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May 15, 2018, 9:15 PM

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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 …
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter says it will use thousands of behavioral signals on accounts, not just content of individual tweets, when filtering search, replies, and recommendations  —  Act like a jerk, and Twitter will start limiting how often your tweets show up.  —  On Tuesday, Twitter announced a massive change …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Uber will no longer require arbitration for individual claims of sexual assault or harassment by riders, drivers, staff, but class action suits still disallowed  —  In a surprise move, Uber said on Tuesday it is changing its long-standing policy of mandatory arbitration to exempt employees …
Neer Varshney / The Next Web:
HTC announces plans for Exodus, a “blockchain phone” with secure enclave and universal wallet for easier cryptocurrency trading and better DApp experience  —  HTC is developing a new Android phone that will be powered by blockchain technology.  —  The phone, named Exodus …
Eric Geller / Politico:
White House eliminates cyber coordinator role, meant to harmonize the government's cybersecurity policies, after Rob Joyce's exit, to “streamline authority”  —  The Trump administration has eliminated the White House's top cyber policy role, jettisoning a key position created during …
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Sources: US government identified a former CIA employee as a suspect in last year's Vault 7 leak of a large portion of the CIA's computer hacking arsenal  —  The U.S. government has identified a suspect in the leak last year of a large portion of the CIA's computer hacking arsenal …
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
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google finally adds support for ARCore on Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+  —  Augmented reality technology has gotten much more popular over the past couple of years, and with the arrival of ARCore, it's gotten a whole lot better on Android.  Now, Samsung's latest flagships finally offer support.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp refreshes Groups to let admins more easily manage their Groups and users more quickly catch up on missed messages, to better take on Telegram  —  Facebook just installed its VP of Internet.org as the new head of WhatsApp after its CEO Jan Koum left the company.
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 …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Youth Portal, a site to educate teens on how their data is being used and guidelines on how to post  —  There's probably an important gap in attention being paid at internet companies to young kids that are good targets for parental controls and older ones who are having …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tweetbot 3 for Mac arrives with a new look, a few new features like a combined Notifications view, and a tentative reprieve from Twitter's API deprecations  —  One of the more popular desktop clients for Twitter, Tweetbot, is today launching a completely rewritten version of its software, Tweetbot 3 for Mac.
New York Times:
Sources: DOJ and FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica and “associated US persons”, seeking info from former employees and banks that handled its business  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and the F.B.I. are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct political data firm …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Responding to UK parliament's summons threat, Facebook says Zuckerberg “has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the UK at the present time”  —  Facebook says that it won't send Mark Zuckerberg to the UK to appear before a Parliamentary committee that threatened …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
The new AI-powered Google News app is now available on iOS replacing the Google Play Newsstand app  —  Google said last week at its I/O developer conference that the revamped, artificial intelligence-powered Google News would be arriving on Apple's App Store some time in the next seven days.
Ari Rabinovitch / Reuters:
Israeli government says Intel will invest about $5B in expanding production operations in the country between 2018 and 2020  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Intel Corp said on Tuesday it had submitted plans to expand its production operations in Israel, with the government saying the U.S. chipmaker would invest about $5 billion.

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