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March 13, 2020, 3:30 PM

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Apple:
Apple announces it will hold WWDC in June in “an entirely new online format”  —  WWDC 2020 to Feature an Online Format with a Keynote and Sessions Connecting Millions of Developers Around the World  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Some Facebook contractors at Accenture and WiPro say they are not permitted to work from home; Facebook says it is due to safety, privacy, and legal reasons  —  Like other tech firms scrambling in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Facebook is encouraging staff worldwide to work from home …
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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, more ISPs join FCC-orchestrated “Keep Americans Connected Pledge”, will open Wi-Fi hotspots, not terminate service for late fees, more  —  AT&T, Comcast and Verizon joined dozens of telecom providers in agreeing to aid Americans who are out of work …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
YouTube introduces a new Explore tab on Android and iOS to replace Trending, featuring destination pages and creators and music artists “on the Rise”  —  After being in beta for shy of two years, YouTube is finally rolling out its “Explore” tab on both Android and iOS, a new home for trending content and much more.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple confirms all 42 of its China stores will be open as of Friday after closing them in Feb. due to COVID-19, however, they will operate under reduced hours  —  Apple Inc. has reopened all 42 of its stores in China after it was forced to close them last month due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Reuters:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says its Build 2020 developer conference, planned for May 19 through May 21, will be a digital event due to COVID-19 concerns  —  Microsoft's Build developer event is no longer taking place in Seattle  —  Microsoft's Build developer conference is the latest tech event to be affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
After acquiring Code Barrel in Oct., Atlassian launches native no-code automation across Jira Cloud products with support for Slack, Microsoft Teams, and others  —  A few months ago, Atlassian acquired Code Barrel, the Sydney-based company behind the popular Automation for Jira low-code tool for …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Instagram removes all AR effects that claim to diagnose or treat coronavirus and will begin hiding other coronavirus-themed AR effects from search results  —  Instagram is taking new steps to combat the spread of coronavirus-related misinformation.  The company has removed augmented reality effects …

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