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March 12, 2020, 8:50 PM

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CNN:
CNN investigation finds troll farms in Ghana and Nigeria exploited US racial tensions and have ties to Russia's IRA; Facebook and Twitter have removed accounts  —  Accra, Ghana (CNN)The Russian trolls are back — and once again trying to poison the political atmosphere in the United States ahead of this year's elections.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Twitter is making it mandatory for all employees around the world to work from home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic  —  After “strongly encouraging” it earlier this month, Twitter said today that working from home is now mandatory for all employees around the world due to COVID-19 concerns.
Business Insider:
Karl Bode / VICE:
AT&T suspends broadband data caps for home internet customers in response to increased data needs during outbreak, 17 US senators ask large ISPs to follow suit  —  AT&T is the first major ISP to confirm that it will be suspending all broadband usage caps as millions of Americans bunker …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models with scissor keyboards in the second quarter of 2020  —  Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models with scissor keyboards in the second quarter of 2020, according to a new research note today from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, obtained by MacRumors.
Will Oremus / OneZero :
As COVID-19 hastens the adoption of remote work tools, it deepens the divide between those who can and can't work remotely, and normalizes social distancing  —  How working from home could reshape society  —  8:45 each weekday morning, I drop off my 4-year-old at preschool, hug him goodbye, and drive back home.
Reuters:
Terry Gou, founder of Foxconn, said the resumption of production at its factories in China had “exceeded expectations” after a prolonged halt due to coronavirus  —  Terry Gou, founder of Apple's major manufacturing partner Foxconn, said on Thursday the resumption of production …
Bloomberg:
Source: Airbnb reported a loss of $276.4M in Q4 before COVID-19 hit, nearly doubling YoY from $143.7M; revenue was up 32% to $1.1B, and it has $2B+ in the bank  —  - Revenue rose 32% in the period, according to a person familiar  — Startup's plans to list on stock market could be at risk
Dave Lee / Financial Times:
IBM sues Airbnb over what it claims is the illegal use of four patents, including one about “improved navigation using bookmarks”  —  Move threatens to cast shadow over short-term rental company's road to IPO  —  IBM is taking Airbnb to court over what it claims is the illegal use …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and others sign an open letter opposing more than dozen bills across the US that target LGBTQ citizens  —  Apple is among 40 companies voicing opposition to recent bills introduced across the United States that target LGBTQ citizens.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases a patch for the wormable flaw in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 that leaked this week  —  Fix for CVE-2020-0796 is now rolling out to Windows 10 and Windows Serve 2019 systems worldwide.  —  Microsoft has released today a patch for a vulnerability in the SMBv3 protocol …
Bloomberg:
Telecom Italia says its internet traffic surged 70%+, mostly due to games such as Fortnite, after reports of lost connections during Italy's school shutdown  —  - It's not just home-working adults who are hogging bandwidth  — International network operator sees big increase in traffic
Omkar Godbole / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin fell to $5,678, its lowest level since May 2019 and a ~25% drop on a 24-hour basis, before bouncing back, now hovering around $6K  —  Bitcoin is in turmoil on Thursday as another severe sell-off is seen in the traditional markets.  —  The top cryptocurrency by market value plunged …
Tim Berners-Lee / World Wide Web Foundation:
On the web's 31st birthday, Tim-Berners Lee warns online harassment and lack of internet access are fuelling abuse and discrimination against women and girls  —  On the World Wide Web's 31st birthday, our founder and web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee reflects on the challenges we face to deliver on our vision of a web for everyone.
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Ride Report, which provides cities and legislators with data and monitoring tools for micromobility vehicles like scooters, raises $10M led by Unusual Ventures  —  Portland-based micromobility startup Ride Report just closed a $10 million round led by Unusual Ventures to better facilitate relationships between cities and operators.

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