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April 23, 2018, 8:20 AM

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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
In interview Kogan admits he broke Facebook's ToS but his app was within norms, says he worked on 10+ papers with Pete Fleming, now Instagram's head of research  —  Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic whose app has set off the firestorm about online user data, says he's considering suing Facebook.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the many ways Google harvests user info via Gmail, apps on devices, its Analytics service, more; Google likely knows more about us than Facebook  —  Google gathers more personal data than Facebook does, by almost every measure—so why aren't we talking about it?
Julia Alexander / Polygon:
Valve acquires Firewatch developer Campo Santo, which will be left intact as a team, weeks after CEO said Valve will return to “making and shipping games”  —  Dev team will continue to make its own games  —  Firewatch developer Campo Santo announced today that it's joining Valve.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Avast outlines how hackers hid a backdoor in its PC cleanup tool CCleaner, which tainted ~2.27M downloads in 2017, as part of a targeted attack on tech firms  —  IN SEPTEMBER, SECURITY researchers at Cisco Talos and Morphisec made a worst nightmare-type disclosure: the ubiquitous computer …
Alan Boyle / GeekWire:
EarthNow comes out of stealth with backing from Bill Gates, Airbus, and SoftBank, plans to operate a satellite constellation providing real-time video of Earth  —  The latest spinout from Intellectual Ventures, EarthNow, says it's coming out of stealth mode with backing from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates …
Nicholas Megaw / Financial Times:
TransferWise becomes first non-bank firm to get direct access to Bank of England's interbank payment systems to process payments without intermediary banks  —  TransferWise has become the first fintech group to gain direct access to the Bank of England's interbank payment systems …
New York Times:
How hate speech and misinformation spread on Facebook in developing countries like Sri Lanka, where reputable sources are scarce, leading to real-world violence  —  MEDAMAHANUWARA, Sri Lanka — Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house …

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