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Uber may acquire Grubhub, Quibi to allow TV-streamingToday’s major tech headlines include Uber’s possible acquisition of Grubhub, Facebook’s difficulties with tackling Covid-19 misinformation and Quibi allowing iPhone-to-TV streaming.VIDEOBY JEFF BAKALARMAY 13, 2020 4:00 AM PDT

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‘That money was essentially burned’: Google’s aid isn’t enough to save travel businesses, CEOs sayTravel companies criticize the search giant’s coronavirus relief package as little more than a public relations play.ARTICLEBY RICHARD NIEVAMAY 12, 2020 3:37 PM PDT

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Facebook reaches $52M settlement with ex-content moderators over PTSDModerators alleged they experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after repeatedly reviewing violent images on the social network.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 12, 2020 2:23 PM PDT

<p>Facebook's artificial intelligence technology helps the social network detect hate speech before you report it.</p>

Facebook tackles coronavirus misinformation, hateful memes with AIUnderstanding the relationship between words and images isn’t easy for machines.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 12, 2020 12:33 PM PDT

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<p>Twitter faces unique challenges in tackling the spread of 5G conspiracies.</p>

Twitter makes work from home a permanent change for some employeesThe coronavirus pandemic continues to shape the tech industry.ARTICLEBY RAE HODGEMAY 12, 2020 11:03 AM PDT

<p>Instagram is stepping up its fight against online bullying.</p>

Instagram rolls out new tools to combat bullyingYou can delete up to 25 negative comments at once, and control who tags you in a post.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 12, 2020 10:11 AM PDT

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Facebook helps launch advocacy group that’ll push back on tech regulation, report saysThe group also reportedly plans to fund ad campaigns promoting the tech industry.ARTICLEBY CARRIE MIHALCIKMAY 12, 2020 9:32 AM PDT

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Uber may be looking to acquire GrubHub, reports sayUber may be set to give its UberEats business a big boost.ARTICLEBY ELI BLUMENTHALMAY 12, 2020 8:33 AM PDT

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Move your Google Play Music data to YouTube MusicYou can finally transfer all your settings, likes, recommendations, taste profiles and everything else from Google Play Music to YouTube Music. Here’s how it works, and how it went for Iyaz — who’s been using Google Play Music since 2014 — when he tried it himself.VIDEOBY IYAZ AKHTARMAY 12, 2020 7:11 AM PDT

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LinkedIn offers new livestreaming features amid COVID-19 lockdownBrands can now choose to livestream to page followers or event attendees.ARTICLEBY ABRAR AL-HEETIMAY 12, 2020 6:00 AM PDT

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New Thunderbolt flaw discovered, Twitter to label misleading informationToday’s major tech stories include a newly discovered Thunderbolt flaw, Twitter decision to start labeling misinformation and whether or not Covid-19 will set a new privacy norm.VIDEOBY JEFF BAKALARMAY 12, 2020 4:00 AM PDT

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Where’s my stimulus check?Tips for making sure you qualify and receive a coronavirus stimulus payment.VIDEOBY CLAIRE REILLYMAY 11, 2020 2:41 PM PDT

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Twitter plans to start warning users about misleading coronavirus infoNew labels will also provide more context for users.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 11, 2020 12:36 PM PDT

<p>The LEAP soft robot was inspired by the cheetah.</p>

Scientists create a super speedy soft robot based on the cheetahLEAP robots are three times faster than previous soft robots.ARTICLEBY SHELBY BROWNMAY 11, 2020 11:44 AM PDT

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Health care may never be the same. Mobile can helpQualcomm President Cristiano Amon explains how 5G can boost telemedicine.VIDEOBY SHARA TIBKENMAY 11, 2020 5:00 AM PDT

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Apple looks to reopen, Facebook rolls out new designIn today’s top stories, Apple is beginning to consider reopening US stores, Facebook introduces the new redesign — with dark mode — and the FDA gives emergency use authorization to new monitoring tech.VIDEOBY STEPH PANECASIOMAY 11, 2020 3:00 AM PDT

<p>Apple's stores are starting to reopen.</p>

Apple opening some US stores next week, with new social distancing rules”As soon as we can safely open our stores, we will,” says the company.ARTICLEBY IAN SHERRMAY 9, 2020 11:43 AM PDT

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James Damore’s diversity lawsuit against Google comes to quiet endGoogle and the engineer it fired agreed to end their legal fight but didn’t detail terms of the case’s conclusion.ARTICLEBY STEPHEN SHANKLANDMAY 9, 2020 11:32 AM PDT

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Eric Schmidt, who led Google’s transformation into a tech giant, has left the companySchmidt exited as a technical advisor at Google parent company Alphabet in February.ARTICLEBY RICHARD NIEVAMAY 9, 2020 10:23 AM PDT

<p>A new coronavirus that originated in China is beginning to impact the operations of big tech companies.</p>

Coronavirus cancellations, delays, changes: Defcon, Fortnite World Cup, moreTech conferences, movies, music fests, political rallies and sports events have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.ARTICLEBY KENT GERMANMAY 9, 2020 8:55 AM PDT

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9 great reads from CNET this weekWhat experts are really worried about when it comes to deepfakes and elections, how Ford designed a respirator in record time, and which lockdown habits should become a part of your normal routine.ARTICLEBY CNET NEWS STAFFMAY 9, 2020 5:00 AM PDT

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3 video calling alternatives to ZoomZoom is still the most popular video calling service out there right now, but with Google Meet now being free, FaceTime’s ease of use and Skype’s many Zoom-like features, it has some competition.VIDEOBY MITCHELL CHANGMAY 9, 2020 5:00 AM PDT

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Zoom buys security company and Uber adopts new requirement for driversThis week’s major tech headlines include Zoom’s purchase of a security company, Uber initiating driver-rider mask requirements and news from the first Xbox Series X event from Microsoft.VIDEOBY JEFF BAKALARMAY 9, 2020 4:00 AM PDT

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Wearable EKG machine can tell if coronavirus is harming your heartThe Vital Patch has just been approved to track some of the most serious COVID-19 effects.VIDEOBY BRIAN COOLEYMAY 8, 2020 5:00 PM PDT

<p>Coronavirus conspiracy theories continue to spread on Facebook and other social networks. </p>

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter struggle with viral Plandemic conspiracy videoThe companies are grappling with stopping the spread of a 26-minute video that includes coronavirus conspiracy theories.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 8, 2020 12:09 PM PDT

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Facebook redesign goes live with dark mode, cleaner lookMost people should see the new look within the next couple of weeks.ARTICLEBY CARRIE MIHALCIKMAY 8, 2020 10:40 AM PDT

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Can’t see Mom? Send her a sweet gift insteadMother’s Day might look and feel a little different this year amid the pandemic, but there are still some thoughtful ways to honor your mom.VIDEOBY KARA TSUBOIMAY 8, 2020 10:00 AM PDT

<p>Tech giants like Apple are still looking to fill their campuses with new staff.</p>

The US job market had its worst month in history, but Apple and Amazon are still hiringThe coronavirus put at least 33 million people out of work and pushed unemployment to 14.7%. But so far much of Silicon Valley has been spared.ARTICLEBY IAN SHERRMAY 8, 2020 7:58 AM PDT

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Zoom to bolster security, Microsoft talks XboxIn today’s top stories, Zoom acquires a secure messaging company in hopes of bringing end-to-end encryption to its video-conferencing app. Meanwhile, we get a glimpse of the next generation of gaming on the Xbox Series X.VIDEOBY IYAZ AKHTARMAY 8, 2020 4:00 AM PDT

<p>Facebook's headquarters is based in Menlo Park, California.</p>

Facebook and Google will let most employees work from home through 2020The announcements give a glimpse of how two of the largest tech companies in the world may eventually re-open.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 7, 2020 5:55 PM PDT

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Uber’s first-quarter earnings show massive losses due to coronavirusPlummeting rides have overshadowed the ride-hailing company the past few months. But its Uber Eats food delivery business shined.ARTICLEBY DARA KERRMAY 7, 2020 3:21 PM PDT

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Google sibling Sidewalk Labs nixes Toronto smart city projectThe company cites “unprecedented economic uncertainty” as the reason for abandoning the project.ARTICLEBY RICHARD NIEVAMAY 7, 2020 11:14 AM PDT

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Silicon Valley’s learning it can’t work tech employees to the bone during coronavirusApple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Uber have new work from home policies as tech culture clashes with family life.ARTICLEBY IAN SHERRMAY 7, 2020 10:51 AM PDT

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla lets you attack old England, build Viking settlementAfter last week’s cinematic teaser, Xbox maker Microsoft and game maker Ubisoft reveal new details about the game.ARTICLEBY IAN SHERRMAY 7, 2020 8:41 AM PDT

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Apple awards $10 million grant to a nose swab makerThe tech giant offers the grant to COPAN Diagnostics from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund.ARTICLEBY DAVID PRIESTMAY 7, 2020 5:58 AM PDT

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How COVID-19 immunity certificates might failThere’s a lot more at stake than just antibodies.VIDEOBY BRIAN COOLEYMAY 7, 2020 5:00 AM PDT

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Android 11 beta coming June 3, a new Surface Go 2Today’s major tech headlines include a launch date for the Android 11 beta, a new Surface Go 2 from Microsoft and Apple’s plan to let customers quickly share medical information with first responders.VIDEOBY JEFF BAKALARMAY 7, 2020 4:00 AM PDT

<p>Virgin Media and O2 will merge in a £31 billion deal.</p>

O2 and Virgin Media to merge creating new UK telecoms giantThe two companies will together be able to offer entertainment, mobile and broadband packages to rival BT and Sky.ARTICLEBY KATIE COLLINSMAY 7, 2020 2:23 AM PDT

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T-Mobile sees subscriber gain after absorbing Sprint amid coronavirus pandemicThe results offer the first glimpse into how the newly combined carrier will deal with the COVID-19 crisis.ARTICLEBY ELI BLUMENTHALMAY 6, 2020 3:50 PM PDT

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Lyft’s first-quarter earnings show impact of coronavirus, but a rise in revenueThe ride-hailing company says its rides business was down by as much as 75% in April.ARTICLEBY DARA KERRMAY 6, 2020 3:13 PM PDT

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Uber lays off 3,700 employees amid coronavirus pandemicThe ride-hailing company is significantly cutting back its staff, saying it doesn’t “know how long a recovery will take.”ARTICLEBY DARA KERRMAY 6, 2020 12:59 PM PDT

<p>Facebook's first content oversight board has its first 20 members.</p>

Facebook’s content oversight board includes former prime minister, Nobel winnerThe social network named the first 20 members of a board that will review its content moderation decisions.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 6, 2020 10:01 AM PDT

<p>Google.org is putting more money behind coronavirus relief. </p>

Google’s charitable arm ups coronavirus relief to $100 millionThe money will go to areas like distance learning and health and science.ARTICLEBY ERIN CARSONMAY 6, 2020 6:39 AM PDT

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WWDC going fully online, Xbox 20/20 starts this weekToday’s major tech stories include Apple’s WWDC going completely online, a possible successor to the Oculus Quest VR headset and a new monthly show from Xbox that promises to reveal more about games for Microsoft’s upcoming Series X console.VIDEOBY JEFF BAKALARMAY 6, 2020 4:00 AM PDT

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California sues Uber and Lyft, alleging drivers are misclassified”We intend to make sure that Uber and Lyft play by the rules,” says California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.ARTICLEBY DARA KERRMAY 5, 2020 5:47 PM PDT

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Apple reveals new details about WWDC 2020Apple’s virtual conference will start weeks later than we were expecting, but it will be free for developers.VIDEOBY VANESSA HAND ORELLANAMAY 5, 2020 5:10 PM PDT

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Airbnb lays off 1,900 employees, about 25% of its staffThe home rental company has struggled since the novel coronavirus has greatly curtailed most travel.ARTICLEBY DARA KERRMAY 5, 2020 2:10 PM PDT

<p>Driscoll's invented the clam shell packaging of produce.</p>

Driscoll’s says the US food supply chain is ‘more fragile than we thought’The president of the world’s largest berry supplier says the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired creative problem solving, but that it’s also highlighted some issues.ARTICLEBY CONNIE GUGLIELMOMAY 5, 2020 12:18 PM PDTSHOW MORE

<p>Facebook released new data on Tuesday about account takedowns.</p>

Facebook says fake accounts used coronavirus content to attract followersThe company pulled down 1,887 misleading accounts, pages and groups in April tied to different countries.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 5, 2020 11:54 AM PDT

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Apple WWDC 2020: Everything you need to know about the online developers conferenceWWDC will be held online for the first time in June, and open to more people. Here’s what we know so far.ARTICLEBY ALISON DENISCO RAYOMEMAY 5, 2020 11:40 AM PDT

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US airlines mandate face masks, including American, Delta, United, SouthwestJetBlue was first, but now all the biggest US airlines are following suit. Here’s what they’re doing to protect passengers and crew from the coronavirus.ARTICLEBY KENT GERMANMAY 5, 2020 11:31 AM PDT

<p>Apple's WWDC will be rather different as millions shelter in place.</p>

WWDC 2020 date set: Apple’s (online-only) developer conference starts June 22The iPhone maker’s developer event shifts online following cancellations across the tech industry.ARTICLEBY IAN SHERRMAY 5, 2020 11:05 AM PDT

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New COVID-19 device is an ICU’s worth of sensors you wear on your chestThis new invention could spot COVID-19 before you notice you’re developing symptoms.VIDEOBY BRIAN COOLEYMAY 5, 2020 11:00 AM PDT

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Google’s diversity numbers show incremental progressThe search giant’s diversity chief is also asked about workplace matters, including the corporate structure of her role and Google’s contractor workforce.ARTICLEBY RICHARD NIEVAMAY 5, 2020 9:30 AM PDT

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Tesla as an electric utility? Maybe, and Autobidder could lead the wayThe electric carmaker has reportedly applied to supply electricity in the UK, as details on its Autobidder software come to light.ARTICLEBY SEAN SZYMKOWSKIMAY 5, 2020 8:40 AM PDT

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Google’s AI-powered search tool helps scientists scour coronavirus researchThe tool searches through over 50,000 scholarly articles in the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset.ARTICLEBY CARRIE MIHALCIKMAY 5, 2020 7:50 AM PDT

<p>In this example, Apple and Google show how a doctor confirms an exposure to coronavirus and alerts people the patient had been in contact with.</p>

Apple, Google give a look at coronavirus tracking tech, promise more privacy protectionsThe tech giants continue to refine their coronavirus exposure technology. They’re also sharing some code publicly and what apps may look like.ARTICLEBY IAN SHERRMAY 5, 2020 5:00 AM PDT

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iPhone sales got hit by coronavirus. But Apple has a planApple earlier warned that the pandemic has affected its sales. But the tech giant did eke out some wins.ARTICLEBY IAN SHERRMAY 5, 2020 5:00 AM PDT

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Coronavirus has us even more hooked on big tech than ever beforeCOVID-19 fears have us embracing Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook even more, even if the companies’ financial prospects remain up in the air.ARTICLEBY IAN SHERRMAY 5, 2020 5:00 AM PDT

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Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro, Uber requiring face masksToday’s major tech stories include Apple’s updating of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the resignation of an Amazon VP in protest over firings and Uber’s new face mask requirement for all drivers and riders.VIDEOBY JEFF BAKALARMAY 5, 2020 4:00 AM PDT

<p>Facebook is adding more ways to help in its Community Help feature.</p>

Facebook wants you to contribute to new global day of giving amid coronavirus pandemicYou can sign up to be a blood donor, buy gift cards or look for jobs though its Community Help tool on Tuesday.ARTICLEBY QUEENIE WONGMAY 4, 2020 9:00 AM PDT

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Uber will require drivers and riders to wear face masksThe new policy is expected to roll out in the coming weeks.ARTICLEBY CARRIE MIHALCIKMAY 4, 2020 6:26 AM PDT

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Disney Plus recognizes Star Wars Day, big tech companies are still making moneyIn today’s top stories, Disney Plus honors Star Wars day with special profile pictures. Meanwhile, big tech companies like Google and Amazon report consistent revenue and Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers an unconventional commencement address.VIDEOBY STEPH PANECASIOMAY 4, 2020 3:00 AM PDT

<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a virtual commencement address to Ohio State's graduating class of 2020.</p>

Apple CEO Tim Cook invokes 1918 epidemic in virtual commencement addressCook draws comparison between what the graduates can achieve under these trying times, to the accomplishments of those who lived through the 1918 flu epidemic.ARTICLEBY STEVEN MUSILMAY 3, 2020 12:58 PM PDT

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9 great reads from CNET this weekHow the quantum computing race will change our lives, why it’s hard to find election info you can trust, and is the digital divide really narrowing?ARTICLEBY CNET NEWS STAFFMAY 2, 2020 5:00 AM PDT

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Apple, Google rework tracing tech; How many people are on Zoom?This week’s major tech headlines include Pixel Buds 2 reviews, Apple and Google reworking their tracing tech to address privacy concerns and a quick check on just how many people are using Zoom.VIDEOBY JEFF BAKALARMAY 2, 2020 4:00 AM PDT

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SpaceX set to to take its first astronauts into spaceNot even a global pandemic is enough to stop SpaceX’s historic first crewed flight with NASA to the International Space Station.VIDEOBY CLAIRE REILLYMAY 1, 2020 4:43 PM PDT

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Uber expands drivers’ COVID-19 sick pay by a little bit after being suedThe changes are only for California drivers.ARTICLEBY DARA KERRMAY 1, 2020 3:28 PM PDT

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Schiff asks Google, Twitter to follow Facebook’s example in fighting COVID-19 misinformationUS Rep. Adam Schiff likes that Facebook is directing users to info from the WHO. Twitter and Google should do something similar, he says.ARTICLEBY RY CRISTMAY 1, 2020 1:06 PM PDT

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Take a virtual field trip from your sofaSince most of us won’t be getting out to explore museums, national parks or other attractions anytime soon, bring them to your living room with a few clicks of your mouse. Here’s how in this Tech Minute.VIDEOBY KARA TSUBOIMAY 1, 2020 10:00 AM PDT

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House panel calls Bezos to testify over Amazon allegedly misleading CongressAfter a Wall Street Journal report detailed how Amazon used private data from sellers to make its own products, Congress wants answers.ARTICLEBY ELI BLUMENTHALMAY 1, 2020 8:35 AM PDT

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Chipotle’s tech rush could not have come at a better timeThe chain’s CTO tells us what’s next as America’s restaurants plan to reopen.VIDEOBY BRIAN COOLEYMAY 1, 2020 5:00 AM PDTSHOW MORE

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