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April 10, 2018, 3:15 PM

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The Verge:
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook debuts a Data Abuse Bounty to reward those who report misuse of data by app devs; payouts are for cases affecting 10K+ users and range from $500-$40K  —  - Facebook is launching a data abuse bounty program to ask its users to help it find companies using unauthorized data.
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Facebook adds a Help Center page that tells users if they were affected by Cambridge Analytica's data abuse, as it rolls out similar announcement in News Feed  —  In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, you're probably wondering: Was I actually affected?
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Facebook confirms some users' messages were collected by quiz app that Cambridge Analytica used to glean data, says 1,500 people were affected  —  THE DATA CONSULTING firm Cambridge Analytica, which harvested as many as 87 million Facebook users' personal data, also could have accessed …
Wall Street Journal:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram one-ups Apple with a portrait mode feature called Focus that works with both photos and video for select Android devices and iPhones 6S and newer  —  Instagram is one-upping Apple with a portrait mode feature that runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video, not just photos.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram is testing Nametags, a Snapchat-like QR codes feature that lets users create a special image that people can scan to follow them  —  Instagram is preparing to launch a feature called Nametags that lets you create a special image that people can scan with the Instagram Stories camera to follow you.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
High-profile accounts and popular music videos on YouTube were hacked and defaced, and the most-viewed video of all time, “Despacito”, disappeared briefly  —  Lots of high-profile music videos have been defaced  —  YouTube appears to have fallen victim to hackers today …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
FIDO Alliance and W3C announce WebAuthn, a new open standard for password-free logins, currently supported in Firefox, and to be supported in Chrome and Edge  —  One small step towards a world without phishing  —  Web browsers are building a new way for you to log in, announced today by the W3C and FIDO Alliance standards bodies.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook has intentionally kept Instagram's branding independent in consumers' minds; source says Zuckerberg requested Instagram's Stories functionality  —  Through the glass doors, beyond the giant camera logo and before the artisan coffee stand, visitors to Instagram's headquarters in Menlo Park …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill introduced last year to promote political ad transparency, following Facebook's endorsement of it last week  —  Just hours before social media companies face a regulatory reckoning with Facebook's appearance on the Hill, Twitter is taking a step to get right with Congress.
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
EU announces VentureEU, a $2.6B fund-of-funds program, with six funds to invest in VCs focused on areas like digital services, medical technologies, and energy  —  Hoping to give Europe's surging startup ecosystem a shot of adrenaline, the European Union today announced the creation of a massive …
Rishi Chandra / Official Google India Blog:
Google launches Home and Home Mini smart speakers in India for Rs. 9,999 and Rs. 4,499 respectively, available online on Flipkart and in 750+ retail stores  —  Bringing together the best of Google's AI, software and hardware, now with a desi twist  —  Whether you're getting the kids ready for school …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Directly, which uses AI and crowdsourced experts to improve customer service, raises $20M Series B with Northgate, Microsoft, and True Ventures among investors  —  San Francisco start-up Directly has raised $20 million in a third round of funding to build its customer service offering …

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