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April 16, 2020, 1:00 AM

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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 …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
The new 4.7" iPhone SE shows that the era of small smartphones that could be comfortably operated with a single hand, is over  —  Apple's new iPhone SE 2 is the nail in the coffin of the small smartphone  —  It's been a bad year for small phone lovers.  It's no secret that the average size …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
In an internal email, Sundar Pichai tells Alphabet employees that the company will slow the pace of hiring for the rest of 2020 as it re-evaluates investments  —  - Company is ‘recalibrating’ spending on data centers, servers  — Covid-19 crisis is affecting richest Silicon Valley businesses
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 …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google says it is launching a new Kids section on Google Play, featuring “Teacher Approved” apps, rolling out in the US in the coming days  —  ‘Everything here is teacher approved’  —  Google is launching a new Kids section for the Google Play Store, which will offer a selection of so-called “Teacher Approved” apps.
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Instagram announces new features to support small US and Canadian businesses during the pandemic, including gift cards, food orders, and fundraisers  —  - Instagram is making it easier for small businesses to feature gift cards, online food orders and fundraisers in their profiles or stories.
Cory Weinberg / The Information:
SoftBank-backed home buying startup Opendoor says it's laying off 600 employees, or ~35% of its staff, after halting home purchases last month amid the pandemic  —  Home-buying startup Opendoor laid off more than 600 employees Wednesday, one of the deepest cuts from a private tech firm since …
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft details new environmental initiatives, including a Planetary Computer that would aggregate and analyze data to help in sustainable decision making  —  Microsoft today announced a series of initiatives aimed at advancing the protection and preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems around the world.
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 …
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.
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Q&A with Pam Kostka, CEO of nonprofit All Raise which launched two years ago, on the mixed progress it has made in closing the gender gap in the US VC industry  —  Silicon Valley was making (some) progress on diversity.  Now All Raise CEO Pam Kostka is trying to prevent a backslide.

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