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In letter to senators, Verily says it has tested 7,390 people for COVID-19 as of April 9, less than a month after site launch, will keep Google login mandatory (Hugh Langley/Business Insider)

Hugh Langley / Business Insider: In letter to senators, Verily says it has tested 7,390 people for COVID-19 as of April 9, less than a month after site launch, will keep Google login mandatory  —  - Google´s Verily division has been screening and testing participants for COVID-19, but lawmakers are concerned over how it is collecting and using people´s data.

Nest will temporarily reduce the recording quality of its security cameras by default to reduce bandwidth impact amid COVID-19, users can easily revert change (Ryne Hager/Android Police)

Ryne Hager / Android Police: Nest will temporarily reduce the recording quality of its security cameras by default to reduce bandwidth impact amid COVID-19, users can easily revert change  —  Google is temporarily dropping Nest camera recording quality and bandwidth over the next few days in an attempt to reduce strain on ISPs and the internet in general.

VC firm Lightspeed raises $4B across three funds: $890M and $1.83B for early and later stage funds, respectively, and a $1.5B fund for doubling down on winners (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

Alex Konrad / Forbes: VC firm Lightspeed raises $4B across three funds: $890M and $1.83B for early and later stage funds, respectively, and a $1.5B fund for doubling down on winners  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  Investor Bejul Somaia is used to flying from India to Silicon Valley on a monthly basis.

ESRB, the organization that rates the content of video games, announces a new label for games that offer in-game purchases of loot boxes or other similar items (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Jay Peters / The Verge: ESRB, the organization that rates the content of video games, announces a new label for games that offer in-game purchases of loot boxes or other similar items  —  It´s an additional descriptor to the ‘In-Game Purchases’ label introduced in 2018  —  The Entertainment Software Rating Board …

Investigation finds a decade-long health disinformation campaign by Russia, using social media and news outlets like RT, to sow confusion and hurt institutions (William J. Broad/New York Times)

William J. Broad / New York Times: Investigation finds a decade-long health disinformation campaign by Russia, using social media and news outlets like RT, to sow confusion and hurt institutions  —  A decade of health disinformation promoted by President Vladimir Putin of Russia has sown wide confusion, hurt major institutions …

Sources: after handing over to the new CEO, Bob Iger effectively returned to run Disney in March, as the pandemic decimated its most profitable businesses (Ben Smith/New York Times)

Ben Smith / New York Times: Sources: after handing over to the new CEO, Bob Iger effectively returned to run Disney in March, as the pandemic decimated its most profitable businesses  —  The former C.E.O. thought he was riding into the sunset.  Now he´s reasserting control and reimagining Disney as a company with fewer employees and more thermometers.
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