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April 19, 2018, 1:50 AM

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Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Jeff Bezos says Prime has 100M+ members worldwide in his annual shareholder letter, the first time Prime membership numbers have been shared by Amazon  —  - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his latest annual shareholder letter.  — Bezos has published a shareholder letter every year since 1997.
David Ingram / Reuters:
Facebook says it will change ToS in May for 1.5B users outside EU; US, Canada to be governed by US instead of Ireland ToS, limiting GDPR impact to 400M users  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - If a new European law restricting what companies can do with people's online data went into effect tomorrow …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg:
Facebook is building a team to design its own AI chips, according to job listings and sources, joining a trend among tech giants to lower reliance on chipmakers  —  Social network could use semiconductors for consumer devices  —  Move follows Apple's chip efforts, early work by Google
Aaron Tilley / The Information:
Sources: Intel to shut down its New Devices Group, which was formed in 2013 and made fitness trackers and smart glasses  —  Intel's long-failing foray into wearables and augmented reality is officially dead.  —  The chip giant's new devices group will shut down, according to people familiar with the situation.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Researchers: 3rd-party JavaScript trackers embedded on sites using Login With Facebook can grab Facebook user data; abusive scripts found on 434 of top 1M sites  —  Facebook confirms to TechCrunch that it's investigating a security research report that shows Facebook user data can be grabbed …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Translator gets full offline support on Android and iOS; third-party Android developers can now pay to use Translator in their own apps  —  Chances are you mostly need a translator app on your phone while you are traveling.  But that's also when you are most likely to not have any connectivity.
M.G. Siegler / 500ish Words:
Silicon Valley's tech industry appears increasingly out of touch with reality, the latest example being Facebook's response to recent scandals, as IQ trumps EQ  —  As we slip out of touch with reality...  There's something that has been in the back of my mind for some time now.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Filing with Russia's EEC database shows several unreleased iPhone models; previous filings of suspected Apple products appeared 1-2 months before official debut  —  French website Consomac has discovered a new Russian-language regulatory filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Researcher finds a public and unprotected AWS storage bucket, belonging to data firm Localblox, containing 48M individuals' records scraped from public profiles  —  Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to “build a three-dimensional picture” on millions of people.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Eightfold.ai, an AI-based talent acquisition and management platform, raises $24M Series B led by Lightspeed and Foundation Capital  —  Two former product wizards from Facebook and Google are combining Silicon Valley's buzziest buzz words — search, artificial intelligence, and big data …
More: PR NewswireFacebook: Ashu Garg
Richard Gao / Android Police:
Google Pay, formerly Android Pay, passes 100M installs on the Google Play Store  —  Nowadays, several phone manufacturers have their own payment services.  There's Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, the upcoming LG Pay, and of course, Google Pay.  After experiencing two rebrands and retaining …
More: 9to5Google
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Interview with Susan Fowler, who exposed Uber's toxic workplace culture, on her new mission: ending forced arbitration for all workers, starting in California  —  The Uber whistleblower is working with the California Labor Federation to help bring awareness to a new bill.
David Gelles / New York Times:
Interview with Marissa Mayer, her first since leaving Yahoo, on her new Lumi Labs project, time at Google, thoughts on #MeToo movement, and more  —  The former Yahoo chief is renting Google's original office, where “there's a lot of good juju,” and planning her next act.  She just won't say what it is.
Julia Alexander / Polygon:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki addresses monetization concerns, says company will pilot a new video upload flow to decrease false positive demonetizations  —  “We are working to make this faster,” Susan Wojcicki said  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki today addressed ongoing frustration and anger within …

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