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May 1, 2018, 12:47 PM

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
WhatsApp cofounder and CEO Jan Koum leaving Facebook; sources say over attempts to weaken WhatsApp's encryption and use its data, and 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 …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook announces Clear History feature, letting users stop Facebook-collected browsing history from being associated with their account  —  It's arguably the company's biggest update since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.  —  Facebook users will soon be able to opt …
Barry Levine / MarTech Today:
Trade groups representing 4,000 publishers criticize Google's GDPR policies, say proposal to get consent from EU visitors if Google ads are served “falls short”  —  The organizations point to Google's requirements that publishers collect consent and assume liability as some of the many issues.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Suki announces it has raised $20M, led by Venrock, to build an AI-enabled voice assistant for doctors  —  When trying to figure out what to do after an extensive career at Google, Motorola, and Flipkart, Punit Soni decided to spend a lot of time sitting in doctors' offices to figure out what to do next.
Bloomberg:
Private equity firm Permira is buying Cisco's video software business, known as the NDS Group, sources say for ~$1B; Cisco had bought it from Permira for $5B  —  Cisco bought NDS Group from Permira in 2012 for $5 billion  —  Cisco is shifting away from tech such as satellite boxes
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 …
Dan Frommer / Recode:
T-Mobile and Sprint merger may help them to stop wasting resources on stealing customers from each other and take on the industry goliaths AT&T and Verizon  —  Should T-Mobile be allowed to join forces with rival Sprint?  —  T-Mobile is trying to make a huge move: Yesterday …
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.
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 …
Evan Hill / BuzzFeed:
Tech firms and governments can't be trusted to preserve digital history, which adds importance to the role of archives like the Egyptian 858 and Syrian Archive  —  We create almost everything on the internet, but we control almost none of it.  —  Recently, a 7-year-old photo of mine appeared at the top of my Facebook feed.

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