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May 21, 2020, 12:10 PM

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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% …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
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 …
Aditi Shrivastava / The Economic Times:
Amazon India launches a food delivery service called Amazon Food in select areas of Bengaluru and 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
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.
M.G. Siegler / 500ish:
Spotify may use the scale of Joe Rogan's podcast as leverage against music labels, to launch a podcasting ad network, and to start its video streaming service  —  The Joe Rogan/Spotify deal is about leverage and ambition  —  Joe Rogan has just signed a deal to take his talents to Spotify.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Mindstrong, which offers a digital service to tackle severe mental illnesses and is headed by ex-Uber executive Daniel Graf, raises $100M Series C  —  Daniel Graf has had a long career in the tech industry.  From founding his own startup in the mid-2000s to working at Google, then Twitter …
Candy Cheng / Bloomberg:
Shopify says it will allow its 5,000 employees to work from home indefinitely  —  - Canadian e-commerce company switching to ‘digital by default’  — Offices will be closed until end of year and redesigned  —  Shopify Inc. will allow its 5,000 employees to work from home indefinitely …
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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Insurance policy comparison site SelectQuote raises $570M in its IPO, the largest US IPO since early February  —  SelectQuote, an Overland Park, Kansas-based insurance policy comparison site backed by Brookside Equity Partners, raised $570 million in its IPO.
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 …
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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