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Quibi, the short-form, mobile-focused video service that Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg first hinted at in 2017, officially launched on Monday. None of us was totally won over, but Anthony and Jordan saw something to admire in Quibi's ambition, and thought there was promise the initial lineup of shows — particularly the reality programs like "Chrissy's Court" and "Punk'd," which actually seem to benefit from the constraints of the short episode format. In his view, the only way to make Quibi work is to take a looser approach to length and to bring the app to other devices.

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Investors seemed heartened by comments made by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, who said Wednesday that the U.S. death count from COVID-19 is lower than initially modeled thanks. Equities were also buoyed by oil prices and news that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, whose policies fueled concerns about higher taxes, was dropping out of the race.

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If you're a Radiohead fan, you have something to look forward to with the band now uploading weekly concerts to its YouTube channel.

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Mojave's Masten Space Systems, which is being tapped by the agency to take eight payloads, including non science and tech instruments, to the Moon's South Pole in 2022. Masten is the fourth company awarded a lunar delivery contract under CLPS, after NASA announced that three other companies would be tasked with taking payloads back in May, 2019. The new Masten contract, like the others in the CLOPS program, is part of NASA's Artemis program, which seeks to return human tot he surface of the Moon, and set up permanent scientific exploration there, with the ultimate aim of using it as a stepping stone to taking humans to Mars and potentially beyond.

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Latin America’s leading legacy food delivery company iFood and Delivery Hero-owned Domicilios.com are merging in a bid to take on the food startup Rappi on its home turf. The price of the transaction was undisclosed, but will result in iFood holding a 51% equity stake in the partnership, while Delivery Hero will hold the remaining 49%.

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Startups big and small, across all industries, are affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Wenger has been vocal about how startups should approach PPP loans, and has an interesting perspective on this week's news of Foursquare's merger with Factual. Before he began his investment career, Wenger was an entrepreneur himself, cofounding five (FIVE!) companies, including a management consulting firm, a hosted data analytics company, a technology subsidiary for Telebanc, and DailyLit (a service for reading books by email or RSS).

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The company closed a $24 million round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tonkean's team tells TechCrunch. Lightspeed's Raviraj Jain is joining Tonkean's board. The software is meant to enable nearly endless customizations but a big focus seems to be on stripping repeatable tasks from the workflows of ops teams or taking care of early steps in those processes.

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Last year, Rocket Lab announced that it would attempt to reuse the first stage of its Electron rocket. Rocket Lab pulled off this stunt in early March. One helicopter dropped the Electron test stage over open ocean in New Zealand.

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LinkedIn has no plans to make COVID-related layoffs until at least the end of June 2020, the professional network has confirmed to TechCrunch. This announcements comes after Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s pledge last month to have no significant layoffs for the next 90 days. Other business leaders such as Bank of America’s CEO Brian Moynihan and Morgan Stanley’s CEO James Gorman have also agreed to pause any potential layoffs until the end of 2020.

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Motherly CEO Jill Koziol admits that it was a tough pitch when she and her co-founder Liz Tenety first tried to get investors on-board in 2015. "We wanted to create a brand first and foremost," Koziol told me. Instead, she described Motherly as a company that sits at the "intersection" of all three approaches.

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ESPN is diving deeper into live esports with League of Legends Championship Series broadcasts.

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If you recently bought a product from Amazon, you'll now have more time to return it to account disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Microsoft announced its latest Windows 10 preview build today and while that is a pretty routine affair these days, the company also used today's announcement to also launch the beta version of a new news consumption experience that anybody on a Windows 10 device can try out today. The Microsoft News Bar aggregates news from the 4,500 publishers in the Microsoft News network and then displays those as a semi-persistent bar on any side of your screen. Windows 10 has long featured the Microsoft News app, which is more of a fully-features news reading experience (though I admit I always forget it even exists).

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France's Stop Covid app could help fight the coronavirus, but questions remain about privacy.

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Airbnb is tweaking its landing page and introducing new features all aimed at longer-term stays, as the online rental marketplace looks to capitalize on a growing segment of its business. The changes are being rolled out just days after Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the company had raised $1 billion and laid out plans to direct its attention and new funds toward three core products: hosts, long-term stays and Airbnb experiences. Airbnb raised the $1 billion in debt and equity from private equity firms Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners.

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Rocket Lab is in the process of developing a way to recover the rockets it launches, despite their originally being designed as fully expendable launch vehicles. The company had a surprise announcement on Wednesday: It's actually already managed to successfully catch an Electron in mid-air, during a test meant to prove out the feasibility of that part of the operation. The whole process involves Rocket Lab employing an onboard guidance system to orient an Electron first stage to re-enter Earth's atmosphere after it has deployed its kick stage and payload, at such an angle that it won't burn up.

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Netflix is launching a new series on Instagram that will focus on taking care of yourself and your mental health during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The series, which will begin airing on Instagram Live tomorrow at 7 PM PT, features the stars of some of Netflix's top Young Adult shows and movies, including "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," "The Kissing Booth," "Stranger Things," "Cheer," and "13 Reasons Why." The series will run every Thursday from now through May 14 on the @Netflix Instagram account, and will discuss the sort of challenges that young people are facing during the health crisis.

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The Gateway Trilogy is pockmarked with logic games, spatial puzzles and the echoes of 1960s psychological experiments.

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Rosetta Stone might just be the answer, especially if you’re trying to stay productive during lockdown.

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The COVID-19 quarantine is grounding airlines around the world and that's hindering our ability to predict the weather.

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Zoom has been served with another class action lawsuit — this time by one of its shareholders, who says he lost money after the company "overstated" its security measures, which led its share price to tank. As its popularity rose, the company also faced a growing number of security and privacy problems, including claims that Zoom was not end-to-end encrypted as advertised. Zoom was slapped with another suit last month after Zoom's iOS app was found to have shared data with Facebook — even when users did not have a Facebook account.

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Ableton Live is one of the most popular digital audio workstations available, and it's currently 40 percent off.

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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. At a time of great turmoil in the world at large, she brings the stability of someone who has been with Mozilla Corporation since 2003. Writing in a company blog post, she certainly recognized the challenges ahead, navigating through the current economic uncertainty and the competitive challenges the company faces with its flagship Firefox browser..

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It took a while but Stadia's free tier is now available, though not quite like how we expected.

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