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May 2, 2020, 1:20 AM

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David Heaney / UploadVR:
Valve ends SteamVR support for macOS, three years after Apple announced it at WWDC; Valve's survey found only 4% of Steam users were using macOS  —  Valve just ended SteamVR's support for macOS.  ‘Legacy builds’ will continue to be available.  —  SteamVR is Valve's PC-based virtual reality platform, supporting Windows and Linux.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
CDC issues new criteria for evaluating contact tracing tools to be used by public health authorities, opening the door for Apple-Google approach  —  - A new document published by the Centers for Disease Control outlines what it sees as the critical features for digital contact tracing apps.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
House Judiciary Committee demands Jeff Bezos testify at a hearing on Amazon's alleged misuse of third-party seller data or face a potential subpoena  —  A top House committee investigating the tech industry has asked him to agree to appear or face a potential subpoena if he declines
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Workers at Amazon, Whole Foods, Instacart, FedEx, Target, and Walmart join together in striking on May 1, demanding better workplace safety conditions  —  Demands include better cleaning services and 14-day shutdowns at affected locations  —  On May 1st, workers from Amazon, Whole Foods …
Carrie Mihalcik / CNET:
Xiaomi defends its data practices, says it collects aggregated data that can't be used to identify users and syncs browsing history if data sync is turned on  —  Xiaomi is defending itself against accusations that it's been collecting private data from people who use its phones and web browser apps.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Automatic Labs, which was recently acquired by SiriusXM, shuts down its vehicle-tracking service, tells users to remove its connected car adapters from vehicles  —  Automatic has announced that it'll be abruptly shutting down on May 28th because “the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted our business.”
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
UK launches the Cyber Discovery Virtual Cyber School, an online initiative aimed at teaching teenagers cybersecurity concepts  —  Online initiative looks to inspire a new generation of cybersecurity talent to bring out their ‘digital Sherlock Holmes’ while schools remain closed.
M.G. Siegler / 500ish:
Apple has missed an opportunity by not introducing a product like Facebook Portal by combining different aspects of the Apple TV and HomePod with FaceTime  —  Apple TV should own the living room with FaceTime.  And the Facebook Portal market with HomePod.  And yet...
Tweets: @mgsiegler
George Chidi / CoinDesk:
Bitfinex's parent firm has applied for subpoenas in three US states asking federal courts to aid in recovering $800M+ in user funds seized by legal authorities  —  The Bitfinex crypto exchange is making a new push to find and potentially recover more than $800 million in user funds seized …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Ontic, whose “protective intelligence software” lets companies identify potential physical threats to employees and facilities, raises $12M Series A  —  Ontic, which has developed a software platform to help businesses proactively address physical safety, announced today …

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