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“We hit 3M hard“—Trump orders 3M to keep US-made masks in the US

Enlarge pengpeng/Getty Images Minnesota manufacturing giant 3M warned Friday that a Trump administration order reserving US-made N95 masks for the US market could backfire. Demand for these masks, also known as respirators, has surged in recent weeks because they help protect health care workers from contracting COVID-19. “Ceasing all export of respirators produced in the …

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Google knows if everyone in your county is actually staying home or not

Enlarge / The reports are all public, but the nifty magnifying glass effect is not actually included. Google The entire world is scrambling to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic. By now, a majority of US states are under some kind of stay-at-home order, with governors nationwide asking or requiring non-essential businesses to close and everyone …

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T-Mobile completes Sprint merger, John Legere leaves CEO job a month early

Enlarge / T-Mobile CEO John Legere waves during an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, April 30, 2018. Getty Images | Bloomberg T-Mobile completed its $31 billion acquisition of Sprint today and announced that CEO John Legere has resigned from the carrier’s top job a month sooner than planned. …

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Teardown of Huawei flagship phone finds US parts despite blacklisting

Enlarge / The Huawei P40 Pro. Huawei Huawei is still using components made by US companies in its newest flagship smartphone, a Financial Times teardown has found, despite the US all but blacklisting the Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer. On Thursday, Huawei launched its P40 smartphone—one of the first flagship devices the company has launched since …

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Authors fume as online library “lends” unlimited free books

Enlarge / Sign in front of Middle Country public Library in Centereach, New York, on March 26, 2020. Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM via Getty Images For almost a decade, the Internet Archive, an online library best known for its Internet Wayback Machine, has let users “borrow” scanned digital copies of books held in its warehouse. …

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Amazon: Walkout leader’s firing wasn’t due to his organizing efforts

Enlarge / Workers protest outside a massive Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island on Monday, March 30. New York Communities for Change Amazon has fired an employee after he helped organize a walkout of Amazon workers at a fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York. The worker, Chris Smalls, says Amazon was retaliating against him …

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Saudi Arabia reportedly tracked phones by using industry-wide carrier weakness

Enlarge Gary Lerude / Flickr The Guardian says it has evidence that Saudi Arabia is exploiting a decades-old weakness in the global telecoms network to track the kingdom’s citizens as they travel in the United States. The publication cited data provided by a whistleblower that suggests Sudia Arabia is engaged in systematic spying by abusing …

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Bogus coronavirus claims lead Google Play to finally give Infowars the boot

Enlarge / Alex Jones of InfoWars talks to reporters outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations’ use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC Drew Angerer | Getty Images On Friday, Google removed the Infowars Android app from its Play Store, extinguishing one of the last …

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Internet Archive offers 1.4 million copyrighted books for free online

Enlarge / Hazard tape blocks the book returns slot at a London library. Richard Baker / Getty Images One of the casualties of coronavirus-related social distancing measures has been public libraries, which are shut down in many communities around the world. This week, the Internet Archive, an online library best known for running the Internet’s Wayback …

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A Twitch streamer is exposing coronavirus scams live

Enlarge / Kitboga getting ready to out some scammers on Twitch. Twitch Earlier this week, live on Twitch, the streamer Kitboga attempted to place a wholesale order for an essential oil that, the woman on the phone implied to him, cured COVID-19. There is, of course, no cure for COVID-19, the disease that has infected …

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