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April 15, 2020, 5:15 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple announces a new iPhone SE with a 4.7" display, A13, Touch ID, 12MP camera with portrait mode, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage from $399, shipping April 24  —  It looks like an iPhone 8, but it has more modern specs  —  Apple has officially announced the new iPhone SE …
Bloomberg:
US DOD inspector general finds the Pentagon's controversial decision to award $10B JEDI contract to Microsoft was “consistent” with acquisition standards  —  - Inquiry didn't find evidence that Trump swayed the decision  — Inspector general added that White House limited cooperation
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
US DOD's report could not “definitively determine” whether the White House intervened in $10B JEDI contract as officials were barred from answering questions  —  The Pentagon's inspector general “could not definitively determine” whether the White House influenced the procurement process …
Sandra Upson / Wired:
Profile of Lee Holloway, Cloudflare's third founder, widely considered a genius, who became distant and erratic due to a tragic case of frontotemporal dementia  —  Lee Holloway programmed internet security firm Cloudflare into being.  But then he became apathetic, distant, and unpredictable …
Mathieu Rosemain / Reuters:
Internal memo to unions: Amazon plans to close its 10 French warehouses, with 10K staff, until at least April 20, after a court banned non-essential item orders  —  Mathieu Rosemain, Gwénaëlle Barzic  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Amazon will close its warehouses in France until …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The coronavirus crisis underscores the power and dominance of big tech companies and that novel legislative approaches are required to regulate them  —  Apple and Google, who last Friday jointly |  announced new capabilities for contact tracing coronavirus carriers at scale …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says the Magic Keyboard with trackpad for iPad Pro is available to order and will arrive next week, ahead of the original May launch date  —  Apple has announced that the Magic Keyboard with trackpad for iPad Pro will be available to order today and begin arriving to customers next week.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
NY court rules that Mashable can't be sued for embedding an Instagram post, since the photographer offered a “valid sublicense” by posting the image publicly  —  ‘This court cannot release her from the agreement she made.’  —  A court ruled yesterday that Mashable can embed …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Coding platform Glitch launches subscriptions that let developers upgrade their bite-sized apps and projects, offering more storage, requests, and memory  —  Subscriptions lift some major constraints on the platform's apps  —  The coding platform Glitch is formally launching its first paid product today …
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David Jeans / Forbes:
Austin-based Coder, which offers a secure cloud-based coding service used by the US Air Force, raises $30M led by GGV Capital at a $200M valuation  —  As the coronavirus outbreak forces workers to stay at home, software engineers have faced a challenge accessing secure networks they'd typically only use at the office.
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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
GE Healthcare and Microsoft announce a cloud-based COVID-19 patient monitoring tool for hospitals; all but the installation costs will be waived until 2021  —  GE Healthcare is extending its longtime collaboration with Microsoft to launch a cloud-based COVID-19 patient monitoring software for health systems.
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Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
Self-driving car startup Zoox agrees to settle lawsuit with Tesla over misappropriation of trade secrets, requiring it to pay an undisclosed amount  —  (Reuters) - Zoox Inc said on Tuesday it had settled a lawsuit with Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) after admitting that some new hires from the electric carmaker …
More: Engadget
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Washington AG Bob Ferguson sues Facebook, saying the company violated its commitment to not sell political ads in the state  —  Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a new lawsuit against Facebook claiming the social network continues to violate state laws governing political ad disclosures.
Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center:
Survey of 4,272 US adults: 52% recently decided not to use a product or service over privacy concerns, with higher levels among those affected by data breaches  —  At a time when many Americans believe their personal information is less secure and are concerned with how companies …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Attentive, which offers mobile messaging tools for retailers, extends its Series C by another $40M bringing the total raised in the round to $110M  —  Mobile messaging startup Attentive continues to bring in new funding.  —  The startup raised a $40 million Series B last summer …
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Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Medium's opaque moderation of user-created content related to COVID-19 has allowed misinfo to spread, making it harder to tell fact from fiction on the platform  —  The platform empowers voices — and misinformation  —  On March 20th, an article about the novel coronavirus started to spread.
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Dell XPS 13 (2020) review: beautiful design, standout keyboard and touchpad, more than adequate for gaming, but bad webcam and limited port selection  —  Dell improves upon an already winning formula  —  Every time a new XPS 13 comes out, the question is always the same: is it still the best Windows thin-and-light laptop?

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