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April 21, 2020, 1:30 PM

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Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google will let merchants list their products for free in Shopping search results, as part of an effort to better compete against Amazon in product search  —  After 8 years, Google will bring free listings into its Shopping results as part of an evolution to better compete against Amazon in product search.
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.
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.
Hollywood Reporter:
HBO Max to launch on May 27 for $15 per month with 10,000 hours of programming  —  The streaming service is set to debut amid the shutdown brought about by the novel coronavirus outbreaking, bringing with it 10,000 hours of library programming from across the WarnerMedia catalog.
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung says its blood pressure monitoring app for Galaxy Watch has been approved by a 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 …
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
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.

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