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May 16, 2018, 3:10 PM

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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Hacker breaches Securus, a controversial firm enabling real-time warrantless cell location tracking for cops, and gives access to clients' data to reporter  —  A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.
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” …
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Sources: Apple has quietly explored opening a campus in Northern Virginia to accomodate 20,000 employees, with state officials proposing several sites  —  Apple has quietly explored the idea of opening a campus for 20,000 employees in Northern Virginia, further advancing the possibility …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter delays shutdown of legacy APIs from June 19 to August 16, as it launches its replacement  —  Twitter is giving developers more time to adjust to its API platform overhaul, which has affected some apps' ability to continue operating in the same fashion.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
With GDPR imminent, investigation finds Facebook lacks privacy controls for information inferred about users, including sensitive details used in ad targeting  —  Social network categorises users based on inferred interests such as Islam or homosexuality  —  Facebook allows advertisers …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Investigation shows buying fake Facebook accounts is easy and affordable; one seller says there are always thousands in stock as marketplaces thrive  —  Thirty minutes and a little bitcoin can buy you an army of believable Facebook users.  —  Audrey Mitchell is a 23-year-old New York City transplant from London.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Hands-on with OnePlus 6, coming May 22: 19:9 ratio 6.28" AMOLED display and a small notch, starting at $529 for 6GB RAM/64GB model, $629 for 8GB RAM/256GB  —  It's been only six months since the launch of the OnePlus 5T, but today the company is pushing out a new device that both packs …
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 …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Sources: US cybersecurity company Tanium raises $175M at a ~$5B valuation from TPG Growth, marking its third investment in the firm  —  (Reuters) - TPG's growth investment arm has raised its stake in Tanium Inc with a $175 million investment, valuing the U.S. cyber security start-up at about $5 billion …
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Dan Primack / Axios:
European online gaming firm Paddy Power Betfair says it's in talks to buy FanDuel, source says for $600M-$700M, a day after SCOTUS killed ban on sports gambling  —  European online gaming company Paddy Power Betfair confirmed that it is in talks to acquire FanDuel, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck …
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.
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.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
San Francisco-based Parsable raises $40M Series C led by Future Fund to expand its platform that aims to digitize documents used by industrial workers  —  As we increasingly hear about automation, artificial intelligence and robots taking away industrial jobs, Parsable …

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