April 12, 2018, 7:40 PM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
After testing 1.2K Android phones from 2017, researchers find OEMs often don't install the security patches they claim to install; ZTE and TCL each omitted 4+  —  GOOGLE HAS LONG struggled with how best to get dozens of Android smartphone manufacturers—and hundreds of carriers—to regularly push out security-focused software updates.
Washington Post:
Despite a sense that something should be done about Facebook, there was little consensus from lawmakers about what and few expect swift actions from Congress  —  Two days of sharp questioning of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg underscored how the risks posed by social media …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
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Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Tesla removed from NTSB investigation into fatal Autopilot crash after releasing info “before it was vetted and confirmed” by the agency; Tesla says it withdrew  —  The NTSB says Tesla is oversharing; Tesla says it just wants to be transparent  —  Tesla has been removed …
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
Uber says it will start doing annual criminal background checks on US drivers and introduces new in-app features, like button to call 911, to protect riders  —  DETROIT (AP) — Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on U.S. drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Investigation: State Dept. and some local police have bought $15K+ GrayKey tools to unlock up-to-date iPhones; Secret Service and DEA also interested in GrayKey  —  A Motherboard investigation has found that law enforcement agencies across the country have purchased GrayKey …
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon cuts price of Ring's original Video Doorbell from ~$150 to $100 as acquisition closes, says it's looking into adding Ring to Amazon Key  —  Amazon Key, the e-commerce giant's in-home delivery service that's off to a bumpy start, may soon get backup from one of the hottest smart home startups around.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
First look at ESPN+, the $4.99 per month direct-to-consumer streaming service, launching today within a redesigned ESPN app on iOS and Android  —  Today is the debut of ESPN+, a $4.99 direct-to-consumer subscription video service that offers a little bit of MLB and NHL action with a lot …
Nicholas Megaw / Financial Times:
Santander becomes first international bank to launch cross-border, blockchain-based payments, in Spain, UK, Brazil, and Poland on Friday, uses Ripple tech  —  Santander has become the first international bank to launch a cross-border payments system based on blockchain …
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Tim Ahmann / Reuters:
FTC says Uber agreed to expand settlement related to 2016 hack; Uber must retain bug bounty reports, could face civil penalties for future disclosure failures  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday the ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc had agreed …
Ben Kuchera / Polygon:
Epic Games' Fortnite is back online after users reported problems logging in around 5pm ET on Wednesday, which led to emergency maintenance  —  Epic is sorry, and ready with the Fortnite freebies  —  Update 3 (4:47 p.m. ET): Epic will be doling out some rewards as an apology for the server outage, the developer announced.

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