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Google search app seen on an Android portable device. Photo: Jaap Arriens / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Google is expanding the reach of its keyboard app, GBoard, with the addition of 20 new languages including Chinese and Korean, TechCrunch reports. The news follows Google's announcement of integrating a Google Search extension app with iMessage.

Why it matters: The GBoard app now supports over 300 languages, and Google said it plans to add lesser-known languages that include Manx and Maori. Despite decreasing interest in separate keyboard apps, these efforts are a part of Google's marketing strategy to be more accessible to first-time mobile users around the world and in developing countries.

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Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.