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May 9, 2018, 8:05 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.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to let users buy subscriptions to some third-party video services in its TV app, rather than individual apps, starting next year  —  - Strategy in development looks a lot like rival Amazon.com's  —  Apple Inc.'s plan to reinvent cable TV is starting to look a lot like the strategy of its rival Amazon.com Inc.
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:
ZTE filing says it has ceased “major operating activities” after US ban stopping US firms from supplying it tech and that it's working with US to reverse ban  —  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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 10 test build shows a new File Explorer dark mode and cloud clipboard for multi-device copying and pasting, coming to the public later this year  —  Insiders get to test the new changes today  —  Microsoft is testing a new build of Windows 10 today (17666) that includes some new features …
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Yahoo quietly releases Squirrel, an invite-only group chat app, in which conversations within a group can be further divided into rooms for specific topics  —  Chat apps are all the rage these days.  Just ask Google, it can't seem to get enough.  And it looks like Yahoo is the latest to jump …
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.
Melia Robinson / Business Insider:
After Starship Technologies launched delivery robots in San Francisco, the city passed strict regulations causing it to leave, a potential outcome for scooters  —  - In San Francisco, people are fed up with startups trying to disrupt transit.  — As a result, San Francisco officials …

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