May 8, 2020, 5:25 PM

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Financial Times:
Sources: UK's NHS has already begun developing a second contact tracing app, using Google and Apple's contact tracing APIs  —  NHS team that built first app is told to build another on Apple-Google system  —  The NHS has already begun building a second smartphone app to trace the spread of the coronavirus …
States like NY, CA, MA, and cities like Baltimore and SF are skeptical about tech-based contact tracing, instead hiring thousands for manual contact tracing  —  Silicon Valley companies have proposed automating the arduous task of identifying people potentially exposed to Covid-19.  They're finding few takers.
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Facebook says it plans to complete the rollout of its redesigned desktop website to all users over the “next few weeks”  —  After the better part of a year, Facebook has started rolling out its redesigned desktop website to all of its users.  The company announced today it plans …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google adds a kid-friendly “family mode” to Duo and says Duo on the web will soon support group calls, starting as a preview on Chrome  —  Work and personal video calling are surging in light of COVID-19, with Google announcing a handful of new Duo features last month to support that demand.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Microsoft is planning to add cursor support to Office for iPad by the fall  —  Microsoft is already working on latest iPadOS features  —  Microsoft is planning to update Office for iPad with support for Apple's latest iPadOS trackpad and mouse support.
Target to acquire technology and assets of same-day delivery startup Deliv, which has raised a total of $80M in venture capital according to Crunchbase  —  Target, which already owns on-demand delivery service Shipt, is in the process of acquiring technology assets from same-day delivery service Deliv
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Microsoft and Amazon exchange acerbic blog posts, accusing each other of underhanded tactics in their fight over the DoD JEDI cloud infrastructure contract  —  Microsoft and Amazon are at it again as the fight for the Defense Department JEDI contract continues.
Google says it expects most of its staff to work from home until 2021  —  Elon Musk wants people to return to work.  Google and Facebook Inc. have another message for their staff: get ready to stay home for all of 2020.  —  Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive officer …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Dropbox beat estimates in Q1 with first-ever net income of $39.3M on sales of $455M, up 18% YoY; number of paying customers rose to 14.6M from 13.2M a year ago  —  Dropbox Inc. reported its first-ever net income, in a quarter when demand for cloud software was bolstered by a shift to working from home.
Abby Ohlheiser / MIT Technology Review:
A look at the symbiotic ties of anti-vaxxers and COVID-19 conspiracy theorists with mainstream YouTubers, as the platform tries to regulate misinformation  —  Covid-19 conspiracy theorists are still getting millions of views on YouTube, even as the platform cracks down on health misinformation.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
IT services provider Cognizant says it expects to lose between $50M and $70M in Q2 due to a ransomware attack in April, from which it has now fully recovered  —  Cognizant says April ransomware incident will negatively impact Q2 revenue.  —  IT services provider Cognizant said in an earnings call …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
WHO plans to launch a COVID-19 symptom app globally this month and is considering a contact tracing feature, with the app's open source code released on GitHub  —  OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to launch an app this month to enable people …
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Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc / DealStreetAsia:
South Korean online grocery delivery startup Kurly raises ~$160M Series E led by DST Global, bringing its total raised to $328M  —  South Korean online grocery delivery startup Kurly has raised 200 billion won ($160 million) in a Series E funding round led by DST Global, according to the company's statement.
Twitter disputes US State Department claims that it was “highly probable” that China coordinated networks of Twitter accounts to disseminate COVID-19 disinfo  —  (CNN)Twitter pushed back on an assertion from the US State Department Friday that it was “highly probable” …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Zoom is acquiring Keybase, a 25-person startup, to add end-to-end encryption to video calls, the first acquisition in the company's nine-year history  —  - Zoom is acquiring Keybase, a 25-person start-up in New York, to add end-to-end encryption to video calls.

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