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May 12, 2020, 9:40 PM

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Jack Dorsey tells Twitter staff they can work from home indefinitely even after the pandemic passes; policy won't apply to some jobs requiring physical presence  —  Some Twitter employees will never return to their office.  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed employees on Tuesday telling …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook will pay $52M in a settlement covering 11,250 content moderators as compensation for mental health issues developed on the job  —  Current and former moderators will all be paid a minimum of $1,000  —  In a landmark acknowledgment of the toll that content moderation takes on its workforce …
CNBC:
Sources: Uber has been in off and on talks for a year to acquire Grubhub, but the parties remain at odds about price; Grubhub's stock closed up 29.07% today  —  - Uber has made an offer to buy food delivery company Grubhub, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC Tuesday.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Instagram adds bulk comment deletion and control for who can mention or tag you on iOS, to help fight bullying; the ability to pin comments is being tested  —  Instagram is rolling out some changes today to keep the platform a more positive place for users.
Robert Stevens / Decrypt:
Chat app Telegram says it's abandoning its TON blockchain project, after the SEC challenged the legality of its $1.7B ICO and delayed the network's launch  —  Telegram, the operator of the 400 million-strong messenger app, today announced that it has given up on its upcoming blockchain network …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Profile and behind-the-scenes story of Marcus “MalwareTech” Hutchins, who helped stop the WannaCry attack and pled guilty to selling the Kronos banking malware  —  At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen.  Then he was arrested by the FBI.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to return employees to offices sooner than rival tech companies, with staff coming back in phases  —  - Company to start letting more workers return to major offices  — Google, Facebook will allow remote work through end of 2020  —  Apple Inc. plans …
Joe Tidy / BBC:
Hackers say they have breached a law firm used by Lady Gaga, Drake, and others, obtaining 756GB of data, including contracts; firm confirms an attack occurred  —  A law firm used by A-list stars including Rod Stewart, Lil Nas X and Robert De Niro has been hacked.
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: JPMorgan Chase has extended banking services to two bitcoin exchanges, Coinbase and Gemini Trust, the first time it has accepted crypto clients  —  JPMorgan Chase has taken on two well-known bitcoin exchanges, Coinbase and Gemini Trust, as banking customers, say people familiar with the matter …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: Facebook is quietly helping to launch American Edge, a political advocacy group in DC, to battle regulators who want to rein in the tech industry  —  The organization, called American Edge, arrives at a time when the industry is facing withering antitrust scrutiny in Washington.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook says it took action on 9.6M pieces of hate speech content in Q1, up by 3.9M, and AI now proactively detects 88.8% of it, up from 80.2% last quarter  —  Facebook sheds light on its new AI-powered moderation  —  Facebook on Monday released a new report detailing how it uses a combination …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's contact tracing app, which is mandatory to travel on railways, surpasses 100M unique users 41 days after launch  —  New Delhi's contact-tracing app, called Aarogya Setu, has reached 100 million users in 41 days since its release.  A representative at think-tank NITI Aayog told TechCrunch …
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Amazon is being asked by AGs from 13 states to provide information on “inadequate” safety measures, sick leave policies, death rates, and more  —  Amazon.com Inc. is being asked by several U.S. states to provide information about health and safety measures following the death …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn adds polls and live video-based events tools, which let users create and broadcast video events, to encourage engagement  —  With a large part of the working world doing jobs from home when possible these days, the focus right now is on how best to recreate the atmosphere of an office virtually …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Apple:
Apple unveils an update to Logic Pro X with Live Loops, a redesigned sampling workflow, and new beat-making tools  —  New Creative Tools for Electronic Music Production Make Logic Pro X 10.5 a Breakthrough Release for Musicians and Producers  —  Cupertino, California …

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