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May 16, 2018, 4:15 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” …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Facebook to let users share voice messages with friends, archive Stories, and save photos and videos from the in-app camera directly to the Facebook cloud  —  All three features are rolling out to India first  —  Facebook, the app you used to use before Instagram, is making three updates …
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Senate narrowly votes to block Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality rules; the resolution next heads to the House, where it faces long odds  —  Senate defies “armies of lobbyists,” but House may help FCC kill net neutrality.  —  The US Senate today voted to reverse the Federal Communications …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple has quietly explored opening a campus in Northern Virginia, to accommodate 20,000 employees, as well as in North Carolina, according to multiple reports  —  For the last several months, Apple has been exploring locations for a new campus focusing on technical support, and according to new reports …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Intel launches OpenVINO toolkit to help developers deploy AI models across a broad range of IoT devices  —  The OpenVINO toolkit should make it easy for developers to deploy AI models across a broad range of IoT devices.  —  Intel on Wednesday is unveiling OpenVINO, a toolkit designed …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
European startup Dashdash, which is developing a spreadsheet-like platform to help less technical people develop apps, raises $8M Series A led by Accel  —  Sometimes I think of spreadsheets as the dirty secret of the IT world today.  We've seen a huge explosion in the number of productivity tools …

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