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April 24, 2020, 9:00 AM

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Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Internal documents: Google plans to cut its marketing budget up to 50% for the second half of the year and freeze marketing job hiring  —  - The company is planning to slash its marketing budgets by as much as half, according to internal documents viewed by CNBC.
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.
Alex Heath / The Information:
Sources: Zuckerberg suspended the push to introduce ads to WhatsApp partly to avoid antagonizing regulators but also to avoid angering privacy-conscious users  —  Worried about angering regulators and wanting to prioritize a broader integration of its services, Facebook pulled back last year …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked images from 2019 show Google considered a feature that let users tip money to websites like Wired or NYT as part of its Contributor program  —  Leaked images obtained by TechCrunch reveal that Google considered and designed a feature that would let people donate money to websites …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nintendo says 160K Nintendo accounts have been breached since the beginning of April using credentials obtained illegally by “some means other than our service”  —  The issues started at the beginning of April  —  Nintendo is disabling the ability to log into a Nintendo Account through …
J.R. Reed / CNBC:
Tech companies cut hiring, with analysts seeing ~20% drops in job openings between mid-March and mid-April, steep drops in supply chain logistics and delivery  —  - Despite the massive shift to remote work and the surge in demand for certain online services, the tech industry has seen a widespread drawdown in job listings.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Report: EU commissioner says Tim Cook told him Apple and Google's contact tracing API will be available to developers from April 28  —  The first version of Apple and Google's jointly developed, cross-platform contact tracing API should be available to developers as of next week …
Ry Crist / CNET:
FCC adopts a proposal that opens the 6GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use, freeing up more than 1,200MHz of additional bandwidth for next-gen Wi-Fi 6E devices  —  The unanimous decision opens 1,200MHz of new bandwidth for Wi-Fi 6E devices that are expected to begin arriving this year.
Alexander Behrens / Decrypt:
Coinbase announces Coinbase Oracle, a source of signed price data for BTC-USD and ETH-USD markets sourced from the Coinbase Pro exchange  —  San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase announced today the release of Coinbase Oracle, a source of signed price data for BTC-USD and ETH-USD markets sourced from the Coinbase Pro exchange.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple says it found no evidence of hackers exploiting the newly discovered vulnerabilities in the Mail app for iPhone and iPad  —  - It saw no immediate threat to users after investigating  — Hundreds of millions worldwide use Apple's mobile devices  —  Apple Inc. said it found …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Intel reports Q4 revenue of $19.83B, up 23% YoY, and Data Center Group revenue of $6.99B, up 42.7% YoY; stock is down 5%+ after hours  —  - Intel declined to provide full-year guidance.  — Demand for Intel's products was relatively strong in the quarter, with people needing devices to work or learn from home.
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
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Zoom rolls out its 5.0 update, focused exclusively on security and privacy features, including easier call management and upgrading encryption  —  Zoom is moving quickly to address complaints  —  Zoom promised a 90-day feature freeze to fix privacy and security issues, and the company is delivering on some of those promises.

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