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March 7, 2020, 2:20 AM

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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.
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Postmates adds Drop Options amid COVID-19 concerns, letting users meet Postmates at the door, at curbside, or have no-contact, with deliveries left at the door  —  The on-demand food delivery industry marches on  —  Food delivery platform Postmates is starting what the company is calling a …
Kang-Xing Jin / About Facebook:
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
eBay bans new listings for hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and surgical masks, including N95 and N100 masks, in the US “effectively immediately”  —  - EBay issued a notice to sellers Thursday telling them it's banning all listings for N95 and N100 masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
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:
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 …
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins closes its 19th fund, KP19, at $700M to focus on early stage investments, reveals 30 out of 34 KP18 investments were either seed or Series A  —  After going “back to the future” with a $600 million fund last year, VC firm Kleiner Perkins is aiming for some “returns of the Jedi” with its freshest (and refocused) fund.

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