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March 30, 2020, 12:52 PM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft debuts a Family Safety mobile app, AI-powered PowerPoint and Excel features as part of Microsoft 365 Family and Personal subscriptions coming April 21  —  Microsoft today announced that on April 21, Office 365 will become Microsoft 365, or “the subscription for your life.”
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook's security team had disinfo concerns about The Daily Wire's sites in 2019, clashing with the policy team, which prevented action being taken  —  After spending billions to avoid a repeat of 2016, the tech giants are careening from crisis to crisis as their foes change tactics.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Facebook says it will invest $100M to support the news industry during COVID-19: $25M in emergency funding for local news and $75M in additional marketing spend  —  With grants and marketing spending, the social media giant hopes to support outlets doing essential local reporting but struggling with a drop in advertising.
Debby Wu / Bloomberg:
Foxconn posted a $1.58B profit in Q4 2019, down 24% YoY; sources say the 5G iPhone will launch in the fall, but future Apple products may be delayed  —  - The company known as Foxconn grappling with Covid-19 upheaval  — Apple's key partner getting back on track after the outbreak
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Data from a whistleblower appears to show Saudi Arabia tracking the location of its citizens in the US by exploiting flaws in the SS7 phone network protocol  —  Exclusive: Whistleblower's data suggests millions of tracking requests sent over four-month period
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Personal information of nearly 5M citizens of the country of Georgia leaked, including home addresses, dates of birth, ID numbers, and mobile phone numbers  —  A file containing personal information for 4,934,863 Georgians has been published on a hacker forum over the weekend.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Report: CDC, state, and local authorities in the US have started using anonymized location data from mobile ads to help plan their response to the pandemic  —  The use of phone location tracking to keep tabs on COVID-19 is becoming increasingly common, and the US appears to be no exception.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
A hacker has hijacked several YouTube accounts of Microsoft to broadcast a crypto Ponzi scam; the streams have been running for over 13 hours and are still up  —  Several of Microsoft's YouTube accounts appear to have been hacked.  —  A hacker has hijacked all of Microsoft's official YouTube accounts …

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