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April 7, 2020, 10:15 AM

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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
WhatsApp now limits forwarding of viral messages, forwarded five or more times, to one group at a time, to fight the spread of misinformation  —  Restrictions on frequently forwarded messages intended to disrupt false Covid-19 claims  —  WhatsApp is to impose a strict new limit …
The Guardian:
Facebook says it will start actively removing false claims that link Covid-19 to 5G, which have started entering the mainstream  —  Perfect storm of conditions helped nonsense theories about 5G and coronavirus to take hold  —  A year ago, hoax theories about the dangers of 5G had barely pierced …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft expands xCloud beta registration to 11 European countries, rolling out the preview gradually to avoid overloading the internet  —  Microsoft is rolling out the preview gradually due to coronavirus internet impact concerns  —  Microsoft is starting to open up its xCloud game streaming beta to countries across Europe.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Interview with Masayoshi Son on WeWork and the role of the Vision Fund within SoftBank; he expects 15 companies in the Vision Fund portfolio to go bankrupt  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  Between the WeWork debacle and the coronavirus, the markets …
CNBC:
Airbnb raises $1B in debt and equity from Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners; source: the funding doesn't depend on its performance or a target date for IPO  —  - Airbnb raised $1 billion in a new round of funding led by Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners.
Feargus O'Sullivan / CityLab:
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Samsung forecasts Q1 2020 operating profit of $5.2B, up 2.7% YoY, beating analyst estimates, and consolidated sales of ~$44B; stock is up 3%+  —  - Samsung said it expects 6.4 trillion Korean won ($5.23 billion) in first-quarter operating profit for 2020, up 2.7% from the 6.23 trillion won it posted for the same period a year earlier.
New York Times:
Some teachers in the US say under 50% of their pupils participate in online learning; absence rate seems higher in low-income households, marking digital divide  —  Teachers at some schools across the country report that less than half of their students are participating in online learning.
Taylor Lyles / The Verge:
Google updates Pixel 4 to require open eyes to use the phone's face unlock feature by default, with the option to disable it  —  Apple's had a similar feature since 2017  —  Google released an update for the Pixel 4 today requiring users to have their eyes open when using face unlock to open the phone.
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Facebook says it's releasing new Data for Good tools including Disease Prevention Maps to help public health researchers track social distancing efforts  —  - Facebook's Data for Good team is working on tools for public health researchers to help them figure out if preventative measures …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Italian email service Email.it confirms breach; hackers claim they have data of 600K+ users, including plaintext passwords, and are selling it on the dark web  —  Italian email provider Email.it confirms security breach.  —  The data of more than 600,000 Email.it users is currently being sold …
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Foursquare says it's merging with location data company Factual in an all-stock deal; the two companies say they brought in $150M+ in combined 2019 revenue  —  The all-stock deal is aimed at sharpening Foursquare's location-data offerings, from audience-targeting and ad measurement to app developer tools
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Microsoft hires former Apple exec Ruben Caballero to work on mixed reality hardware and AI; Caballero was in charge of wireless technologies at Apple  —  Microsoft Corp. hired Apple Inc.'s former executive in charge of wireless technologies to work on mixed reality hardware and artificial intelligence technology.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook says Apple has now sourced 20M+ masks for healthcare workers from its supply chain and has designed and will ship face shields at a rate of 1M/week  —  Tim Cook is back with another update on Apple's ongoing efforts to help healthcare professionals amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Source: the 2020 iPad Pros do not have a U1 Ultra Wideband chip  —  Joe Rossignol, MacRumors, “2020 iPad Pro May Not Have a U1 Ultra Wideband Chip After All”: … So the tech specs don't mention it, Apple never mentioned it, and the U1-enabled features in iPhone 11 models aren't there.
More: iMore and AppleInsider
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
CircleCI, which creates tools for automated app testing and deployment, raises $100M Series E co-led by IVP and Sapphire Ventures  —  Continuous integration and delivery platform CircleCI today announced that it secured a $100 million tranche, which will be used to bolster the development …

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