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May 7, 2018, 4:20 AM

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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Christopher Wylie describes in detail how Cambridge Analytica used ML and Facebook data to micro target US voters, creating 253 predictions per profiled record  —  Whistleblower Christopher Wylie explains the science behind Cambridge Analytica's mission to transform surveys and Facebook data into a political messaging weapon
The Guardian:
Sources: Cambridge Analytica said it had completely wiped Facebook user data in 2016, which may be true, but it retained models derived from that data into 2017  —  Exclusive: Social network failed to make firm delete valuable models derived from data until campaign was over
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
UK regulator orders Cambridge Analytica to hand over data it has on a US voter who brought a complaint, including how the data was obtained and how it was used  —  In landmark cross-border decision, Information Commissioner's Office gives company 30 days to comply with David Carroll's request
Nick Statt / The Verge:
What to expect at Google I/O 2018: updates to Assistant, Home, and Material Design, more details on Android P, Wear OS, Google News, Chromecast gaming, and more  —  Google's annual developer conference will be a jam-packed affair about the future of Android, AI, and the smart home
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
After opsec errors, researchers link many hacker groups active for a decade and previously thought to be independent, to China's govt, name them Winnti Umbrella  —  Though sloppy at times, Winnti Umbrella remain advanced and extremely prolific.  —  Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers …
Mishaal Rahman / XDA Developers:
New code in AOSP suggests Android P will restrict apps from monitoring phone's network activity, a serious privacy hole, but only for apps targeting Android P  —  But it only affects apps targeting Android P  —  A years-old privacy flaw will finally be coming to an end on Android.
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Yoko Kubota / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China-run Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund is poised to announce $47.4B fund to invest in Chinese chip firms  —  Fund would be used to improve China's ability to design and manufacture advanced microprocessors  —  BEIJING—In a move that could further heighten tensions with the U.S. …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
A look at what Hollywood insiders are using cryptocurrencies for: investing, financing and distributing films, and, in one instance, a plot point in a romcom  —  It's little shock the volatile virtual currency has the attention of entertainment industry speculators (and their wary business managers) …

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