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Tech Hangover: Coronavirus is putting its dent on the tech community

Make it stop. People need their new iPhones.

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We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.

There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover. 

Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).

Coronavirus Disrupts the Industry

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The only thing disrupting the tech industry right now is that ole magic keyword. Yup, you guessed it – coronavirus. This newsletter from the New York Times sums how the virus has been affecting major tech companies and the like.

Companies are telling investors that sales are slumping because of the outbreak, conferences are being canceled, and workers are being instructed not to travel. – NYT

Apple to pay up to $500 million to settle U.S. lawsuit over slow iPhones

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This is a big win for consumers. It’s absolutely gross that Apple has been getting away with this. Thankfully they got called out on their bullshit. Honestly, they should be paying more. $500 million isn’t enough.  

Apple Inc has agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle litigation accusing it of quietly slowing down older iPhones as it launched new models, to induce owners to buy replacement phones or batteries. – Reuters

Robinhood Suffers Online Outage With U.S. Stocks Rebounding 

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I use Robinhood and yup, I can confirm, it went down. It didn’t really affect me much but I’m sure people looking to make trades today got boned.

Robinhood Markets Inc.’s brokerage website experienced technical issues Monday with some customers unable to make trades on a day when the market was rebounding from last week’s rout. – Bloomberg

Archivists Are Uploading Hundreds of Random VHS Tapes to the Internet

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This isn’t tech news per se, but I appreciate the heck out of it.

An organization called Vista Group recently uploaded dozens of VHS and cassette tapes from the 90s and early 2000s to the Internet Archive, and the content within is worth a retro-nostalgia trip back to a simpler, weirder, more wavy time. – Motherboard

Pixel phones updated with new gesture controls, emoji, AR effects & more

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Some good news for Google Pixel users. New features are always fun.

Today Google says Pixel owners are getting a second set of additions, this time including new music controls, new emoji, still more photo and video features, expanded emergency help features, Google Pay improvements and several others. – TechCrunch

And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:


Notable Mentions

Project LightSpeed: How Facebook shrunk Messenger down by 75% 

In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags

How a hacker’s mom broke into prison—and the warden’s computer

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