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April 30, 2018, 5:45 PM

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
WhatsApp cofounder/CEO Jan Koum leaves; sources: he will also leave Facebook board after clashes following attempts to weaken WhatsApp's crypto and use its data  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent …
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Joe Maring / Android Central:
Samsung announces 128GB/256GB models for Galaxy S9/S9+ to be available from Samsung.com in US, preorders starting May 1, after the flagships launched with 64GB  —  Both variants will be sold exclusively through Samsung.com.  —  The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are great smartphones …
Shabana Arif / IGN:
PUBG maker Bluehole says Chinese police arrested 15 people and fined them a total of $5.1M for making and selling cheating programs, some containing trojans  —  Hackers have put themselves at risk for the sake of a chicken dinner.  —  In an update on its latest anti-cheat efforts …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most prolific sources of Apple scoops, resigns from KGI Securities, will focus more on non-Apple firms moving forward  —  Ming-Chi Kuo, widely considered to be one of the best analysts covering Apple, might no longer focus his research on the iPhone maker.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Oculus is developing a new kind of VR theater experience where live actors in motion capture suits can perform around users, tentatively slated for next year  —  Oculus is inventing a new kind of VR experience, coming next year, that brings a virtual play with live actors into your home.
More: The Verge and EngadgetThanks:@joan_e
Stephen Chen / South China Morning Post:
Chinese govt-backed surveillance projects deploy headgear units across industries that detect swings in emotional states of employees by monitoring brainwaves  —  Government-backed surveillance projects are deploying brain-reading technology to detect changes in emotional states in employees …

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