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April 15, 2018, 9:50 PM

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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Fallout from data collection scandal has not spread much beyond Facebook to include other platforms because it is hard to pinpoint harm from privacy violations  —  It is nearly four weeks since the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted, and something surprising has happened.  —  Or rather, not happened.
Jeff Dunn / Ars Technica:
Google researchers showcase AI tech that can isolate individual voices within a noisy environment in videos with a single audio track by watching mouth movement  —  Google researchers try to replicate the “cocktail party effect” for computers.  —  Google researchers have developed …
Russ Juskalian / MIT Technology Review:
How UN's Building Blocks program is using permissioned blockchain based on open source Ethereum code to distribute UN-facilitated food aid to recipients  —  A few times a month, Bassam pushes a shopping cart through the aisles of a grocery store stocked with bags of rice, a small selection of fresh vegetables, and other staples.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data export tool  —  It's time to free the social graph  —  Twitter, Vine, Voxer, MessageMe.  Facebook has repeatedly cut off competitors …
Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
Pentagon spokesperson says there has been a “2,000% increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours”, following Syria air strikes on Friday night  —  As Donald Trump's administration, backed by France and the UK, launched a series of missile attacks on Syrian installations allegedly used …
Noah Kulwin / New York Magazine:
Silicon Valley insiders describe how the “growth at all costs” mindset undermined the dream of a networked utopia and led to resentment among users  —  Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created.  A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.
Benjamin Herold / Education Week:
Study finds ~3,337 free apps in Google Play's Designed for Families program that may violate COPPA, a federal law aimed to protect children from online tracking  —  Thousands of free apps available in the Google Play store are potentially violating a major federal data-privacy law intended …
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:
Interviews and docs show why Microsoft has failed to hire/retain more women: a culture of casual sexism, male-dominated hierarchy, and poor grievance resolution  —  Court filings, internal documents and interviews with employees illustrate why Microsoft has failed to hire or retain more women …

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