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April 7, 2018, 5:55 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook will verify identities and locations of advertisers posting political and issues ads and will also verify identities of admins of large Pages  —  We believe that when you visit a Page or see an ad on Facebook it should be clear who it's coming from.
Carl Meyer / National Observer:
Facebook says it has suspended Canadian data firm AggregateIQ over alleged involvement with SCL and the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal  —  Facebook says it has suspended Canadian political consultancy AggregateIQ from its platform, after reports emerged alleging its involvement …
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Becky Peterson / Business Insider:
Nasdaq halts trading of Longfin, whose stock soared 2400% after buying a blockchain firm in Dec, as SEC freezes $27M in unauthorized stock sales by CEO, 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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Twitter delays API change that may disable push notifications and auto-refreshing timelines on third-party clients like Tweetbot, promises 90 days change notice  —  The people behind third-party Twitter clients Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon, and Tweetings are warning users that their apps …
Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
US seizes classifieds site Backpage.com and related domains, raids founder's home, files 93 counts including money laundering and facilitating prostitution  —  Backpage.com, the popular classified ads website, went offline Friday after being seized and disabled by the federal government.
Recode:
Interview with Tim Cook covering US tax reform, the changing job landscape, diversity, DACA, why everyone should learn to code, privacy as a right, free speech  —  Education, iPhones, privacy and Facebook were all big topics of discussion.  —  Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC's Chris Hayes …
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.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Source: YouTube releasing new version of YouTube Kids within coming weeks with option to turn off algorithmic video suggestions and only show curated channels  —  YouTube is planning to release a new version of its YouTube Kids app that will do away with algorithmically suggested videos …
Mike Ananny / Columbia Journalism Review:
Report on Facebook's fact-checking partnerships examines the struggles of tech companies teaming up with news orgs, details distrust and lack of transparency  —  Facebook and five US news and fact-checking organizations—ABC News, the Associated Press, FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and Snopes …

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