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May 15, 2018, 11:35 AM

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Alistair Barr / Bloomberg:
Tim Cook says he urged President Trump to fix the DACA immigration issue in a recent White House meeting, and told him tariffs were the wrong approach to China  —  - Cook urged fixing DACA immigration issue in Trump meeting  — Apple ups buybacks because stock is ‘good value,’ Cook says
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Uber will no longer require mandatory arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or harassment by riders, drivers, or employees  —  In a surprise move, Uber said on Tuesday it is changing its long-standing policy of mandatory arbitration to exempt employees, drivers, and riders in cases of sexual harassment and assault.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Microsoft provides a peek at Surface Hub 2: 50.5-inch Teams-powered tablet with a 4K+ display that can rotate into a portrait mode, due in 2019  —  Remember the Surface Hub?  You probably don't.  Unlike Microsoft's other PCs — the Surface Pro, Book, Laptop and Studio …
The Guardian:
Facebook releases first content moderation report: 583M fake accounts closed in Q1 2018, action taken on almost 1.5B accounts and 2.5M instances of hate speech  —  Firm's first quarterly moderation report also shows scale of spam, hate speech and violence  —  Facebook took moderation action …
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Coinbase launches Coinbase Custody, a service for safekeeping of cryptocurrencies aimed at Wall Street financial institutions  —  Another indication that the finance industry and the crypto community could use each other's help.  —  The cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is making …
Wall Street Journal:
Kaspersky Lab says it will relocate some core operations from Russia to Switzerland, after US and UK intelligence agencies expressed concern about interference  —  Russian antivirus-software company will set up a new data center in Zurich by late 2019  —  Russian antivirus-software company …
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
Amazon says it is disappointed after Seattle passes smaller “head tax” on large companies to build affordable housing, resumes work on Block 18 office building  —  Updated below with Amazon statement.  —  The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a smaller version of the controversial …
Lily Katz / Bloomberg:
At CoinDesk's Consensus crypto conference in NYC, with 100+ sponsors, Lamborghinis cruise the streets and gimmicks include staged protests by mock bankers  —  John Nouri makes a living renting out exotic cars for weddings, birthdays, bachelorette parties, and now ... Bitcoin conferences?
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
As SCOTUS kills law that banned gambling on sports in most states, media firms with exposure to sports streaming events, including online betting firms, win big  —  Whoever had the over on DraftKings' boss Jason Robins and FanDuel chief executive Matt King being given a potential billion dollar windfall …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google revamps consumer storage plans, now called Google One, adds $3/month tier for 200 GB, drops 2 TB price to $10/month, and adds free product tech support  —  Google is revamping its consumer storage plans today by adding a new $2.99/month tier for 200 GB of storage and dropping the price …
New Scientist:
Investigation: data collected by Facebook quiz myPersonality was shared with researchers over insecure site, leaving 3M+ users' details vulnerable for 4 years  —  Data from millions of Facebook users who used a popular personality app, including their answers to intimate questionnaires …
Anne Davies / The Guardian:
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
The trio trying to strengthen data privacy rights with California Consumer Privacy Act: a real estate developer, an ex-CIA analyst, and a finance industry exec  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says ~85% of new spending to go toward original content, plans to have about 1,000 originals total by the end of 2018  —  Netflix is sharply steering its new content spending toward original projects, with around 85% of new spending going toward original TV shows …
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tesla engineers discussed adding eye tracking and better sensors to Autopilot to help alert drivers, were rejected over tech's ineffectiveness and cost  —  Executives rejected adding more tech warnings to inattentive drivers, due to concerns over effectiveness and costs

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