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April 21, 2020, 10:55 AM

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Apple:
Apple launches App Store, iCloud, Apple Arcade, and Apple Podcasts in 20 new countries; Apple Music expands to 52 new countries  —  Cupertino, California — Apple announced that starting today, even more customers around the world can enjoy many of Apple's most popular Services.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sonos launches Sonos Radio, a free streaming radio service preloaded in the Sonos app, with 60K+ stations from multiple partners alongside original programming  —  Sonos Radio will now be the default service available for the company's speakers  —  Sonos has always been the neutral manager …
Tom Simonite / Wired:
Google's head of quantum computing hardware John Martinis resigned from his position this month after disagreements with Hartmut Neven, its quantum AI director  —  John Martinis brought a long record of quantum computing breakthroughs when he joined Google in 2014.  He quit after being reassigned to an advisory role.
Helene Fouquet / Bloomberg:
France says its contact-tracing application, which would likely send tracking data to a state-run server, won't work with iOS Bluetooth privacy protections  —  - Minister says Apple protocol slows government's app deployment  — Government developing app without using Google-Apple platform
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NBCUniversal's movie ticketing company Fandango has agreed to buy Walmart's 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.
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung says its blood pressure monitoring app for Galaxy Watch has been approved by South Korean regulator and will be available in Q3  —  The app measures blood pressure when paired with a smartwatch.  —  Samsung's app that measures blood pressure on its smartwatch has been approved …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Nvidia's GeForce Now loses more titles from developers including Xbox Game Studios and Warner Bros. even as it works to bring in more games ahead of June launch  —  But it's gaining more Ubisoft titles  —  Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service is losing access to more titles later this month, the company announced on Monday.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
SAP names Christian Klein as sole CEO effective April 30, as co-CEO Jennifer Morgan departs; both were named co-CEOs in Oct. after Bill McDermott stepped down  —  SAP's move to co-CEOs didn't last long as Jennifer Morgan departs and Christian Klein becomes sole CEO.
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Google rolls out BeyondCorp Remote Access, a cloud-based tool that lets employees securely access their company's internal web apps without using a VPN  —  Google is rolling out the product now as organizations figure out how to accommodate remote workforces through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Google's Cloud Healthcare API, which is aimed at making patient data interoperable between various health care systems and apps, is now generally available  —  - Google Cloud is moving to open up its Healthcare API.  — The company says the tool will make it easier for health systems to connect and share data in a unified view.

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