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April 5, 2020, 9:55 PM

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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:
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook says Apple has now sourced 20M+ masks for healthcare workers from its supply chain, has designed and is shipping face shields at a rate of 1M per week  —  Tim Cook is back with another update on Apple's ongoing efforts to help healthcare professionals amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
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:
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Skype no longer requires video call participants to have an account or to download software, letting users join a call via a link, similar to Zoom  —  Microsoft has made some nice improvements to its Skype video call service.  Starting today, users don't need to sign up for an account …
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
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
Washington state's facial recognition law, which is championed by Microsoft, was sponsored by State Sen. Joe Nguyen, who is also 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.
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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