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May 11, 2018, 5:25 PM

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Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Snap begins rolling out redesign to “majority” of iOS users that undoes some previous changes, like putting Snaps and Chats back in chronological order  —  It's currently rolling out to ‘the majority’ of iOS users  —  Snapchat says it is currently rolling out yet another redesign to its app to iOS users.
Rani Molla / Recode:
YouGov survey finds Snapchat brand's user sentiment declined 73% among US consumers aged 18-34 following redesign; satisfaction levels similarly declined  —  Their opinion of Snapchat's brand has taken a major hit.  —  Snapchat users have a much more negative view of the brand since Snap redesigned the app in January.
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Facebook is exploring creation of its own cryptocurrency to facilitate payments among its users, but the plans will likely take years to materialize  —  Facebook is exploring the creation of its own cryptocurrency, a virtual token that would allow its billions of users around the world …
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / New York Times:
Securus Technologies, service provider to law enforcement, can locate any US phone in seconds, some say without proper vetting of requests  —  Thousands of jails and prisons across the United States use a company called Securus Technologies to provide and monitor calls to inmates.
William Malcolm / The Keyword:
As part of GDPR compliance, Google updates its privacy policy for more clarity, improves controls to manage your data, adds more services under data portability  —  Last year, we outlined Google's commitment to comply with Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) …
Mishaal Rahman / XDA Developers:
Google's head of Android platform security says Google has started to include the requirements for security patching into its OEM agreements  —  At the annual Google I/O developer conference, the company holds several sessions about updates to the Android platform.
David Ruiz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Lawmakers introduce a bipartisan bill, The Secure Data Act, which aims to block government from mandating encryption backdoors  —  This welcome piece of legislation reflects much of what the community of encryption researchers, scientists, developers, and advocates have explained for decades …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Facebook exec says company will build an API for machine-readable access to info on ads in political-ad archive, but researchers worry that may not be enough  —  Time and again, when facing criticism about Facebook's role in elections, the company's executives have promised to provide maximal transparency …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Luminary Media raises $40M; sources say it plans to launch subscription service for premium podcasts, has begun to strike licensing deals with podcast creators  —  The newly created venture has raised $40 million from New Enterprise Associates and others to enter the rapidly expanding realm of podcasting and audio.

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