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April 18, 2020, 6:10 PM

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Reuters:
Sources: Amazon has started replacing thermometers with thermal cameras at its US warehouses to speed up screening for workers with fevers  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc has started to use thermal cameras at its warehouses to speed up screening for feverish workers who could be infected with the coronavirus, employees told Reuters.
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs an executive order allowing people to get a marriage license remotely and letting clerks perform ceremonies over video  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive order Saturday allowing New Yorkers to obtain marriage licenses and perform ceremonies remotely.
Protocol:
A look at the challenges tech companies will face when they reopen their offices after the lockdowns lift, such as distancing, contact tracing, and mass testing  —  Tech companies starting to plan for how they will reintroduce employees to shuttered offices, warehouses and factories …
Tomislav Maljic / ReversingLabs Blog:
Researchers discovered 725 Ruby libraries on the official RubyGems repository contained malware intended to copy users' clipboards, targeting bitcoin payments  —  Typosquatting barrage on RubyGems software repository users  —  Tomislav Maljic, Threat Analyst at ReversingLabs. ,
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
FBI says it is receiving ~3,000-4,000 cybersecurity complaints per day during the pandemic, up from ~1,000 complaints it was receiving daily before the outbreak  —  The FBI has seen a spike in cyber crimes reported to its Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix is releasing ten documentary films and series on YouTube for free for use by teachers, accompanied by study guides and Q&As with creators  —  Netflix has unlocked a selection of educational documentary films and series — available now for free on YouTube — saying it's a way to help teachers during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Kebotix, which is developing a machine learning and robotic process automation suite to expedite the discovery of chemicals, raises $11.5M Series A  —  Kebotix, a startup developing AI tools to expedite the discovery of chemicals, today announced that it raised $11.5 million.
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
In a setback to Amazon, a federal judge put its JEDI cloud contract lawsuit on hold, following a DOD report failing to establish White House interference  —  A U.S. judge on Friday put on hold a suit by Amazon.com Inc challenging the Pentagon's decision to award a $10 billion contract to Microsoft Corp.
Shelly Banjo / Bloomberg:
The tech industry, with an eye towards improving its reputation, is quickly pivoting to offer remedies to the pandemic crisis  —  Before the pandemic, Yiying Lu was known for her work designing the Twitter Fail Whale and the dumpling and boba tea emojis.  In the past few weeks, Lu said she was called to a higher purpose.

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