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April 10, 2021, 9:15 AM

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About Amazon:
Amazon thanks workers for voting against unionizing, says less than 16% voted to join the union and counters the union's claims that Amazon won by intimidation  —  Thank you to employees at our BHM1 fulfillment center in Alabama for participating in the election.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon wins enough votes to beat union effort in Alabama; of the 3,215 ballots cast, there were 1,798 votes opposing the union and 738 votes in favor  —  - Amazon on Friday secured enough votes to defeat the unionization drive at one of its Alabama warehouses.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google denies reports Pixel 5a 5G is canceled, says it'll be available this year in the US and Japan and announced in line with last year's a-series phone  —  Despite rumors this morning to the contrary, Google has just issued an on the record statement that the “Pixel 5a” does indeed exist and will not be canceled.
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
China says it is imposing a record $2.8B fine on Alibaba for monopolistic business practices; Alibaba says it will accept the penalty “sincerely”  —  The penalty is Beijing's toughest action to date in its campaign to tighten supervision of the country's internet Goliaths.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
In a letter to Tim Cook, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee “strongly urge” Apple to reconsider refusal to provide a witness for upcoming hearing on app stores  —  ‘We strongly urge Apple to reconsider its position,’ the senators said  —  Senate Judiciary Committee leaders …
Ben Patterson / TechHive:
Logitech to stop making its Harmony line of universal remotes effective immediately, says software and app support will be available for the foreseeable future  —  Well, the other shoe finally dropped.  After years of speculation about the fate of its Harmony line of universal remotes …
Pieter Arntz / Malwarebytes Labs:
At Pwn2Own, two Dutch researchers discovered a vulnerability in Zoom that could allow hackers to execute an RCE attack; Zoom says it is working on a fix  —  Two Dutch white-hat security specialists entered the annual computer hacking contest Pwn2Own, managed to find a Remote Code Execution …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
1,200+ Alphabet employees have signed a letter asking the company to stop protecting harassers, following a NYT op-ed by an ex-employee who alleged harassment  —  Organizers say the demands of the Google Walkout still haven't been met  —  More than 500 Alphabet employees have signed …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Researchers say Facebook's algorithms disproportionately show certain types of job ads to men and women; no evidence of gender skewing was found on LinkedIn  —  Researchers found the platform's algorithms promoted roles to certain users; company pledges to continue work in removing bias from recommendations
Jack Morse / Mashable:
Source: Reddit is exploring a Clubhouse-like feature that would enable moderator-run voice chats  —  The front page of the internet may be getting a voice.  —  Reddit is quietly exploring a new feature that would enable moderator-run voice chats, possibly similar to Clubhouse, according to a source familiar with the company's plan.
Zeyi Yang / Protocol:
Platforms like Douyin in China have become live online labs where grassroots nationalists and state media collaborate to harass critics at home and abroad  —  Dozens of companies over the past three years have announced boycotts of Xinjiang cotton given widespread reports of detention …

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