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March 11, 2020, 10:15 AM

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Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Sources: the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), scheduled for early June as a three-day event, will be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns  —  Massive game-announcement event won't happen for the first time since 1996.  —  E3 2020 as we know it is over.
Clare Duffy / CNN:
Google recommends all North American employees work remotely until at least April 10  —  New York (CNN Business)Google parent company Alphabet is recommending that all of its North America employees work from home through April 10 due to coronavirus, according to an email shown to CNN.
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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Source: Google plans to launch a second-gen Chromecast Ultra dongle later this year, based on Android TV, with 4K HDR support and a standalone remote  —  According to a reliable source familiar with the company's plans, Google is planning to launch a second-generation Chromecast Ultra this year based on Android TV.
Maya Kosoff / Marker:
How some high-profile direct-to-consumer startups have struggled to make their economics work amid rising customer acquisition costs  —  How venture capital became the most dangerous thing to happen to now-troubled DTCs like Outdoor Voices, Harry's, and Casper
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Early look at Amazon's Graviton2 Arm chip, expected to be publicly available in a few months, suggests better performance per dollar on EC2 than Intel chips  —  It's been a year and a half since Amazon released their first-generation Graviton Arm-based processor core, publicly available in AWS EC2 as the so-called ‘A1’ instances.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it worked with partners in 35 countries to take down the Necurs botnet, one of the largest known to date, infecting 9M+ computers worldwide  —  Microsoft and partners in 35 countries move to bring down Necurs, today's largest malware botnet.  —  Microsoft announced today …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers: Intel CPUs vulnerable to new “LVI” attacks, which let attackers inject and execute code inside the CPU, theoretically even from a site's JavaScript  —  Researchers say Intel processors will need another round of silicon chip re-designs to protect against new attack.
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs scales back Toronto smart city project prompted by local privacy critics, who argue it exploits people's data from the physical world  —  Faced with an array of opponents for its sensor-laden city of tomorrow in Toronto, a Google sibling has dramatically dialed back plans.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Report: 83% of internet-connected medical imaging devices run on outdated operating systems, up 56% since 2018 due to the end of Windows 7 support in Jan.  —  Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 security division said medical equipment is outdated and vulnerable to hacker attacks and health care organizations …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Trump administration announces new rules letting patients use apps of their choice to access healthcare data; some groups criticize the lack of data safeguards  —  New federal data-sharing requirements will enable people to use consumer apps to retrieve their medical information directly from their doctors.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SpotOn, which provides point of sale payment services, raises $50M Series B led by Dragoneer Investment Group and Franklin Templeton  —  Small and medium enterprises make up the vast majority of businesses globally, and today a startup building merchant services to help them operate is announcing …
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Alfred Ng / CNET:
A look at EARN IT Act, a bipartisan bill to make firms earn Section 230 protections by meeting standards that reduce child exploitation but weaken data privacy  —  Backers of the EARN IT Act focus on protecting children from being exploited, but security experts say the bill actually chips away at your encrypted messages.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple may be working on a new fitness app, codenamed “Seymour” in leaked code, for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, which will let users download guided workout videos  —  Apple appears to be working on a new fitness app for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV that is designed …
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