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April 14, 2020, 5:05 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" AMOLED hole-punch screens, WiFi 6, on-screen fingerprint readers, more  —  As the world is in quarantine, smartphone companies aren't standing still and are still moving forward with their new product launches.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts Kit, an experimental Apple Watch app, for one-tap communication with close friends via audio recording, emoji, location sharing, scribble, more  —  Facebook's internal R&D group has today launched a new app that lets you keep up with your close friends via your Apple Watch.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube launches Video Builder, a simple, free DIY tool to help SMBs create short videos  —  YouTube today is launching a new tool aimed at small businesses who need a simple, low-cost way to create videos, but may not have the creative experience or technical know-how required to do so.
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 …
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 …
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
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
After a researcher finds 49 Chrome extensions posing as crypto wallet apps while stealing users' private keys and more, Google removes them from Web Store  —  The Chrome extensions were mimicking cryptocurrency wallet apps like Ledger, MyEtherWallet, Trezor, Electrum, and others, but …
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 …
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