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April 4, 2020, 11:35 AM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Zoom apologizes for routing some calls made in N. America through China, says it “mistakenly” allowed Chinese data centers to accept calls due to traffic spike  —  Hours after security researchers at Citizen Lab reported that some Zoom calls were routed through China …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Zoom will require passwords to enter calls via Meeting ID and will turn on Waiting Rooms by default to prevent trolls from disrupting calls, starting April 5  —  Zoom is making some drastic changes to prevent rampant abuse as trolls attack publicly shared video calls.
New York Times:
Analysis: thousands of people are organizing via private group chats, message boards, Twitter, Instagram, more to execute coordinated “Zoombombing” campaigns  —  Zoom, the videoconferencing app, has become a target for harassment and abuse coordinated in private off-platform chats.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
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Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Telecom engineers, considered essential workers in the UK, are facing harassment from anti-5G conspiracy mongers, linking the deployment of 5G to coronavirus  —  EE suspects telephone mast engulfed by fire in Birmingham was an arson attack as celebrities claim Covid-19 caused by new network
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Google uses aggregated anonymized location data from 131 countries to show which places are complying with social distancing and which aren't  —  New COVID-19 mobility reports show changes in traffic to stores, parks, transit stations, and more  —  Google is using location data gathered …
Reuters:
Abhilash Kumar / Counterpoint Research:
Global online music streaming grew 32% YoY in 2019, reaching 358M total subs; Spotify led with 31% market share of paid subs, followed by Apple Music at 19%  —  - Spotify continues to be the market leader and recorded a 23% YoY growth in total revenue during CY 2019.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple has acquired Dublin-based AI startup Voysis, which developed a platform for digital assistants to better understand people's natural language  —  - Company continues to buy AI, voice startups to improve Siri  — Dublin-based Voysis focused on adding AI to online shopping
Reuters:
Internal docs: Amazon to postpone Prime Day at least until August, expects a potential $100M hit from excess devices it may now have to sell at a discount  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is postponing its major summer shopping event Prime Day at least until August and expects potentially …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Apptopia and Braze study: with 59M global installs, Netflix led rivals YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ in Q1, but more time was spent on YouTube Kids  —  Netflix may still dominate global streaming, but Disney+ has made a huge splash in the United States, where it launched in November.

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