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April 5, 2017, 7:10 PM

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Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube's $35/mo. TV streaming service debuts in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Bay area, with 4 major networks, 40+ cable channels  —  Young people in the United States have already made the switch from traditional television to streaming services.
Washington Post:
FCC's Ajit Pai and FTC's Maureen Ohlhausen on why FCC's ISP privacy rules were bad, and how FTC's authority to police ISPs' privacy practices will be restored  —  Ajit Pai is chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  Maureen Ohlhausen is acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.
The Verge:
Verizon is primed to become ad-tracking giant and take full advantage of an impotent FCC, using consumer data without permission, as it's done with supercookies  —  Zombie adtech is coming to kill Google  —  Two seemingly unrelated things happened Monday that actually point directly at the future of the internet:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says its TPU chips are 15x to 30x faster on average for machine learning than a standard GPU/CPU combination and offer 30x to 80x better TeraOps/Watt  —  It's no secret that Google has developed its own custom chips to accelerate its machine learning algorithms.
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Facebook to allow flagging revenge porn for review and removal, prevent further sharing of removed images on Messenger and Instagram using photo-matching tech  —  Facebook has implemented a new photo-matching technology to ensure people can't re-share images previously reported and tagged as revenge porn …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft outlines diagnostics data collected by Windows 10 and introduces advanced settings to cut back collection, available in the Creators Update  —  Another attempt to ease privacy concerns  —  Microsoft has been responding to Windows 10 privacy concerns for nearly two years now …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Adblock Plus parent company Eyeo says it has acquired Sweden-based micropayment service Flattr  —  Eyeo, the Germany-based company behind perennially popular adblocking service Adblock Plus, has today announced that it has acquired Flattr, a micropayment and microdonation service headquartered in Sweden.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Profile of MicroChip, who claims he's a software developer in Utah leading a pro-Trump bot-infested Twitter network that sways trending topics  —  At 7:23 on Sunday evening, the conservative internet personality Mike Cernovich tweeted that former national security adviser Susan Rice had requested the …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Canonical will discontinue its Unity desktop interface, focusing on GNOME instead, and will shutter its mobile projects  —  Ubuntu phones and tablets are dead, but the desktop, server, and cloud live on.  —  Six years after making Unity the default user interface on Ubuntu desktops …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Uber opens its Instant Pay debit card system to more drivers and says $1.3B in cash-outs were made in 2016  —  Uber introduced Instant Pay last year, as a way to use the revenue from their Uber fares right away, without waiting for it to be deposited into their own bank account.
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