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May 4, 2020, 6:30 PM

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Jason Koebler / VICE:
Tim Bray, a well known senior engineer and VP at Amazon, resigns after nearly six years, criticizing the company on his blog for firing protesting workers  —  Tim Bray, a well known senior engineer and Vice President at Amazon has “quit in dismay” because Amazon has been …
Apple:
Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard, 10th-gen Intel CPUs, double the SSD storage, and faster RAM, available to order today starting at $1,299  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intel says it is buying the urban mobility platform Moovit for approximately $900M  —  On the heels of a spate of reports over the weekend, today Intel confirmed its latest move to grow its automotive division: the chip giant is acquiring Moovit, an Israeli startup previously backed by Intel …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says there's been a 75% YoY jump in time spent in Windows 10, and Windows 10X, originally pitched for dual-screen devices, is coming first to laptops  —  More people are turning to Windows PCs during the pandemic  —  Microsoft is confirming today that it's planning to refocus Windows 10X on single-screen devices.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple and Google release sample code, UI screenshots, detailed policies for COVID-19 exposure notification apps, including prohibiting location data collection  —  Apple and Google are providing additional resources for developers working with the first version of their Exposure Notification API …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
A hacker allegedly bribed an employee of massively popular game Roblox and was able to look up info on high profile users, reset passwords, and more  —  A hacker bribed a Roblox worker to gain access to the back end customer support panel of the massively popular online video game …
William Foxley / CoinDesk:
NEAR, a blockchain project for running dapps, says it closed a $21.6M token sale led by a16z  —  NEAR, a blockchain project for running decentralized applications (dapps), announced Monday the closing of a $21.6 million token sale led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).
Alexander Cornwell / Reuters:
Uber says its Middle East business Careem is cutting 536 jobs, or 31% of its workforce, and Uber Eats will shutter in several markets including the Middle East  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies' Careem subsidiary on Monday announced it was cutting 536 jobs this week …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
American political candidates are having to improvise as campaigning moves entirely online, with down-ballot hopefuls starting to look a lot like influencers  —  On Wednesday, the field director for Mel Gagarin's congressional campaign sat shirtless — illuminated by candlelight …
Sarah Emerson / OneZero :
The pandemic forced many restaurants to pivot to food delivery, increasing their reliance on services like DoorDash and GrubHub even after lockdowns lift  —  Social distancing is pushing restaurants toward delivery-only models powered by tech platforms  —  Bua Vanitsthian says she's always been passionate about food.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Robinhood raises $280M Series F led by Sequoia Capital, valuing the company at $8.3B, and says it's added 3M funded accounts since the beginning of the year  —  The popular stock-picking app Robinhood announced on Monday it raised a Series F funding round that will see the company valued at $8.3 billion.

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