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March 27, 2020, 3:15 PM

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Apple:
Apple launches an app and a website that provides information and guidance on COVID-19, in partnership with CDC, FEMA, and the Coronavirus Task Force  —  Tools Offer Up-to-Date Guidance and Information for People Across the US  —  Apple today released a new screening tool and set of resources …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple to launch several Mac notebooks and desktop computers with its own custom Arm-based processors in 2021; USB4 support will come to Macs in 2022  —  Apple plans to launch several Mac notebooks and desktop computers with its own custom designed Arm-based processors in 2021 …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Google to donate $800M+ to fight COVID-19, including $250M in ad grants to WHO, $340M Google Ads credits for SMBs, $200M fund to improve SMBs' access to capital  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Friday his company is donating more than $800 million in cash and advertising to help stem …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Instacart workers say they are planning a nationwide strike from Monday after the company failed to offer protections like hazard pay, sanitizer, and paid leave  —  Instacart shoppers are planning a nationwide mass revolt over the grocery delivery app's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Slack CEO says the company is working on Microsoft Teams integrations for calling features  —  - It's not clear when the integration will come out.  — Slack already has integrations with Microsoft products like OneDrive and Outlook.  —  Slack, the team collaboration tool …
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
CEO memo: Bird is laying off about 30% of its workforce; company says it will provide four weeks of pay and three months of health coverage  —  Bird is the latest startup hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Today, Bird laid off about 30% of its employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, TechCrunch has learned.
TechCrunch:
Yelp pauses automatically creating fundraising campaigns with profiles of local businesses after outcry that there is no easy way for businesses to opt out  —  A fundraising program that Yelp and GoFundMe put in place this week to help local businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic …
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
Amazon admits it unintentionally hid competitors' faster delivery options and is working on a fix, after pushing back delivery on some items to April 21  —  The company is working on a fix after Recode alerted it to the issue.  —  Amazon surprised millions of customers last weekend …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
An international group of ~400 cybersecurity experts from over 40 countries have come together to fight hacking related to the novel coronavirus  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An international group of nearly 400 volunteers with expertise in cybersecurity formed on Wednesday to fight hacking related to the novel coronavirus.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Disney-owned digital movie locker service Movies Anywhere is launching its first smart TV app, on LG  —  Making them the first smart TVs with a native app  —  Movies Anywhere — the Disney-owned movie locker service that combines your purchased films across digital stores including Apple TV …
Toni Gidwani / The Keyword:
Google sent users 40K warnings about phishing or malware attempts from nation-states in 2019, a 25% drop YoY; journalist and news outlet impersonations up  —  Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) works to counter targeted and government-backed hacking against Google and the people who use our products.
Sarah Dai / South China Morning Post:
Beijing-based big data and AI company MiningLamp, often dubbed “China's Palantir”, raises $300M Series E co-led by Temasek and Tencent  —  Beijing-based big data company MiningLamp's new funding round was led by Singapore's state investor Temasek Holdings and Chinese internet …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Munich-based DataGuard, which helps businesses comply with regional regulations like GDPR, raises $20M Series A  —  Watchdogs have started to raise the issue that new working practices and online activity necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are creating new sets of privacy, security and data protection challenges.
DL Cade / PetaPixel:
Sony to spin off its consumer electronics, imaging, and mobile businesses into new intermediate holding company Sony Electronics Corporation on April 1  —  Early this morning, Sony announced that it would be spinning off its entire “Electronics Products & Solutions” (EP&S) segment …

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