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March 28, 2020, 11:05 AM

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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 …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Zoom updates its iOS app to remove Facebook SDK after concerns were raised over Zoom's failure to disclose Facebook data sharing in privacy policy  —  On Friday video-conferencing software Zoom issued an update to its iOS app which stops it sending certain pieces of data to Facebook.
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 …
Financial Times:
OneWeb files for bankruptcy after failing to secure new funding amid COVID-19 crisis; sources: OneWeb was in talks to raise ~$2B from SoftBank before the crisis  —  Start-up that wanted to beam broadband internet from space had raised $3bn from investors  —  OneWeb, the satellite internet start-up …
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 …
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Research: the number of coronavirus-related domains has grown to 68K+ this year; coronavirus.com, reportedly owned by GoDaddy, currently forwards to WHO's site  —  “People have this idea that you shouldn't profit on the tragedy,” one domain seller said.  “I think that's kind of a superstition.”
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.
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