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March 24, 2020, 10:00 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 …
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.
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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
iPad Pro 2020 review: it is fast and has trackpad support and a great display, but iPadOS limitations still grate, and it lacks a headphone jack  —  An iterative year-over-year update  —  Apple's tagline for the new 2020 iPad Pro models is “Your next computer is not a computer.”
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google open sources SEED RL, a TensorFlow 2.0-based architecture for scaling AI model training to thousands of machines while reducing costs by up to 80%  —  Google researchers recently published a paper describing a framework — SEED RL — that scales AI model training to thousands of machines.
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 …
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