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March 26, 2020, 10:50 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 …
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.
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:
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Preview of Huawei's P40 flagship, which doesn't include any Google services: the hardware is really terrific but is not enough to overcome Google's absence  —  A preview of what you can expect with the new P40 flagship  —  Tomorrow Huawei will launch its latest flagship phones, the P40 series, at an event to be streamed online.
Airbnb Newsroom:
Airbnb says it wants to provide free or subsidized housing to 100K healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders around the world  —  - New global initiative will provide free or subsidized housing for healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders, typically closer to where they are working
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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.
CNBC:
33 US state AGs call on Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Walmart, and Craigslist to take proactive measures to prevent price gouging on products related to COVID-19  —  - A group of 33 attorneys general from U.S. states and territories called on Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Walmart and Craigslist …
Reuters:
Counterpoint: global smartphone sales fell 14% in February as the coronavirus spread in China; China saw sales drop 38% YoY in February  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Global smartphone sales tumbled 14% in February as the coronavirus spread in China and overseas, Counterpoint Research said on Thursday …
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 …
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.

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