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Luckin Coffee's board initiates investigation into $300M potential fraud  

China-based Luckin Coffee, the fastest growing coffee brand in the world, has over the years dazzled VCs, public market investors and, frankly, us with its dizzyingly high growth, expanding from a handful of stores and delivery kiosks to tens of thousands in a just a few years, quickly outpacing Starbucks' aggressive expansion in the world's […]

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2020-04-02 13:43:45



T-Mobile customers on unlimited wireless family plans get a free year of Quibi  

T-Mobile this morning officially announced its exclusive partnership with the new streaming service, Quibi, set to launch on April 6. The service will be made available for free for a year to T-Mobile customers on its unlimited wireless family plans. The streaming service, founded by Hollywood media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, has been specifically built for […]

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2020-04-02 13:22:47



Google Cloud launches a managed Memcached service  

Google today announced the beta of Memorystore for Memcached, a new service that provides a fully managed in-memory datastore that is compatible with the open-source Memcached protocol. It will join Redis in the Memorystore family, which first launched in 2018. As Gopal Ashok, Google’s product manager for Memorystore notes in today’s announcement, Redis remains a […]

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2020-04-02 12:05:40



Forward launches 'Forward At Home' primary care service to address COVID-19 healthcare crunch  

The global coronavirus pandemic has already caused a tremendous strain on healthcare resources around the world, and it’s leading to a shift in how healthcare is offered. Startup Forward, which debuted in 2016 and has since expanded its tech-focused primary care medical practice to locations in major cities across the U.S., is launching a new […]

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2020-04-02 12:03:34



Jim Fruchterman raises $1.7M for Tech Matters, a new effort to help nonprofits do tech better  

Social entrepreneurship pioneer Jim Fruchterman has launched a new nonprofit, Tech Matters, with $1.7 million in backing from corporate and foundation sources, including Twilio, Okta, Working Capital, Facebook and Schmidt Futures. Tech Matters is Fruchterman's new vehicle to address what he sees as a crippling weakness in the social good sector: the failure to use […]

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2020-04-02 11:39:42



Facebook Messenger launches a new desktop app so you can video chat on a bigger screen - CNET  

The social network says more people are using their desktop browser for audio and video calling on Messenger.

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2020-04-02 11:03:28



Venture-backed Celularity receives FDA approval for early trials of a new cell therapy for COVID-19  

Celularity, the venture-backed developer of novel cell therapies for cancer treatments, has received an initial clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to begin early-stage clinical trials on a potential treatment for COVID-19. The company, which has raised at least $290 million to date (according to Crunchbase), uses “Natural Killer” (NK) cell therapies to boost […]

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2020-04-02 10:55:28



Quibi: Release date, prices, shows to expect and WTF is a quibi really - CNET  

Quibi is a star-packed, mobile-only streaming service launching Monday with a 90-day free trial -- or free indefinitely for some T-Mobile customers. Here's everything to know.

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2020-04-02 10:54:13



Daily Crunch: Amazon announces new warehouse safety steps  

Amazon says it will start taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its warehouse workers, SoftBank backs out of its latest WeWork investment and Zoom tries to fix its security issues. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 2, 2020. 1. Amazon begins running temperature checks and will provide surgical masks at warehouses Amazon has […]

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2020-04-02 10:16:08



YouTube 'Shorts' Reportedly Launching This Year To Counter TikTok  

According to The Information, the YouTube app will soon be home to a new "Shorts" format that will counter TikTok. 9to5Google reports: Shorts will be brief videos available in a new feed. On the creation front, these videos can use YouTube's existing catalog of licensed music as a background soundtrack. YouTube reportedly plans to launch Shorts by the end of this year. Today's article describes the YouTube Shorts effort as the "most serious effort yet by a Silicon Valley tech company to combat t

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2020-04-02 10:00:00



Disney+ beat Netflix in recent US downloads (report)  

Netflix may still dominate global streaming, but Disney+ has made a huge splash in the United States, where it launched in November. That much was pretty clear already, and other reports have already suggested that Disney+ was the most downloaded app and biggest search trend in the United States last year. Now a new report from […]

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2020-04-02 09:57:49



IRL pivots into virtual event calendar In Remote Life  

What do you do if you’re an event discovery startup and suddenly it’s illegal to attend events? You lean into the cultural shift and pivot. Today, $11 million-funded calendar app IRL is morphing from In Real Life to In Remote Life. It will now focus on helping people find, RSVP for, plan, share, and chat […]

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2020-04-02 09:54:40



Google pledges $6.5 million to fight misinformation online - CNET  

As information about the novel coronavirus swells online, Google is upping its funding of fact-checkers and anti-misinformation nonprofits.

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2020-04-02 09:54:21



Blink has a new security camera, and it's only $35 - CNET  

The new indoor cam shares a similar design with other Blink models, but costs way less.

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2020-04-02 09:22:38



How 6 top VCs are adapting to the new uncertainty  

As the global economy grinds to a halt, every business sector has been impacted, including the linked worlds of startups and venture capital. But how much has really changed? If you read VC Twitter, you might think that nothing has changed at all. It’s not hard to find investors who say they are still cutting […]

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2020-04-02 09:18:30



Modsy confirms layoffs, 10 months after announcing its $37M Series C  

Modsy, an e-commerce company that creates 3D renderings of customized rooms, has confirmed to TechCrunch that it laid off a number of staff. In addition, several of its executives, including CEO Shanna Tellerman, will take a 25% pay cut. TechCrunch first heard about the layoffs from a source. The company's confirmation of cuts comes amid […]

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2020-04-02 08:57:02



Amazon restricts sale of some medical supplies to the public during coronavirus - CNET  

The company said it's selling N-95 masks, some disinfecting wipes and other high demand items exclusively to hospitals and government agencies.

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2020-04-02 08:55:47



A bug bounty alone won't save your startup — here's why  

In this world, there is no such thing as perfect security. Every app or service you use — even the websites you visit — have security bugs. Companies go through repeated rounds of testing, code reviews and audits — sometimes even bringing in third-parties. Bugs get missed — that’s life, and it happens — but […]

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2020-04-02 08:47:12



T-Mobile adds Quibi as latest perk for some wireless customers - CNET  

Another entertainment option while in lockdown.

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2020-04-02 08:45:50



How to pair Apple AirPods with your Windows 10 PC in 1 minute - CNET  

Here's how you connect the two -- it really is that fast.

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2020-04-02 08:39:19



Avoid coronavirus when you leave the house: 12 things you can do to help stay safe - CNET  

Start practicing these practical tips for grocery shopping, opening doors and signing your name when you're out in public.

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2020-04-02 08:35:58



Voices in AI – Episode 110: A Conversation with Didem Un Ates  

About this Episode On Episode 110 of Voices in AI, Byron speaks with Didem Un Ates, the Senior Director of AI…

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2020-04-02 08:32:58



Amazon begins running temperature checks and will provide surgical masks at warehouses  

Amazon has detailed some new measures it’s taking to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 at its warehouse facilities in the U.S. and Europe, according to Reuters, including temperature checks and distributing face masks to employees at Amazon warehouses and Whole Foods stores. The commerce giant has seen a dramatic increase in demand as countries […]

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2020-04-02 08:22:12



Facebook Messenger launches Mac & Windows apps  

Facebook Messenger is finally getting desktop apps almost 9 years after its debut. After seeing over a 100% increase in desktop browser audio and video calling, Messenger today releases its Mac and Windows desktop apps. They bring the same features as the browser version, but make it easier to keep your chat threads handy than […]

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2020-04-02 08:21:59



Tesla Model Y meets Sandy Munro, the king of lean auto manufacturing - Roadshow  

Munro is pleased with the Model Y, but he says Tesla still has some work to do to build a perfect car.

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2020-04-02 07:55:52



Evidence of Ancient Rainforests Found In Antarctica  

mi writes: Researchers have discovered evidence that Antarctica supported a swampy rainforest as "recently" as 90 million years ago, according to a new study. "Even during months of darkness, swampy temperate rainforests were able to grow close to the South Pole, revealing an even warmer climate than we expected," said Tina van de Flierdt, study co-author and professor in the Imperial College London's Department of Earth Science and Engineering. The researchers took CT scans of a slice of the se

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2020-04-02 07:00:00



Virgin Orbit announces new plans for first Asian spaceport in Oita, Japan  

Virgin Orbit may be focusing its production efforts right now on making ventilators to support healthcare workers battling COVID-19, but it’s also still making moves to build out the infrastructure that will underpin its small satellite launch business. To that end, the new space company unveiled a new partnership with Oita Prefecture in Japan to […]

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2020-04-02 06:41:13



A 12-piece $80 Cuisinart cookware set to get you going in the kitchen - CNET  

No more excuses, pal.

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2020-04-02 06:15:53



Save 25% on CNET's favorite electric scooter - CNET  

That's an unprecedented discount on Unagi's top-rated personal conveyance.

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2020-04-02 05:05:20



SaaS growth appears to slow as churn concerns rise  

A set of charts provided to TechCrunch detail how the growth rate of SaaS companies, in both B2B and B2C, are falling. The market could be in for SaaS's first patch of hard times in recent memory.

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2020-04-02 04:54:40



'A perfect storm for first time managers,' say VCs with their own shops  

Until very recently, it had begun to seem like anyone with a thick enough checkbook and some key contacts in the startup world could not only fund companies as an angel investor but even put himself or herself in business as a fund manager. It helped that the world of venture fundamentally changed and opened […]

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2020-04-02 04:46:58



Car sales plummet in Q1 due to coronavirus - Roadshow  

Even with good sales in January and February, March was brutal to the industry.

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2020-04-02 04:43:40



Encore's musical messages let you commission a video performance to send to loved ones  

Encore, the U.K. marketplace that lets you find and book a musician or band online for your event, is launching a new online product to help musicians find an additional revenue stream during the coronavirus pandemic, and bring a little joy to all of us. Dubbed musical messages, the new offering lets you pay one […]

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2020-04-02 04:39:05



OnePlus 7T vs. 7T Pro vs. McLaren edition: Confused? These are the main differences - CNET  

We break down the differences in specs, cameras and batteries of OnePlus's 7T line of phones.

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2020-04-02 04:37:34



Amazon begins temperature checks for warehouse workers as coronavirus spreads - CNET  

It's already hired 80,000 of its planned 100,000 new employees.

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2020-04-02 04:37:20



Samsung donates smartphones to quarantined coronavirus patients - CNET  

Electronics giant says it's also helping retool factories that produce face masks.

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2020-04-02 04:29:01



SpaceX reportedly bans use of Zoom videoconferencing app by employees - CNET  

Email sent to employees cites "significant privacy and security concerns," Reuters reports.

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2020-04-02 04:21:57



Beats Powerbeats 4 review: Nice upgrade but is it worth it? video - CNET  

The new Powerbeats is a big improvement over the Powerbeats 3 and has many of the same features as the Powerbeats Pro -- but there is that cord.

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2020-04-02 04:16:29



Tiger King: 4 ways to get more of Netflix's wildly popular documentary - CNET  

Need more of the big-cat universe that's captivated so many? Help is on the way.

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2020-04-02 04:13:07



Lending startups are angling for new business from the COVID-19 bailout  

As the largest federal stimulus package in the history of the United States, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, injects a planned $2.2 trillion into the U.S. economy, fintech startups are angling to get a seat at the table when it comes to distributing the cash. “In the last crisis, banks stepped away […]

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2020-04-02 04:07:52



Coronavirus $1,200 stimulus check: See if you're eligible, how to get your cash payment amount - CNET  

The coronavirus economic relief package includes cash payments to many taxpayers affected by the pandemic. Here's what you need to know.

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2020-04-02 03:58:06



Money transfer service Azimo partners with Siam Commercial Bank for faster payments to Thailand  

Azimo, the London-headquartered international money transfer service, has partnered with Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) to deliver instant payments for its customers from Europe to SCB bank accounts in Thailand. According to the World Bank, Thailand is one of the top remittance destinations globally, with $6.7 billion received from abroad each year, and Azimo says […]

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2020-04-02 03:54:15



Flux and Pleo partner to bring itemised digital receipts to Pleo's 'smart' expense cards  

When three former employees of Revolut founded Flux in 2016, the mission was clear: build a platform to bridge the gap between the itemised receipt data captured by a merchant's point-of-sale (POS) system and what little information typically shows up in your bank statement or mobile banking app. Off the back of this, the young […]

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2020-04-02 03:45:16



#AsktheGov lets politicians answer COVID-19 questions via Twitter - CNET  

Governors from over a dozen states are participating Thursday, and mayors will hold a similar #AsktheMayor event Friday.

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2020-04-02 03:45:11



You missed US Census Day 2020, but it's not too late. Here's how to be counted - CNET  

April 1 was Census Day, but if you haven't filled out your online form yet, you still have time before the Census Bureau comes to you. We'll tell you what to do.

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2020-04-02 03:41:45



Coronavirus vaccines: Drug trials, chloroquine and treatments for COVID-19 - CNET  

Coronavirus vaccine candidates are already being trialled in animals and humans. Plus, the cutting-edge drugs being developed to counter the pandemic.

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2020-04-02 03:38:05



Best cheap earbuds and headphones - CNET  

Looking for a set of inexpensive headphones? Here are some of the best budget models worth considering.

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2020-04-02 03:31:52



California Governor Says 'We Need More Googles' As Company Offers Free Wi-Fi and Chromebooks To Students  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Google will offer 100,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots and will donate 4,000 Chromebooks to students across the state of California, governor Gavin Newsom said during a news conference Wednesday. The internet access points are supposed to help improve broadband internet in rural households across the state where internet access is either limited or very slow. Students will get access to the free Wi-Fi for a minimum of three months.There are still many parts

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2020-04-02 03:30:00



Ensure your privacy around smart speakers with a $39 Paranoid auto-mute device - CNET  

Paranoid is a crazy gadget that keeps your Echo or Google speaker muted except when you want to talk to it, and it's 20% off.

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2020-04-02 02:47:11



Consumers spent record $23.4 billion on apps in Q1 2020, thanks to being stuck indoors  

Time spent in mobile apps has been surging, as people stuck at home due to the coronavirus outbreak have been turning to apps to do their shopping, manage their finances, find new exercises, work from home, and stay entertained. According to new data from App Annie, released today, Q1 2020 was the largest-ever quarter in […]

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2020-04-02 02:43:07



Fossil of flies having sex is now one of Australia's oldest on record - CNET  

The long-legged flies have been immortalized with their proverbial pants around their ankles.

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2020-04-02 02:37:48



ARCH Venture Partners raises $1.46 billion across two funds for biotech investing  

Against a backdrop where the life-or-death consequences of biotechnology innovation are becoming increasingly apparent as the world races to develop vaccines and therapies to treat COVID-19, life sciences investor ARCH Venture Partners has raised $1.46 billion in funding to finance new tech development. The two funds, ARCH Venture Fund X and ARCH Venture Fund X […]

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2020-04-02 02:32:21



Restaurants and delivery drivers during coronavirus: Here's how much to tip - CNET  

Extreme measures call for extreme tipping. It's the right thing to do.

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2020-04-02 02:18:02



New X-Ray Technique Images Soft-Tissue Tumors Clearer Than MRI  

Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new method of adapting X-ray to image soft tissue, "so that its higher resolution can reveal tumors or other problems earlier than other techniques," reports New Atlas. From the report: Elastography is a field of medical imaging that focuses on the stiffness or softness of tissues. Shear waves are sent through the body, and then an imaging technology like ultrasound or MRI is used to watch how they spread. The waves move through stiff tissue fast

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2020-04-02 02:10:00



The FCC sets a vote on opening the 6GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use - CNET  

The April 23 decision could open up 1,200MHz of new bandwidth for next-gen, Wi-Fi 6E devices.

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2020-04-02 02:06:04



How to use Netflix Party to watch movies at the exact same time as friends - CNET  

This free browser extension lets you play and pause Netflix shows in sync while you're in quarantine.

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2020-04-02 01:59:50



2001 Hyundai HCD6 Concept was designed to be an affordable exotic - Roadshow  

This never-was mid-engined sports car could've competed with the Toyota MR2 Spyder and Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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2020-04-02 01:34:30



Google to shut down its India-focused Q&A app Neighbourly  

Google is shutting down Neighbourly, a Q&A social app that it launched in Mumbai two years ago, the company has informed users. The app, developed by company's Next Billion Initiative, aimed to give local communities an outlet to seek answers to practical questions about life, routine and more. At the time of the app’s launch, […]

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2020-04-02 01:31:26



NASA and SpaceX add some retro flair to the Falcon 9 rocket flying the first crewed Dragon launch  

NASA and SpaceX are moving ahead full-steam with the Demo-2 launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft - the first launch to carry astronauts to space aboard a private launch vehicle from American soil. The Falcon 9 rocket that will propel the Crew Dragon to space will include a NASA logo that has been - technically […]

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2020-04-02 01:30:27



Ford Mustang Mach 1 tipped for 2021 model year launch, GT350 may kick the bucket - Roadshow  

An alleged internal Ford document might shed some light on the Mustang lineup's future.

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2020-04-02 01:30:27



Early Meme Site YTMND Has Been Resurrected With the Help of Fans  

The popular early internet meme machine YTMND.com is back online after shutting down last May due to declining ad revenue and the site creator's ill health. Motherboard reports: Launched in 2001, YTMND was one of the early internet's first sources of viral content. Users could attach a gif, often animated but not always, to a piece of looping sound. Users could vote on these animations, share, or remix them. Its death was sad, a piece of early internet, gone forever. But over the last year, [the

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2020-04-02 01:30:00



This $20 flying spinner is the indoor toy your kids need right now - CNET  

It flies, it lights up, it's safe for nearly all ages. Plus: Save $50 on a sweet Sony PlayStation 4 bundle.

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2020-04-02 01:25:54



Best tablet for 2020 - CNET  

Here are your top tablet options -- including an all-new iPad Pro for 2020.

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2020-04-02 01:11:44



Slack Launches Call Integrations For Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and More  

Slack is launching a new app to integrate Microsoft Teams calling features into its chat app today. "Slack is also launching VoIP phone integration with Zoom, Cisco Jabber, RingCentral, and Dialpad," reports The Verge. "This will allow Slack users to use these VoIP calling providers to call phone numbers directly within the Slack interface." From the report: Slack users will be able to set Microsoft Teams Calls as the default calling provider and get to see who's already on a call and when it ki

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2020-04-02 00:50:00



Teardown of Huawei Flagship Phone Finds US Parts Despite Blacklisting  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Huawei is still using components made by U.S. companies in its newest flagship smartphone, a Financial Times teardown has found, despite the U.S. all but blacklisting the Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer. The teardown was done by XYZone, a Shenzhen-based company that disassembles smartphones and identifies the suppliers of their components. The biggest surprise was that some parts from U.S. companies were still ending up in the newest

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2020-04-02 00:10:00



Opera To Support Sites Using the  

Opera has updated its lightweight browser for Android so that it can access unofficial .crypto domains, primarily to exchange cryptocurrency. The Register reports: Support for .crypto in Opera will "bring the blockchain-browsing experience to a new level," the Norwegian software maker gushed on Monday. Crucially, dot-crypto simply doesn't exist in the global domain name system, and is not recognized by DNS overseer ICANN nor the world's DNS resolvers. It is a renegade generic top-level domain ma

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2020-04-01 23:30:00



Hospitals Tell Doctors They'll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear  

schwit1 shares a report from Bloomberg, commenting: "And the claim that this is about protecting 'patient privacy' is b***shit." From the report: Ming Lin, an emergency room physician in Washington state, said he was told Friday he was out of a job because he'd given an interview to a newspaper about a Facebook post detailing what he believed to be inadequate protective equipment and testing. In Chicago, a nurse was fired after emailing colleagues that she wanted to wear a more protective mask w

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2020-04-01 22:50:00



Microsoft President Calls Washington State's New Facial Recognition Law 'a Significant Breakthrough'  

Microsoft President Brad Smith took a break from responding to the COVID-19 outbreak this week to praise Washington state's landmark facial recognition regulations. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that establishes rules specifically governing facial recognition software. From a report: Smith called the law an "early and important model" and "a significant breakthrough" in a blog post published Tuesday. Some cities have enacted their own facial recognition rules, but Washington i

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2020-04-01 22:10:00



T-Mobile Officially Completes Merger With Sprint, CEO John Legere Steps Down  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: After months of regulatory maneuvering, T-Mobile and Sprint officially completed their $26 billion merger today. The new combined parent company is called T-Mobile and will now trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol TMUS with Sprint no longer trading on the NYSE. For consumers, it will seemingly take a little time before the effects of the transition are meaningfully felt. T-Mobile did not comment on the future of the Sprint brand in toda

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2020-04-01 21:30:00



Stocks fall sharply as US government warns of hard weeks ahead  

A recent rebound in domestic equity prices faded further into the distance today, as American stocks fell for a second consecutive day following modest Tuesday declines. After rising from new 52-week lows, all domestic indices are down after the American president warned of difficult weeks ahead as the country reels from the economic and social […]

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2020-04-01 21:27:16



NASA issues agency-wide crowdsourcing call for ideas around COVID-19 response  

There’s crowdsourcing a problem, and then there’s crowdsourcing a problem within NASA, where some of the smartest, most creative and resourceful problem-solvers in the world solve real-world challenges daily as part of their job. That’s why it’s uplifting to hear that NASA has issued a call to its entire workforce to come up with potential […]

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2020-04-01 21:16:25



Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski files motion to force Uber into arbitration  

Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving car engineer who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit, has filed a motion to compel Uber into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of at least part of the $179 million judgment against him. The motion to compel arbitration […]

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2020-04-01 21:10:50



Cloudflare Launches a DNS-Based Parental Control Service  

Cloudflare introduced today '1.1.1.1 for Families,' a privacy-focused DNS resolver designed to help parents in their efforts to safeguard their children's online security and by automatically filtering out bad sites. From a report: This new tool makes it simple for parents to add protection from malware and adult content to the entire home network, allowing them to focus on working from home instead of worrying about their kids' online safety. "1.1.1.1

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2020-04-01 20:50:00



Notion hits $2 billion valuation in new raise  

Notion, a startup that operates a workplace productivity platform, has raised $50 million from Index Ventures and other investors at a $2 billion valuation, the company told The New York Times. A Notion spokesperson confirmed the raise and valuation to TechCrunch. As startups across the board begin looking at layoffs or raising at less than […]

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2020-04-01 20:44:50



In a significant change, Apple customers can now buy or rent titles directly in the Prime Video app  

A recent update from Amazon has made it easier for Apple customers to buy or rent movies from its Prime Video app. Before, customers using the Prime Video app from an iOS device or Apple TV would have to first purchase or rent the movie elsewhere — like through the Amazon website or a Prime […]

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2020-04-01 20:40:35



Doctors Turn To Twitter and TikTok To Share Coronavirus News  

In a sign of the times, doctors are effectively waging a two-pronged fight against coronavirus: one part takes place in overcrowded hospitals and the other takes place on noisy social media platforms as they work to combat what the World Health Organization has declared an infodemic with accurate, authoritative voices. From a report: All of that means doctors, some of whom were once reluctant to embrace social media, are wading deeper into platforms that are rife with fake news, unproven medical

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2020-04-01 20:10:00



Apple Card holders can again defer monthly payment because of coronavirus - CNET  

The iPhone giant also let people skip their March payment without incurring interest charges, an effort to ease hardships during the pandemic.

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2020-04-01 20:03:14



This adorable tiny record maker lets you cut your own 5-inch vinyl singles  

Vinyl has been coming back for the last few years, but unlike MP3s, CDs or even cassette tapes (also coming back), records aren’t easy to record on your own. This tiny toy record maker makes it easy, though you probably shouldn’t expect that famous vinyl sound quality. The Easy Record Maker was created by designer […]

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2020-04-01 19:44:59



Cash App Scammers Are Using Coronavirus To Exploit People  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Reyna is a teenager in Florida whose family is strapped for cash amid the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus. When the uber-popular beauty influencer Jeffree Star tweeted that he'd be giving out $30,000 via payment service Cash App to a random person who retweeted him, she did just that. Star's offer seems to have been legitimate -- and drummed up a lot of attention for the influencer. A woman actually won the $30,000, and Reyna missed out. But then

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2020-04-01 19:30:00



Mobile payments firms in India are now scrambling to make money  

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive of India's most valuable startup, Paytm, posed an existential question in a recent press conference. "What do you think of the commercial model for digital mobile payments. How do we make money?" Sharma asked Nandan Nilekani, one of the key architects of the Universal Payments Infrastructure that created […]

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2020-04-01 18:51:47



Ted Chiang Explains the Disaster Novel We All Suddenly Live In  

The esteemed science fiction author, best known for movie "Arrival" that is based on his novel, on how we may never go "back to normal" -- and why that might be a good thing. From an interview on Electric Literature: EL: Do you see aspects of science fiction (your own work or others) in the coronavirus pandemic? In how it is being handled, or how it has spread? TC: While there has been plenty of fiction written about pandemics, I think the biggest difference between those scenarios and our real

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2020-04-01 18:50:00



Facebook and Instagram are back up after some users experienced issues - CNET  

Many users reported missing images on the platforms.

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2020-04-01 18:46:20



Nextdoor updates its app to allow businesses to link to fundraisers, gift cards and more  

Neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor is rolling out a few changes focused on supporting local businesses. The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many businesses to close their doors, sometimes for good, while others are struggling to stay afloat. As a result, many Nextdoor users have been posting on the app asking how they can help support […]

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2020-04-01 18:37:37



Ford F-150 Hybrid's electrification gear may pair with V6 engine - Roadshow  

After a few years, it looks like we finally have some info on the electrified pickup truck.

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2020-04-01 18:30:54



Twitter says it's removed more than 1,100 misleading coronavirus tweets - CNET  

Since March 18, Twitter has required users to take down tweets that could increase the spread of the coronavirus.

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2020-04-01 18:28:39



Apple's iOS 14 May Turn iCloud Keychain Into a True 1Password and LastPass Competitor  

Apple's native iOS password manager may be getting an overhaul later this year with the presumed release of iOS 14 that will make it more competitive with third-party options like 1Password and LastPass, reports 9to5Mac. From a report: Right now, iCloud Keychain can store your passwords and help autofill them on the iPhone, where copying and pasting long strings of letters and numbers or manually doing so has been a headache since the advent of the mobile touchscreen. But it doesn't have reminde

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2020-04-01 18:10:00



Google Data Centers' Secret Cost: Billions of Gallons of Water  

To meet surging demand for online information, internet giant taps public water supplies that are already straining from overuse. From a report: In August 2019, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association built a 16-foot pyramid of jugs in its main entrance in Phoenix. The goal was to show residents of this desert region how much water they each use a day -- 120 gallons -- and to encourage conservation. "We must continue to do our part every day," executive director Warren Tenney wrote in a bl

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2020-04-01 17:30:00



Ex-NSA Hacker Drops New Zero-Day Doom for Zoom  

Zoom's troubled year just got worse. From a report: Now that a large portion of the world is working from home to ride out the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom's popularity has rocketed, but also has led to an increased focus on the company's security practices and privacy promises. Hot on the heels of two security researchers finding a Zoom bug that can be abused to steal Windows passwords, another security researcher found two new bugs that can be used to take over a Zoom user's Mac, including tappi

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2020-04-01 16:54:00



An EU coalition of techies is backing a 'privacy-preserving' standard for COVID-19 contacts tracing  

A European coalition of techies and scientists drawn from at least eight countries, and led by Germany’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute for telecoms (HHI), is working on contacts-tracing proximity technology for COVID-19 that’s designed to comply with the region’s strict privacy rules — officially unveiling the effort today. China-style individual-level location-tracking of people by states […]

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2020-04-01 16:40:12



Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg urges people to complete the US census online - CNET  

The social network is directing users to the Census Bureau's website.

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2020-04-01 16:37:46



China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says  

China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it's suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials. From a report: The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret and declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China's public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete

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2020-04-01 16:10:00



Olive, a startup developing an automation tool for healthcare administration, raises $51 million  

Time is money, as the old adage goes, and this is doubly true in healthcare systems operating with thin margins now made even thinner thanks to the loss of revenue caused by a freeze on elective procedures. Stepping in with a technology that automates much of the time-consuming back-end processes hospitals and healthcare providers need […]

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2020-04-01 15:53:25



Polestar - Roadshow  

Polestar offers 2 sedans.

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2020-04-01 15:25:52



Researchers find AI is Bad at Predicting GPA, Grit, Eviction, Job Training, Layoffs, and Material Hardship  

A paper coauthored by over 112 researchers across 160 data and social science teams found that AI and statistical models, when used to predict six life outcomes for children, parents, and households, weren't very accurate even when trained on 13,000 data points from over 4,000 families. From a report: They assert that the work is a cautionary tale on the use of predictive modeling, especially in the criminal justice system and social support programs. "Here's a setting where we have hundreds of

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2020-04-01 15:25:00



Proposed amendments to the Volcker Rule could be a lifeline for venture firms hit by market downturn  

In the wake of the financial crisis, Congress passed regulations limiting the types of investments that banks could make into private equity and venture capital funds. As cash strapped investors pull back on commitments to venture funds given the precipitous drop of public market stocks, loosening restrictions on the how banks invest cash could be […]

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2020-04-01 15:05:18



Investors Tell Indian Startups To 'Prepare For the Worst' as Covid-19 Uncertainty Continues  

Just three months after capping what was the best year for Indian startups, having raised a record $14.5 billion in 2019, they are beginning to struggle to raise new capital as prominent investors urge them to "prepare for the worst" and cut spending. From a report: In an open letter to startup founders in India, ten global and local private equity and venture capitalist firms including Accel, Lightspeed, Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners cautioned that the current changes to the macro environ

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2020-04-01 14:45:00



Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure rhythm dance mode is my perfect workout - CNET  

Sweating to Mario jams to stay strong at home.

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2020-04-01 14:36:01



Lockdown, quarantine, shelter in place: Here's where you can go and what you can do - CNET  

Can you go on walks, to the store or go for a drive during the coronavirus outbreak? Here are the rules.

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2020-04-01 14:01:58



Amazon's Covid Hiring Boom Has Applicants Packed Into Job Fairs With No Special Precautions  

An anonymous reader shares a report: In March, a laid-off customer-service representative for one of the airline companies attended an Amazon.com employee orientation in Dallas. He found himself packed into a room with about 70 other applicants, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder to watch a PowerPoint presentation about what it's like to work for the online retailer. The man, who provided a smartphone photo to document his experience, said the event was exactly like one he attended last year for a sea

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2020-04-01 14:00:00



Report Reveals 'Massive Plastic Pollution Footprint' of Drinks Firms  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Four global drinks giants are responsible for more than half a million tons of plastic pollution in six developing countries each year, enough to cover 83 football pitches every day, according to a report. The NGO Tearfund has calculated the greenhouse gas emissions from the open burning of plastic bottles, sachets and cartons produced by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle and Unilever in developing nations, where waste can be mismanaged because peo

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2020-04-01 13:00:00






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