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March 13, 2020, 6:45 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.
Microsoft:
Bill Gates has stepped down from the Microsoft's Board of Directors, will continue to serve as Technology Advisor to CEO Satya Nadella  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Co-Founder and Technology Advisor Bill Gates stepped down from the company's Board of Directors to dedicate …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
President Trump says Google has 1,700 engineers working on a screening site for people to check for COVID-19 symptoms and be directed to testing locations  —  - Alphabet Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees Thursday that Verily and Google are working on a new effort to help with coronavirus testing.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Source: Apple plans to announce new MacBook Air models next week  —  Last March, MacRumors received an anonymous tip claiming that Apple would announce new iPad, iMac, and iPod models with three consecutive days of press releases the following week, and that information proved to be two-thirds accurate …
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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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
NBC News:
Sources: ZTE is the subject of a new bribery investigation by the DOJ; ZTE pleaded guilty three years ago to violating US sanctions against Iran and North Korea  —  ZTE pleaded guilty three years ago to violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea and just ended its probation period.
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.

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