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March 23, 2020, 11:50 AM

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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.
Yimou Lee / Reuters:
Taiwan rolls out a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based …
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 …
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
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 …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Ban on targeted behavioral advertising may be the single best way to fix the internet, from protecting privacy and sanitizing social media, to saving journalism  —  From protecting privacy to saving the free press, it may be the single best way to fix the internet.
David Jagneaux / UploadVR:
The Director of Content Ecosystem at Oculus, Chris Pruett, says 90% of users who got an Oculus Quest for Christmas never owned an Oculus headset before  —  Today during the introduction video for the F acebook: Game Developers Showcase, Chris Pruett, Director of Content Ecosystem, Oculus …
John Harris / The Guardian:
Facebook has facilitated the formation of an estimated 300 local coronavirus support groups in the UK, whose combined membership now totals 1M+ people  —  As coronavirus forces communities online, support groups are realising Facebook's promise to truly connect us  —  About 25 years ago, “face time” was a new phrase.
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