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May 22, 2020, 1:10 PM

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Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
Sources: IBM is laying off thousands of workers in 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  —  International Business Machines Corp. cut …
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 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Audible is in talks to acquire celebrity podcasts and considers selling original shows individually; Amazon Music is also preparing to add podcasts  —  Under growing pressure from Spotify, the e-commerce giant is looking to spend big in podcast land
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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:
A look at China's plan to invest an estimated $1.4T over six years to build out 5G, surveillance infrastructure, and AI, relying heavily on Chinese companies  —  - Latest infrastructure blueprint aims to spur virus-hit economy  — Plan helps Beijing swap foreign brands for national champions
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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 …
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 …
George Anadiotis / ZDNet:
Comparing Nvidia's new A100 Ampere AI 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
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.
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.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Statespace, whose software recreates the physics of popular FPS games to help players work on their weaknesses, raises $15M Series A led by Khosla Ventures  —  Statespace has today raised a $15 million Series A financing round led by Khosla, with partner Samir Kaul joining the board.
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 …
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 …
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