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As the pandemic suspends live sports, gamblers turn to betting on e-sports; some bookmakers say e-sports betting has risen 40x (Seth Schiesel/New York Times)

Seth Schiesel / New York Times: As the pandemic suspends live sports, gamblers turn to betting on e-sports; some bookmakers say e-sports betting has risen 40x  —  Computer-vs.-computer games of FIFA livestream to gamblers on Twitch.  Fantasy contests carry League of Legends lineups.  In the coronavirus age, video games have grown into a darling for casinos.

As many Chinese manufacturers face low overseas demand due to the coronavirus, companies like Pinduoduo and JD have helped many launch their own domestic brands (Karen Hao/MIT Technology Review)

Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review: As many Chinese manufacturers face low overseas demand due to the coronavirus, companies like Pinduoduo and JD have helped many launch their own domestic brands  —  Ask Zhu Kaiyu about his factory, and he can rattle off a series of statistics meant to impress: 15,000 square meters …

After rolling out a flawed automated system in 2014, Michigan falsely charged thousands with unemployment fraud and collected millions in fines (Stephanie Wykstra/Undark Magazine)

Stephanie Wykstra / Undark Magazine: After rolling out a flawed automated system in 2014, Michigan falsely charged thousands with unemployment fraud and collected millions in fines  —  REPUBLISH … I N 2014, Carmelita Colvin was living just north of Detroit and taking classes at a local college, when she received a letter …

Study of kids, aged 4 to 15 in the US, UK, and Spain, finds they spent an average of 85 min/day on YouTube and 80 min/day on TikTok from Feb. 2019-April 2020 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Study of kids, aged 4 to 15 in the US, UK, and Spain, finds they spent an average of 85 min/day on YouTube and 80 min/day on TikTok from Feb. 2019-April 2020  —  A new study on kids´ app usage and habits indicates a major threat to YouTube´s dominance, as kids now split their time between …

The struggle between real information and fake information is not too different from the fight against spam email, which took a long time but was worth fighting (Om Malik/On my Om)

Om Malik / On my Om: The struggle between real information and fake information is not too different from the fight against spam email, which took a long time but was worth fighting  —  To put it mildly, the last ten days have been tough to watch.  Following the news triggers anger, and it makes me feel ashamed.

Black tech execs hope the current attention on racial disparities will help diversify tech workers, as black people account for only 7.8% of core US IT workers (Jared Council/Wall Street Journal)

Jared Council / Wall Street Journal: Black tech execs hope the current attention on racial disparities will help diversify tech workers, as black people account for only 7.8% of core US IT workers  —  Despite yearslong efforts by companies to diversify their tech workforces, black people account for less than 8% of core IT workers in the U.S.

Indian online travel booking company Yatra terminates pending merger with Atlanta-based software company Ebix, files suit for damages, alleging breach of terms (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Indian online travel booking company Yatra terminates pending merger with Atlanta-based software company Ebix, files suit for damages, alleging breach of terms  —  Indian online travel booking company Yatra has terminated a pending merger agreement with Atlanta-based software firm Ebix …
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