Zoom Updates Default Settings to Combat Zoombombing

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Zoom Updates Default Settings to Combat Zoombombing
Number 1093
Broadcast Date APRIL 6, 2020
Episode Length 5:12
Hosts Rich Stroffolino

Zoom updates its default settings to combat Zoombombing, Microsoft updates Skype to not require an account to start or join a meeting, and YouTube will actively remove videos that conflate 5G technology with COVID-19.

Headlines

Zoombombing, or joining public and private Zoom conferences uninvited to broadcast disruptive content saw several recent reactions. Several school districts, including New York City Department of Education and Clark County Public Schools in Nevada have banned teachers from using the platform as a result, while many others are reassessing its use and updating security practices. Meanwhile, a press release on the US Department of Justice’s website warned that federal, state, and local law enforcement will pursue charges for Zoombombing, including for “disrupting a public meeting, computer intrusion, using a computer to commit a crime, hate crimes, fraud, or transmitting threatening communications.” To combat the practice, Zoom announced that as of April 5th, passwords will be required to enter calls by Meeting ID and will turn on virtual waiting rooms by default so hosts can manually add call participants.
Microsoft announced it updated Skype to allow people to join cross-platform video conferences and download Skype without an account. Microsoft also published a web page to allow anyone to start a free Skype meeting from any device from a browser with the full Skype feature set, with a link that does not expire.
Following several arson attacks on cell towers in the UK in the past week, YouTube announced it would actively remove videos that link 5G technology with COVID-19, and would consider 5G-only conspiracy videos to be "borderline content," subject to demonetization and removal from search, which YouTube says will reduce views by 70%. The Observer reported on Sunday that UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden held talks with Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Twitter explaining that the government considered spreading misinformation about 5G to be unacceptable.
Uber announced a partnership with Walmart-owned Flipkart to deliver essential items in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi. Uber will not charge a commission for the service and drivers will be provided with masks, gloves, sanitizers and safety training according to Uber India and South Asia Director-Operations and Head of Cities Prabhjeet Singh.
Filming of TV and movies in China has resumed for the first time since the country shut down in February. Traffic jams have returned in Shanghai and Shenzhen, though Beijing still has restrictions on transport. New film and TV productions are expected to be ready for release in Q3 or 4.
Google is rolling back its SameSite cookie requirements that blocked most third-party cookies unless specifically set by the website you were on. The idea was to encourage sites to change their practices for more privacy. But with resources taken up with complications related to COVID-19, Google is giving sites some extra time to adapt.
In a video from Apple CEO Tim Cook, he announced that Apple has now sourced 20 million masks from its supply chain for healthcare workers, up from 10 million last week. He also said the company designed a custom face shield for medical workers with the first shipment arriving at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara Valley last week. Cook hopes to ship 1 million face shields by the end of this week, and consistently ship 1 million a week going forward.
Google rolled out an update to Maps on iOS and Android to highlight restaurants with delivery and takeout options. The update has rolled out to the US, Canada and France.
According to internal meeting notes from Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky seen by Reuters, Amazon plans to delay its Prime Day shopping event until August. Zapolsky expects Amazon will have 5 million extra devices in warehouses planned for the event, and loose between $100-300 million in sales.
The premium short form video service Quibi launched on April 6. The service is mobile only, and offers 50 shows at launch. It costs $4.99 a month with ads, $7.99 ad-free, with a 90-day free trial. Episodes are limited to 10 minutes or less, and use "turnstyle" technology, using two video streams optimized for landscape and portrait at once with synced audio to allow users to quickly change device orientation while keeping content full screen.
Analysts at Counterpoint Research found that paid streaming music subscriptions grew 32% worldwide in 2019, to 358 million subscribers. Spotify remained the top music streaming service with 35% of subscriber marketshare and 31% of total revenue, with Apple Music in second with 19% of subscribers and 24% of revenue. Amazon Music with 15% of subscribers, Tencent Music with 11%, and YouTube Music with 6% rounded out the top 5.
New figures from NetMarketShare show that Microsoft's Edge browser overtook Firefox as the second most popular desktop browser, with 7.59% of the market vs 7.19% for Firefox. Chrome is a distant first with 68.5% marketshare, while Internet Explorer 11 still commands 5.6% in fourth.

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Preceded by:
"Week in Review for the Week of 3/30/20"
Zoom Updates Default Settings to Combat Zoombombing
Followed by:
"WhatsApp Imposes New Viral Message Forwarding Limits"