April 10, 2020, 9:25 PM

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The Verge:
Apple and Google announce a joint effort to introduce iOS and Android APIs in mid-May for opt-in Bluetooth-based COVID-19 contact tracing  —  A huge step forward in the fight against COVID-19  —  Apple and Google announced a system for tracking the spread of the new coronavirus …
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
A look at the limits of Bluetooth-based voluntary COVID-19 contact tracing, which faces adoption hurdles, potentially big numbers of false positive pings, more  —  False positives and rampant privacy issues suggest we need to make a new investment in hiring people
Moxie Marlinspike / @moxie:
[Thread] Moxie Marlinspike explains how Apple and Google's contract tracing framework will work in practice  —  First look at Apple/Google contact tracing framework: 1) Once a day, your device derives a new key ("daily tracing key"). 2) It uses that to derive a new “proximity ID” every time your device's bluetooth address changes (15min), which is broadcast to nearby BT sensors. 1/10
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram is rolling out access to DMs on the web to everyone globally, after testing the feature since January  —  The global rollout starts at 10AM ET  —  Instagram's making it easier for people to send direct messages from their browser.  The company announced on Friday that it's rolling …
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Gupta Media: Facebook's worldwide CPM hit an all-time low of $1.95 on Tuesday; the average US CPM has remained below $3 since March 22, its lowest in two years  —  It has been assumed by most media analysts, media buyer and ad executive surveys, and a variety of pundits that the Big Digital platforms …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Amazon stands to emerge from the pandemic stronger than many of its competitors, with as much as an additional $4B in revenue this year, per Bank of America  —  (CNN Business)As the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay inside, few companies have proven themselves as essential as Amazon.
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Sue-Lin Wong / Financial Times:
Critics say UN is validating Chinese state surveillance by using Tencent Meeting to hold global discussions in celebration of UN's 75th anniversary  —  The United Nations' decision to host global discussions via Chinese tech giant's video service has raised concerns over privacy
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.

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