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March 12, 2020, 4:00 PM

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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.
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.
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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 …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Google says G Suite now has more than 2B MAUs  —  Google's G Suite, which includes Gmail, Google Docs, Hangouts, Meet and other apps, quietly passed a major milestone at the end of last year: It now has more than 2 billion monthly active users, G Suite boss Javier Soltero told Axios Wednesday.
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.
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Source: at least one of this year's iPhones will have a 3D depth camera on its back, enabling new photo and video effects, as well as better AR experiences  —  Our source confirms Apple's plans to put a 3D depth camera on the back of the iPhone.  Here's what it'll do.
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.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation identifies owner of 60+ browser extensions that engaged in a long-running ad fraud scheme and were removed as part of a Google crackdown in Feb.  —  It was a weed that Google kept trying and failing to kill.  —  The browser extension MyPDF kept appearing and being removed from the Chrome Web Store.
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 …
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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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
Gordon Gottsegen / Built In Los Angeles:
LA-based Albert, a platform that helps people automate their finances and connects subscribers to human financial advisers, raises $50M Series B  —  LA-based fintech startup Albert just announced it raised a $50 million Series B funding round led by CapitalG — the growth equity investment firm from Google parent company Alphabet.
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Trump signs bill banning federal subsidies of purchases from vendors deemed a threat, like Huawei, and helping small telecoms replace gear with a $1B FCC fund  —  President Trump on Thursday signed into law a bill banning the use of federal funds to purchase equipment from telecom companies deemed …

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