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.
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.
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.
Colin Harper / Decrypt:
Binance adds Bitcoin options trading to its mobile app, six months after adding futures trading, as it looks to widen its lead in the Bitcoin derivatives market — Binance launched Bitcoin futures trading half a year ago, and it´s now the biggest derivatives market in the industry.
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 …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram updates its IGTV app with a hands-free recording mode, a Discover tab, and a redesigned homepage featuring a recommended creator at the top — Is anyone using this app, though? — Instagram is updating its IGTV app today, likely in the hopes of getting more people to use …
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: Apple is planning an iPad Pro-like design with flat edges and a smaller notch for iPhones, a smaller, cheaper HomePod, and Apple Tags for the fall — - iPhone´s fall refresh to add 5G on as many as four new models — Smaller HomePod speaker, location tags for keys in development
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
PayPal and Intuit say they have been approved by the Small Business Administration to distribute funds from its $350B emergency lending program — - PayPal and Intuit are among the first non-bank, fintech companies to be approved for the Small Business Association´s emergency lending program.
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.