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May 9, 2018, 4:10 PM

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Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Walmart agrees to buy a majority stake of about 77% in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart for ~$16B, says its long-term goal is to see Flipkart publicly listed  —  - Walmart said on Wednesday that it would acquire an initial stake of roughly 77 percent in Flipkart.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple starts cracking down on apps that violate its guidelines by sharing location data with third-parties without explicit user consent  —  Over the last few days, Apple has seemingly started cracking down on applications that share location data with third-parties.
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:
ZTE says in filing that it has ceased “major operating activities” following US ban on US companies supplying tech and is working with US government  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - ZTE Corp's (0763.HK)(000063.SZ) main business operations have ceased due to a ban imposed by the U.S. government …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Smoothness of Google's AI-based demonstrations at I/O and “Make Google Do It” campaign mask the reality: users will need to give up more information and agency  —  In the middle of its Tuesday morning I/O presentation, Google played an audio recording of what was essentially an AI-powered crank call.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Researcher finds Signal messages delivered on Mac stay in Notification Center, even when set to self-destruct, complete with message content and sender's name  —  If you use the Signal desktop app, be careful with your notification settings.  —  When it comes to protecting your messages …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Amazon Experience Centers, hosted inside Lennar's model home demos across the US, to showcase smart home devices, Dash Buttons, and more  —  Last week, we reported on how Amazon was leveraging a new relationship with home builder Lennar to expand its smart home business …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft's May 2018 Patch Tuesday fixes 68 security issues, 21 of them critical, including one being actively exploited to hack users  —  Latest Patch Tuesday included 68 fixes, 21 of them rated “critical.”  —  Microsoft on Tuesday patched two Windows vulnerabilities that attackers …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Reddit, Pornhub, Tumblr, Etsy, and others support Red Alert for Net Neutrality project as Sen. Ed Markey attempts to force a vote on reinstating the rules  —  Reddit, Pornhub, Tumblr, and other companies are supporting an upcoming net neutrality vote with a new publicity campaign.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Glassdoor to be acquired by Japanese HR giant Recruit Holdings for $1.2B, will remain a “distinct and separate part” of Recruit's HR technology business segment  —  Job review site Glassdoor has agreed to be acquired for $1.2 billion by Japanese HR giant Recruit Holdings Co.
Peter Cao / 9to5Mac:
Steam says its Steam Link and Steam Video services, which allows for streaming of games, are coming to iOS devices starting the week of May 21  —  Steam announced today that it will be rolling out its Steam Link and Steam Video apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV soon.
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Google bans all adverts related to Irish abortion referendum on its platforms, following a similar move by Facebook  —  The decision will mean an end to advertisements relating to the referendum appearing alongside Google results and on YouTube during the final fortnight of the campaign.
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Google debuts ARCore 1.2 with Sceneform SDK, Augmented Images, and Cloud Anchors, which enables collaboration between multiple ARCore device users via the cloud  —  At the 2018 Google I/O today, Daydream product manager Nathan Martz introduced ARCore 1.2, a new version of the company's …

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