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April 4, 2020, 4:35 AM

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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.
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Researchers: Zoom sometimes uses encryption keys issued by servers in China, uses a flawed encryption method, and hence is not suited to communicate secrets  —  Meetings on Zoom, the increasingly popular video conferencing service, are encrypted using an algorithm with serious …
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 …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Thousands of Zoom video calls found via web search using Zoom's default file naming scheme after users saved them in unprotected spaces like open AWS S3 buckets  —  Many of the videos include personally identifiable information and deeply intimate conversations, recorded in people's homes.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
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 …
Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg:
UK researchers are using Google's mobile location data collected from apps like Google Maps to help track and predict the spread of COVID-19 across Europe  —  - Data is anonymized and aggregated, can't track individuals  — Effort is one of many to use mobile phone data to track virus
Casey Newton / The Verge:
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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
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.
Bloomberg:
Four Democratic senators send a letter to Apple asking whether its COVID-19 app and website comply with HIPAA, and seeking info on its government agreements  —  - Menendez, Harris, Booker, Blumenthal send letter to Cook  — Apple says it's not collecting answers from the screening tool

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