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May 17, 2016, 5:10 PM

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Mark Harris / Backchannel:
Otto, founded by ex-Google engineers, exits stealth to sell self-driving kits for retrofitting semi-trailers  —  A group of ex-Google engineers have just launched Otto, an autonomous trucking startup  —  Otto's first vehicle is twice as long and six times as heavy as Google's cute prototype car …
Shaun Walker / Guardian:
Russian FindFace app compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability  —  FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability  —  If the founders of a new face recognition app …
Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney:
Tor developer Isis Agora Lovecruft moves to Germany amid uncertainty about potential FBI subpoena  —  In its mission to hunt criminals, the FBI has been keen to hack Tor, the Internet browser that hides your true location.  —  The FBI's attempts to break into Tor are starting to manifest in strange ways.
New York Times:
China is quietly requiring foreign tech companies to submit their products to security reviews  —  HONG KONG — Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by Apple and other big foreign companies, focusing on whether they pose potential security threats …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and SAP expand partnership: Office 365 integrations, HANA on Azure  —  Microsoft is announcing today that it has deepened its partnership with fellow enterprise software vendor SAP.  The HANA in-memory database from SAP will become available on top of Microsoft's Azure public cloud on top of machines packed densely with RAM.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
HP is now taking orders for its first 3D printer, the Jet Fusion 3D, which starts at $130K and HP says is 10X faster than rivals; orders will ship in late 2016  —  ORLANDO — Hewlett-Packard today began taking orders for its first 3D printer, the HP Jet Fusion printer, which it said will be …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Blockchain announces Thunder, an alternative network for enabling fast off-blockchain transactions that settle against the bitcoin blockchain at a later date  —  Blockchain, the company behind the world's most popular bitcoin wallet, has been quietly working on an interesting project called Thunder.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Sketchfab now supports all VR headsets for its 3D model sharing platform  —  You saw it coming, right?  3D model repository Sketchfab just added support for all major virtual reality headsets out there.  You can now view your pretty 3D models in your VR headset.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Lab126 hardware unit is working on an Alexa-powered device featuring a tablet-like computer screen, known internally as “Knight”  —  The retailer is pushing to incorporate its robotic voice assistant in daily tasks like opening garage doors
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Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Final Days of LendingClub CEO Renaud Laplanche  —  The allegations around Mr. Laplanche also raise tough questions for the fast-growing fintech industry  —  On April 22, LendingClub Corp. founder and Chief Executive Renaud Laplanche took the stage at a New York ceremony …

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