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March 15, 2020, 11:07 PM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
An overview of the COVID-19-related work Google is doing, and how it falls far short of the comprehensive testing system implied by President Trump on Friday  —  ‘Neither one of the announcements were ready for prime time,’ one official told the Washington Post
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Google says it is working with the US government to develop a nationwide COVID-19 website on symptoms, risks, and testing info, in addition to other measures  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) said on Saturday that it was working with the U.S. government to develop …
Frank McShan / MacRumors:
WSJ: some Apple employees still work from HQ due to restrictions on external access to some systems and prohibitions on unreleased products from leaving campus  —  The process of tech companies sending thousands of employees home amid the coronavirus crisis has been messy, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple says it is closing all of its stores outside China until March 27 due to the spread of COVID-19 and plans to pay its hourly workers during the closures  —  Apple today announced that it is closing all of its retail locations outside of Greater China until March 27 due to the continuing spread …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple will only accept COVID-19 related apps from recognized entities such as government orgs, health NGOs, and companies with health or education credentials  —  Apple today announced that it is evaluating COVID-19 coronavirus-related apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon warns it is experiencing Prime delivery delays and running out of stock of popular household items amid the coronavirus outbreak  —  - Amazon said many household items are out of stock due to increased demand as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S.
Grant Martin / Forbes:
Airbnb is broadening its cancellation policy to offer refunds to worldwide travelers with stays and experiences booked between March 14 and April 14  —  The largest vacation rental company in the world is broadening its cancellation policy to offer refunds to worldwide travelers with stays …
Sophia Kunthara / Crunchbase News:
Arctic Wolf, which provides security experts to act as an extension of a company's internal cybersecurity team, raises $60M Series D  —  Cybersecurity startup Arctic Wolf raised $60 million in its Series D round, bringing its total funding to more than $148 million.
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Andrii Degeler / Tech.eu:
UK-based INSTANDA, which claims to be the insurance industry's “first no-code business platform”, raises $19.5M Series A led by Assembly Capital Partners  —  The UK-founded no-code insurance customer and policy management platform INSTANDA has landed $19.5 million in a Series A funding round.
Tim Merel / VentureBeat:
Digi-Capital: over $4.1B was invested in AR and VR startups in 2019, but Q4 lagged; 2019 was the third-highest year for AR and VR investment after 2017 and 2018  —  Digi-Capital's AR/VR Analytics Platform tracked $4.1 billion in AR/VR investment in 2019, the third-highest virtual reality investment …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon wants to open source its cashier-less store software via an organization called Dent, which held unsuccessful talks with Walmart and Target  —  Retailers don't yet plan to participate, but talks highlight Amazon's ambition to have others adopt its technology

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