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March 11, 2020, 11:55 PM

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Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
ESA says E3, scheduled for early June as a three-day event, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns  —  ESA announces it won't hold massive game marketing event for the first time since 1995.  —  [Update: In a message sent Wednesday morning, the ESA cited “growing concerns over [the] …
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.
Steven Overly / Politico:
Sources: the White House sought help from Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and others to combat COVID-19 misinformation and track its spread  —  The Trump administration implored the companies to use their technical expertise to help those dealing directly with the fallout of coronavirus.
Ed Hammond / Bloomberg:
Sources: Magic Leap is exploring options, including a sale, partnerships, and a possible listing, after a meeting with Facebook never progressed to deal talks  —  - Florida-based company also weighing partnerships, stake sale  — Magic Leap could fetch more than $10 billion in a sale process
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
AWS debuts Bottlerocket, an open source OS for using Linux-based containers on virtual machines and bare metal hosts, in dev preview on Amazon EC2 and EKS  —  AWS has launched its own open-source operating system for running containers on both virtual machines and bare metal hosts.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple says it will close all of its 17 retail stores in Italy from March 12 “until further notice” amid the COVID-19 outbreak  —  Apple Inc. said it is closing all 17 of its retail stores in Italy “until further notice” as the coronavirus pandemic limits activity in the country.
Shakeel Hashim / Protocol:
UK will introduce a 2% tax on search engines, social media services, and online marketplaces with $650M+ annual revenue and £25M+ UK revenue starting on April 1  —  The U.K. government has confirmed that it will levy a 2% tax on “the revenues of search engines, social media services …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU Commission outlines proposals for green initiatives related to tech: right-to-repair laws, ending premature obsolescence, and restricting single-use products  —  The European Commission has set out a plan to move towards a ‘right to repair’ for electronics devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft posts an advisory about a new wormable flaw in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019; there's currently no patch available, but there are workarounds  —  Critical bug in Microsoft's SMBv3 implementation published under mysterious circumstances.  —  Word leaked out on Tuesday …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
At EARN IT Act hearing, Sen. Blumenthal says the “bill says nothing about encryption”, while industry groups allege it may force them to drop E2E encryption  —  - At a hearing Wednesday, senators disputed tech industry claims that a new bill targeting tech's legal shield would necessarily prohibit encryption.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will enable ads on a limited number of videos about coronavirus, including from some news partners and creators who accurately self-certify  —  Weeks after YouTube declared automatic demonetization  —  YouTube is reassessing its policies in an effort to let some creators monetize videos …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Investigation finds that books dominating Amazon's search results on COVID-19 are often plagiarized from news outlets, with authors lacking verifiable IDs  —  The listings highlight the challenge that Amazon has faced as consumers have turned to the company for a variety of goods and information.
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
Bipartisan congressional committee report gives 75 recommendations for how US government should approach cyber security issues, from Cyber Command's goals to 5G  —  A bipartisan congressional committee is urging the federal government to enact a sweeping set of cybersecurity upgrades in order …

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