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Pony.ai tests autonomous delivery service in Irvine, CA for purchases on ecommerce site Yamibuy, as lockdowns have suspended testing of its robotaxi service (Christian Shepherd/Financial Times)

Christian Shepherd / Financial Times: Pony.ai tests autonomous delivery service in Irvine, CA for purchases on ecommerce site Yamibuy, as lockdowns have suspended testing of its robotaxi service  —  Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up repurposes fleet to transport goods in California  —  Chinese autonomous vehicle start …

The quadrennial iPhone SEs break from the annual upgrade cycle, arriving 2.5 years after their lookalikes as final versions of popular form factors (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)

John Gruber / Daring Fireball: The quadrennial iPhone SEs break from the annual upgrade cycle, arriving 2.5 years after their lookalikes as final versions of popular form factors  —  The answer: Leap years, the summer Olympics, U.S. presidential elections.  —  The question: What are things that occur every fourth year?

Instacart launches a prescription delivery service from nearly 200 Costco locations in states including CA and NY, driven by demand during the pandemic (Kirsten Korosec/TechCrunch)

Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch: Instacart launches a prescription delivery service from nearly 200 Costco locations in states including CA and NY, driven by demand during the pandemic  —  Online grocery delivery company Instacart is launching a prescription delivery service through a partnership with Costco as demand …

India says e-commerce companies can resume accepting customers orders for non-essential items, including smartphones and laptops, starting April 20 (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Manish Singh / TechCrunch: India says e-commerce companies can resume accepting customers orders for non-essential items, including smartphones and laptops, starting April 20  —  Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and other online shopping firms will resume selling “non-essential” items to customers in India starting April 20 …

In an internal email, Sundar Pichai tells Alphabet employees that the company will slow the pace of hiring for the rest of 2020 as it re-evaluates investments (Mark Bergen/Bloomberg)

Mark Bergen / Bloomberg: In an internal email, Sundar Pichai tells Alphabet employees that the company will slow the pace of hiring for the rest of 2020 as it re-evaluates investments  —  - Company is ‘recalibrating’ spending on data centers, servers  — Covid-19 crisis is affecting richest Silicon Valley businesses

Apple announces an updated iPhone SE with 4.7-inch display, Touch ID, and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage for $399+, shipping April 24 (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Apple announces an updated iPhone SE with 4.7-inch display, Touch ID, and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage for $399+, shipping April 24  —  It looks like an iPhone 8, but it has more modern specs  —  Apple has officially announced the new iPhone SE, a lower-cost iPhone that starts at $399 for a version with 64GB of storage.

Amid lockdowns, live streaming has emerged as an ad hoc support system for the music and nightlife industry, as artists ponder long-term financial viability (Michelle Lhooq/Bloomberg)

Michelle Lhooq / Bloomberg: Amid lockdowns, live streaming has emerged as an ad hoc support system for the music and nightlife industry, as artists ponder long-term financial viability  —  It´s only 5 p.m. on a Saturday in Los Angeles, but the Zone—a 16-room virtual club on the videoconferencing app Zoom—is already in full swing.
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