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March 23, 2020, 8:25 PM

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New York Times:
Civil liberties experts argue that governments turning to electronic surveillance to track COVID-19 opens the door to future abuses, as happened after 9/11  —  Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later.
Reuters:
Mobile operators in Italy, Germany, and Austria are now sharing anonymized aggregated data with health authorities, to map people's concentrations and movements  —  MILAN/BERLIN (Reuters) - Mobile carriers are sharing data with the health authorities in Italy, Germany and Austria …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a critical zero-day flaw in font rendering that is found in all supported versions of Windows; no patch is available  —  Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple is planning a high-end 6.7-inch iPhone in 2020 with sensor-shift image stabilization, expanding to two or three new iPhone models in 2021  —  Apple is rumored to be planning a high-end 6.7-inch iPhone model for release in 2020, and multiple reports have indicated that the device …
Nikkei Asian Review:
Foxconn says it has secured enough workers to meet “seasonal demand” at all major Chinese plants ahead of schedule  —  Recruitment goals ahead of schedule, as Apple prepares for new model releases  —  TAIPEI — Taiwan's Foxconn, the top assembler of Apple's iPhones …
Jenny Leonard / Bloomberg:
Apple's request for Apple Watches to be excluded from a 7.5% US tariff on Chinese imports has been approved  —  - USTR notifies company of decision in letter dated Friday  — Watches were subject to 7.5% tariff from U.S.-China trade war  —  Apple Inc.'s request for its popular watches …
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
As Amazon prioritizes household staples and other high-demand items, some non-essential items are now showing April 21 delivery dates even with Amazon Prime  —  An Amazon delivery man in Paris, France, on March 19, 2020.  Getty Images  —  The e-commerce giant is prioritizing household staples …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
In a letter to Trump, Uber CEO seeks updated labor laws to provide a “third way” of classifying workers, between contractors and employees  —  - Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi asked President Donald Trump to provide relief to gig workers whose income has been significantly cut due to the coronavirus crisis.
Shirley Zhao / Bloomberg:
Chinese mobile carriers report losing 20M+ users; the world's largest carrier China Mobile dropped by 8M subs over Jan. and Feb., its first net drop in decades  —  - China Mobile leads drop with 8 million decline in subscribers  — China Telecom, Unicom have also reported drops in users

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