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April 10, 2020, 1:50 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 …
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’
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.
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 …
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.
More: VoxTweets: @binarybits, @cnn, @ivan_brussels, and @b_fung
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
With users in China cautious about going outside, phone makers are turning to fast deliveries; JD.com launched an at-home trade-in service for Apple products  —  - Smartphone makers in China including Huawei and Apple are turning to super-fast deliveries and trade-ins at the door of customers.
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.
Brent Wistrom / AmericanInno:
Airbrake, which offers an app monitoring service that looks for coding errors in real time, raises $11M led by Elsewhere Partners  —  Buggy apps mean lost opportunities for businesses everywhere.  —  Now a company focused on monitoring for application errors in real-time with code-scanning technology …
More: FinSMEs and DevOps.com
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 …

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