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March 18, 2020, 12:30 AM

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Washington Post:
Sources: the US government is in active talks with Facebook, Google, and others to use location data from Americans' smartphones to stem COVID-19's spread  —  The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts …
Joe Tidy / BBC:
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google Translate debuts Transcribe for Android, letting users transcribe conversations in real-time across eight languages, with future plans to ship on iOS  —  Google Translate today launched Transcribe for Android, a feature that delivers a continual, real-time translation of a conversation.
The Information:
Sources: Facebook says all employees will get a $1,000 bonus and earn at least their full bonus for their first 6-month review of 2020 amid COVID-19 crisis  —  Facebook will pay a $1,000 bonus to every employee, one of the first big companies to offer workers cash to help them during the coronavirus outbreak.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Facebook says it plans to award $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 small businesses in 30+ countries to address COVID-19's economic impact  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said Tuesday it plans to award $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 small businesses …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook says it has fixed a bug in its anti-spam system that marked some legitimate COVID-19 news articles and information as spam on Tuesday  —  The company is fixing the posts and bringing them back  —  Facebook started marking some posts linking to information and articles about the coronavirus …
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
Uber suspends its Uber Pool feature in the US and Canada, and Lyft says it is pausing Shared rides across all its markets to reduce the spread of COVID-19  —  Uber has suspended its Uber Pool feature in the United States and Canada due to the worsening outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Opera partners with e-payments startup Wyre to enable US users of its browser-based crypto wallet to buy bitcoin and ether using a debit card or Apple Pay  —  The Opera browser app has partnered with e-payments startup Wyre to expand its built-in wallet's crypto buying power, the Norwegian web developer announced Tuesday.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
HHS waives penalties for the use of non-HIPAA compliant video chatting services, like FaceTime and Skype, for telehealth during COVID-19 outbreak  —  The coronavirus crisis is pushing the US government to loosen one of its only laws on data privacy.  The Department of Health and Human Services …
Lindsey O'Donnell / Threatpost:
Study: Microsoft Edge sends frequent hashed IDs tied to hardware to its back-end servers, making it one of the least private browsers available  —  Microsoft Edge is one of the least private web browsers — even more so than other popular browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox — according to academic researchers.
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TechCrunch:
Overview of the companies from Y Combinator's W20 Demo Day, which debuted presentations online to invited investors and media  —  Y Combinator's Demo Day was a bit different this time around.  —  As concerns grew over the spread of COVID-19, Y Combinator shifted the event format away …
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Amazon prioritizes shipments of household staples and high-demand products to its warehouses, partially suspending Fulfillment by Amazon program through April 5  —  - Amazon told sellers and vendors on Tuesday that it was suspending shipments of all nonessential products to its warehouses …
BuzzFeed News:
Some warehouse workers say Amazon isn't doing enough to limit the spread of coronavirus within its fulfillment centers and demand additional protections  —  As Americans retreat to their homes to weather the coronavirus pandemic, they are increasingly turning to Amazon to get basic necessities …
Dave Clark / The Amazon Blog:
New York Times:
As the COVID-19 outbreak discourages moviegoers and theatrical releases get delayed, the ascendancy of streaming services may be accelerating  —  Cinemas, already contending with streaming services, are now facing the prospect of no audiences and no new films because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:

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