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May 5, 2020, 3:30 AM

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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 …
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.
Apple:
Apple updates its 13" MacBook Pro with the Magic Keyboard, available to order today from $1,299; model with 10th-gen Intel CPUs and faster RAM starts at $1,799  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard for the best typing experience ever …
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 …
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 …
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).
Todd Spangler / Variety:
PewDiePie signs an exclusive livestreaming deal with YouTube, following similar deals between YouTube and other stars in recent months  —  PewDiePie will be live-streaming exclusively on YouTube under a new pact.  —  To date, Felix Kjellberg — the prankster and videogame creator better known …
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 …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Google is integrating Meet with Gmail for non-G Suite customers, with some users already seeing a link to launch Meet from Gmail's sidebar  —  Google Meet zooms into Gmail, starting a houseparty with its other messaging services  —  Google has wasted no time integrating its Meet videoconferencing …
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 …
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 …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Greece-based Omilia, that develops conversational AI for customer support, raises $20M from Grafton Capital, in its first ever funding round  —  Omilia, a company headquartered in Greece that has built a conversational AI for customer support, has raised $20 million in its first ever funding round, having been bootstrapped since 2002.
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