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Researchers are using Facebook's location data to provide daily updates to US cities and states evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing amid COVID-19 (Reuters)

Leaked memo: Apple told employees that its retail stores in the US will remain closed and work-from-home procedures will remain in place until early May (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Facebook announces new measures to help businesses including a gift card registry, says applications for its $100M SMB grant program will open next week (Andrew Hutchinson/Social Media Today)

Twitter deletes 20K fake accounts linked to governments of Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Honduras, and Indonesia for "attempt to undermine public conversation" (Julian Borger/The Guardian)

FCC approves $200M COVID-19 Telehealth Program to help cover the cost of new telehealth services and devices with up to $1M in funding for medical providers (Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch)

Source: Apple's new entry level iPhone will be called iPhone SE, available in white, black, and red, with 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage options (Zac Hall/9to5Mac)

Zoom has issued a patch for a vulnerability in its Windows client that let attackers steal Windows login credentials from malicious chat links (Mark Hachman/PCWorld)

A deep dive into the deal between Apple and Amazon that lets the retail giant process some payments in Prime Video app, and the motivations of both companies (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)

European countries, including France and Germany, are offering billions of euros to support tech startups during COVID-19; the UK is facing calls to do similar (Ryan Browne/CNBC)

Instacart says it will start providing free health and safety kits with a face mask, hand sanitizer, and a thermometer to its full-service shoppers (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

Apple references its rumored AirTags item tracking tags in a video uploaded to its Apple Support channel on YouTube (Pururaj Dutta/Appleosophy)

Leaked notes from an internal meeting attended by Jeff Bezos reveal Amazon execs discussed a plan to smear fired warehouse employee Christian Smalls (Paul Blest/VICE)

Zoom issues a new update to fix its "malware-like" macOS installer (Tom Warren/The Verge)

eBay says it will waive seller fees for new businesses through June 30 as part of a new Up & Running program to help owners of shuttered physical stores (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says VC-backed startups will become eligible for $350B in small business loans guaranteed via the CARES Act (Dan Primack/Axios)

Google says it is shutting down Neighbourly, a neighborhood Q&A app for India, on May 12 (Ivan Mehta/The Next Web)

Memo: Google will begin letting some advertisers run COVID-19 related ads, prioritizing government entities, hospitals, and others working directly on the issue (Sara Fischer/Axios)

Amazon reveals plan for interactive games on Twitch, arriving over summer; sources say Amazon is working on a cloud gaming platform codenamed Project Tempo (Seth Schiesel/New York Times)

App Annie: consumers spent a record $23.4B+ globally through Google and Apple app stores in Q1 2020, with average weekly time spent in apps and games up 20% YoY (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Amazon bans the sale of some medical supplies, like N95 and surgical masks, to the general public and will only allow hospitals and government orgs to buy them (Jason Del Rey/Vox)

Phantom AI, which is developing advanced driver-assistance systems for cars and trucks, raises $22M Series A led by Celeres Investments (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Intel announces its first 10th-gen Comet Lake H-series CPUs for high-end gaming laptops, with clock speeds that can boost past 5.0GHz (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)

Binance acquires crypto data aggregator CoinMarketCap, source says, for around $300M (Frank Chaparro/The Block)

Amazon says it plans to roll out temperature checks and masks for staff at its US and European warehouses and will use ML to improve social distancing measures (Jeffrey Dastin/Reuters)

Facebook launches a standalone Messenger app for MacOS and Windows with unlimited, free group video calls, support for Dark Mode, and more (Christine Fisher/Engadget)

Zoom says it's now disabled a feature that let users covertly access data from some people's LinkedIn profiles, even when they were in the meeting anonymously (New York Times)

Spyware firm NSO Group is marketing software that uses mobile phone data to monitor and predict the spread of COVID-19, says some countries are testing it (Rory Cellan-Jones/BBC)

How Toast, a cloud-based restaurant management software provider, is supporting its clients' transitions from in-person dining to takeout and delivery services (Ari Levy/CNBC)

Zoom apologizes for security failures, says it has 200M+ DAUs vs. 10M in Dec., and plans to freeze development of new features to focus on security and privacy (Eric S. Yuan/Zoom Blog)

Sources: SoftBank-backed online lender Kabbage suspended credit lines to its small business clients in the past week without notice (Bloomberg)

Collibra, which provides tools to manage, warehouse, store, and analyze data troves, raises $112.5M at a post-money valuation of $2.3B (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

London-based Air Doctor, which helps travelers connect with local doctors for non-emergency conditions in 42 countries, raises $7.8M Series A (Tammy Lovell/MobiHealthNews)

Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Akamai, and Netflix join MANRS, an Internet Society-supported initiative aimed at bolstering internet's routing security (Kieren McCarthy/The Register)

Popular early internet meme site YTMND has been resurrected with the help of fans, a year after it went down (Matthew Gault/VICE)

Doctor Anywhere, a Singapore-based telemedicine startup, raises $27M Series B, says it will use the funds to expand into Malaysia and the Philippines (Olivia Poh/The Business Times)

Amazon is investigating claims of its contractors sleeping in "subhuman" conditions on makeshift beds in a Philippine call center due to travel restrictions (Dave Lee/Financial Times)

An inside account of how Bird laid off 406 employees in two minutes via a Zoom webinar; employees say they were locked out of their computers during the meeting (Ben Bergman/dot.LA)

Snap says the time users spent calling on its app increased by 50%+ from February to March, and that Snaps between friends reached all-time high in that period (Jason Aycock/Seeking Alpha)

Anthony Levandowski files motion to force Uber into arbitration, alleging Uber must shoulder $179M judgment against him as part of its 2016 indemnity agreement (Kirsten Korosec/TechCrunch)

FCC will vote on a proposal to allow the entire 6 GHz band to be available for unlicensed use, citing the increase in Wi-Fi demand; vote is set for April 23 (Ry Crist/CNET)

Some couples, faced with orders to shelter in place to avoid COVID-19, are getting married at home with friends and relatives watching on Zoom (Zoe Schiffer/The Verge)

Apple now lets some video streaming apps, like Amazon Prime Video, use their own payment methods for in-app purchases on Apple devices, avoiding Apple's 30% cut (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Amazon Prime Video now allows in-app rentals and purchases on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV (Nick Statt/The Verge)

Ohio-based Olive, which is developing an automation tool for US healthcare administration, raises $51M led by General Catalyst, bringing total raised to $123.8M (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)

All-in-one productivity tool Notion, which helps people organize and track their work, raises $50M from Index Ventures and others at a $2B valuation (Erin Griffith/New York Times)

Sources: YouTube is planning to release Shorts, a rival to TikTok inside YouTube's main app, by the end of the year (The Information)

As COVID-19 confines people to their homes and prohibits gatherings, US political races are moving online, causing anxiety for some campaigns (Issie Lapowsky/Protocol)

COVID-19 has negatively affected tech startups big and small, leading to layoffs, halted IPOs and hiring, slashed prices for products, and bankruptcies (Erin Griffith/New York Times)

Doctors are banding together on Twitter and TikTok to settle on frameworks of verifiable sources and information to share with the public (Kaya Yurieff/CNN)

Amazon says Amazon Detective for AWS, which uses ML to visualize anomalies in customer resources, is now generally available (Daphne Leprince-Ringuet/ZDNet)

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