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March 19, 2020, 12:45 PM

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Financial Times:
EU calls on streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube to limit broadband use and offer programs only in standard, rather than high, definition  —  Brussels tells streaming companies to limit services as Facebook says managing traffic is a “challenge”  —  The EU has called on streaming services …
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
Steven Sinofsky / @stevesi:
[Thread] Trackpad support for iPads is not Apple's capitulation, it is a part of a convergent evolution of PC hardware and software from its earliest days  —  Apple unveils new iPad Pro with breakthrough LiDAR Scanner and trackpad support in iPadOS https://www.apple.com/... // The “convergence” everyone has been waiting for? A “2 in 1” or a tablet or a toaster-refrigerator? Did Apple capitulate? Some context on evolution of devices... 1/ https://twitter.com/...
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
An Amazon warehouse worker in New York tests positive for coronavirus; Amazon says it has temporarily closed the facility and sent workers home with full pay  —  Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Queens, New York, received a text Wednesday evening that they long feared might come …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
FCC temporarily waives rules for some subsidy programs, letting ISPs donate equipment like Wi-Fi hotspots to hospitals, schools, and libraries until Sept. 20  —  The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday temporarily waived rules in its Rural Health Care and E-Rate programs …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft says Teams passed 44M DAUs, up from 32M earlier this month, unveils new features like real-time noise suppression that are coming later this year  —  Microsoft Teams, which launched worldwide in March 2017, passed 32 million daily active users (DAUs) this month.
Emily Bary / MarketWatch:
Square says it has received conditional FDIC approval to operate a bank, Square Financial Services, which will provide small-business loans and launch in 2021  —  Referenced Symbols  —  Square Inc. SQ, -11.69% announced late Wednesday that it had received conditional approval …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Less than five months after raising a $200M Series D, mobile game publisher Scopely adds a $200M extension to the round, at a post-money valuation of $1.9B  —  Less than five months after raising a $200 million Series D, mobile game publisher Scopely has closed on a $200 million extension of that round.
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Casey Newton / The Interface:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snap says it will launch its Here For You health and wellness tool ahead of schedule, in response to COVID-19, educating users with expert voices  —  Snapchat will launch a new health and wellness initiative ahead of schedule Thursday in order to address its users' growing anxiety about the coronavirus.
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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook says it is rolling out a COVID-19 information center placed atop all users' feeds to help surface news and resources  —  The portal aims to be a one-stop shop for its more than 2.5 billion users to find news and resources about the pandemic.  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced …
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