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March 19, 2020, 7:50 AM

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Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Apple will add full trackpad support to all iPads running iPadOS 13.4 on March 24 and unveils a Magic Keyboard with built-in trackpad starting at $299 in May  —  Apple today announced that iPadOS 13.4 will launch next Tuesday, March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models …
Steven Sinofsky / @stevesi:
[Thread] Trackpad support for iPads is not Apple's capitulation, it is a part of a convergent evolution of PC hardware and software from its earliest days  —  Apple unveils new iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and trackpad support in iPadOS https://www.apple.com/... // The “convergence” everyone has been waiting for? A “2 in 1” or a tablet or a toaster-refrigerator? Did Apple capitulate? Some context on evolution of devices... 1/ https://twitter.com/...
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Richard Leadbetter / Eurogamer.net:
Sony details full PlayStation 5 specs: a custom eight-core AMD Zen 2 CPU, custom GPU based on AMD's RDNA 2 with 10.28 teraflops, 16GB RAM, and custom 825GB SSD  —  Sony has broken its silence.  PlayStation 5 specifications are now out in the open with system architect Mark Cerny delivering …
Emily Bary / MarketWatch:
Square says it has received conditional FDIC approval to operate a bank, Square Financial Services, which will provide small-business loans and launch in 2021  —  Referenced Symbols  —  Square Inc. SQ, -11.69% announced late Wednesday that it had received conditional approval …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Yun Li / CNBC:
NYSE will temporarily close its trading floor and move to all-electronic trading starting March 23, after two people tested positive for COVID-19  —  - The New York Stock Exchange said starting March 23, it will temporarily close its historic trading floor and move fully to electronic trading.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Android 11 Developer Preview 2 with hinge angle support for foldables, call screening improvements, and new Neural Networks API functionality  —  Google today launched the second Android 11 developer preview with hinge angle detection support, call screening improvements, and new ops in the Neural Networks API.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook says it is rolling out a COVID-19 information center placed atop all users' feeds to help surface news and resources  —  The portal aims to be a one-stop shop for its more than 2.5 billion users to find news and resources about the pandemic.  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
FCC temporarily waives rules for some subsidy programs, letting ISPs donate equipment like Wi-Fi hotspots to hospitals, schools, and libraries until Sept. 20  —  The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday temporarily waived rules in its Rural Health Care and E-Rate programs …
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
An Amazon warehouse worker in New York tests positive for coronavirus; Amazon says it has temporarily closed the facility and sent workers home with full pay  —  Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Queens, New York, received a text Wednesday evening that they long feared might come …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google pauses Chrome and Chrome OS releases due to coronavirus outbreak, citing “adjusted work schedules”  —  Google: “Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases."  —  Google said today it is pausing upcoming Chrome …
Sarah Kessler / OneZero :
Many people who have lost income during the coronavirus pandemic, including gig workers for Uber and elsewhere, have turned to GoFundMe to fill the gap  —  People who have lost their income during the crisis now turn to the crowdfunding platform for help  —  Monday, March 17, Benjamin Majchrzak …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack unveils a new design with an updated navigation bar, collapsible sections within the sidebar, improved ways to respond to threads and mentions, and more  —  It arrives today, and it's more customizable and simplified  —  Slack is unveiling a big redesign to its communications app …

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