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4/2/2020

Zoom, which has seen explosive growth in use of its videoconferencing service in recent weeks, will stop adding features for three months as it addresses privacy and security issues, CEO Eric Yuan wrote in a blog post Wednesday. Yuan also promised to be more transparent regarding law enforcement data requests.

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Kroger said unprecedented demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak sparked a surge in sales during March, and added it is waiting to see what new shopping patterns will emerge after the pandemic. The company plans to increase pay for its hourly workers by $2 an hour through April 18.

4/2/2020

Amazon has reportedly chosen Irvine, Calif., southeast of Los Angeles, as the site for its second concept grocery after announcing the first in nearby Woodland Hills. Amazon has posted job openings for the new store and also secured a liquor license as "Amazon Fresh," the same name as its grocery delivery service.

4/2/2020

Looking to make life easier for health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic, a Giant Eagle store near Pittsburgh is setting aside specific times for them to pick up online grocery orders. The grocer said health care workers can order online using a special link provided to their employers, then take advantage of special curbside pickup hours between 7 and 10 a.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. daily.

4/2/2020

Home cooks can trade that jumbled collection of pot and pan lids, as well as the various-sized slippery, floppy silicone covers, for a single Zwilling universal lid. The sturdy product has a series of circular grooves that grip different sizes of pans, a top handle that make for easy maneuvering and a 500-degree maximum temperature that allows it to cover round oven containers.

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4/2/2020

Drinkware company BruMate has debuted a limited-edition floral collection for spring that features different designs with sunflowers, succulents, peonies and hibiscus. The patterns are available on to-go products, including the Winesulator and Hopsulator as well as wine tumblers, Champagne flutes and other items.

4/2/2020

The surge in network traffic in wake of the coronavirus outbreak is shining a light on the importance of broadband connectivity and the need for legislators and industry players to treat it as a necessity. "We think the massive and widespread dependence on broadband during the crisis will lead regulators to believe that their two highest priorities, post the crisis, will be to accelerate efforts to complete universal broadband coverage and to examine and assure adequate capacity," analysts at New Street Research wrote to investors.

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4/2/2020

Apparel manufacturer Under Armour has begun producing disposable face masks at a Baltimore lab-turned-factory to be used by health care workers. The one-piece masks are made without sewing, and the company hopes to produce 100,000 each week.

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4/2/2020

The unveiling of a Ring device called the Doorbox is thought to be imminent, and it might happen before the Ring Video Doorbell 3 is rolled out. Little information is available beyond a leaked photo showing a boxy device whose uses could include storing spare keys.

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4/2/2020

Wegmans Food Markets and Wakefern Food Corp. have joined other grocers around the nation in adding new employees to cope with the disruptive demands caused by the coronavirus outbreak at stores and warehouses. Wegmans said it plans to fill 900 part- and full-time jobs in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and while not giving specific numbers, Wakefern also announced a "major hiring push."