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March 24, 2020, 6:20 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.
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 …
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.
Ariel Shapiro / Forbes:
Streaming services see signup spikes over the past week, boosted by free trials, with Disney+ up 300%+, HBO Now 90%, Showtime 78%, Netflix 47%, and Apple 10%  —  Topline: As Americans brace for spending weeks (or months) inside as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, they are subscribing …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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:
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 …

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