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April 5, 2020, 7:35 PM

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Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Zoom is being banned over security concerns by some US school districts, including NYC, which is directing teachers to switch to Microsoft Teams  —  Some school districts around the country have started to ban the use of Zoom for online learning from home during the coronavirus crisis …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Harriet Sherwood / The Guardian:
After some cell towers in the UK were set on fire, govt to meet with Facebook, YouTube, Twitter to stop the spread of a conspiracy theory linking 5G to COVID-19  —  After a spate of fires, the government is stepping in to halt the spread of linking coronavirus to the mobile network
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
Washington state's facial recognition law, which is championed by Microsoft, was sponsored by State Sen. Joe Nguyen, who also is a program manager at Microsoft  —  Plus, live facial recognition updates and the week's A.I. research  —  Welcome to General Intelligence, your weekly dive into the A.I. news and research that matters.
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
In internal email lists Amazon corporate employees express dismay over the firing of Christian Smalls and a report that management discussed a plan to smear him  —  Amazon fired warehouse worker Christian Smalls after he led a walkout at a Staten Island facility in late March.  Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
iOS 14 code indicates that Apple is working on a new feature codenamed “Avocado” to enable real, movable widgets on iPad and iPhone home screens  —  9to5Mac reported last month that Apple is working on a redesigned wallpaper settings panel for iOS, based on an early build of iOS 14 …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
US Small Business Administration issues new guidance for the $350B stimulus program that still seems to exclude most VC-backed startups  —  Under new guidance issued by the Small Business Administration it seems non-profits and faith-based groups can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed …
Xinmei Shen / Abacus:
Report: the live streaming e-commerce market in China saw more than $61B in transactions in 2019 and is expected to double this year due to the pandemic  —  Buyers like the experience of seeing the products in live-streamed video, but they also worry about false marketing and scams
More: KrASIA
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Huawei joins the Open Invention Network, the leading US-based patent non-aggression group covering Linux and related open-source tech  —  In a move many will find surprising, Huawei is joining the Linux and Open Invention Network, the leading US-based open-source patent non-aggression group.
More: ZDNet
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Twice this week, traffic to 200+ of the world's largest CDNs and cloud hosts was redirected through Russia's telco Rostelecom in likely BGP hijacking attacks  —  Rostelecom involved in BGP hijacking incident this week impacting more than 200 CDNs and cloud providers.

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