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May 21, 2020, 10:50 AM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Apple and Google launch the Exposure Notification API to the public in updates to iOS and Android; at least three US states are working on apps that use it  —  The companies have rolled out support for the framework in Android and iOS updates  —  On Wednesday, Apple and Google rolled …
Ian Fogg / Opensignal:
Analysis of ten 5G operators across US, S. Korea, UK, and Australia finds that while Verizon has the fastest 5G speeds, its users see 5G just 0.5% of the time  —  Understanding the extent to which 5G improves the mobile experience is critical both for consumers considering upgrading to 5G …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Samsung unveils the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition with custom features for terrain navigation and data encryption, made for rugged use cases like law enforcement  —  The move highlights how Samsung is pushing its devices into more industry use cases.  —  Samsung is continuing its push …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon has decided to move its annual Prime Day event to September and has started allowing unlimited nonessential goods shipments to warehouses  —  E-commerce giant also allows nonessential goods shipments, indication of wider variety of products  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -.25% …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Twitter is testing a feature that lets a tweet's author limit who can reply, giving the options of Everyone, People You Follow, and Only People You Mention  —  Twitter today acknowledged that it's begun testing a new setting that let users limit who can reply to tweets.  The setting was first noted earlier this year.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Google Cloud says it's made a deal with the DoD's Defense Innovation Unit, which will use Google Cloud's Anthos for its multi-cloud management solution  —  Google dropped out of the Pentagon's JEDI cloud contract battle fairly early in the game, citing it was in conflict with its “AI principals.”
Mark Hachman / PCWorld:
Intel says it's acquiring Rivet Networks, makers of the Killer range of networking products, and will integrate it into its Wireless Solutions Group  —  Intel said Wednesday that it has acquired Rivet Networks, and will integrate the company's Killer Networking line of Wi-Fi networking products into its own wireless portfolio.
Aditi Shrivastava / The Economic Times:
Amazon India launches a food delivery service called Amazon Food in select areas of Bengaluru, says it will expand to other cities in a few weeks  —  Amazon has been luring eateries with competitive commissions as a part of its larger plan to build a comprehensive product portfolio
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Chief, a social network exclusively for women in professional leadership positions, raises $15M, bringing its total raised to $40M  —  Chief, the social network dedicated exclusively to women in professional leadership positions, announced today that it has $15 million in funding from its existing investors …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple releases iOS 13.5, which includes improved Face ID recognition for users wearing masks, iPadOS 13.5, and tvOS 13.4.5, to the general public  —  Following an unusual beta testing cycle that began in late March and continued with renumberings in late April, Apple is today releasing …
Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase says that post-COVID-19 it will be a “remote-first” company, offering the option to work in an office or remotely for the “vast majority” of roles  —  I sent the note below to employees earlier today.  I'm sharing it publicly here in case others find it helpful.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
A National Advertising Review Board panel recommended that AT&T drop its “5G Evolution” branding; AT&T says it will retain the branding within their phones' UI  —  The company claims it will comply after 5G E logo is deemed misleading  —  AT&T's actual 5G network …
Zach Edwards:
Amid Epic Games' Houseparty smear campaign bounty controversy, a researcher claims Houseparty's domain infrastructure was hijacked by a credit card skimming org  —  A global hacking group took over Epic Games subdomains, then the problem was swept under the rug by Epic Games.
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
San Francisco-based Xwing, which is developing software for enabling pilotless flight of small passenger aircraft, raises $10M Series A  —  Autonomous aviation startup Xwing locked in a $10 million funding round before COVID-19 hit.  Now the San Francisco-based startup is using the capital …
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
ScreenHits launches a streaming video aggregator app that lets users bundle different services like Netflix and Disney+; app subscriptions start at $1.99/month  —  The app, which allows consumers to manage all their online viewing through a single interface, is betting viewers will pay to simplify their on-demand lives.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ecwid, which sells e-commerce tools directly and via third parties like Square and Wix, raises $42M; Ecwid had raised only about $6.5M since its 2009 founding  —  In the same week that Facebook announced a redoubled effort to make a bigger mark in e-commerce, one of its long-time partners has closed a large round of funding.
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Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Expedia reported Q1 revenue of $2.21B, down 15% YoY, its first decline in eight years, and adjusted net loss of $285M, up 545% YoY  —  - Expedia reported its first quarter 2020 earnings after the bell on Wednesday, showing a 15% fall in revenue as coronavirus pandemic has battered the travel industry.

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