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March 27, 2020, 10:45 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Cory Weinberg / The Information:
Sources: Airbnb will halt all marketing, most hiring, and will likely withhold employee bonuses according to CEO Brian Chesky; employee layoffs possible  —  Airbnb plans to halt all of its marketing, pause most hiring, and likely withhold employee bonuses as it tries to conserve cash amid …
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:
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Bloomberg Law:
Owen Myers / Input:
A look at how Epic Games's Houseparty creates a flash of optimism in isolating times, through a casual, dorm-like atmosphere and cross-platform social games  —  Elise Pfail knew that the world was in the grip of a pandemic.  But that wasn't going to keep her from her Friday night ritual.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:

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