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March 26, 2020, 1:25 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft says it has acquired Affirmed Networks, which specializes in fully virtualized, cloud-native networking solutions for telecom operators  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Affirmed Networks, a company that specializes in fully virtualized, cloud-native networking solutions for telecom operators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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