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May 22, 2020, 6:50 PM

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Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
IBM announces job cuts, will offer subsidized medical coverage to all affected US employees through June 2021; sources say layoffs will be in the thousands  —  - Thousands of IBM workers in North America likely affected  — Newly unemployed staff fear finding another job in a recession
Steven Levy / Wired:
Interview with Sundar Pichai on working from home, antitrust, collaborating with Apple and others, how Alphabet's holding company model held up, and more  —  In an interview, the Google and Alphabet CEO discusses working from home, weathering antitrust probes, and how the company needs to do a better job on diversity.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Mozilla, Twitter, and a coalition that includes Facebook, Apple, and Google, call on Congress to protect search and browser data from warrantless access  —  A recent amendment to require the FBI to get a warrant to view browsing data failed by one vote.  —  A group of technology companies …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Sources: a version of iOS 14 dated Dec. 2019, likely obtained via a development iPhone 11, has been circulating among researchers and jailbreakers for months  —  Security researchers and hackers have had access to a leaked early version of iOS 14, the iPhone's next operating system, since at least February, Motherboard has learned.
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
US district court rules that turning on a phone to view its lockscreen without unlocking it qualifies as searching the phone and would generally need a warrant  —  Location data requires a warrant since 2018; lock screen may now, too.  —  Smartphones are a rich data trove not only for marketers but also for law enforcement.
Bloomberg:
Interviews shed light on the strained relationship between Masayoshi Son and Vision Fund leader Rajeev Misra, who some say has created a divisive workplace  —  Son's support tested after $18 billion in writedowns, clashes with internal rivals  —  In early March, before the coronavirus pandemic triggered …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
With Spotify owning shows, a podcast player, tools to make new shows, and selling ads, the podcasting world is now divided into open and closed ecosystems  —  The Joe Rogan deal makes the company's big ambitions known  —  In what's likely the biggest deal ever for a single podcast …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
States Title, a house title insurance and closing startup that claims to use AI to reduce the time of a closing from around 40 days to 20, raises $123M Series C  —  Buying a home is one of the biggest, and most expensive, decisions in a person's life.  Over the past year or so …
David Jagneaux / UploadVR:
Facebook says its $1,000 enterprise-edition Oculus Quest, which sells as part of the Oculus for Business platform, is now available for companies to purchase  —  Today Facebook announced that its enterprise-edition Oculus Quest that sells for $1,000 as part of its Oculus for Business platform …

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