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Matt Drange / Protocol: Online ticketing service Eventbrite says it will lay off 45% of its employees; sources say Eventbrite has over 1,000 staff  —  CEO Julia Hartz delivered the news in a companywide video call Wednesday morning.  —  Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz announced Wednesday during a company-wide meeting …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Researchers outline three privacy-conscious approaches to COVID-19 app contact tracing: Bluetooth, redacted location tracing, and hashing servers and mix nets  —  Researchers are racing to achieve the benefits of location-tracking without the surveillance.  —  Before the Covid-19 pandemic …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Twitter removes a tool that let mobile users prevent some data from being shared with advertisers; EU users are exempt and need to opt in to sharing  —  Users in Europe are the exception  —  Twitter has removed a privacy feature that allowed all users to stop sharing some private information with advertisers.

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Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech: Evidence of benchmark cheating has been found in MediaTek chipsets used in smartphones from manufacturers including Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and Sony  —  Mobile benchmark cheating has a long story that goes far back for the industry (well - at least in smartphone industry years) …

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery: Apple and Amazon video deal is part of a long-term strategy to fight a potential Netflix-dominated future after most competing streaming services fold  —  Last week, without fanfare, Amazon Prime Video apps on iOS made a subtle change to the experience of purchasing or renting TV Shows and videos:

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Mozilla says long-time chairwoman Mitchell Baker will become CEO, following Chris Beard's departure last year  —  Mozilla Corporation announced today that it has chosen long-time chairwoman Mitchell Baker to be CEO, replacing Chris Beard who announced he would be stepping down at the end of the year last August.

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Talos Blog: Cisco's Talos security group finds fingerprint scanners from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and others can be bypassed by fake fingerprints made with 3D printing  —  Phone, computer fingerprint scanners can be defeated with 3-D printing — By Paul Rascagneres and Vitor Ventura.

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Michael McWhertor / Polygon: Google makes Stadia free to use for anyone with a Gmail address and will give new users two months of Stadia Pro for free  —  Stadia Pro is also free for two months  —  Google's video game streaming platform, Stadia, is now free to anyone with a Gmail address, the company announced on Wednesday.

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Charles Levinson / Protocol: CEO of gay dating app Scruff talks about avoiding partnerships with location data brokers due to privacy concerns and building an in-house analytics operation  —  A few years ago, a particular type of email began showing up in the inbox of Eric Silverberg, whose gay dating app, Scruff …

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Luke O'Brien / HuffPost: Investigation details facial recognition company Clearview AI's ties to the alt-right, including hiring employees with deep links to far-right extremists  —  Clearview AI, which has alarmed privacy experts, hired several far-right employees, a HuffPost investigation found.

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Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk: Bitcoin Cash reduces its block rewards by half, causing many miners to see gross margins drop to near zero, after reaching block height of 630,000 on Wednesday  —  Bitcoin Cash - the blockchain that forked off Bitcoin in 2017 - has just reduced its block rewards by half, causing many miners to see gross margins drop to near zero.

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Thomas Brewster / Forbes: UK's NCSC and US DHS publish a list of 2,500 COVID-19-related threats they are tracking, including malicious websites and email addresses linked to scams  —  If you weren't already taking the rise of coronavirus-based cybercrime seriously, take note.  A rare joint alert has gone out from U.S …

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Tatiana Schlossberg / New York Times: How scientists are using AI and machine learning to analyze vast data on oceans, including tracking migrations and Google helping to identify whale song  —  Machine-learning applications are proving to be especially useful to the scientific community studying the planet's largest bodies of water.

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Ina Fried / Axios: Tech giants like Apple, Facebook, and Google are scrambling to create digital internships for this summer, as offices remain shuttered during the pandemic  —  Go deeper  —  By Sara Fischer, Stef W. Kight  —  Campaigns turn to texting as coronavirus spreads

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Aarian Marshall / Wired: Gig workers say unemployment benefits included in the $2T COVID-19 relief bill are hard to access, won't arrive for a while, and the system is overloaded  —  The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill makes contractors eligible for unemployment insurance.  But states want pay stubs that ride-hail drivers don't have.

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Adam Cancryn / Politico: Sources: White House team led by Jared Kushner has reached out to health tech companies about creating a real-time surveillance system for tracking COVID-19  —  Critics worry about a Patriot Act for health care, raising concerns about patient privacy and civil liberties.

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Tonkean, which is developing a no-code automation service for companies, raises $24M led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, bringing its total raised to $31.2M  —  Tonkean, a software startup developing a no-code workflow automation platform for the enterprise, today announced that it secured $24 million in venture capital.

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Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu: Swedish logistics tech startup Instabox, which lets e-commerce retailers offer same-day delivery through its delivery lockers, raises €36M at a €100M valuation  —  Swedish logistics tech company Instabox has closed a €36 million financing round, boosting the business' valuation to €100 million.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft says it will make all of its events digital until July 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic  —  Build 2021 will likely be a digital event  —  Microsoft is planning to make all of its internal and external events digital-only until July 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Eric S. Yuan / Zoom Blog: Zoom gives updates on its progress with privacy and security: appointing a CISO Council and Advisory Board and bringing on Alex Stamos as an outside advisor  —  As I mentioned in my message on April 1, Zoom has seen tremendous growth and new use cases emerge over the past few weeks …

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Steve Lohr / New York Times: Analysis of GoDaddy data shows how small-scale digital entrepreneurs, part-time or full, generate significant economic spillover benefits across US communities  —  A new study examines the millions of small digital businesses.  They could help many communities weather the economic blow from the coronavirus outbreak.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: FireEye details how zero-days were exploited worldwide from 2012 to 2019, says it was able to link the use of 55 zero-day exploits to state-sponsored operations  —  The collection of countries using those secret hacking techniques has expanded far beyond the usual suspects.

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Dara Kerr / CNET: After Lyft quietly changed its paid leave policy for drivers, some say the process for getting sick pay is confusing and arduous  —  Ben S. stopped driving for Lyft in mid-March.  He was worried about his dad, who had a heart condition.  A handful of stent surgeries held his condition in check …

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Danny Crichton / TechCrunch: Sila, which is developing a payments and banking API on top of the Ethereum blockchain, raises $7.7M seed led by Madrona Venture Group and Oregon Venture Fund  —  Fintech is white hot these days, with major acquisitions and funding rounds galore.  It's also a relatively new space …

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Richard Nieva / CNET: Google says Meet, its teleconferencing tool, is adding 2M new users a day and logged 2B minutes of video calls in March with daily usage up 25x from January  —  As people around the world hunker down in their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19, one technology has emerged as a lifeline to the outside world: video chat.

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