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March 6, 2020, 8:10 PM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter plan to pay their hourly workers regular wages as they ask their staff 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 even as they encourage …
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 …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Austin's emergency declaration cancels SXSW, scheduled for March 13-22, due to concerns over COVID-19  —  - SXSW was canceled after a string of high-profile cancellations including Twitter, Facebook and TikTok.  — The conference had been scheduled to take place between March 13 and 22.
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.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Quibi will offer a free 90-day trial for users who sign up before it launches on April 6 with 50 shows and movies; Quibi will cost $4.99 with ads, $7.99 without  —  Longer than what Disney Plus current offers  —  Quibi is finally almost here, and in an effort to entice people …
Nic Fildes / Financial Times:
Researchers: Virgin Media's exposed marketing database included 1,100+ records of customer requests to block or unblock websites with porn and extreme “gore”  —  Records linking accounts to gambling and pornography sites may have been accessed  —  More than 1,000 records linking …
Ross Rubin / ZDNet:
Qualcomm licenses tech from BASF which relies not only on the shapes of faces but on the detection of live skin itself and may be competitive with Face ID  —  Qualcomm is betting on a German technology company that analyzes backscatter reflections to defeat face detection spoofs.

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