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May 10, 2017, 9:00 PM

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Snap Inc.:
Snap reports Q1 results with DAUs up 36% YoY to 166M, or 5% QoQ, revenue of $149.6M, up 286% YoY; stock down 23%+ after hours to just above its IPO price of $17  —  VENICE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Snap's reported Q1 revenue of $149.6M fell short of Wall Street's expectations of $158M  —  Snap finished March with 166 million daily active users.  —  Snap reported earnings for the first time today, and Wall Street isn't happy.  Shares are down more than 20 percent in after-hours trading.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft debuts Azure Cosmos DB, a globally distributed database with five consistency choices, and new MySQL and PostgreSQL options for Azure Database  —  Arguably the biggest Azure news to come out of Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference is the debut of Azure Cosmos DB.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says 500M devices are now running Windows 10, up from 400M in September 2016  —  Microsoft is announcing today that 500 million active machines are now running Windows 10.  The latest statistic comes almost 8 months after the company revealed 400 million devices were running Windows 10.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Visual Studio 2017 for Mac out of preview  —  At Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference, its biggest Visual Studio news wasn't even for its own platform: Visual Studio 2017 for Mac has hit general availability (download here, requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 or higher).
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google acquires Owlchemy Labs, the VR-focused game studio behind Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, for an undisclosed sum  —  Google announced today that it's acquiring Owlchemy Labs, the VR-focused studio that created Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
FCC's website has been flooded with 128K+ identical fake anti-net neutrality comments via its public comment system API  —  Several people we spoke to denied they had posted comments to the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) feedback pages.  —  A bot is thought to be behind the posting …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google launches event suggestions in US search results on mobile web and in app; data pulled from 13 sources including Eventbrite, Ticketmaster, Meetup, StubHub  —  Google today is updating its app and mobile web experience in the U.S. to help web searchers more easily find things to do …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will now rank sites with “disruptive, shocking or malicious ads” lower in News Feed  —  Facebook will bury links to low-quality websites and refuse to carry ads pointing to them in a News Feed algorithm changeannounced today.  Facebook defines a “low-quality site” …
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Founder of Nucleus, which raised $5.6M from Alexa Fund, and now faces competition from similar Echo Show device, says Amazon crippling its Alexa Fund ecosystem  —  Another cautionary tale for would-be Amazon partners.  —  When the investment arm of Amazon's Alexa division led …
New York Times:
Interviews with Macron campaign staff reveal the obfuscation techniques used to slow hackers, who US intelligence believe were Russian  —  PARIS — Everyone saw the hackers coming.  —  The National Security Agency in Washington picked up the signs.  So did Emmanuel Macron's bare-bones technology team.

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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