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March 27, 2020, 6:35 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 …
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.
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 …
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:
Bloomberg Law:
NY Court of Appeals rules that Postmates drivers are employees, because the company “could not operate” without them, a potential win for all NY gig workers  —  Listen  —  New York Postmates food delivery drivers and potentially thousands of other gig workers can receive unemployment benefits …
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 …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
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 …
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.

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