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April 18, 2020, 8:10 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google is working on a “Google card”, a debit card co-branded with banks including Citi, to set itself apart from rival payment services  —  Would you pay with a “Google Card?”  TechCrunch has attained imagery that shows Google is developing its own physical and virtual debit cards.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Music on the web exits beta and is available to all subscribers worldwide  —  Last September, Apple launched a web-based Apple Music experience, offering users a similar experience to the Mac version of the Music app with “For You,” “Browse,” and “Radio” sections, along with playlists, recommendations and more.
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.
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 …
David Carnoy / CNET:
Apple Music head Oliver Schusser will take over Beats, replacing its president, Luke Wood, who's leaving the company on April 30  —  Apple Music head Oliver Schusser will be taking the top post at Beats, replacing Luke Wood, who's leaving the company on April 30.  —  Enlarge Image
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.
Jeran Wittenstein / Bloomberg:
Shopify CTO says the platform is “now handling Black Friday level traffic every day”; Shopify stock gained 50% in the last 7 days, adding $23B in market value  —  Shopify Inc. shares are on track for a record high after an executive said the e-commerce company was experiencing traffic similar …
The Atlantic:
Trump's campaign is poised to replicate its 2016 success on Facebook, exploiting how FB's AI ad tools automatically distribute ad spend and target audiences  —  Look at a thousand of the millions of Facebook ads Donald Trump has run, and it's hard to believe that they represent a winning strategy.
Bloomberg:
Source: AWS is restructuring large contracts but is not flexible with small startups; report: Microsoft, Google gave some customers more time to pay cloud bills  —  - Startup requests Google pass along cloud ‘pandemic credits’  — Big customers may get a break from Big 3 utilities of the web
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Binance launches a white paper for Binance Smart Chain, an Ethereum-compatible proof-of-stake blockchain for smart contracts with BNB as a native token  —  Crypto exchange Binance is launching a new Ethereum-compatible blockchain, with BNB as a native token.
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Interview with and profile of Xu Lei, CEO of JD Retail who is viewed as heir apparent to JD.com, as founder and CEO Richard Liu retreats from the spotlight  —  - Richard Liu is grooming lieutenant Xu Lei for key roles  — The sales and marketing expert shares his thoughts on JD 2.0
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook to add two new “Care Reactions”: an emoji hugging a heart on the main Facebook app and a pulsating heart on Messenger  —  Need a reassuring hug during the COVID-19 pandemic?  Facebook has a new feel-good reaction for that.  —  When even the smallest physical gesture …

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