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May 9, 2016, 11:55 AM

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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:
Moto X leaks point to an all-metal device  —  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, it looks like we're now getting reliable leaks of the 2016 Moto X. Both Evleaks and HelloMotoHK …
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.
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.
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.
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 the U.S., 3 other countries  —  Russell Simmons, Tim Robbins to produce programs for Spotify  —  Videos will help Spotify compete with YouTube, Apple
Ina Fried / Re/code:
NextVR signs five-year deal with Live Nation to broadcast concerts in virtual reality  —  NextVR is teaming up with music promoter Live Nation to offer hundreds of concerts in virtual reality.  Could this be the non-gaming experience the industry has been waiting for?  —  NextVR

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