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April 4, 2018, 2:45 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.
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 developing tech that lets iPhone users perform tasks by moving fingers close screen without tapping it and screens that curve from top to bottom  —  Company seeks to differentiate design in crowded marketplace  —  IPhone X's OLED screen also expanding to additional models
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook confirms it scans the text and images people send each other on Messenger; the content gets blocked if it doesn't abide to the platform's rules  —  System is supposed to detect content that violates standards  —  Company on the defensive about how it handles private data
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 …
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.
Nicholas Diakopoulos / Columbia Journalism Review:
The age of trends is over, as social signals like retweets and likes are too easily manipulated by bots, and journalists must learn to identify bots' influence  —  Bots are everywhere.  A report by The New York Times recently outed about 3.5 million of them on Twitter.
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!

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