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April 4, 2018, 12:15 PM

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam had denounced the platform for age-restricting and demonetizing her videos; her father warned police she might visit YouTube HQ  —  The woman posted frequently on the video sharing platform about animal cruelty, vegan recipes, and said she believed YouTube was discriminating against her.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Police say one woman, now dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound, shot three others at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, one of whom is in serious condition  —  San Bruno received multiple 911 calls from headquarters, report says  —  Police have responded to multiple 911 calls at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, CA.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Twitter account of YouTube product manager Vadim Lavrusik was hacked and shared fake news during YouTube HQ shooting; Twitter deleted hoax tweets from account  —  As Twitter users searched for news about today's shooting at YouTube headquarters, hackers were actively compromising a verified employee account to spread misinformation.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Mark Zuckerberg to testify before House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, first of three potential hearings in Congress, about Facebook's data privacy  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a key House committee next week, the panel said Wednesday …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts new feature in settings that makes it easy for users to bulk remove third-party apps and an option to delete posts from those apps  —  Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, users have flocked to their Facebook privacy settings to sever their connection to third-party apps …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is working on touchless gesture control and screens that curve inward gradually from top to bottom for future iPhones  —  Company seeks to differentiate design in crowded marketplace  —  IPhone X's OLED screen also expanding to additional models
New York Times:
Apple hires John Giannandrea, formerly Google's chief of search and AI, to run Apple's machine learning and AI strategy, reporting to Tim Cook  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has hired Google's chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch …
Alex Stamos / Facebook:
Facebook deletes 70 FB accounts, 138 FB Pages, and 65 Instagram accounts run by Russia's Internet Research Agency this morning, shares samples of IRA content  —  This morning we removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts — as well as 138 Facebook Pages — that were controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA).
Fast Company:
An in-depth look at how Twitter is scrambling to combat abuse on its platform, after initially being blinded to safety concerns by its zeal for free speech  —  For years, the company's zeal for free speech blinded it to safety concerns.  Now it's scrambling to make up for lost time.
Ry Crozier / iTnews:
Australian regulator AUSTRAC approves first two digital currency exchanges, Independent Reserve and CoinSpot, as compliant with new regulations  —  Seen to legitimise fledgling industry.  —  Australian digital currency exchanges Independent Reserve and CoinSpot are the first to confirm compliance …
Benedict Evans:
As social sharing moves away from algorithmic newsfeeds, formats like Stories and one-to-one messaging are growing by addressing content overload  —  When I got married, my future wife and I were both quite sure that we would have a nice small, quiet wedding - none of these massive, extravagant parties with hundreds of people for us!
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
BlackBerry sues Snap for allegedly infringing on six messaging patents, two of which are also in the suit it filed against Facebook last month  —  BlackBerry is suing Snap Inc. for patent infringement.  —  Does that sound familiar?  Well, you may be thinking of that time last month …
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
Trump administration targets ~$50B in Chinese electronics, aerospace, and machinery goods with tariffs amid a deepening US-China trade conflict  —  The Trump administration Tuesday unveiled a list of roughly $50 billion in Chinese electronics, aerospace and machinery products it plans to hit …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Internal Facebook white paper says Trump campaign spent $44M on FB ads while Clinton team spent $28M from June-November 2016; Trump team ran 5.9M ad versions  —  The president's ad campaign was 'more complex than Clinton's'  —  Trump focused on new donors; Clinton on ensuring broad appeal
BBC:
Eurocontrol says a failure of its air traffic management software, the second in 20 years, is now fixed, but could delay ~15,000 flights in Europe  —  The organisation responsible for co-ordinating European air traffic says it has fixed an earlier fault which led to widespread flight delays.

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