March 8, 2020, 12:01 AM

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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at the growing TikTok trend of “sleep-streams”, where users live-stream their sleep to earn digital coins and gain new followers  —  Some TikTok users are going viral, gaining followers and even making cash by live-streaming themselves overnight.
Sarah Emerson / OneZero :
While tech companies push remote work for their employees, gig workers receive little support amid COVID-19 outbreak and face income loss for self-quarantine  —  Amazon, Uber, and Lyft have sent memos asking workers to follow protocols that might not be feasible
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Austin 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:
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
New York power plant sets up its own Bitcoin mining operation, with ~7K crypto miners, using “behind-the-meter” electricity to generate ~5.5 Bitcoins per day  —  - Atlas Holdings LLC-owned facility starts mining crypto  — Dresden-based natural gas plant installed 7,000 crypto miners
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Hungry, a catering marketplace that connects businesses with independent chefs, has raised $20M in Series B funding at a $100M+ pre-money valuation  —  Hungry, a catering marketplace that connects businesses with independent chefs, announced this week that it has raised $20 million in Series B funding.
Jessica Saunders / Atlanta Business Journal:
Atlanta-based supply chain tech company Dematic acquires UK-based logistics automation software company DAI for ~$133.5M, as Dematic parent KION completes deal  —  Supply chain technology company Dematic is expanding its software offerings with the acquisition of a UK-based company that specializes in logistics automation software.
Kang-Xing Jin / About Facebook:
Facebook is temporarily banning ads and listings that sell medical face masks, and outlines changes to keep Instagram users “safe and informed” on COVID-19  —  We are temporarily banning advertisements and commerce listings, like those on Marketplace, that sell medical face masks.
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.
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