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May 1, 2018, 4:20 PM

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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 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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces updates to Messenger: chat translations, slowly rolling out starting with English/Spanish; AR features in closed beta; and a simplified UI  —  Facebook could use more evidence that it brings the world together rather than tearing it apart.
Steven Levy / Wired:
Interview with Mark Zuckerberg on his recent Congressional testimony, goals for F8 keynote, the three-year timeframe for fixing Facebook, and more  —  Mark Zuckerberg knew his keynote speech at F8 this year would not be like any other.  His previous appearances at Facebook's annual developer's conference …
Facebook:
Facebook announces WhatsApp group calling and stickers, will let users bring 3D objects from News Feed into their Facebook Camera AR experience, and more  —  Today, our global developer community gathered in San Jose for F8, an annual two-day event where developers come together to explore the future of technology.
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, which launches today: 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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Prime Book Box, an invite-only subscription service for kids' hardcover books for $23/box sold as part of Prime membership  —  Along with the higher price that Amazon is introducing to Prime this month, the company is also bringing another first to its membership service: physical books.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
AWS starts blocking domain-fronting, a technique used by services to evade state-level internet blocks, following a similar move by Google's App Engine  —  A week after Google shut down a method for app developers to skirt internet censorship, Amazon is doing the same.
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
Bloomberg:
Filings: Jan Koum's remaining Facebook stock options were not due to fully vest until November, and he may be forfeiting up to $1B if he leaves before May 15  —  WhatsApp co-founder still has amassed a $10.4 billion fortune  —  He's said to have clashed with other executives over strategy
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google launches Cloud Composer, a workflow automation tool for developers based on Apache Airflow, in public beta  —  Google Cloud is launching the first public beta of Cloud Composer today, a new workflow automation tool for developers that's based on the Apache Airflow project.
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