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April 25, 2020, 8:40 PM

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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
The COVID-19 outbreak is accelerating the adoption of autonomous sidewalk delivery robots in the US, as startups Starship and Kiwibot scramble to meet demand  —  “We saw that business double overnight,” startup says of UK grocery deliveries.  —  On the morning of March 30 …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
A look at Luminary Media, a year after its launch as “the Netflix of podcasting”: company says subscriber base grew by 14% in the past six weeks amid lockdown  —  No ads.  No Axelrod.  No problem.  New CEO is gung-ho on subscription model  —  When Luminary Media launched in April 2019 …
Ian Sherr / CNET:
A look at the challenges workers of Silicon Valley giants like Apple, Facebook, and Google encounter working from home and how the companies are responding  —  Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Uber set new policies for employees working from home as tech culture clashes with family life.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook launches Messenger Rooms for group video chat, rolling out globally in the coming weeks, and says it will allow up to 50 people to join a call  —  Facebook is greatly expanding its video chat offerings to keep up with rising demand  —  Facebook is rolling out a suite of new products to expand its capabilities in video chat.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Stephen Pulvirent / HODINKEE:
As Apple Watch celebrates its 5th anniversary, watch enthusiasts reflect on its impact and how its mainstream appeal brought new interest in mechanical watches  —  After half a decade, the Apple Watch's lasting impact is clear.  —  There are certain moments that stand out as true game-changers.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Research: ~150 new domain registrations starting with “reopen”, and many ending with US place names, are tied to state GOP orgs and other conservative groups  —  The past few weeks have seen a large number of new domain registrations beginning with the word “reopen” and ending with U.S. city or state names.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of Josh Zimmerman, a life coach for influencers, who says his clients' careers have become more consuming, uncertain, and scrutinized during COVID-19  —  Josh Zimmerman is a life coach for creators, whose careers have become ever more consuming, uncertain and subject to scrutiny under coronavirus.
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
In court documents, WhatsApp claims that NSO Group used US-based servers to direct malware to WhatsApp user devices  —  The legal battle between software surveillance vendor NSO Group and Facebook continues (Greg Otto/Scoop News Group)  —  Lawyers for WhatsApp's parent company alleged …

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