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May 17, 2018, 1:35 PM

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
YouTube to launch a paid version of YouTube Music next week, at $10/month; YouTube Red will be replaced by YouTube Premium, and it will cost extra  —  YouTube Music is launching Tuesday, and YouTube Red is going away.  It's being replaced by YouTube Premium, and it will cost extra.
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Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Hands-on with the $99.99 Xbox Adaptive Controller, designed for long-neglected video game players with disabilities, on sale later this year  —  Microsoft stumbled into the accessibility market about three years ago, with the launch of the Xbox One Elite controller.
Apple:
Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum for Swift is expanding to schools serving blind and deaf students in the US  —  Apple is teaming up with leading educators for blind and deaf communities across the US to bring accessible coding to their schools.  Beginning this fall …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Google declines to provide the names of hair salon and restaurant used in controversial Google Duplex demo, or say whether the calls were edited  —  Google made headlines by demonstrating an AI-powered voice assistant that made haircut and restaurant reservations, without betraying that it isn't human.
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of 1,450 ICOs finds 271 have red flags including plagiarized white papers, fake execs, promised returns; investors poured $1B+ into these 271 offerings  —  A Wall Street Journal analysis of 1,450 cryptocurrency offerings reveals rampant plagiarism, identity theft and promises of improbable returns
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Senate narrowly votes to block Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality rules; the resolution now 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 …
BuzzFeed:
YouTube's Super Chats, which allow paid comments on live streams, are partially underwriting videos with hate speech; YouTube says it will revisit policies  —  During one livestream, someone using the screen name National Socialist spent $100 to display the message “WHITE PRIDE WORLD WIDE!”
Bloomberg:
Filing: WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum had 2.5M Facebook shares, worth $458M, vest on Tuesday; Koum still owns 4.6M restricted shares, which vest in Aug. and Nov.  —  Jan Koum may be leaving Facebook Inc. but that didn't stop him from getting stock awards this week worth $458 million.

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