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April 17, 2018, 11:15 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium news subscription service next year  —  Company integrating Texture purchase into Apple News offering  —  About 20 Texture staff were cut soon after Apple acquisition
Facebook:
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Microsoft, Facebook, 30+ firms pledge to not help states mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises”; Google, Apple, Amazon decline to join  —  WASHINGTON — More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, plan to announce a set of principles …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Intel unveils two Threat Detection Technology features: letting software scan system memory for malware using integrated GPUs and advanced telemetry tools  —  The company is also using its processors' performance monitoring to detect malicious code.  —  Since the news of the Metldown …
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer.com:
After Telegram moved some of its infrastructure to AWS and Google cloud, Russia banned 1.8M Amazon and Google IP addresses, impacting many other online services  —  Roskomnadzor, Russia's telecommunications watchdog, banned today over 1.8 million IP addresses belonging to Amazon and Google's cloud infrastructure.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google releases updated DIY AI Vision and Voice Kits for $89.99 and $49.99, with a Raspberry Pi Zero and a companion app for Android, available at Target  —  Launched last year, Google's AIY Projects are simple hardware kits for building AI-powered devices like an Assistant speaker and a camera with image recognition capabilities.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces the Azure Sphere stack for securing IoT devices, includes a Linux-based OS, custom silicon for microcontrollers, and matching cloud service  —  Microsoft is introducing new custom silicon, a Linux-based embedded OS and cloud service aimed at securing microcontroller-based devices.
BBC:
FBI, DHS, and UK's National Cyber Security Centre issue joint alert warning of a Russian-led global campaign to attack and infiltrate internet infrastructure  —  State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snap releases seven new templates and Giphy integration for its Lens Studio, and now lets creators build their own face filters for the first time  —  Snap releases seven new templates for Lens Studio, plus Giphy integration  —  Snap is expanding its developer platform to let creators build face filters …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Tokenized securities startup Harbor raises $28M led by Founders Fund with participation from a16z, following a $10M Series A in February  —  Harbor helps businesses legally issue cryptocurrency tokens that represent ownership of real-world assets like real estate, fine art, company equity, and investment funds.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
TaskRabbit informs users that it is investigating a cybersecurity incident and that it has temporarily taken down its app and website  —  The handyman-for-hire app sent an email to users today recommending they change their passwords if they used the same ones for different websites.
New York Times:
China's Weibo backs down from censoring gay content following backlash from users, after saying it would ban it along with other content to comply with new law  —  BEIJING — Bowing to intense pressure from millions of internet users, a Chinese social media site said on Monday that it would scrap plans …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Coinbase acquires Earn.com, which lets users earn bitcoin by completing tasks, hires Earn.com CEO Balaji Srinivasan as CTO; sources say deal is valued at $120M+  —  Coinbase is acquiring Earn.com, a paid inbox service formerly known as 21 inc., with CEO Balaji Srinivasan joining as chief technology officer …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google is partnering with 3D laser-scanning nonprofit CyArk to build VR representations of historical sites in an effort called the Open Heritage project  —  Google is partnering with 3D laser-scanning nonprofit CyArk to build VR representations of world wonders
Reuters:
Dept of Commerce blocks sales from US firms to ZTE for seven years, after alleged false statements to officials that followed guilty plea on sanctions violation  —  LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned American companies from selling components …

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