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May 23, 2018, 9:50 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's manufacturing partner TSMC has started mass production of 7nm processors for iPhones launching later this year  —  - More-efficient 7-nanometer processors coming later this year  — Samsung is also working on the next-generation chip technology
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI's claim that investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year is inflated; sources say number likely between 1,000-2,000  —  The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
In European Parliament, Zuckerberg was barraged with questions on Facebook's power and conduct, but the format let him cherry-pick the ones he wanted to answer  —  Mark Zuckerberg got to cherry-pick the questions he wanted to answer from EU Parliament after it spent an hour taking turns rattling off queries …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Civil rights groups concerned as FOIA request shows cities' law enforcement adopted Amazon's Rekognition facial recognition tech without prior public discourse  —  Amazon has been providing facial recognition tools to law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Orlando for only a few dollars a month …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches privacy portal where users can download a copy of all data Apple associates with their account, starting in EU and rolling out worldwide later  —  Apple has today launched its new Data and Privacy website, allowing Apple users to download everything that Apple personally associates …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
HTC announces 6-inch U12+ with Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 display, dual cameras, pressure-sensitive buttons and sides, available for preorder today starting at $799  —  ‘Live on the Edge’ for $799  —  Even by the sieve-like standards of most smartphone launches, the HTC U12 Plus has suffered …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft says it will spend $100M on a network of driver support centers, where they can get low-cost oil changes, basic vehicle maintenance, and car washes  —  Lyft driver “hubs” include discounted car washes and oil changes, as well as clean bathrooms  —  Lyft announced today plans …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Average tenure of Facebook's top 14 execs is more than 9 years, most have been at Facebook since before its IPO, few top execs have left despite controversies  —  This month was the perfect month to leave Facebook.  —  The social giant, which has been under fire over the past 18 months …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
A look at Kaspersky Lab's SAS conference, where the company showcases its best research while entertaining competitors and reporters, amid its ongoing crisis  —  We went to Kaspersky Lab's SAS conference, where the controversial Russian anti-virus firm showcases its best research …
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Twitter announces it is killing off its apps for Xbox, Roku, and Android TV on May 24  —  Probably for the best  —  Today Twitter announced it is killing off several of its apps, including Twitter for Android TV, Twitter for Roku, and Twitter for Xbox.  —  Twitter for Xbox allowed …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup Platform.sh raises $34M Series C led by Partech to simplify cloud deployment  —  French startup Platform.sh has raised a $34 million funding round.  The company wants to help you manage your cloud infrastructure by handling the most tedious part of the job.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eMarketer: Starbucks' mobile payment service had 20.7M US users in 2017, over Apple Pay's 19.9M and Google Pay's 9.3M, and is expected to keep outpacing them  —  People really love getting their coffee more quickly.  Starbucks, which has operated its own mobile payments service since 2011 …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Uber expands Partner Protection, its accident insurance and medical cover, across Europe  —  Uber has been slowly rolling out free insurance products to its drivers and delivery persons in Europe.  The company is announcing that its contractors will get better coverage in 21 European countries.

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