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May 3, 2018, 5:00 PM

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Twitter:
Twitter urges all users to change passwords after it found a bug that stored unmasked user passwords in an internal log; no indication of breach or misuse found  —  When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it.
Andrew Gebhart / CNET:
Google Assistant now works with 5,000 smart home devices, up from 1,500 in January, and adds support for Dish Hopper, Logitech Harmony remotes, and more  —  With Google's developer conference right around the corner, the search giant wants you to know that its digital assistant is quite proficient at controlling the smart home.
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Amazon abruptly halts construction of new office in Seattle as it escalates fight over proposed city council tax on large companies to build affordable housing  —  Amazon is pausing construction on a new office tower at its Seattle headquarters and may put one of its biggest future office spaces …
The Guardian:
Xiaomi partners with UK's Three to bring its phone to the UK and other European countries, after initially selling phones in Spain in November  —  'China's Apple' turns focus to west and is set to raise $10bn on Hong Kong stock exchange  —  The Smartphone maker Xiaomi will begin selling …
Peggy Sito / South China Morning Post:
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Podcasting app Pocket Casts has been acquired by a collective that includes NPR and will continue to operate as a joint venture  —  One of the best podcast apps just got bought by some of the biggest podcast producers  —  Pocket Casts, widely considered to be one of the best mobile apps …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google opens up Advanced Protection Program, which secures Google services via physical unlock keys, to Apple's native apps like Mail, Calendar, and Contacts  —  Last October, Google launched its Advanced Protection Program for users who want to ensure the highest degree of protection …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Amazon says there are now 40K Alexa Skills, up from 25K in December and 10K in February 2017, and makes in-skill purchases generally available in the US  —  [Photos: Rahul Chakraborty/Unsplash; geralt/Pixabay]  —  Just six months after Amazon revealed the AI-infused Alexa service …
Wall Street Journal:
Some of the 200+ cities Amazon rejected for its HQ2 have begun to make changes based on feedback given by Amazon during rejection phone calls  —  After the retail giant told cities why they didn't become finalists for its second headquarters, some started making changes
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Stack Overflow for Teams launches as a new private section on the public website that lets any group use the Q&A platform internally  —  Stack Overflow today launched Stack Overflow for Teams, a new private section on the public website for developers looking for answers to work-specific questions.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
SoundHound raises $100M from strategic investors including Tencent, Daimler, Hyundai, and others to grow its Houndify voice AI platform  —  As SoundHound looks to leverage its ten-plus years of experience and data to create a voice recognition tool that companies can bake into any platform …
New York Times:
Filing shows executives at Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group, along with the Mercer family, have moved to create a new firm, Emerdata, possibly for “rebranding”  —  The embattled political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica announced on Wednesday that it would cease most operations …

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