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April 17, 2020, 11:05 AM

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Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Facebook to notify users who liked, commented, or reacted to COVID-19 misinfo and guide them to WHO resources, as report finds debunked claims on the platform  —  Users who have liked, shared or commented on posts with false claims will be directed to WHO's ‘myth busters’ page
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: at virtual all-hands, Tim Cook reiterated Apple's strong financials when asked about job cuts, said he doesn't know when staff will return to offices  —  - Tim Cook: Apple to make ‘really significant’ R&D investments  — Company's retail staff begin preparing for store re-openings
Financial Times:
UK's competition watchdog provisionally approves Amazon's investment in Deliveroo, after concluding the startup risked collapse absent new funds  —  CMA says delivery group was at risk of failing without fresh funding  —  The UK's competition regulator has granted provisional approval …
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Amazon introduces a long-form speaking style for news and music within third-party Alexa skills, making speech sound natural by inserting conversational pauses  —  Amazon today announced a long-form speaking style for news and music content within third-party Alexa skills (i.e., voice apps).
Queenie Wong / CNET:
Facebook is no longer planning to host local events in place of its F8 developer conference and cancels physical events with 50 or more people through June 2021  —  Facebook said Thursday that it's no longer planning to host local events in place of its F8 developer conference …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Analysis of Joe Biden's YouTube, which has just 32,000 subscribers, shows his weakness against Trump's online presence, especially as campaigning goes virtual  —  The coronavirus has forced the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee into an all-digital campaign, and he's struggling to break through.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The quadrennial iPhone SEs break from the annual upgrade cycle, arriving 2.5 years after their lookalikes as final versions of popular form factors  —  The answer: Leap years, the summer Olympics, U.S. presidential elections.  —  The question: What are things that occur every fourth year?
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Jason Snell / Six Colors:
Apple says macOS 10.15.5 will include a battery management tool for MacBooks with Thunderbolt 3 that manages battery life by analyzing the battery's temperature  —  The way MacBook batteries charge is about to change.  Apple has released a new developer preview of macOS Catalina 10.15.5 …
Protocol:
Source: Airbnb is laying off contractors and postponing summer internships and undergrad hiring until 2021  —  “It was the most tone deaf, bizarre Q&A format I've ever seen.”  —  During his weekly Q&A over Zoom on Thursday, Airbnb's CEO Brian Chesky announced the company …
Telecompaper:
Movandi, developer of 5G mmWave network technologies, raises $27M Series C  —  5G specialist Movandi said it raised USD 27 million in a series C funding round led by WRVI Capital, along with Cota Capita land DNX Ventures.  Movandi said it will use the money to further develop its range of real world 5G mmWave deployments.

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