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May 6, 2020, 9:35 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Surface Go 2 with a bigger 10.5-inch display and better Intel processors, available on May 12, starting at $399  —  The smaller Surface gets a big hardware bump  —  Microsoft's smallest Surface tablet is getting some important hardware upgrades today in the form of the Surface Go 2.
Panos Panay / Windows Blog:
Surface Earbuds will be available on May 12 for $199, Surface Headphones 2 will be available on May 12 with better sound and battery life for $249  —  Available for preorder today, new Surface devices and accessories are designed to help you work, learn, connect and play from anywhere
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Letter from Brian Chesky to Airbnb employees says the company is laying off 1,900, or ~25% of its workforce, and expects a 2020 revenue decline of 50% YoY  —  Airbnb is laying off a quarter of its staff.  —  Airbnb, seen until recently as one of Silicon Valley's most financially secure unicorns, is laying off a quarter of its staff.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Q&A with Steven Sinofsky on his upcoming memoir that chronicles his time at Microsoft, as he reflects on how the company fought the ILOVEYOU virus 20 years ago  —  On the 20th anniversary of the unleashing of the ILOVEYOU virus—which infected millions of PCs worldwide …
Hugh Langley / Business Insider:
Sources: Magic Leap is in talks to raise $100M in funding from a major health company after laying off around half of its workforce  —  - Magic Leap is turning to a “major” health care company to raise money, according to an internal memo obtained by The Information.
Bloomberg:
Spotify CEO expects Apple to “open up” its platform more to 3rd-party apps, after Spotify's antitrust complaint with the EU, but sees it as a long-term process  —  - Apple plans to let other music services integrate with HomePod  — Ek says ‘steps to go before’ Apple is open and fair platform
Shannon Liao / CNN:
Activision Blizzard CEO says people may turn to free mobile games during the pandemic, after the company beat Q1 expectations with sales of $1.52B, up 21% YoY  —  New York (CNN Business)While much of the economy is hurting during the pandemic, video games are thriving.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Brooke Auxier / Pew Research Center:
Survey: Americans are split on the acceptability of tracing people's movements with phone data, and 60% believe contact tracing tech won't make much difference  —  The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has brought privacy and surveillance concerns to the forefront - from hacked video conferencing sessions …
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
Alex Davies / Wired:
Profile of Ford-backed Argo AI and its CEO Bryan Salesky, who previously worked at CMU's Robotics Institute and as a Google hardware lead for self-driving cars  —  Meet Brian Salesky and the team of resourceful engineers at Argo, the little company trying to crack a big problem: safe autonomous driving.
Angela Lashbrook / OneZero :
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Uber says it will lay off 3,700 employees, or about 14% of its workforce as it has been hit hard by the pandemic  —  Uber announced Wednesday that it will lay off 3,700 employees.  The cuts to its customer support and recruiting teams represent about 14% of its 26,900 employees, based on Uber's most recent headcount.
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Apple:
Apple will host a virtual WWDC starting on June 22 in the Apple Developer app and website, 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 …

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