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May 15, 2017, 12:25 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Payments to the three Bitcoin addresses reportedly hardcoded in the WannaCry ransomware totaled just $26K by Saturday  —  As thousands of organizations work to contain and clean up the mess from this week's devastating Wana ransomware attack, the fraudsters responsible for releasing …
New York Times:
Europol chief says 200K computers in 150 countries were affected by WannaCry ransomware, while experts warn that new wave of attacks next week is likely  —  LONDON — Security experts are warning that the global cyberattack that began on Friday is likely to be magnified in the new workweek …
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Nintendo plans to release a Zelda game for smartphones following an Animal Crossing game that's slated to ship in the second half of 2017  —  Nintendo plans to offer its game “The Legend of Zelda” for smartphones in the second half of the year, the Kyoto company's latest effort to expand its mobile-games lineup.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Lyft and Waymo confirm a deal was reached to collaborate on self-driving cars, which sources say will be through pilot projects and product development efforts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As the race to bring self-driving vehicles to the public intensifies, two of Silicon Valley's most prominent players are teaming up.
Bloomberg:
Google partners with Audi and Volvo for Android-based infotainment systems including Google Assistant; live demos to be on display at Google I/O this week  —  The search giant is partnering with Audi and Volvo to ship car systems running the Android operating system.  —  Android already powers most smartphones on earth.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Two experts say Gizmodo's phishing test for members of Trump's team may invite prosecution under CFAA  —  “Security test” sent to 15 officials, advisors, others skirts the edges of CFAA.  —  Earlier this week, the team at Gizmodo's Special Projects Desk published a report on how they …
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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Judge blocks Uber's Levandowski from lidar-related work amid lawsuit filed by Alphabet's Waymo, orders Uber to try to compel Levandowski to return stolen docs  —  One of Uber's top engineers will no longer be able to work on a key self-driving car technology, a U.S. judge ordered …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent invests $90M in Pocket Gems at about $500M valuation, increasing the firm's stake in the US game studio from ~20% to ~38%  —  The social-media giant's investment valued Pocket Gems at about $500 million, and brings Tencent's stake to about 38% in the maker of hit mobile games “Episode” and “War Dragons.”
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Desmos' graphing calculator app for mobile and PC looks to upend TI's dominance in the market, integrates with standardized testing software  —  Desmos says online graphing calculator better for today's students  —  Silicon Valley startup Desmos Inc. is going after one of the oldest names in technology …

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