHub, a Boston-area startup focused on modernizing the heavy construction industry's approach to transportation management …
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.

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