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May 22, 2020, 11:00 AM

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Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
Sources: IBM is laying off thousands of workers across five US states including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, California, Missouri, and New York  —  - Thousands of IBM workers in North America likely affected  — Newly unemployed staff fear finding another job in a recession
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 an open and a closed ecosystem  —  The Joe Rogan deal makes the company's big ambitions known  —  In what's likely the biggest deal ever for a single podcast …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is seeking an executive to lead its original podcasts effort and is acquiring podcasts that would tie into shows on its TV+ service  —  - Company is seeking executive to lead development of new shows  — Apple faces threat from Spotify's growing podcast ambitions
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Zuckerberg: Facebook could get to about half of staff working remotely permanently in 5-10 years and will be the “most forward-leaning company on remote work”  —  In January, as reports about the spread of a novel coronavirus emerged from China, Mark Zuckerberg began to prepare for a potential pandemic.
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Facebook says it will let many of its 50,000 employees work from home permanently, “aggressively” open up remote hiring, first in the USA, then elsewhere  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that the social media giant will start allowing many of its 50,000 employees …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Steven Melendez / Fast Company:
Report: the official COVID-19 contact tracing app for North Dakota is sharing location data with Foursquare and an advertising ID with Google  —  The official COVID-19 contact tracing app for the state of North Dakota, designed to detect whether people have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus …
Alex Heath / The Information:
Internal memo: Magic Leap has raised $350M from new and existing investors and is withdrawing notices laying off remaining employees  —  Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz told employees Thursday his struggling augmented reality firm had raised $350 million from existing and new investors.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Netflix says it will ask customers who have been inactive for a year or more if they want to keep their subscriptions, canceling accounts that take no action  —  - Netflix will start asking customers who haven't used its platform in the past year if they want to keep their subscriptions.
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 …
George Anadiotis / ZDNet:
Comparing Nvidia's new A100 Ampere chip with competition from Intel and GraphCore in terms of performance, economics, and software  —  Now that the dust from Nvidia's unveiling of its new Ampere AI chip has settled, let's take a look at the AI chip market behind the scenes and away from the spotlight
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google rolls out new accessibility features for Android, including Assistant-powered, customized buttons called Action Blocks for tasks like playing music  —  Live Transcribe, Sound Amplifier, and Google Maps also get new updates  —  For Global Accessibility Awareness Day …
Will Oremus / OneZero :
Twitter's plan to let users restrict tweet replies may curb some harassment, but will allow some users to shut down criticism and will reduce random engagement  —  This could make the platform less toxic — and less magical  —  The Twitter “reply guy” — a user, usually male …

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