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March 24, 2020, 2:40 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iPad Pro 2020 review: it's fast with a great display and excellent trackpad support, but iPadOS limitations remain and its LIDAR tech may get little use  —  An iterative year-over-year update  —  Apple's tagline for the new 2020 iPad Pro models is “Your next computer is not a computer.”
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.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Instagram announces Co-Watching, a feature that lets users browse the app together over video chat  —  - Facebook's Instagram announced a feature that lets users browse the app with friends over video chat.  — The feature is called Co-Watching, and it allows users in direct-message conversations …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube will change the default video resolution to standard definition worldwide for a month starting today to ease internet traffic  —  - Videos will default to standard definition worldwide  — YouTube, Netflix already reduced video quality in Europe
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Mobile-only banking app Revolut, which has 10M+ customers in Europe, is launching in the US today  —  European fintech startup Revolut is launching its app and service in the U.S. Starting today, anybody can sign up and get a Revolut debit card.  In the U.S., Revolut has partnered …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Unacast, an analytics company using location data from a variety of apps, debuts a Social Distancing Scoreboard to grade how US citizens are adapting by region  —  D.C. gets an ‘A’ while Wyoming earns an ‘F’ for following coronavirus stay-at-home advice, based on the locations of tens of millions of phones
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mozilla launches Firefox Better Web with Scroll for Firefox tracking protection and Scroll's ad-free browsing experience for $2.50/mo. for the first six months  —  Mozilla just announced a new initiative called Firefox Better Web with Scroll, which combines the tracking protection built …
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 …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a critical zero-day flaw in font rendering 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.
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.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Arkose Labs, which is developing a service that detects and mitigates online fraud, raises $22M Series B led by Microsoft's venture fund M12  —  Arkose Labs, which is developing a platform that detects and mitigates online fraud, today announced that it has raised $22 million.
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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google unveils the Stadia Makers program to attract more indie developers, promising funding, technical assistance from Unity experts, free developer hardware  —  At the virtual Google for Games Developer Summit today, the company announced “Stadia Makers” to bring more indie titles to the platform.

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