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April 9, 2020, 10:40 AM

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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
A new Zoom update hides meeting ID numbers in videoconference call title bars by default, preventing accidental dissemination of meeting IDs with screenshots  —  A new update to the Zoom client has been released that removes the meeting ID from the title bar when conducting meetings …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Sources: Microsoft won't be delivering its Windows 10X-powered Surface Neo dual-screen devices this year, nor will it ship Windows 10X to third-party OEMs  —  Microsoft is shifting its Windows focus to reflect the new world where virtualization and single-screen devices are more of a priority than brand-new form factors.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Disney says Disney+ has 50M+ paid subscribers globally, and that its April 3 launch in India accounts for 8M Disney+ subscribers; stock rises 6%+  —  Disney announced that the company has surpassed 50 million paid subscribers, following their launch in India and eight Western European countries …
Veronica Combs / TechRepublic:
Researchers detail how five China-linked hacking groups targeting high-value Linux servers have managed to stay relatively undetected for almost a decade  —  Five APT groups have been using remote access trojans to take advantage of a network component that doesn't get much attention from security teams.
Will Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
The pandemic has companies like Netflix and Equinix expediting network and server upgrades, driving the biggest expansion of internet infrastructure in years  —  Just like that, our internet connection has become an umbilical to the outside world.  We now depend on it to do our jobs, to go to school, and to see other people.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Yelp says it is cutting 1,000 jobs and furloughing another 1,100 workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic  —  Yelp told employees Thursday that it is cutting 1,000 jobs and furloughing another 1,100 workers amid a massive  —  Why it matters: It's just the latest company that caters to small businesses …
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Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Google makes Stadia free to use for anyone with a Gmail address and will give new users two months of Stadia Pro for free  —  Stadia Pro is also free for two months  —  Google's video game streaming platform, Stadia, is now free to anyone with a Gmail address, the company announced on Wednesday.
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero:
Many US government and banking systems still use a 60-year-old COBOL, which makes it hard to find programmers to fix the systems when they break under pressure  —  Retired engineers are coming to the rescue  —  ver the weekend, New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy, made an unusual public plea during …
Robin Klein / Sifted:
UK startups have received ample government support already and while COVID-19-related relief might be tempting, the money could be better spent elsewhere  —  The UK government shouldn't set up a bailout fund for startups.  That's their investors' job.  —  NEWS |  COMMUNITIES |  9 Apr
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter removes a tool that let mobile users prevent some data from being shared with advertisers; EU users are exempt and need to opt in to sharing  —  Users in Europe are the exception  —  Twitter has removed a privacy feature that allowed all users to stop sharing some private information with advertisers.
Dave Lee / Financial Times:
CloudKitchens blames rogue staffer for “Internet Food Court” PR campaign, after it created an impression that Kalanick was launching it during COVID-19 crisis  —  The Hollywood kitchen facility seemed perfect for the coronavirus crisis — but then suddenly vanished from the internet
Eva Dou / Washington Post:
A look at COVID-19-related health security measures in places like Foxconn's iPhone-making complex and Huawei's factories in China as they restart production  —  Disinfect hands and shoes at the factory gate.  Bring your own towel.  No sunny-side-up eggs.
Matt Drange / Protocol:
Online ticketing service Eventbrite says it will lay off 45% of its employees; sources say Eventbrite has over 1,000 staff  —  Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz announced Wednesday during a companywide meeting that 45% of employees were being laid off, Protocol has learned.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Bugcrowd, a bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure service that acts as an intermediary between security researchers and companies, raises $30M Series D  —  Bug bounty and vulnerability disclosure platform Bugcrowd has raised $30 million in its Series D funding round.
Kim Severson / New York Times:
How AI algorithms are being trained to consider the variations in shape, seasonality, sweetness and texture of food products, to optimize the food supply chain  —  Machines are being trained to consider food the way a cook might, with attention to variations in shape and seasonality and qualities like sweetness or texture.

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