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April 8, 2018, 6:35 PM

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Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
After CNBC inquiry, Facebook suspends CubeYou, a firm that made popular quiz apps for Cambridge University and bragged it had personal info of tens of millions  —  - Data analytics firm CubeYou used personality quizzes clearly labeled for “non-profit academic research” to help marketers find customers.
Carl Meyer / National Observer:
New York Times:
Preparing for Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony, Facebook hired advisers who are coaching him and are role-playing members of congress in mock hearings  —  For Facebook, Tuesday is being seen as a kind of dreaded final exam.  —  That's when Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chief executive …
Simina Mistreanu / Foreign Policy:
Life in Rongcheng offers inside preview of China's social credit system, which mixes credit scores with monitoring data of citizens, launches nationally in 2020  —  RONGCHENG, CHINA — Rongcheng was built for the future.  Its broad streets and suburban communities were constructed with an eye …
Tom Spring / Threatpost:
Intel discontinues Intel Remote Keyboard for iOS and Android after researchers discover keystroke injection vulnerability  —  Intel said Tuesday it was putting the kibosh on a popular Android and iOS app called Intel Remote Keyboard after researchers discovered that local attackers …
Becky Peterson / Business Insider:
Nasdaq halts trading of Longfin, which soared 2400% after buying a blockchain firm in Dec, as SEC freezes $27M in unauthorized stock sales by CEO and others  —  - Longfin, a 1-year-old fintech company, is under fire following SEC allegations that its CEO and his associates sold $27 million in restricted company stock.
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Facebook's verification requirements for “issue ads” advertisers raise questions about implementation, like how it will identify donors behind US non-profits  —  Via the NY Times comes news that Facebook will not only support passage of the Honest Ads Act (currently pending …
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Ry Crist / CNET:
Amazon rolls out “Announcements” feature for Alexa, which lets users send a short voice message to every Echo device in the house  —  “Dinner's ready!” is about as common an exclamation as you'll hear in the average family household.  Now, families that use Alexa devices won't need to shout …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Skype unveils Content Creators mode, in preview on Windows 10 and Mac now, to record calls via NDI-compatible multi-user streaming software, out this summer  —  Here's a little trade secret: podcasters and radio show hosts use Skype a lot.  It's helpful for adding remote guests with minimal fuss.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Spotify invites media to press event on April 24 in New York City; offers that popped up inside the app suggest it might announce a music player for cars  —  Earlier today, Spotify announced it would be sharing news at an April 24th event.  It's unclear whether the company is planning …
Neil Jerome Morales / Reuters:
Philippines' anti-trust agency orders Uber to continue domestic operations as it reviews Grab deal; Uber was supposed to shut down on April 8 in the country  —  MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' anti-trust agency said on Saturday it has ordered Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] …
Zeynep Tufekci / Wired:
Despite repeated apologies over 14 years from Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has continued to violate users' privacy, driven primarily by its business model  —  IN 2003, ONE year before Facebook was founded, a website called Facemash began nonconsensually scraping pictures of students at Harvard …

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