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April 21, 2020, 12:45 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.
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 …
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
NPD Group: Nintendo Switch sales doubled YoY in March, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales each grew by over 25%; March hardware spending rose 63% to $461M  —  Let's say a global pandemic forces you to spend almost all of your time inside at home.  Sure, this means you have a chance to catch up on Netflix and reading.
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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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