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May 10, 2018, 2:20 PM

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Bloomberg:
House Democrats release 3,519 Facebook ads from Russia-linked accounts, spanning 2015 to 2017, showing a coordinated campaign to sow distrust in US politics  —  - House Intelligence Committee Democrats publish 3,519 ads  — Posts targeted specific groups to inflame civil discord
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Reuters:
Apple cancels $1B Irish data center because of delays in the approval process that have stalled the project for more than three years  —  DUBLIN (Reuters) - Apple ditched plans to build an 850 million euro ($1 billion) data center in Ireland because of delays in the approval process …
Craig S. Smith / New York Times:
Researchers say they can embed audio commands to Siri, Alexa, and Google's Assistant in music and spoken text in such a way that humans can't detect them  —  Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Medium abruptly ends feature that let publishers use the platform to collect revenue from their own subscriptions, affecting 21 publishers  —  “Could we have a better metaphor for the way Silicon Valley considers local journalism?" fumed the owner of one of these remaining publications.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google faces pushback after demoing its Duplex service, a voice-based assistant programmed to sound as human as possible, which many found uncanny  —  The most talked-about, futuristic product from Google's developer show isn't even finished yet — and Google hasn't agreed how to do it.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple and Goldman Sachs to partner on Apple Pay branded credit card, coming as soon as early 2019, and on other financial services for Apple customers  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has tapped Goldman Sachs to create a new Apple Pay branded credit card.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Spotify announces a hateful content and conduct policy to distance itself from controversial artists and introduces AudioWatch tool to scan its back catalog  —  Spotify has announced a new hate content and hateful conduct policy as it looks to distance itself from controversial music artists …

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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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