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April 20, 2020, 8:50 AM

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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Facebook to launch a dedicated gaming app to let users create and watch live game streams, available on Android on Monday and on iOS when Apple approves it  —  Video games are surging in popularity in the pandemic.  So Facebook is rolling out an app designed for creating and watching live gameplay.
Nour Haydar / ABC:
Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content  —  The Federal Government has ordered the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct to govern commercial dealings between tech giants and news media companies.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Cloudflare debuts Is BGP Safe Yet, a site that checks if your ISP has added security protections and filtering that make Border Gateway Protocol less vulnerable  —  “Is BGP Safe Yet” is a new site that names and shames internet service providers who don't tend to their routing.
Mark Zuckerberg / Washington Post:
Facebook releases initial results of Carnegie Mellon's COVID-19 survey in the US and interactive maps based on de-identified, aggregated data, updated daily  —  Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook.  —  As the world fights covid-19 and countries develop plans to reopen …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
UK government announces a £250M Future Fund, to provide up to £5M of funding to qualifying high-growth companies, and £750M in loans and grants for R&D by SMBs  —  After mounting pressure from the U.K. tech startup ecosystem, and much debate, the British government today unveiled plans …
Decrypt:
Hackers steal ~$25M worth of cryptocurrency from Lendf.Me, a dForce-based decentralized lending platform, likely using a well-known exploit of an Ethereum token  —  DForce, a Chinese decentralized finance protocol, today lost $25 million worth of its customers' cryptocurrency due to a well-known exploit of an Ethereum token.
Sophie Shulman / CTech:
Amid the pandemic, some Israeli tech companies have cut salaries by up to 40% and many have turned to repricing stock options as a means of retaining talent  —  With Israeli tech companies having to cut employees' salaries by up to 40%, many have turned to repricing stock options as a means of maintaining their talent
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Alibaba says it will invest $28B over the next three years to expand cloud infrastructure such as data centers to extend its cloud services to more countries  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. will invest 200 billion yuan ($28 billion) on cloud infrastructure such as datacenters over the next three years …
Mara Hvistendahl / Wired:
As Amazon and eBay crack down on listings for masks and PPE, suppliers, brokers, and even scammers are reaching out to prospective buyers via LinkedIn  —  With face masks and other protective gear in short supply, speculators and popup brokers are finding customers on LinkedIn.

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