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May 10, 2016, 8:55 AM

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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” …
Tom Stocky / Facebook:
Facebook VP of search Tom Stocky: we found no evidence contractors manipulated Trending Topics to suppress stories of interest to conservatives  —  My team is responsible for Trending Topics, and I want to address today's reports alleging that Facebook contractors manipulated Trending Topics …
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Source: Motorola is preparing two Moto X flagships with backplate design that allows for modules called Amps to be plugged in, reportedly to debut June 9  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Just like last year, Motorola is preparing multiple Android handsets to be sold under the flagship Moto X brand …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
FCC and FTC ask smartphone makers and mobile carriers for information on phone patching process, express concern about long delays and unpatched older devices  —  FCC and FTC ask for information on process for issuing patches  —  Letters go to carriers AT&T, Verizon and to device makers
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Viv, the multi-platform AI assistant made by Siri co-founders Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer which is built for easy 3rd-party integrations, demoed for first time  —  Voice-controlled assistance is seeing another evolution as it looks to prove its worth as the next shift in human-computer interaction.
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
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.
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.
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 …

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