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May 2, 2018, 8:55 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook announces dating feature for its app that will recommend matches and let users create a separate dating profile, with testing to begin later this year  —  The world's largest social network is adding dating app features  —  Facebook is adding a dating layer to its main mobile app …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook says it's building a Clear History feature to let users stop Facebook-collected browsing history and app usage 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 …
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Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
Signal says Amazon has warned the company to stop using the anti-censorship domain-fronting technique if it wants to continue using AWS  —  Telegram has been putting up an impressive fight against the governments of Russia and Iran in high-profile efforts to censor the messaging service over the last few weeks.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook to bring outside advisors for a civil rights audit of its impact on minority groups and to investigate claims it's biased against conservative voices  —  To address allegations of bias, Facebook is bringing in two outside advisors — one to conduct a legal audit of its impact …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Apple:
Apple Q2: revenue of $61.1B, up 16% YoY, as iPhone sales rise 3% YoY to 52.3M, iPad sales rise 2% YoY to 9.1M, Mac sales fall 3% YoY to 4.08M; stock up 3%+  —  Revenue Grows 16 Percent and EPS Grows 30 Percent to New March Quarter Records  —  New $100 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization Announced, Dividend Raised by 16 Percent
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Nokia to sell its digital health division to Eric Carreel, cofounder of Withings, which Nokia acquired for €170M in 2016; deal expected to close late Q2 2018  —  Nokia's unsuccessful foray into digital health hardware and services looks like it is finally coming to an end.
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg announces new Instagram features, including a redesigned Explore page and video chat  —  The Explore tab will also feature more topics  —  Instagram is rolling out a host of new features today, including video chat and a redesigned Explore page.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Review of Oculus Go: works without a phone or computer, solid hardware, $199 price is reasonable, but ecosystem is lacking and looks bulky  —  Oculus' first portable all-in-one VR headset is good, but not great  —  For the past few years, consumer virtual reality headsets have mostly come in two flavors …
Giovanni Buttarelli / European Data Protection …:
Ahead of GDPR, EU data watchdog says internet platforms that collect user data are like “sweatshops” exploiting users in exchange for so called “free” services  —  The digital information ecosystem farms people for their attention, ideas and data in exchange for so called ‘free’ services.
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:
BMW, GM, Ford, Renault, and others form a coalition, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), to apply blockchain tech in the automotive sector  —  Four of the world's largest carmakers have joined tech providers and startups to form the biggest-ever consortium focused on applying blockchain tech in the automotive sector.
Snap Inc.:
Snap reports Q1 net loss of $386M, as average revenue per user rose 34% YoY to $1.21 but was down 21% QoQ  —  VENICE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.
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Manish Singh / The Outline:
Facebook has quietly ended its Free Basics program in more than six nations and territories in recent months including Myanmar and Latin American markets  —  Facebook enabled ethnic-cleansing-related hate speech in Myanmar; many died and thousands fled.  Rather than take responsibility, it's turning away.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Overcast 4.2 released with enhanced privacy that encourages anonymous accounts at login and removes automatic loading of remote ad-tracking images by default  —  Overcast 4.2 is out now.  It enhances privacy in two major areas:  —  Anonymous sync by default  —  Overcast has offered anonymous sync accounts since 2014.
Wall Street Journal:
The Pentagon is moving to halt the sales of Huawei and ZTE phones in retail outlets on US military bases around the world, citing potential security threats  —  Move intensifies a squeeze the Trump administration has put on the two Chinese tech firms  —  The Pentagon is moving to halt …

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