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April 14, 2020, 1:15 PM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Sources: Google has made significant progress toward developing its own processor that will power Pixel smartphones as soon as next year and future Chromebooks  —  Google has made significant progress toward developing its own processor to power future versions of its Pixel smartphone as soon as next year …
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Amazon fires two tech workers who'd been warned for publicly criticizing its warehouse workplace conditions and were outspoken critics of its climate stance  —  The workers had been outspoken critics of the e-commerce giant's climate policies and were previously warned about making public comments about its business
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
OnePlus 8 Pro review: great build quality, superb screen, and speedy wireless charging, but its color camera is gimmicky and dim light photography is mediocre  —  It's finally taking the Samsung Galaxy on feature-for-feature  —  The OnePlus 8 Pro is the result of a relentless spec battle with Samsung.
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
OnePlus debuts $699 OnePlus 8, $899 OnePlus 8 Pro with high-refresh 6.55" and 6.78" hole-punch screens, wireless charging, WiFi 6, on-screen fingerprint reader  —  As the world is in quarantine, smartphone companies aren't standing still and are still moving forward with their new product launches.
TechCrunch:
Apple and Google confirm contact tracing update will work on devices running iOS 13 or Android 6+ via Google Play and say only health authorities can access API  —  Last week, Apple and Google announced a partnership that will soon let users opt-in to a decentralized tracing tool …
Ross Anderson / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Leo Kelion / BBC:
CNBC:
Apple launches a tool that shows how well people are social distancing, using anonymized data from Apple Maps, similar to efforts from Google  —  - Apple on Tuesday launched a new tool that shows how well people are following social distancing guidelines.  — It gathers anonymous data …
Bloomberg:
Chinese government data: iPhone shipments jumped 19% YoY in March to 2.5M, while overall smartphone sales, including Android devices, fell ~22% to 21M  —  - China's phone market continued decline, official data show  — Foxconn production back to normal levels in late March
Nat Friedman / The GitHub Blog:
GitHub announces private repositories with unlimited collaborators are now free and reduces the price of the existing paid Team plan from $9 to $4 per month  —  All of the core GitHub features are now free for everyone.  🎉  —  Until now, if your organization wanted to use GitHub …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Credentials for 500,000+ Zoom accounts are being sold on the dark web and hacker forums for less than a penny each and, in some cases, given away for free  —  Over 500 hundred thousand Zoom accounts are being sold on the dark web and hacker forums for less than a penny each, and in some cases, given away for free.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
ESRB, the organization that rates the content of video games, announces a new label for games that offer in-game purchases of loot boxes or other similar items  —  It's an additional descriptor to the ‘In-Game Purchases’ label introduced in 2018  —  The Entertainment Software Rating Board …
Krystal Hu / Reuters:
Amazon says it will put new online grocery delivery customers on a waitlist and prioritize existing customers amid surging demand  —  (Reuters) - Amazon will begin to put new grocery delivery customers on a wait list and curtail shopping hours at some Whole Foods stores to prioritize orders …
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