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April 20, 2020, 4:50 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart says movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy its on-demand video streaming service Vudu for an undisclosed sum  —  Movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy Walmart's on-demand video streaming service, Vudu, for an undisclosed sum.
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Facebook removes some events calling for protests of stay-at-home orders, saying “events that defy government's guidance on social distancing aren't allowed”  —  The events, which were planned in California, Nebraska and New Jersey, violated protective measures imposed by governors, Facebook said.
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 …
Financial Times:
Uber says it will test two new delivery initiatives during the pandemic: Direct, aimed at retailers and businesses, and Connect, aimed at personal items  —  Drivers to transport items ranging from medical supplies to pet food  —  Uber is reviving an attempt to offer deliveries of goods …
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 …
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft's upcoming Surface Go 2, which could debut in May, will have a larger 10.5" display with smaller bezels, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage in base model  —  More power, a larger display, and thinner bezels are top billing for Surface Go 2 this spring.  —  Microsoft's Surface Go 2 is right around the corner.
New York Times:
Sources: Zoom's business partner Dropbox privately paid hackers to find bugs in Zoom's code and pressed the company to fix them, fearing vulnerabilities  —  Dropbox privately paid top hackers to find bugs in software by the videoconferencing company Zoom, then pressed it to fix them.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple Magic Keyboard with trackpad review: great typing experience and excellent trackpad, but it's heavy and thick, expensive, and has no function row  —  It's what we've all been asking for — for better or worse  —  At first glance, Apple's new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro looks …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
France's Inria and Germany's Fraunhofer detail their ROBERT contact-tracing protocol, which promises anonymity but upon inspection may fail to truly deliver it  —  Research institutes Inria and Fraunhofer have shared details on their contact-tracing protocol that could be used by the French and German governments in the coming weeks.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Legal experts say any goodwill towards tech giants generated during the pandemic will have little impact on the ongoing antitrust probes  —  - Tech companies have played a key role in the coronavirus response, but antitrust experts say it's unlikely to curry favor with law enforcement.

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