News of the Week; April 8, 2020

COMMUNICATIONS

  1.  SLAPP Suit Filed Against Fox News Over Awful & Dangerous COVID-19 Coverage
  2. TV stations don’t have to correct Trump’s COVID-19 statements, FCC says
  3. Ex-FCC Staffer Says FCC Authority Given Up In Net Neutrality Repeal Sure Would Prove Handy In A Crisis
  4. How the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory tore through the internet: From an interview with a Belgian doctor to  arson attacks, the conspiracy theory that 5G is linked to the coronavirus pandemic has spread unlike any other
  5. Why 5G is not causing the coronavirus pandemic, despite the conspiracy theory about towers, Wuhan and radiation: All scientific evidence points to 5G in its current form being non-harmful to humans
  6. Radio station sanctioned for misleading coronavirus interview
  7. White House Establishes Committee on Foreign Participation in U.S. Telecommunications
  8. Pandemic hasn’t crushed broadband networks—even rural areas are doing OK
  9. Fearing the Invisible: The long history behind the 5G COVID-19 conspiracy theory.
  10. CMF to Invest C$353M in Canadian TV, Digital Media Production
  11. T-Mobile, Sprint took a risk by finishing merger without Calif. approval
  12. The T-Mobile Merger Closes, Highlighting Vast U.S. Media, Legal, And Policy Failures
  13. FCC: TracFone made up “fictitious” customers to defraud low-income program
  14. Verizon refuses to give DSL users its low-income deals during pandemic
  15. Verizon canceling FiOS installs and telling customers to wait a few months

DIGITAL

  1. Dear Jeff Bezos, instead of firing me, protect your workers from coronavirus: I spoke up for safety at an Amazon warehouse. Unfortunately I believe it cost me my job
  2. Leaked Amazon Memo Details Plan to Smear Fired Warehouse Organizer: ‘He’s Not Smart or Articulate’ –  Written notes from the meeting, attended by CEO Jeff Bezos, detail Amazon’s strategy to fight union organizing,
  3. Leaked Amazon memo: Walkout leader “not smart or articulate”
  4. Amazon Confronts Coronavirus and Unions: One a Real Threat, the Other Overblown: As the world’s largest online retailer was coping with a global crisis, why did it create a new one for itself?
  5. Is Amazon approaching its breaking point in the Covid-19 crisis?
  6. In a surprising change, Amazon now sells movies in its Prime Video iOS app
  7. TikTok Users In China Temporarily Banned For Speaking Their Own Cantonese Language Instead Of Using The Official Mandarin
  8. The limits of decentralization (Andres Guadamuz)
  9. Lessig v. NYT: Very. Good. News. (Lawrence Lessig)
  10. Social Links: Biden’s stance on CDA §230; liability for user-generated content; Twitter’s process for reviewing Trump’s tweets
  11. Twitter notifies users that it’s now sharing more data with advertisers: Users in Europe are the exception
  12. Twitter Updates its Policies to Allow Some Coronavirus-Related Advertising
  13. Rangers, NHL condemn racial slurs in hijacked player video chat
  14. The Coronavirus Reveals That the Stars Are Not Like Us: If there was ever a fourth wall dividing celebrities and the rest of us on social media, the quarantine has broken it.
  15. A Must For Millions, Zoom Has A Dark Side – And An FBI Warning
  16. Zoombombing is a crime, not a prank, prosecutors warn: Disrupting a Zoom meeting could lead to “law enforcement knocking at your door.”
  17. Using Zoom while working from home? Here are the privacy risks to watch out for: Don’t let tattle-tale software features disrupt your remote workflow.
  18. ‘Zoombombing’ Becomes a Dangerous Organized Effort: Zoom, the videoconferencing app, has become a target for harassment and abuse coordinated in private off-platform chats.
  19. Zoom brings in former Facebook security head amid lawsuits, investigations
  20. Zoom adds new security and privacy measures to prevent Zoombombing: Passwords and waiting rooms will be turned on by default
  21. Teleconferencing Company Zoom Pitching End-To-End Encryption That Really Isn’t End-To-End
  22. Senator Blumenthal Is Super Mad That Zoom Isn’t Actually Offering The End To End Encryption His Law Will Outlaw
  23. Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto
  24. A Big Zooming Mess: A Cautionary Tale
  25. Judge Isn’t Impressed By Lawyer’s Purported Unfamiliarity With LinkedIn–Reyes v. Tanaka
  26. Netflix will allow parents to remove movies and shows, filter by rating in new update: Making profile accounts for kids even more specific
  27. Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ Is Most Popular TV Show In U.S., Spurring YouTube Views For Joe Exotic
  28. “When They See Us” Sees Dismissal of Defamation Claim
  29. Google revises COVID-19 ad ban after backlash: Democrats slammed Google for preventing them from criticizing Trump’s response to the crisis. Google said it will announce new policies in the coming days.
  30. YouTube says it will suppress content promoting false 5G coronavirus conspiracy: 5G masts have been set on fire in the UK
  31. Jon Cusack The Latest Celebrity To Spread Nonsense About 5G
  32. 5G Isn’t Interesting Enough To Warrant These Stupid Conspiracy Theories
  33. YouTube moves to limit spread of false coronavirus 5G theory: Decision comes as four more phone masts are attacked
  34. YouTube profits from videos promoting unproven Covid-19 treatments: New report finds company is running ads on videos pushing herbs and potentially unsafe over-the-counter treatments for virus
  35. YouTube Makes Select Premium Series Free To Watch Amid Ongoing Quarantining
  36. YouTube Kids App Sees More Usage Than All Major Video Platforms’—Including YouTube
  37. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber Takes The YouTube Stage, Will Stream Free Musicals Every Friday
  38. Robin Williams Estate Launches YouTube Channel To Commemorate The Comedic Legend
  39. All Creators In The YouTube Partner Program Can Now Monetize Content About COVID-19
  40. Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 4/6/2020
  41. FTC Enforces against Advertiser and Influencers for Breaching Influence Marketing Practices
  42. Influencers and Targets on Social Media: Investigating the Impact of Network Homogeneity and Group Identification on Online Influence
  43. With Billions of Interactions Around COVID-19, Influencers Are Harnessing Their Platforms For Good
  44. How Children’s Social Video Content is Growing During Quarantines
  45. Navy Deploys USS Barbra Streisand After Firing A Captain For Expressing His Coronavirus Concerns
  46. Quibi, day one: This phone-focused TV service really isn’t that bad
  47. Mobile video service Quibi launches to mixed reviews
  48. Quibi Sees 300,000 Day 1 Downloads—Just 7.5% Of Disney+’s Debut Audience
  49. Hip-Hop and R&B Hitmakers Are Setting Viewership Records Via Instagram Live Battles
  50. How conspiracy theories about COVID-19 went viral: Why do epidemics breed conspiracy theories? And what do scientists say?
  51. Coronavirus, the ‘Soros Bio-weapon’: How Far Right anti- Semitic Conspiracy Theories Are Infecting Mainstream Politics – As the virus spreads white supremacists and the far-right are repackaging old anti-Semitic tropes
  52. Why pandemics are the perfect environment for conspiracy theories to flourish
  53. Why Wikipedia is winning against the coronavirus ‘infodemic’: Against all odds, Wikipedia’s eccentric volunteer editors are holding back the tide of coronavirus misinformation
  54. What Role Should Newsrooms Play in Debunking COVID-19 Misinformation?: When conspiracies pass a tipping point, newsrooms collectively pushing out strong debunks can slow the spread of myths and misinformation
  55. Why Wikipedia Is Immune to Coronavirus: As the pandemic has been accompanied by an ‘infodemic’ of bad information, Wikipedia has stepped in to provide relief. It has become the go-to source for COVID-19 information.
  56. Media deal with Facebook and Google more urgent with coronavirus taking jobs, says regulator: Australian Competition Commission pushing for code of conduct to ensure news businesses are treated fairly
  57. Content Moderation Is Impossible: Facebook’s Attempts To Block Mask Gouging Took Down DIY Face Mask Instructions
  58. Facebook to Hire 10,000 Workers This Year, Sets Plans for Doling Out $100M in Aid to Small Businesses
  59. Citing Virus Misinformation, South Africa Tests Speech Limits: Suppressing false Covid-19 information may have benefits, but as South Africa shows, combatting fake news isn’t simple.
  60. New Penalties for Posting Fake News on Social Networks
  61. Coronavirus: Uber and Lyft trying to evade driver unemployment costs, critics say: Ride-hailing companies pushed for direct aid to drivers
  62. Coronavirus slowed Uber and Lyft – but not their big-money efforts to undo AB 5: The gig economy companies added $267,000 to a California campaign that seeks to rewrite the rules for contract workers.
  63. Learning From Home Is Hard Enough. Try Doing It Where Wifi Is Illegal.: In the “valley of the telescopes,” remote education is a disaster.
  64. Can Airbnb Survive Coronavirus?: The short-term rental market is reeling from the coronavirus-driven tourism collapse. Can the industry’s dominant player stage a comeback after lockdowns lift?
  65. How the Covid-19 crisis locked Airbnb out of its own homes: The short-let platform’s business model has been exposed. Bookings have fallen off a cliff but Airbnb simply can’t change tack
  66. Airbnb may become obsolete depending on recovery of tourism after Covid-19 crisis: Bookings on Airbnb slumped from 96% to 41% this year due travel restrictions imposed by many countries in view of the pandemic.
  67. Airbnb has been rocked by COVID-19. Do we really want to see it recover?: It’s time to consider alternatives to the profit-driven models of platform capitalists.
  68. Airbnb is reeling from the coronavirus fallout
  69. Delivery apps have transformed urban life in China: They have also created a new kind of worker
  70. China Tech Looks Unready for What’s Coming Next: They survived the coronavirus lockdown, but even the biggest companies aren’t safe from the global recession.
  71. Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert’s paradise. It’s not.: Calendars cleared by coronavirus are filling up with virtual happy hours & some are starting to feel exhausted.
  72. Working, Working Together, And Networking During the Web-Hype of the ‘Corona Crisis’
  73. Snapchat Taps Will Smith For Quarantined Celebrity Talk Show, Set In His Garage
  74. Trial by video conference? Not yet, but coronavirus forces Bay Area courts to embrace more virtual proceedings
  75. Apple will battle COVID-19 by designing and making millions of medical face shields
  76. Apple doubles donation to China’s COVID-19 relief efforts: iPhone maker has now contributed $7 million to fighting the pandemic
  77. Spotify now works with Siri on the Apple Watch: Apple started allowing third-party Siri music support last year
  78. Spotify Expands Self-Serve Ad Studio to 18 Markets Around the World: Company has seen a 68% increase in monthly active advertisers in a year
  79. SoundCloud now lets artists add a direct donation button to their page: To help musicians affected by the pandemic
  80. Courts are moving to video during coronavirus, but research shows it’s hard to get a fair trial remotely
  81. ‘Beginning of a new era’: how culture went virtual in the face of crisis
  82. Livestreams Are Moving to Hard Tickets to Replace Lost Touring Revenue
  83. The coronavirus crisis could fundamentally alter the internet: The covid-19 pandemic has many of us stuck at home. The result could completely reshape how we use the internet
  84. Already Popular, the E-Signature Is Forever Part of Commercial Life
  85. The problem of innovation in technoscientific capitalism: data rentiership and the policy implications of turning personal digital data into a private asset
  86. Unblurring videoconferencing legal risks
  87. Vertical Restraints in a Digital World (David Evans)
  88. Intel’s 10th-generation H-series laptop CPUs break 5GHz

A.I.

  1. Robots help China manage the coronavirus pandemic
  2. The Far-Right Helped Create The World’s Most Powerful Facial Recognition Technology: Clearview AI, which has alarmed privacy experts, hired several far-right employees, a HuffPost investigation found.
  3. AI Startups Cut Staff as Coronavirus Slams Economy: Job and spending forecasts had been relatively optimistic for the sector
  4. ‘Show me your ID’: Tunisia deploys ‘robocop’ to enforce coronavirus lockdown – A police robot is patrolling the streets of the capital calling out suspected violators of the lockdown
  5. Robot Vehicles Make Contactless Deliveries Amid Coronavirus Quarantine
  6. Robots May Become Heroes In War On Coronavirus
  7. Even the Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Europe’s Push to Regulate AI
  8. How to Design AI for Social Good: Seven Essential Factors
  9. Capitalism’s mirror stage: artificial intelligence and the quantified worker
  10. Machine Learning Patentability in 2019: 5 Cases Analyzed and Lessons Learned Part 5
  11. When Computers Invent: How the Use of Artificial Intelligence to Treat COVID-19 Highlights Novel Inventorship Issues

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  1. Canada legislates the use of inventions during the pandemic
  2. Amendments to the Patent Act in response to COVID-19
  3. “Lightly Sketched” Characters Not Copyrightable
  4. The Batmobile is Copyrightable… Your Cute and Fuzzy Characters May Not Be
  5. Copyright Protection for the Selection and Arrangement of Uncopyrightable Elements: Gray v. Perry
  6. Court schools overzealous copyright licensor, holding that high school choir arrangement was fair use and awarding choir defendants their attorney’s fees
  7. That Coronavirus Image Is Public Domain, But That Won’t Stop Getty From Trying To Sell You A $500 License To Use It
  8. Lightbulb Moment: It’s Possible to Grant an Implied Copyright Sublicense
  9. Johannsongs-Publishing, Ltd. v. Rolf Lovland: Court grants summary judgment for “You Raise Me Up” finding it not similar to Icelandic song “Soknudur” excluding musicologist’s reports as unreliable and unhelpful.
  10. Waite v. Universal Music Group: In class action involving termination of grants of copyrighted under U.S. Copyright Act, court finds recordings were not works made for hire that would be ineligible for termination.
  11. Copyright Termination. Special Report: Two SDNY Decisions on the Same Day!
  12. World’s Worst Copyright Trolling Lawyer, Richard Liebowitz, Files Lawsuit Against Ellen Barkin For Posting Photo Of Herself
  13. SCOTUS Sinks the CRCA, Confirms States are Immune from Copyright Suits
  14. US Supreme Court Holds Unanimously That States Cannot Be Sued for Damages in Copyright Infringement Suits
  15. States Can Be Pirates: Managing Business Copyright Protections
  16. Response Clothing Limited v The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited: The Edinburgh Woollen Mill finds itself in a stitch following infringement of copyright in wave design fabric
  17. Ninth Circuit Rallies in Defense of a Parody Dog Toy–Bad Spaniels v. Jack Daniel’s
  18. Southern District of New York Revisits Tiffany v. eBay in Chanel’s Lawsuit Against The RealReal
  19. Court Approves Settlement Between BMI and Radio Music Licensing Committee, Though Terms Are Not Yet Public – Many Other Music Licensing Issues Still Facing the Radio Industry
  20. Anti-Piracy Copyright Lawyer Decides To Abuse Trademarks To Shut Down Pirates
  21. Protecting against digital trademark infringement
  22. Federal Circuit Says Logos Must Be Taken Seriously in Evaluating Infringement of Design Patents
  23. Bad Faith Finding Still Required to Ban Patent Infringement Accusations
  24. University libraries offer online “lending” of scanned in-copyright books
  25. Patents in Crisis: Is there a Solution in Sight?
  26. Predictive Text Patent Troll Tries To Shake Down Wikipedia
  27. Bad Idea Is Bad: Senator Sasse Wants To Give Whoever Patents COVID-19 Treatments 10 Extra Years Of Patent Protection
  28. How intellectual property rights can protect automotive designs
  29. Dr. Drew apologizes for being a COVID-19 denier after copyright silliness: Dr. Drew coronavirus supercut restored to YouTube after copyright takedown.
  30. Dr. Drew Pinsky Played Down COVID-19, Then Tries To DMCA Away The Evidence
  31. Should Your Company Grant a Free License to Your Company’s Intellectual Property in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency?
  32. COVID-19 and the future of open access
  33. 3D printing and IP in a pandemic
  34. Corona Beer vs coronavirus: effects on the company’s brand and its response
  35. Those Ex-Theranos Patents Look Really Bad; Contest Opened To Find Prior Art To Get Them Invalidated
  36. No Need to Wonder Anymore: Ninth Circuit Holds Stairway to Heaven Does Not Infringe Taurus
  37. The Final Revenge of Queen Anne’s Revenge: State’s Use of Photographs Is Not Piracy
  38. Role of IP in the Growth of Disney
  39. Sky v SkyKick: was the CJEU swayed by Sky’s well-known brand?
  40. Religious Institutions v. COVID-19: Why Religious Institutions Should Think Twice Before Live Streaming
  41. Supreme Court rules on balancing of copyright and fundamental rights (Sweeden)
  42. CJEU: hiring out cars with radio receivers not communication to the public
  43. “Don’t change the station! I like this song” – the CJEU clarifies ‘communication to the public’ (again)
  44. EU Says That, No, Rental Car Companies Don’t Need To Pay A License To Rent Cars With Radios That Might Play Music
  45. CJEU finds Amazon not liable for direct infringement by unwittingly stocking infringing goods being sold through its website
  46. European Court of Justice Holds Amazon Not Liable for Storing Third-Party Sellers’ Infringing Products, Another Reason Why Brands Must Take Greater Control In The European Market
  47. Amazon: no infringing use but online platforms still in hot water?
  48. Companies are Not only Sharing IP, They are Enabling Others to Copy Their Product
  49. Protecting Intellectual Property and Data if Employee Separation is Anticipated
  50. The issue of confidentiality in Intellectual Property litigation

PRIVACY

  1. Saudi Arabia Exploiting Wireless SS7 Flaw to Track Targets In The United States
  2. Website cookies in Canada: is consent required?
  3. Bugs that let sites hijack Mac and iPhone cameras fetch $75k bounty
  4. Attackers can bypass fingerprint authentication with an ~80% success rate
  5. Pixel 4 face unlock finally gains an alertness check
  6. Another Coronavirus Side Effect: In-Home Surveillance By Remote Workers’ Employers
  7. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and Online Learning
  8. The publication of COVID-19 quarantine lists violates the right to privacy
  9. Google is releasing your anonymized location data to help health officials with coronavirus containment
  10. Your Phone May Be Contributing to Google’s Coronavirus Reports: Location data is a new, somewhat controversial tool in the fight against Covid-19
  11. Google knows if everyone in your county is actually staying home or not
  12. Tech firms, others gain waiver to share patient data, raising​ privacy fears: The waiver from DHHS, seeks to make it easier for public health authorities to utilize patient data in the fight against COVID-19.
  13. Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance: Democracies Must Offer an Alternative to Authoritarian Solutions
  14. NASA sees an “exponential” jump in malware attacks as personnel work from home
  15. FTC Sends Warning Letters to VoIP Service Providers
  16. Civil society groups call for protection of human rights in digital surveillance amid COVID-19: The measures adopted should be lawful, necessary and proportionate, wrote the signatories
  17. Tracking coronavirus: big data and the challenge to privacy
  18. Using tech to fight the virus: How much privacy are South Koreans relinquishing in the battle against COVID-19?
  19. Covid-19: the race to create privacy-focused contact tracing tools
  20. The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Location Data in the Pandemic: Using smartphone information from to track coronavirus may be a good idea. But using it to track the movements of specific individuals is not.
  21. Pand-Veillance: The Catalyst Effect of Covid-19 on Surveillance Practices (Arthur Laudrain)
  22. COVID-19 and Applicable Law to Transnational Personal Data: Trends and Dynamics (Jie Huang)
  23. COVID-19 Will Someday Fade Away. The Wireless Location Data Practices Being Embraced To Track It Probably Won’t.
  24. Governments turn to tech in coronavirus fight – but at what cost?: Critics warn privacy, civil liberties may be at risk as govt’s turn to tech volunteers, companies in COVID-19 responses.
  25. COVID’s borders: between peer-to-peer surveillance and the “common good”
  26. Coronavirus: location-tracking apps could stop the disease – here’s how
  27. Data protection in times of COVID-19: the risks of surveillance in Brazil
  28. Privacy Experts Say Responsible Coronavirus Surveillance Is Possible
  29. Coronavirus is testing the limits of Russia’s surveillance state
  30. Make Europe capital of data sovereignty
  31. Enlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears
  32. We Mapped How the Coronavirus Is Driving New Surveillance Programs Around the World: At least 28 countries are ramping up surveillance to combat the coronavirus
  33. Complex ecologies of trust in data practices and data-driven systems
  34. Plastic surveillance: Payment cards and the history of transactional data, 1888 to present (Josh Lauer)

CREATIVITY   

  1. Journalism hit hard by corona crisis
  2. COVID-19 Entertainment Update: Silver Linings Playbook for Entertainment Companies
  3. Art matters more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis
  4. The Pandemic’s Effects on Museums and Art Schools
  5. HR ‘Don’ts’ Inspired by Netflix’s Tiger King
  6. Ten Years Later—Lessons Learned from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Kokoschka Case

GAMES

  1. Activision scores First Amendment victory in Humvee trademark lawsuit
  2. Activision has a First Amendment right to use Humvees in Call of Duty
  3. Humvee Can’t Stop Depictions of Its Vehicles in the ‘Call of Duty’ Videogame–AM General v. Activision Blizzard (Eric Goldman)
  4. Activision Permabans 50,000 Players Amid Rampant ‘Call Of Duty: Warzone’ Cheating
  5. Xbox architect sues Atari over unpaid work on crowdfunded console
  6. Atari VCS system architect Rob Wyatt is suing Atari over missed payments
  7. Tin Giant sues Atari for unpaid work on VCS console: Xbox architect Rob Wyatt accuses Atari of breach of contract and defamation
  8. Tencent sues tech company for putting its games on rival cloud service without permission: League of Legends, CrossFire, and Dungeon Fighter Online allegedly made available without Tencent’s permission
  9. Who owns your video game?: An issue between the NFTS and its students has raised questions about IP ownership — Sheridans’ Tim Davies is here to help
  10. Pac-Man Owners Caught in Retro Game IP Maze
  11. Bears Versus Yetis the Triple Town Copyright Infringement Case
  12. Solid Oak Sketches, LLC v. 2K Games, Inc.
  13. Copyright Defenses When a Copyright Infringement Claim Gets Under Your Skin
  14. Watch as Charles Leclerc takes debut F1 Esports win in Virtual Grand Prix
  15. Bubba Wallace loses sponsorship after rage-quitting during NASCAR iRacing event
  16. Bubba Wallace rage-quit a NASCAR esports race, then lost his sponsor
  17. Maybe It’s The Quarantine Talking, But NASCAR’s Esports Takeover Is Hilarious Fun
  18. Racing turns hard into esports while the real world is on hold
  19. How are traditional sports and esports converging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  20. Esports Gain Prominence As Major Leagues Go Dark
  21. A pandemic proved that esports is more vital than ever for entertainment | Opinion: As the last sport left standing, esports is in a position to rally fans, new users, and curious onlookers
  22. Gaming hours, spend, digital purchases up as COVID-19 keeps players inside – Nielsen: 29% of gamers in the US say they’re playing online with friends more often
  23. Mobile games spending expected to see minimal impact from COVID-19 – Sensor Tower: Spending expected to reach $72b in 2020, near $100b by 2024
  24. The party goes on in massive online worlds
  25. Strange Times: During The COVID-19 Outbreak, Evictions Get A Pause…In Final Fantasy 14
  26. N3TWORK aims to help devs tackle UA and growth with $50 million fund
  27. N3twork announces $50m fund to scale published mobile games: Growth fund to support 100 games over the next year, alongside $1m pilot fund
  28. Over 1m boxed games sold in the UK in three weeks: But Resident Evil 3 disappoints in latest charts
  29. Bonuses: Gaming’s second favorite surprise mechanic | Opinion – Developers can push themselves to extremes in the hopes of a big payday, but there’s no guarantee success will be rewarded
  30. UK Government enlists game developers to push ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ messaging
  31. UK developers work with government to fight COVID-19: King, Rebellion, and Codemasters to include “Stay At Home, Stay Safe” messaging in their games
  32. Getting the hate out of games: ADL’s Daniel Kelley says the industry can learn from social media to make communities welcoming to more players
  33. SMG Studio: Platform holders need to drive accessibility
  34. Report: Game X Change keeps stores open, gives staff bogus advice for facing COVID-19
  35. Game X Change remains open despite COVID-19, sends workers debunked health advice: Employees report store has also failed to provide stores with cleaning and safety supplies
  36. Phil Spencer talks how Xbox teams are weathering remote work in the lead-up to Series X
  37. Microsoft: Staggered launch would “hurt” Xbox Series X – Phil Spencer wants to keep global rollout for new console in the face of COVID-19 pressures
  38. Phil Spencer: Launch price will be ‘critical’ to the success of Xbox Series X
  39. Xbox cautiously rolling out Project xCloud preview in Western Europe: Registrations now open, streaming service will arrive when internet infrastructure is not overwhelmed due to coronavirus
  40. Over 1,100 Steam games earned at least $10k within two weeks of launch in 2019: That’s up 18% from last year, while new game release totals were up 11%
  41. Ars analysis: ~80% of Steam games earn under $5K in first two weeks
  42. Valve’s breakdown of Steam launch earnings says ‘success’ is on the rise4
  43. Embracer Group raises $164 million to acquire more studios and publishers 
  44. Embracer Group raises $164m for acquisition and expansion: THQ Nordic parent company also issues COVID-19 business impact assessment
  45. Demiurge co-founder buys the studio back from Sega: Original CEO Albert Reed wants the Marvel Puzzle Quest developer to return to supporting work on AAA titles
  46. Stadia launches free tier including two-month trial of Stadia Pro
  47. Stadia’s wider launch begins with a two-month free Stadia Pro trial
  48. Google offers Stadia Pro for free for two months: But it’s still not the official launch of Stadia Base
  49. Stadia will lower default settings to reduce internet strain during COVID-19
  50. Amazon Makes Grab For Gaming With Development Of Stadia Competitor, PC Titles ‘Crucible’ And ‘New World’
  51. Report: COVID-19 could delay Amazon’s cloud-based gaming platform into 2021
  52. Coronavirus reportedly delays Amazon’s game streaming service Project Tempo into 2021: But internet giant will release first original IP Crucible next month, interactive casual games for Twitch in the summer
  53. Twitch breaks 3b total hours watched in a single quarter for the first time: Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming all see lifts in hours watched, though Mixer continues downward trend
  54. Twitch Expands Nudity Guidelines To Allow Cleavage, Swimwear, Breastfeeding
  55. Valorant’s closed beta debut lands Riot Games a new Twitch viewership record
  56. Quarantine questions for the streaming future | Opinion: The games industry has pinned its future to fast broadband infrastructure — but as the world self-isolates, the risks of those choices become clear
  57. The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR delayed as COVID-19 complicates release plans
  58. The Last of Us Part 2, Iron Man VR delayed “indefinitely”: PlayStation issues automatic refunds for digital pre-orders of both games
  59. ‘Iron Man VR’ for PSVR Delayed Indefinitely Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
  60. The Last of Us Part II is “nearly done.” So why is it being delayed?
  61. The next PlayStation controller is called DualSense, looks like a cool robot
  62. The PS5 DualSense gamepad doubles down on dream of next-gen immersion
  63. Don’t Miss: Mark Cerny’s 2013 ‘no holds barred’ PlayStation 4 hardware deep dive
  64. People Are Playing the Piano in ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ and It’s Magnificent
  65. How height, audio cues, and trust sculpted VR locomotion in Half-Life: Alyx
  66. The best practices and design principles of VR development
  67. “People are returning, and buying new stuff — that never happened before in VR”: Last year brought the next generation of VR hardware, says Ndreams’ and 2020 will see the same revolution in VR software
  68. Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Litigation Update: Responding to Patent Litigation Threats from AR/VR Non-Practicing Entities
  69. GameStop ordered to close Boston store after violating lockdown: Retailer issued a nuisance order, staff had been serving shoppers through the door with hands wrapped in plastic bags
  70. Nintendo says “more systems on the way” as Switch sells out worldwide: Major retailer says that some customers are picking up PS4 or Xbox One instead
  71. Searching for the ultimate Super Mario Bros. player among the masses
  72. Report: Animal Crossing has sold over 2.6 million retail copies in Japan alone
  73. Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales top 2.6m in Japan: Nintendo’s latest drives Switch sales, towers over the competition in latest Japanese sales charts
  74. Parenting in a pandemic: Chaos, control, and an Animal Crossing meltdown
  75. Cooking Mama dev shuts down rumours of Switch version mining cryptocurrency: Studio says blockchain was never a feature, is “frustrated” by distribution problems
  76. Sony forms $100 million global relief fund to help those affected by COVID-19
  77. Sony sets up $100m COVID-19 Relief Fund: Company will fund support for frontline medical workers, educators, and the entertainment industry
  78. Electronic Arts pledges at least $2m in match-funded support for COVID-19 relief: Staff around the world lead grassroots efforts to support local frontline workers and relief organisations
  79. British government starts pushing social distancing via in-game ads
  80. Irish studio Vela Games raises $3.1 million to create ‘player first’ co-op titles
  81. You can help medical science just by playing a new Borderlands mini-game
  82. Gearbox to help scientists map the human gut with Borderlands Science: New puzzle game within Borderlands 3 will enlist players to make up for computer shortfalls
  83. After the lockdown: China studios on returning to work – Chinese developers share lessons learned from remote working and their efforts to prevent a second wave of COVID-19
  84. Facebook Gaming launches Tournaments: Starting today, Facebook Gaming users can create brackets for their friends
  85. SteelSeries acquires Nahimic: Accessories firm will use new subsidiary’s expertise to improve its proprietary audio engine
  86. Resident Evil 3: Critical Consensus – Capcom’s third remake finds the classic series at a turning point — and there are dissenting voices amid the critical praise
  87. Final Fantasy VII Remake spoiler-free review: Our kind of Cloud gaming
  88. Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Critical Consensus – Critics praise this impressive but bloated reimagining of the iconic RPG
  89. After over 300 weeks of releases, Ubisoft is ending work on new Rocksmith DLC
  90. Retro console Amico receives 10,000 pre-sales in one week: Upcoming console from Intellivision Entertainment also sells over 100,000 to major retailers ahead of October launch
  91. Designing around panic in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
  92. War Stories: How Homeworld brought the third dimension to real-time strategy
  93. Blog: Historians discuss Through the Darkest of Times
  94. Blog: The difference between random and randomized progression
  95. Blog: Getting the most out of player reviews
  96. Blog: What does games culturalization involve?
  97. Blog: Designing the art of Damaged In Transit
  98. Blog: Best virtual development practices for a COVID-19 world
  99. Blog: The impact of product managers on game design
  100. Blog: A postmortem of my rope-swinging action title Hang Line
  101. Don’t Miss: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring
  102. Video: Learning from 2 case studies of LGBTQ+ representation in games
  103. Video: Overcoming creative block on Super Crush KO
  104. Video: Lessons learned about matchmaking for engagement in Halo 5
  105. Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium win big at BAFTA Games Awards
  106. Outer Wilds wins best game, original IP, and design at 2020 BAFTA Game Awards: Disco Elysium also takes home three honors for best narrative, music, and debut
  107. U.S. Patent no. 10,286,327: Multiplayer video game matchmaking system and methods

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