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May 9, 2016, 1:05 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Dataminr, which utilizes Twitter's full firehose, bars US intelligence agencies from accessing its services at Twitter's request  —  Social media firm cuts access to Dataminr, a service used to identify unfolding terror attacks, political unrest  —  Twitter Inc. cut off U.S …
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
Ex-Facebook news curators describe suppressing conservative news, being instructed to include non-trending stories, removing news about Facebook itself  —  Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network's influential “trending” …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Leaks suggest 2016 Moto X will have all-metal body, new fingerprint reader, large camera assembly, rear-facing speaker  —  A rear speaker and huge camera mark a departure from past models.  —  The back of the alleged Moto X. … After getting a sneak peek of the 2016 Moto G …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Spotify expands its video offerings, unveils slate of 12 original series which will be available to both free and paid users in US, UK, Germany, and Sweden  —  Russell Simmons, Tim Robbins to produce programs for Spotify  —  Videos will help Spotify compete with YouTube, Apple
Wall Street Journal:
LendingClub CEO resigns after board investigation of improper practices in lending process; stock down over 26%  —  Renaud Laplanche's departure follows nonconforming loan sale to a single investor  —  The CEO of the leading company in the burgeoning “peer-to-peer” lending industry resigned Monday following …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
HTC Q1 revenue down 64% YoY to NT $14.8B, profits down 78% YoY  —  HTC is finding itself on the wrong side of a rapidly evolving smartphone market.  —  The Taiwanese company reported today that its revenues fell 64 percent in the first quarter and that profits fell 78 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Opera launches a free and unlimited VPN app for iOS  —  European technology titan Opera Software is today launching a virtual private network (VPN) client for iPhones and iPads.  This launch comes three weeks after the announcement of such a feature for its desktop Opera browser.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Founder of underground bank Liberty Reserve sentenced to 20 years behind bars  —  Arthur Budovsky will be in his sixties when his sentence for money laundering through the online bank ends.  —  The founder of Liberty Reserve, an underground bank widely used by criminals, has been given a 20-year prison sentence by US prosecutors.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Periscope will make broadcasts permanent by default, introduce search, and integrate with certain DJI drone models in update in coming weeks  —  It's been a month now since Facebook rolled-out a dramatically improved design for live video — a design that borrowed liberally from Twitter-owned Periscope.

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