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April 4, 2020, 4:30 PM

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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 …
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.
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:
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
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
Andrey Kuzmin / Reuters:
Report: Russia delays the implementation of a law banning devices not pre-installed with Russian software, by six months until January 1, 2021  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Tuesday pushed back legislation that would require all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in Russia …
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:
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
iOS 14 code indicates that Apple is working on a new feature codenamed “Avocado” to enable real, movable widgets on iPad and iPhone home screens  —  9to5Mac reported last month that Apple is working on a redesigned wallpaper settings panel for iOS, based on an early build of iOS 14 …
Financial Times:
China's efforts to track COVID-19 cases using personal data has been messy, partly due to sporadic coordination between different agencies and local governments  —  Efforts to track cases have been haphazard but technology companies face pressure to hand over information

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