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May 21, 2020, 7:05 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Bloomberg:
Sources: TikTok has recently traded at valuations of between $105B and $110B on private markets and, one source says, even as high as $140B  —  - Private trades valued it from $105 billion to $140 billion  — ByteDance seeks to build out its U.S. business before an IPO
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
SoftBank plans to raise as much as $2.9B by selling a 5% stake in its Japanese wireless subsidiary this month  —  - Deal comes on heels of Alibaba, potential T-Mobile divestment  — Masayoshi Son is speeding ahead with a $42 billion unloading  —  SoftBank Group Corp. plans to raise …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Shopify unveils business debit card Shopify Balance and flexible payments option Shop Pay Installments, opens its AI-powered fulfillment network to US merchants  —  Shopify today announced a slew of finance, shipping, and retail updates for its direct-to-consumer commerce platform.
Dylan Martin / CRN:
Craig Barratt, ex-CEO of Barefoot Networks, leaves Intel, one year after Intel acquired his startup; Barratt was serving as head of Intel's connectivity group  —  Intel confirms to CRN that Craig Barratt, who was the head of the company's Connectivity Group, recently departed the chipmaker …
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