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April 10, 2020, 9:30 AM

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Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Amazon says it has begun assembling equipment to build a lab to screen its workers for COVID-19, may be working on antigen testing  —  With workers in at least 64 warehouses and shipping facilities testing positive, the e-commerce giant says it hopes to start testing a small numbers of employees ‘soon’
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google rebrands its business-focused teleconferencing app Hangouts Meet to Google Meet and Hangouts Chat to Google Chat, leaving Hangouts brand for consumers  —  Following the official change from Hangouts Meet to Google Meet  —  Google has officially removed the Hangouts brand …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google creates an application portal to help New York State with the recent surge of unemployment filings, says it could bring a similar service to more states  —  - The state of New York announced a partnership with Google for an online unemployment application system.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Facebook begins rolling out “Quiet Mode” app feature that mutes most notifications and helps schedule breaks; coming to iOS in April and Android in May  —  Facebook is rolling out a new feature today that allows users to mute all notifications from the social network.
David Canellis / The Next Web:
Report: Travelex paid hackers 285 BTC, worth around $2.3M, to regain access to its systems after a ransomware attack on New Year's Eve  —  Travelex paid hackers $2.3 million worth of Bitcoin to regain access to its computer systems after a devastating ransomware attack on New Year's Eve, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Bani Sapra / Business Insider:
Facebook files lawsuit against Basant Gajjar, founder of LeadCloak, alleging its software helped scammers run deceptive ads on Facebook and Instagram  —  - Facebook announced that it filed a lawsuit against the founder of a company called LeadCloak on Thursday, alleging that it was helping …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google launches a braille keyboard for Android that requires no extra hardware, letting users tap a standard 6-key layout to type letters and words  —  Google today announced the launch of a virtual braille keyboard for Android that's designed to enable those with low vision or blindness …
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
Analysis of efforts by 25 governments to track the COVID-19 pandemic using new surveillance programs, such as using location data or releasing an app  —  At least 28 countries are ramping up surveillance to combat the coronavirus  —  an attempt to stem the tide of the coronavirus pandemic …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
iOS 14 code shows that Apple is working on a “Clips” feature letting users experience parts of an app's functionality in Safari via a link or scanning a QR code  —  Apple is working on a new way to offer specific parts of third-party apps across the system without needing to have them installed …
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Starship Technologies expands its autonomous food delivery robot service to Tempe, AZ, following launches in Washington, D.C., and Irvine, citing rising demand  —  Starship Technologies has launched a robot food delivery service in Tempe, Arizona, as part of the autonomous delivery startup's …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Researcher Jane Manchun Wong: Facebook may be working on a new “Campus” feature, with Groups and Events for college students with .edu addresses  —  Facebook is apparently hoping to go back to its roots as a service that connects college students with each other.

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