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May 10, 2018, 9:45 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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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.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
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.
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 …
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Spotify removes R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from the service's playlists, including-algorithmically generated ones, as part of new “hateful conduct” policy  —  YOUTUBE  —  Beginning today (May 10), Spotify users will no longer be able to find R. Kelly's music …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Lithium Technologies to shut down Klout website and the Klout score on May 25, is planning a new social impact scoring methodology based on Twitter  —  Klout, the online social influence platform founded way back in 2008, is closing down on May 25.  —  The San Francisco-based startup …
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.
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 …
Jen Wieczner / Fortune:
Free stock trading app Robinhood raises $363M Series D led by DST Global at a $5.6B valuation  —  Robinhood, the free stock trading app, has raised $363 million in a new investment round valuing the company at $5.6 billion.  —  The Series D round, announced Thursday, makes Robinhood …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
FCC says that the Obama-era net neutrality rules from 2015 will end on June 11; Senate may vote as early as next week on whether to reject the FCC repeal  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice Thursday that 2015 landmark U.S. open internet rules will cease around June 10.

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