Bloomberg is launching a tech-based digital video series Wednesday starring veteran consumer technology reporter Mark Gurman. The show, "Gadgets With Gurman," will feature Gurman reviewing a new or unique technology product each week, highlighting key features, shortcuts and product cost and value for consumers. Wednesday's inaugural episode, for example, will be about the new Galaxy S8, ahead of its consumer launch date on April 21st.

The delivery: It will stream live on Facebook, Periscope,, and the Bloomberg Terminal, for 15-20 minutes every Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 pm EST. The team hopes to eventually compile clips from the series into TV packages that will also air on Bloomberg TV.

Why it matters: A consumer-focused tech show expands Bloomberg's coverage, which typically features markets and financial news. With a live, digitally-focused show out of San Fransisco, Bloomberg is hoping to continue to expand its reach in Silicon Valley, to technology influencers and to broader audiences.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 1 million infections.

Meadows confirms Trump's tweets "declassifying" Russia documents were false

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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed in court on Tuesday that President Trump's tweets authorizing the disclosure of documents related to the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton's emails "were not self-executing declassification orders," after a federal judge demanded that Trump be asked about his intentions.

Why it matters: BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold cited the tweets in an emergency motion seeking to gain access to special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. This is the first time Trump himself has indicated, according to Meadows, that his tweets are not official directives.

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China embraces hostage diplomacy

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The Chinese government is threatening to detain foreign citizens unless their home governments do what Beijing demands. In some cases, China has already made good on those threats.

The big picture: This marks a potential evolution of China's "wolf warrior diplomacy" to outright rogue state behavior, putting it in the company of countries like North Korea and Iran, which have also engaged in hostage diplomacy.

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