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April 2, 2020, 12:20 PM

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Eric S. Yuan / Zoom Blog:
Zoom apologizes for security failures, says it has 200M+ DAUs vs. 10M in Dec., and plans to freeze development of new features to focus on security and privacy  —  Whether you are a global corporation that needs to maintain business continuity, a local government agency working to keep …
Felix / @c1truz_:
[Thread] Security researcher finds Zoom uses a “shady” technique to install its Mac app without user interaction, applying tricks used by macOS malware  —  Ever wondered how the @zoom_us macOS installer does it's job without you ever clicking install? Turns out they (ab)use preinstallation scripts, manually unpack the app using a bundled 7zip and install it to /Applications if the current user is in the admin group (no root needed). https://twitter.com/...
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Amazon says it plans to roll out temperature checks and masks for staff at its US and European warehouses and will use ML to improve social distancing measures  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) plans to roll out temperature checks and face masks for staff at all its U.S …
Christine Fisher / Engadget:
Facebook launches a standalone Messenger app for MacOS and Windows with unlimited, free group video calls, support for Dark Mode, and more  —  The Facebook Messenger app is available for MacOS and Windows  —  Today, Facebook is bringing its Messenger app to desktop.
Ben Bergman / dot.LA:
An inside account of how Bird laid off 406 employees in two minutes via a Zoom webinar; employees say they were locked out of their computers during the meeting  —  Last Friday morning, 406 Bird employees - who had been working from home for two weeks because of the coronavirus and bleary-eyed …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple now lets some video streaming apps, like Amazon Prime Video, use their own payment methods for in-app purchases on Apple devices, avoiding Apple's 30% cut  —  Apple Inc. has relaxed a controversial policy that took a 30% cut of payments when video apps on its platform sold TV shows and movies.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel announces its first 10th-gen Comet Lake H-series CPUs for high-end gaming laptops, with clock speeds that can boost past 5.0GHz  —  Intel's best laptop chips get better  —  Intel is announcing the next wave of its Core processors, and it's finally bringing out the big guns …
The Information:
Sources: YouTube is planning to release Shorts, a rival to TikTok inside YouTube's main app, by the end of the year  —  YouTube is planning to release a rival to TikTok, the hugely popular video-sharing app, by the end of the year, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Spyware firm NSO Group is marketing software that uses mobile phone data to monitor and predict the spread of COVID-19, says some countries are testing it  —  A controversial Israeli cyber-security company is marketing software that uses mobile phone data to monitor and predict the spread of the coronavirus.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Some couples, faced with orders to shelter in place to avoid COVID-19, are getting married at home with friends and relatives watching on Zoom  —  As the coronavirus pandemic continues, socially distanced weddings are moving online  —  The day — her day — was finally here.
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
All-in-one productivity tool Notion, which helps people organize and track their work, raises $50M from Index Ventures and others at a $2B valuation  —  While many start-ups grapple with the fallout from the pandemic, this San Francisco company raised more cash to survive.

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