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GameStop reportedly canceled launch plans for two huge games

GameStop reportedly canceled launch plans for two huge games

Despite all that's happening in the world, this is a big week for game releases. DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons are both slated to launch on the same day: Friday, March 20th, and there's a lot of anticipation for both titles. If you're looking to buy either, don't plan on attending a midnight launch event at GameStop, as it seems the retailer won't be hosting them.

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AMC scraps capacity cap plan and will close all theaters across US

AMC scraps capacity cap plan and will close all theaters across US

On Friday, AMC Theatres said that it would start capping auditorium capacity in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The initial plan was for AMC to reduce auditorium capacity by at least 50-percent, which would enable moviegoers to keep an empty seat on each side of them. The change went into effect on March 14 -- this past weekend -- and was scheduled to run through April 30. That has changed.

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Amazon goes on hiring spree to keep up with quarantine shopping

Amazon goes on hiring spree to keep up with quarantine shopping

If you're trying to limit your exposure to the public, there's a good chance you've turned to online shopping in lieu of going to a physical store. If you've placed an order through Amazon at any point in the last couple of days, you're likely still waiting for your products to arrive. The company has announced a new hiring spree to help it deal with the surge in demand.

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Apple will close all retail stores outside of China until late March

Apple will close all retail stores outside of China until late March

Apple has published details on how it is responding to the ongoing coronavirus outbreaks that have popped up around the world. In a statement on Friday, the company said that its donations to help support the global response to the virus have reached $15 million globally. As well, the company detailed plans to close all of its retail stores outside of the Greater China region until later this month in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus stalls production on dozens of major TV shows

Coronavirus stalls production on dozens of major TV shows

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has caused production on dozens of major television shows to be temporarily suspended or, in some cases, canceled entirely. Some shows will premiere at later dates than originally anticipated as a result of the delays, according to a new report, underscoring the effect this outbreak is having on the TV industry.

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How are airlines affected by the coronavirus?

How are airlines affected by the coronavirus?

Global airlines could lose well over $100 billion in revenue if the coronavirus continues to ground travel plans. These are numbers unheard of in the aviation industry since the economic crash of 2008. With the virus slowing rapidly creeping into the US, it shows no signs of recovering.

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Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft’s board to focus on philanthropy

Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft’s board to focus on philanthropy

In an announcement on Friday, Microsoft revealed that company co-founder Bill Gates has decided to step down from his role on its Board of Directors in order to focus on his philanthropic efforts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This is Gate's biggest change to his role at Microsoft since stepping down as company chairman in February 2014.

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AMC Theatres will start capping capacity to protect moviegoers

AMC Theatres will start capping capacity to protect moviegoers

AMC isn't shutting down due to the coronavirus, but it is helping the public maintain a distance from each other by limiting capacity in its theaters. According to a new report, AMC Theatres will start capping the number of people who can attend screenings so that they can have multiple empty spaces between them. The goal is to help facilitate 'social distancing' that'll help curb the spread of the disease.

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Google says Verily’s COVID-19 tool is in early stages of development

Google says Verily’s COVID-19 tool is in early stages of development

Alphabet's research organization Verily is in the 'early stages of development' on a tool that will help triage COVID-19 patients, according to Google. The company's disclosure follows a claim from President Trump that Google is working on a website that will direct the public to places where they can get tested for the virus. It's unclear whether this in-development site is the same referenced by government officials.

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Comcast speeds up low-income Internet service for students stuck at home

Comcast speeds up low-income Internet service for students stuck at home

Comcast has announced 'two substantial enhancements' to its Internet Essentials plan for low-income Americans, ones that are designed to help keep people online during the coronavirus outbreaks. In addition to speeding up the service for existing customers, the company is also offering the Internet Essentials service to qualified subscribers for free for 60 days.

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Dr Disrespect signs ‘life-changing’ exclusive with Twitch

Dr Disrespect signs ‘life-changing’ exclusive with Twitch

Last year, the streaming wars got into full swing when Mixer signed Tyler "Ninja" Blevins to an exclusivity deal, thereby poaching one of Twitch's top streamers. From there, we saw a series of signings that took some high profile streamers away from Twitch and put them exclusively on not only Mixer, but also YouTube and Facebook Gaming.

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Amazon smart TVs don’t exist because of alleged Android TV contract

Amazon smart TVs don’t exist because of alleged Android TV contract

It may not be as ubiquitous as its smartphone original, especially in a volatile TV market, but Android TV admittedly has the lion's share of the smart TV market. That's not exactly surprising given the different forms Google's platform takes, from dongles to actual hulking TVs. It isn't the only option in the market, of course, but one long-time rival is curiously absent from the TV segment. Amazon's Fire TV has been unable to outgrow its dongle and set-top box forms and sources say it's because of Google's questionable tactics.

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