Techmeme
April 19, 2021, 3:20 PM

Top News

Brian Fung / CNN:
In a letter to Congress, Apple says it has approved Parler's return to the App Store, following moderation improvements by Parler  —  Washington (CNN Business)Apple has approved Parler's return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says xCloud game streaming service will launch on iOS and PC tomorrow as an invite-only beta via browsers, available to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers  —  An invite-only beta begins for xCloud via the web  —  Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) will officially arrive on iOS and PC tomorrow, April 20th.
About Facebook:
Facebook says it will start testing Live Audio Rooms in Groups and expects to roll out the feature to everyone on the Facebook app by the summer  —  Storytelling helps people build meaningful bonds: we all have stories to share with our friends, our communities, and the world at large.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Zuckerberg says Facebook is planning a short-form audio product called Soundbites, a podcast discovery tool, and more audio products for the next 3 to 6 months  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said Facebook was launching a suite of new tools and features designed to help users better connect …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Sony backtracks on removing PS3 and Vita digital stores, saying it was “the wrong decision”; PSP store will still shut down on July 2  —  The PSP store is still shutting down on July 2nd  —  Sony has announced that it'll be keeping its PS3 and PlayStation Vita digital storefront open “for the foreseeable future.”
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
The Bank of England and the UK Treasury jointly create a taskforce to explore a potential central bank digital currency  —  Quick Take  — The Bank of England and HM Treasury have jointly created a CBDC taskforce.  — They will explore a potential digital currency in the U.K.
Reuters:
UK says it will intervene in SoftBank's sale of ARM to Nvidia on national security grounds  —  Britain said on Monday it would intervene in SoftBank's (9984.T) sale of chip designer ARM Holdings to U.S. group Nvidia (NVDA.O) on national security grounds, and had requested a report on the implications of the $40 billion deal.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Facebook expands a tool to let users export posts and notes to Blogger, Google Docs, and Wordpress and calls for new guidelines on data flows between services  —  - Facebook announced Monday it's expanding a tool that allows users to transfer their data to other services.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Facebook details moderation steps around the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of murdering George Floyd, including designating Minneapolis a “high-risk location”  —  It's designated Minneapolis a ‘high-risk location’  —  Facebook says it's taking extra moderation measures around …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
What to expect from Apple's April 20 event: refreshed iPads, including Pro model with mini-LED display, 3rd-gen Pencil, AirTags, iMacs in different colors, more  —  Apple is planning to hold its first event of 2021 on Tuesday, April 20, and it's looking like it will be an iPad-centric event.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Zoom announces a $100M investment fund, which will invest $250K to $2.5M each in promising startups that use Zoom's toolkits  —  When Zoom launched Zoom Apps and the Marketplace as a place to sell them last year, it was a big signal that the company wanted to be more than just a popular video conferencing application.
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Researchers say Google Translate and other tools could be contributing to misunderstandings of legal terms with conflicting meanings such as “enjoin”  —  (Reuters) - Translation tools from Alphabet Inc's Google and other companies could be contributing to significant misunderstanding …

Sponsor Posts

Upwork:
Key Takeaways from Season 1 of Work Unlocked  —  Look at work in a whole new way with insights from Work Unlocked, a podcast featuring business leaders, future-of-work experts, and freelancers helping to drive innovation.
Zoho:
Introducing receipt autoscan for Free and Standard plans in Zoho Expense  —  We know just how annoying it can be for your employees to carry around stacks of receipts and spend time entering them one by one into a spreadsheet.
Climate Draft:
Join, advise, or invest in climate startups in 2022  —  We're mobilizing top tech talent to work with leading climate startups.  Sign up to be the first to know about future Climate Drafts and how you can participate.
Techmeme Leaderboards:
Find out who the top reporters are in 43 different tech categories  —  Who are the most influential writers on topics like AI, VR, IoT, or e-commerce?  We've analyzed Techmeme's news crawl data to find out.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Mon. 11/29 - Jack Dorsey To Leave Twitter
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 3:20 PM ET, April 19, 2021.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Jay Greene / Washington Post:

Earlier Picks

Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Fiona Kelliher / Mercury News: