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May 1, 2018, 2:10 AM

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
WhatsApp cofounder and CEO Jan Koum leaving; sources say over Facebook's attempts to weaken WhatsApp's encryption and use its data, that he plans to leave board  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter announces 30 new or renewed video content deals, details live programming from ESPN, NBCUniversal, Live Nation, Vice News, MLB, and more  —  Twitter is ready to pump even more premium video into your tweet-stream from a range of new and existing partners — with an emphasis on live-streamed content.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Overview of Twitter's video ad business, which brought in $287M+ in Q1 and over half of the company's total revenue since Q4 2017  —  Twitter made more than $287 million from video ads last quarter.  —  Twitter has been highlighting its video ad business during earnings calls for years …
Shabana Arif / IGN:
PUBG game developer Bluehole says Chinese police arrested and fined 15 people 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 …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Facebook is investigating a report that one of its security engineers may have used privileged access to stalk women online  —  On Monday, a member of the information security community said they passed Facebook details concerning a security engineer allegedly using their work position to stalk women.
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 …
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 …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Fitbit to use Google's new Cloud Healthcare API to make its data available to doctors, allowing them to regularly monitor devices  —  Fitbit this morning announced plans to utilize Google's new Cloud Healthcare API, in order to continue its push into the world of serious healthcare devices.
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
California Supreme Court adopts much stricter standard for classifying workers as contractors and not employees, a ruling that may affect many gig economy firms  —  Companies that want to classify their workers as contractors and avoid paying them wages and benefits that state law requires …
Wall Street Journal:
Tehran court orders Iranian telecoms to block Telegram saying the app gave Islamic State “safe ground” and also citing the app's role in recent protests  —  Tehran court ruling prohibits the messaging platform used to organize protesters  —  Iran moved to shut down the messaging app Telegram …
Reuters:
Danish citizen Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman first to be convicted under Malaysia's fake news law after posting a YouTube video; Sulaiman to spend a month in jail  —  KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian court convicted a Danish citizen on Monday for inaccurate criticism of police on social media …

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