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March 26, 2020, 7:55 AM

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Nikkei Asian Review:
Sources: Apple is weighing a delay of the launch of the iPhone 12 by months over fears of low sales and supply chain constraints amid the coronavirus pandemic  —  US tech giant assesses coronavirus impact on global demand  —  PALO ALTO/TAIPEI — Apple is preparing the ground to possibly delay …
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Several former TripActions employees say ~100 staff members were fired en masse during a Zoom call, without being told the reason behind the meeting beforehand  —  Hundreds of tech employees are getting laid off amid the coronavirus outbreak — but now it's all happening over Zoom.
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Andy / TorrentFreak:
AMD confirms in Dec. 2019 someone claimed to have files related to its current and future graphics products and posted them online; the files have been removed  —  Graphics cards are big business and AMD is one of the leading brands with an estimated 32% share of the discrete desktop market.
NBC News:
Tech platforms, which had mostly resisted calls for strict moderation, are now taking a “harder line” when it comes to moderating content related to COVID-19  —  Facing the prospect that hoaxes or misinformation could worsen a global pandemic, tech platforms are taking control of the information ecosystem like never before.
David Carnoy / CNET:
Qualcomm introduces ultra-low power Bluetooth audio SoCs for wireless earbuds, with support for hybrid active noise cancellation and voice assistants  —  Qualcomm introduced two new Bluetooth audio systems-on-a-chip that will power upgraded true wireless headphones hitting stores in the coming months.
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Plastiq, which lets consumers and SMBs use credit cards to pay for anything, raises $75M Series D round led by B Capital Group, bringing total raised to $140M+  —  When Eliot Buchanan tried to use his credit card to pay his Harvard tuition bill, the payment was rejected because the university said it doesn't accept credit.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Fast, which is building platform-agnostic login and checkout services for e-commerce, raises $20M Series A led by Stripe  —  Early this morning, Fast, a startup building platform-agnostic login and checkout services, announced that Stripe has led a $20 million investment into its business.
FireEye:
FireEye says that between January 20 and March 11 Chinese actor APT41 attempted to exploit bugs in Citrix and Zoho products at organizations in 20+ countries  —  Beginning this year, FireEye observed Chinese actor APT41 carry out one of the broadest campaigns by a Chinese cyber espionage actor we have observed in recent years.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
WHO partners with Facebook, Microsoft, and other tech companies on #BuildforCOVID19 hackathon to develop software tackling COVID-19 challenges, starting Mar. 26  —  - The World Health Organization has partnered with Facebook, Microsoft and several other tech companies for a hackathon to promote …
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:

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