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March 28, 2020, 6:10 PM

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Financial Times:
China proposes an internet architecture called New IP to UN's ITU; critics say its top-down design would give governments granular control over the internet  —  New architecture would enable cutting-edge technologies but western countries fear more control for state-run internet services
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 …
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.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
UK's NHS says it is working with Microsoft, Google, Palantir, and Faculty AI on a dashboard that shows the spread of the virus and NHS' ability to deal with it  —  The NHS has confirmed it is teaming up with leading tech firms to ensure critical medical equipment is available to the facilities …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Crowdsourced data from Candor shows 267 tech companies have frozen hiring, 44 had layoffs, 36 rescinded offers, while 111, like Zoom and Twitter, are hiring  —  The coronavirus has taken a toll on the workforce, and now you can see a list of who's hiring, freezing hires, laying off people …
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 …
Kali Hays / WWD:
Podtrac: podcast downloads in the US have fallen ~10% and total unique visitors are down ~20% since the start of March, with true crime podcasts down the most  —  It seems everyone just wants the news, on TV and online, not a true crime podcast.  —  Since early March, when concerns around …
Washington Post:
Uber, Grubhub drivers and others will receive unemployment checks as part of the CARES Act that, critics say, amounts to a bailout of gig economy companies  —  Some Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts and other gig-economy workers sidelined as a result of the coronavirus outbreak …
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