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March 26, 2020, 3:05 PM

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Todd Haselton / CNBC:
On Twitter, Slack CEO discussed some of the dramatic changes Slack has seen over the last few weeks, like quickly adding 9K net new customers; stock up 10%+  —  - Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield posted a thread to Twitter telling a story of how wild things have been for Slack this month.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Epic Games launches Epic Games Publishing, a label that will cover up to 100% of development costs while game creators retain 100% of IP and creative control  —  ‘The publishing model we always wanted’  —  Fortnite maker Epic Games is getting into publishing in a big way.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
AMD confirms someone claimed in December to have “test files” related to current and future graphics products; some files recently posted online were removed  —  Graphics cards are big business and AMD is one of the leading brands with an estimated 32% share of the discrete desktop market.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft acquires Affirmed Networks, which provides fully virtualized, cloud-native networking tech to telecom operators, with a focus on 5G and edge computing  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Affirmed Networks, a company that specializes in fully virtualized, cloud-native networking solutions for telecom operators.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google says it will resume Chrome and Chrome OS releases after pausing them last week due to the adjusted employee work schedules during the pandemic  —  Google Chrome 81 to be released next month, on April 7.  —  Google paused Chrome updates last week when it canceled the Chrome 81 release …
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.
Celia Wan / The Block:
Blockchain startup Block.one invests $150M in its social media app Voice, to kickstart its independent operations; Voice lets users post for token rewards  —  Block.one, the publisher of the EOS blockchain protocol, has invested $150 million in Voice, a social media platform launched in June last year.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Interviews with 12 Amazon warehouse workers: limited options from Amazon are forcing them to work in crowded warehouses with few essentials, like sanitizers  —  - A dozen Amazon workers told CNBC they're terrified to go to work during the pandemic, while others have expressed frustration …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Dremio, which offers a virtualization toolkit to streamline and curate data, raises $70M Series C led by Insight Partners, bringing its total raised to ~$115M  —  Dremio, which offers tools that help to streamline and curate data, today announced that it has raised $70 million in equity growth financing.
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 …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Denver-based Yaguara, which helps e-commerce companies analyze customer data, raises $7.2M seed round led by Foundation Capital  —  Yaguara, a Denver-based startup that wants to help e-commerce companies understand their customers better to deliver more meaningful experiences, announced a $7.2 million seed investment today.

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