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May 16, 2018, 11:30 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Microsoft is planning to release a line of lower-cost 10-inch Surface tablets, priced at ~$400, with USB-C as soon as the second half of 2018  —  - Tablets priced about $400 prepped for second half of 2018  — Surface computers now compete with PCs, Apple's IPad Pro
Alexander J Martin / Sky News:
European Parliament president says Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will give evidence to the European Parliament in person as early as next week  —  Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook's use of data.  —  The hearing will “hopefully” …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google partially rolls back autoplay-blocking update in Chrome 66 after it disabled audio for many web-based games, urges developers to update before October  —  Google is partially and temporarily rolling back a recent Chrome change that blocked autoplaying audio, after web developers complained …
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 …
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Huawei launches Honor 10 with 5.84" 19:9 LCD 2280×1080 display, Kirin 970 and dedicated NPU, and 24MP + 16MP dual-camera, available in Europe from €399  —  In a world filled with rectangular blocks with displays, it takes a large effort to differentiate.
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.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Sources: US government identified a former CIA employee as a suspect in last year's CIA Vault 7 computer hacking arsenal leak but was unable to bring charges  —  The U.S. government has identified a suspect in the leak last year of a large portion of the CIA's computer hacking arsenal …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram app code reveals a Usage Insights dashboard that displays “time spent”, an emoji bar, and replies to comments from notifications  —  Instagram may be jumping into the time well spent movement, following the unveiling of Google's new time management controls last week.
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 …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Tencent Q1 earnings beat expectations with revenues of ~$11.5B, up 48% YoY, net profit of ~$3.65B, up 61% YoY driven by its booming games business  —  Tencent reported first quarter earnings on Wednesday that beat market expectations, fueled by its booming gaming business.
Dan Frommer / Recode:
Circle raises another $110M in round led by Bitmain, pushing its valuation up to almost $3B, says it's launching USD Coin, a new product tied to US dollar value  —  The company is also launching a new “USD Coin” tied to the value of the U.S. dollar.  —  Circle, a cryptocurrency startup led …

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