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April 2, 2018, 7:25 AM

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Matthew Prince / Cloudflare Blog:
Cloudflare debuts 1.1.1.1, a free privacy-first consumer DNS service, which collects as little info as possible and wipes logs daily, retains KPMG as an auditor  —  Cloudflare's mission is to help build a better Internet.  We're excited today to take another step toward that mission …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is building a Custom Audiences certification tool that will require a written pledge from advertisers that they have user consent for ad targeting data  —  Facebook is scrambling to add safeguards against abuse of user data as it reels from backlash over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Gemini Advisory:
Payment systems at Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor stores breached; credit card data of 5M+ customers allegedly stolen  —  Key Judgements  — On March 28, 2018, a JokerStash hacking syndicate announced the release for sale of over five million stolen credit and debit cards
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Q&A with President Emmanuel Macron on France's new AI strategy, which will see the government invest €1.5B over five years into open AI research and startups  —  ON THURSDAY, EMMANUEL Macron, the president of France, gave a speech laying out a new national strategy for artificial intelligence in his country.
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Roundup of April Fools' Day gags and pranks from tech companies  —  April Fools' day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early.  Google's various divisions do a decent job each year.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Profile of Spotify's CFO Barry McCarthy as the company prepares for its unusual direct listing on NYSE this Tuesday  —  Spotify's CFO pushed for this week's direct listing, which could change life for Wall Street and for big tech startups.  —  When Spotify goes public Tuesday …
Tom Simonite / Wired:
How tech companies are fighting bias in facial recognition software: detecting race, diversifying training data, and disclosing recognition accuracy by group  —  SOFTWARE ENGINEER HENRY Gan got a surprise last summer when he tested his team's new facial recognition system on coworkers at startup Gfycat.
Wall Street Journal:
Rural internet and cable providers worry that regulations against Huawei will hurt their margins by forcing them to buy pricier equipment from Western suppliers  —  Some rural internet providers rely on telecom gear from China's Huawei, which faces potential new restrictions from FCC, Congress

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Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.
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The teams behind legendary game titles Halo, Destiny, and others use Mattermost to collaborate.  —  Game studios like Bungie, Wargaming, and Valve keep trade secrets private behind their firewalls.

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