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March 19, 2020, 5:30 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 …
Reuters:
Netflix says it will reduce its bit rates across all its streams in Europe for 30 days, in effect cutting traffic on its European networks by 25%  —  Netflix said on Thursday it would reduce its bit rates across all its streams in Europe, in effect cutting traffic on its European networks …
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.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils DirectX 12 Ultimate, which promises to better unify the features and capabilities of PC gaming and the Xbox platform, coming later this year  —  Bringing a suite of software advancements in gaming graphics onto a single platform  —  Microsoft has a new version …
Phillip Prado / Android Authority:
Google says Android Go, its OS aimed at low-end devices, now has more than 100M users and announces a new Camera Go app optimized for devices with 1GB of RAM  —  Today, Google made two exciting announcements.  Android Go now officially has more than 100 million users, and the company will soon release a new Camera Go app.
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
An Amazon warehouse worker in Queens, NY 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 …
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
StreamElements: gaming viewership is up 10% on Twitch and up 15% on YouTube Gaming over past week; in Italy, minutes watching livestreams grew 66%+ since Feb.  —  Live-streaming is more popular than ever  —  These are unprecedented times.  It's fun to joke about the apocalypse …
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/...
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