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March 24, 2020, 7:40 PM

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New York Times:
While traffic surges on Facebook, with messaging up 50% from last month in many countries, their now-remote workforce struggles to handle its own IT snafus  —  The social network is straining to deal with skyrocketing usage as its 45,000 employees work from home for the first time.
New York Times:
Facebook internal report: US users are reading more COVID-19 content from “higher-quality” sources based on its ranking of top publishers adopted last year  —  More than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus, according to an internal report.
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
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple SVP of People and Retail says in internal memo that Apple expects to start reopening its retail stores in the first half of April on a staggered basis  —  Apple Inc. expects to start re-opening its retail stores in the first half of April on a staggered basis and has extended remote work abilities …
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.”
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
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple updates Safari to fully block third-party cookies by default, months after Google said it would do the same in Chrome by 2022  —  Beating Google by two years to the privacy feature  —  Apple on Tuesday released a major update to its Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) …
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 …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple releases iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4, tvOS 13.4, and watchOS 6.2 to the public  —  Following a 1.5-month beta testing period and a 3-month gap between point releases, Apple today officially released versions 13.4 of iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS to the public, alongside macOS 10.15.4 and watchOS 6.2.
Financial Times:
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Brave partners with Binance to include a widget on the new tab page that lets users buy, trade, and receive cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and ether  —  Web browser Brave is expanding its cryptocurrency features with an integration with cryptocurrency exchange Binance.
Check Point Research:
Ad fraud malware found in 24 children's Android games and 32 utility apps, downloaded nearly 1M times, before being removed from the Google Play Store  —  Research by Israel Wernik, Danil Golubenko , Aviran Hazum  —  Although Google has taken steps to secure its Play store and stop malicious activity …

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