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March 24, 2020, 8:30 AM

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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.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces that the App Store is launching in 20 new countries this year, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia, Morocco, and Myanmar  —  In a post on its developer website this afternoon, Apple has announced that the App Store is launching in 20 new countries this year.
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
Amazon now offers all US part-time and seasonal delivery employees paid time off amid COVID-19 outbreak; an employee group had been pressuring Amazon since Dec.  —  Thousands of Amazon Logistics employees will start accruing paid time off for the first time today, according to photos …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Study: speech recognition systems from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft misidentify words 19% of the time with white people vs. 35% with black people  —  Technology from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft misidentified 35 percent of words from people who were black.
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:
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 …
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Sources: EU reconsiders its digital strategy, unveiled last month, after the pandemic highlights issues like the limitations imposed by proposed AI regulation  —  SoftBank's emergency asset sales, voice network under strain, 2020 MacBook Air  —  The coronavirus crisis is forcing the EU …
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.
Eleanor Cummins / OneZero :
The spread of COVID-19 has marked an uptick in livestreamed funerals and ancestor ceremonies, forcing the technological stagnant death industry to adapt  —  It's easier than ever to bury your loved ones online  —  Shanghai last spring, more than two million people flocked to their local cemeteries …

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