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March 11, 2020, 2:10 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.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: during a meeting, the White House sought help from Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and others to combat coronavirus misinformation and track its spread  —  The White House on Wednesday sought new help from Amazon, Google and other tech giants in the fight against coronavirus …
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 work arounds  —  Critical bug in Microsoft's SMBv3 implementation published under mysterious circumstances.  —  Word leaked out on Tuesday …
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
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Libra rival The Celo Foundation launches Alliance for Prosperity, a cryptocurrency developer platform, backed by 50+ partners including a16z and Coinbase  —  Some Libra Association members like Andreessen Horowitz and Coinbase are double-dipping, backing a competing cryptocurrency developer platform.
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.
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.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Analysis of 500+ search warrants and related docs: evidence on iPhones is typically inaccessible, though tools from Grayshift, Cellebrite, and others can work  —  With research support from Izzie Ramirez.  —  Law enforcement around the country have had varying degrees of success in trying …

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