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May 2, 2018, 10:05 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Cambridge Analytica is shutting down following the Facebook data misuse scandal, says it was losing clients and facing mounting legal fees  —  Company had lost multiple clients in recent months  —  Cambridge Analytica , a data firm that worked for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign …
Spotify Investor Relations:
Spotify reports first ever financial results with Q1 revenue of €1.139B, up 26% YoY, on operating loss of €41M; MAUs up 30% YoY to 170M  —  Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT) today reported financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2018 ending March 31, 2018.
Bill Jia / Facebook Code:
Facebook debuts PyTorch 1.0, which optimizes production performance and improves model compatibility with other AI frameworks, coming to beta in a few months  —  The path for taking AI development from research to production has historically involved multiple steps and tools …
Jerome Pesenti / Facebook Code:
Summary of Facebook's AI-related announcements at F8: PyTorch 1.0 open source framework unveiled, expansion of Open Neural Network Exchange, updates on research  —  Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform lives, creating new digital experiences while safeguarding our existing online interactions.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Zynga founder Mark Pincus reducing his voting power in the social gaming firm from a 70% to 10% stake, will remain on board but as non-executive chairman  —  In an unusual move, Pincus doesn't want the final say anymore and wanted more freedom.  —  In an unusual move for a Silicon Valley company …
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Telegram is calling off the public part of the ICO for the Telegram Open Network after raising $1.7B from 175 accredited investors via private deals  —  Telegram plans to put the money it raised into a new digital payment platform, Telegram Open Network, meant for a wide audience
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Google announces investment program for early-stage startups working on Google Assistant hardware or features, similar to Amazon's Alexa Fund  —  Funding the Google Assistant ecosystem  —  Today, Google is launching a new investment program for early-stage startups working to broaden Google Assistant hardware or features.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Coalition representing Apple, Google, Facebook, and others criticize law enforcement backdoors in devices, after Wired profile of Ray Ozzie's key escrow idea  —  The tech coalition includes Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Verizon and Yahoo's parent company Oath …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
LG announces G7 ThinQ with 6.1" QHD+ LCD display and notch, dual 16MP rear cameras, 3,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 845, Android Oreo, Assistant button, and more  —  Photography by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge  —  After months of leaks, LG's new G7 ThinQ phone is officially here.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is offering to pass along discounts it gets on credit card fees to retailers if they use its payments service Amazon Pay  —  Move shows retailer is willing to sacrifice to grow Amazon Pay  —  It's another challenge to PayPal, big banks and card networks
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu says it has surpassed 20M subscribers in the US, introduces offline mode, and inks animation deal with DreamWorks  —  Hulu now has over 20 million U.S. subscribers - that's up from the 17 million-plus it claimed in January.  The news of its subscriber growth is being delivered alongside …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook to bring outside advisers 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 …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Facebook confirms it has fired one of its security engineers who allegedly used privileged access to stalk women online  —  After a member of the information security community provided evidence to Facebook's chief information security officer, the company has terminated a security engineer …

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