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April 11, 2018, 10:40 AM

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The Verge:
Live blog and stream of Mark Zuckerberg's second hearing before Congress, titled “Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data”  —  More questions about data privacy, election security, and the Facebook's role in society
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Steam Spy, a service estimating games sales and other stats on Steam, shuts down after Valve makes privacy changes hiding users' gaming libraries by default  —  In light of Internet and social-media privacy landing at the top of major news outlets this week, another major online service announced …
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Questions Congress should ask Zuckerberg: tracking users outside of Facebook, prioritizing growth over privacy, Facebook's anti-competitive behavior, and more  —  Mark Zuckerberg testified for almost five hours Tuesday in a televised Senate hearing about Facebook's privacy practices and data abuse.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Highlights from first hearing: Zuckerberg asked about Facebook's monopoly power, hopes AI will flag bad content soon, says Facebook doesn't snoop on phone calls  —  Congress doesn't understand Facebook.  Does anyone?  —  Mark Zuckerberg made his highly anticipated debut before Congress today during …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Many questions senators asked Mark Zuckerberg on day one of the hearings showed they are still trying to understand the basics of how Facebook works  —  If lawmakers want to regulate Facebook, they might need to get on the same page about what problem they're trying to solve.  —  Is Facebook a monopoly?
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Steven Musil / CNET:
Reddit lists the 944 accounts suspected of Russian IRA origin that it removed: 662 had zero karma, 13 had “significant” karma, none placed election-related ads  —  News discussion site says in banned 944 accounts suspected of links to Russian propaganda efforts across social media.
Bloomberg:
Jury rules Apple must pay VirnetX $502.6M for patent infringement; USPTO invalidated VirnetX patents, but final decision on that still pending in appeals court  —  Jury in Texas says Apple infringed four communications patent  —  Latest twist in long-running dispute involving Apple devices
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Spotify developing a new version of its free music service to make it easier to use, especially on mobile; announcement expected within a couple weeks  —  Non-paying listeners are key source for subscription streaming  —  Fresh off going public, service seeks to boost user growth
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Mozilla's Internet Health Report 2018 calls attention to monopolization of internet by tech giants, IoT security, privacy, digital inclusion, web literacy, more  —  THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN platforms and their users has never been more fraught.  To see the evidence, look no further than Congress today …
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
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.

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