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May 5, 2020, 1:40 PM

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Apple:
Apple will host a virtual WWDC starting on June 22 in the Apple Developer app and website for free for all developers  —  Submissions for the Swift Student Challenge Are Now Open Through May 17  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers …
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
UK's NHS contact tracing app won't work unless it's running in the foreground and the phone is kept awake and unlocked, and will also ask for users' location  —  Herd immunity all over again  —  Comment Britain is sleepwalking into another coronavirus disaster by failing to listen …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook's Oculus division is developing a smaller, lighter Quest VR headset, but the device is facing potential delays due to COVID-19  —  - Timing of new mid-range device is being impacted by Covid-19  — Company's planned AR glasses also facing Covid-related delays
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says its goal is to launch the Xbox Series X this year, and it will hold monthly streams to promote games for the next-gen console  —  Microsoft is revealing the Xbox Series X boot screen animation today and is promising to focus on first-party Xbox Game Studios games during a July event.
The Information:
Sources: Uber is in talks to lead $170M investment in Lime at a $510M valuation, down 79% from last valuation, and will get option to buy Lime between 2022-2024  —  Uber is in talks to lead a $170 million financing in scooter rental firm Lime, whose business has dropped sharply amid the coronavirus pandemic …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Google responds to Australia's plan to make online platforms pay for news content, arguing search results are like publishers' posters in a newsagent's window  —  Google Australia responds to government's move to force it to pay for content by arguing it provides publishers with free advertising
Meggie Gates / Consequence of Sound:
Pop artists are embracing a future where TikTok, Twitter, and Twitch dictate what's memeable and successful, with Lil Nas X, Drake, and Lizzo leading the pack  —  The fate of a pop artist now belongs in the hands of Twitch, Twitter, and Tik Tok  —  You may barely remember the Harlem Shake videos …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Alphabet's Verily has struggled to scale-up its COVID-19 testing, touted by Trump, and is now coordinating tests at 37 locations across eight states  —  In mid-March, Pete Massaro felt like he was in over his head.  The global coronavirus pandemic was spreading quickly through the U.S. …

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