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COVID-19's impacts on location data; streaming platforms; big tech spending

Stories about COVID-19's impact on mobile location data, ad-supported video-on-demand platforms and big tech's spending options were among S&P Global Market Intelligence's technology, media and telecommunications news for the week ended April 10.

Here are the five most read stories:

COVID-19 impact on mobile location data, e-commerce retailers, chatbots

Amid reports that the U.S. government is collaborating with tech companies to understand Americans' movement during the coronavirus pandemic, legal implications of the practice depend on how closely companies adhere to their stated privacy practices and on how anonymous anonymized data truly is.

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Coronavirus isolation make-or-break moment for some ad-based streaming platforms

As Americans experiment with new streaming services during the coronavirus isolation period, ad-supported video-on-demand, or AVOD, platforms stand to see a bump in exposure.

COVID-19 to make broad impact on upfronts as production shutdowns linger

Given the production shutdown in Hollywood, it is difficult to know what the major programmers will be able to digitally showcase in May and how much those offerings may generate in advertising sales.

TEGNA tumbles as COVID-19 pressures bidding war; AMC faces debt concerns

Top media and entertainment stocks crumbled under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic for the week ended April 3.

Usage spikes push cloud data centers to ramp up spending

Usage is skyrocketing for cloud-computing providers amid a global pandemic, pressuring leading providers such as Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to spend more to keep up.

Here are the editor's top picks from other notable stories this week:

Large cash holdings to buoy tech companies during COVID-19 storm

While analysts expect current uncertainties to limit big tech's spending options in the near term, they said the companies' large cash holdings will enable them to weather headwinds and ramp up spending quicker than less-cash-rich companies once the outbreak subsides.

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Zoom's popularity in jeopardy after privacy, security lapses

The rapid rise of Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s video conferencing app amid the coronavirus outbreak has led to a series of privacy and security headaches for the company, raising questions about the application's future.

Advertising market reassesses path forward amid coronavirus pandemic

While spending has plummeted for a number of ad categories during a time of social distancing, increased TV viewing presents some marketers opportunities to reach more viewers.

SoftBank's asset sales, COVID-19 portfolio hit to rattle Vision Fund 2 investors

SoftBank Group Corp.'s latest efforts to pay down debt and stem portfolio company losses amid the coronavirus crisis are unlikely to be enough to attract outside investment for its upcoming second Vision Fund, experts told S&P Global Market Intelligence.

NXP, Infineon to weather COVID-19 drop in car sales thanks to 5G, chips

Almost half of NXP Semiconductors NV and Infineon Technologies AG 's 2019 revenues came from the automotive sector, which has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but NXP and Infineon's remaining businesses are well placed for growth, analysts told S&P Global Market Intelligence.