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April 23, 2020, 11:35 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple aims to sell Macs with its own chips starting in 2021; Apple is working on three Mac processors, based on the 5nm A14 chip in the next iPhone  —  - New processors to be based on iPhone designs, replacing Intel  — Transition will be gradual, start with less-powerful computers
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Google to require all advertisers to verify their identities, starting in the US; existing advertisers will have 30 days to complete the verification process  —  - Google began requiring political advertisers wanting to run election ads on its platform to verify their identity back in 2018.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple Music app is now available on Samsung's smart TV models from 2018 and newer  —  Another Apple service comes to Samsung's sets, available now  —  Apple Music is getting an app on Samsung's most recent smart TVs, the two companies announced today.  It's the latest expansion …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon employees often consulted sales info on third-party vendors when developing private-label merchandise, contrary to assertions to Congress  —  Contrary to assertions to Congress, employees often consulted sales information on third-party vendors when developing private-label merchandise
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Researchers say they found two actively exploited iOS 0-days, present since at least iOS 6, including a remote zero-click flaw in Mail; Apple says patch coming  —  In the summer of 2016, researchers at a digital rights organization and a cybersecurity firm announced they had caught …
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos, who sources say only worked on projects that posed a major risk to the company, has taken an active leadership role at Amazon amid COVID-19  —  The chief executive, who had distanced himself from day-to-day management, is closely involved in the company's response to the pandemic.
Patrick Shanley / Hollywood Reporter:
SuperData: worldwide digital video game spending reached a record $10B total in March, up 11% YoY, with $5.7B for mobile games, up 15% YoY  —  Console, PC and mobile games also saw significant revenue bumps amid the coronavirus lockdown.  —  Digital video game spending hit a record high …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
AWS launches Amazon AppFlow, an integration service for developers to easily transfer data between AWS and SaaS applications  —  AWS today launched Amazon AppFlow, a new integration service that makes it easier for developers to transfer data between AWS and SaaS applications like Google Analytics …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
France is hypocritical to ask Google and Apple to ease their privacy protections for a French contact-tracing app, while being such a vocal critic of big tech  —  We keep trying to explain to people that privacy is always about trade-offs, and arguing for privacy laws that protect “privacy” …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it now prioritizes the removal of COVID-19 tweets that incite “harmful activity” or could lead to the destruction of 5G infrastructure  —  Ever since it first started rolling out, 5G skeptics have attempted to link the next-gen cellular technology to all manner of health issues.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Expedia is raising $3.2B in new capital with $1.2B in equity sale to Silver Lake and Apollo Global Management and $2B in new debt financing  —  Expedia is raising $3.2 billion in new capital as the coronavirus pandemic has stalled travel around the world.  —  The company is raising $1.2 billion …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snap to raise $750M through a private-placement debt offering, along with an option for buyers to purchase up to an additional $112.5M of convertible securities  —  Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, plans to launch a $750 million private-placement debt offering, along with the option …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Digital whiteboard maker Miro raises $50M Series B led by Iconiq Capital, bringing its total raised to around $75M  —  Miro is a company in the right place at the right time.  The makers of a digital whiteboard are seeing usage surge right now as businesses move from the workplace and physical whiteboards.
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Instagram confirms it will add a “Remembering” banner under the usernames of people who have died, and has accelerated the process due to the pandemic  —  Instagram is speeding up plans for a new account memorialization feature, adding a “Remembering” banner under a username to signal that a person has died.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Bill Gurley will not be a partner in Benchmark's 10th venture fund but will continue to work with companies he led earlier investments in  —  Lead investor won't be involved in new fund for first time since he joined firm in 1999  —  Bill Gurley—one of the most prominent …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Local Shops on Amazon in India, a program to let customers find and buy products from 5,000 participating local shops across 100 cities  —  The race to win neighborhood stores is on in India.  A day after Facebook invested $5.7 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms to serve tens …

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