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April 24, 2020, 11:05 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook launches Messenger Rooms for group video chat, rolling out globally in the coming weeks, and says it will allow up to 50 people to join a call  —  Facebook is greatly expanding its video chat offerings to keep up with rising demand  —  Facebook is rolling out a suite of new products to expand its capabilities in video chat.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook expands WhatsApp group video call limits up to eight people and adds new live video features for Facebook, Instagram, Portal, and Facebook Dating  —  Facebook is co-opting some of the top video chat innovations like Zoom's gallery view for large groups and Houseparty's spontaneous hangouts for a new feature called Rooms.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
John Legere abruptly resigns from T-Mobile board, effective immediately, in order to “pursue other options”, after previously stating he would leave on June 4  —  Whatever his next move is couldn't wait until June  —  John Legere has formally cut ties with T-Mobile US, the company he led as CEO for over seven years.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Apple and Google release FAQ for contact tracing APIs, describe changes made to address privacy concerns, and pledge to disable APIs once pandemic is contained  —  The companies released more details on their ambitious public health project  —  On Friday, Apple and Google revised …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to step down, President and COO John Stankey will take over the position on July 1  —  - AT&T announced CEO Randall Stephenson will retire and President and COO John Stankey will take over the position on July 1.  — The transition comes at a tough …
Stephen Pulvirent / HODINKEE:
As Apple Watch celebrates its 5th anniversary, watch enthusiasts reflect on its impact and how its mainstream appeal brought new interest in mechanical watches  —  After half a decade, the Apple Watch's lasting impact is clear.  —  There are certain moments that stand out as true game-changers.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
A text string in the Sindhi language can crash iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Watch when devices receive a notification with it; bug seems to be fixed in iOS 13.4.5 beta  —  Every so often, a bug in iOS emerges where a certain string of text will cause your iPhone or iPad to crash.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nintendo says 160K Nintendo accounts were compromised since the beginning of April using credentials obtained illegally by “some means other than our service”  —  The issues started at the beginning of April  —  Nintendo is disabling the ability to log into a Nintendo Account through …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sources: OnePlus downsized some European offices, including UK and Germany, by as much as 80%, while offices in Finland, where it sees potential, are unaffected  —  It's only been a little over a week since the OnePlus 8 launch, but the company apparently went ahead and announced significant redundancies across Europe since yesterday.

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