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April 26, 2020, 5:20 PM

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Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
Germany says it will adopt a decentralized approach to digital contact tracing backed by Apple and Google, abandoning its home-grown alternative  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany changed course on Sunday over which type of smartphone technology it wanted to use to trace coronavirus infections …
John Luttig / luttig's learnings:
The internet tailwinds that propelled meteoric growth in Silicon Valley are stalling, which will accelerate zero-sum games between startups and incumbents  —  The Internet tailwinds that propelled Silicon Valley's meteoric growth for decades are stalling out.  The ripple effects will jolt the tech industry.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Executives at construction startups discuss how they are automating parts of their work and what it will take to create fully autonomous construction projects  —  Built Robotics executives are fond of saying that their autonomous system for construction equipment, like dozers and excavators …
Nathan Baschez / Divinations:
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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 …
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Two former Huawei employees, who had labor disputes with the company, say they were detained by China after discussing Huawei sales to Iran in a WeChat group  —  China arrested five former employees who had discussed the tech giant's Iranian sales in a chat group, raising questions about its government ties.

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