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    The EU also recognized the important role Google and Apple’s platforms play in promoting reliable technology.
    Google, Apple Covid-19 tracking tech faces EU scrutiny
    Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple late last week announced they would add technology to their platforms to alert users if they have come into contact with a person with the coronavirus.
    Apple had shut all 458 stores outside China last month.
    Apple to begin reopening stores, starting with South Korea
    Apple had closed stores to help curb the spread of Covid-19. It began by shuttering all 42 stores in China for about two months before reopening them in March.
    Apple doesn’t yet know when employees will be able to return to offices.
    Tim Cook talks about Covid-19, return to work plan at Apple’s company-wide meeting
    During the meeting, Cook called the pandemic an “uncertain and stressful moment,” but expressed confidence that the company will emerge strongly from the crisis.
    Amazon is developing its own Covid-19 testing lab.
    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos wants to test all employees for Covid-19
    Amazon has assembled a team comprising scientists, managers and software engineers to build internal testing capacity, and hoped to build its first testing lab soon.
    The company has told assembly partners it would make 5 to 6 million units of the PS5.
    Sony plans to produce limited PS5 consoles in first year
    The Tokyo-based tech giant is limiting its initial production run in part because it expects the PS5’s ambitious specs to weigh on demand by leading to a high price at launch.
    Verizon Communications agreed to acquire a Derek Jeter-backed videoconference company, Blue Jeans Network, jumping into an area that’s booming with the huge shift of white-collar workers to their homes.
    Verizon buys chat company Blue Jeans amid work-from-home wave
    Verizon Communications agreed to acquire a Derek Jeter-backed videoconference company, Blue Jeans Network, jumping into an area that’s booming with the huge shift of white-collar workers to their homes.
    Prototypes of the headphones have a retro look with oval-shaped ear cups that swivel and a headband connected by thin, metal arms
    Apple working on high-end headphones with interchangeable parts
    Apple is said to be working on at least two variations, including a premium version with leather-like fabrics and a fitness-focused model
    Houseparty which has been around for four years now suddenly became popular due to the Covid-19 lockdowns.
    Houseparty adds 50 million users in March, becomes most downloaded social app in US
    Houseparty’s rise may have come out of nowhere but the app has been around for almost four years, and last June it was acquired by Fortnite creator Epic Games.
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai told staff about the decision in an email on Wednesday.
    Google to slow hiring for rest of 2020 due to Covid-19, Sundar Pichai tells staff
    CEO Sundar Pichai also highlighted other areas of cost cutting, saying the company will be “recalibrating the focus and pace of our investments in areas like data centers and machines, and non business essential marketing and travel.”
    Apple unveiled the new iPhone SE, its first low-cost smartphone in four years, seeking to boost sales while consumers wait for the launch of new high-end models with 5G later this year.
    Cheap Apple iPhone SE 2nd Gen launched to boost sales ahead of 5G model
    Apple unveiled the new iPhone SE, its first low-cost smartphone in four years, seeking to boost sales while consumers wait for the launch of new high-end models with 5G later this year.

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