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May 23, 2018, 10:30 PM

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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Cisco's Talos cyber intelligence unit says 500K+ routers in dozens of countries have been infected by Russia-linked malware and could be used to attack Ukraine  —  (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) on Wednesday warned that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices …
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Facebook outlines new steps to combat false news: request for academic proposals to study it on Facebook, release of a 12-minute film, and news literacy program  —  NEWS FEED, THE algorithm that powers the core of Facebook, resembles a giant irrigation system for the world's information.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Sources: Apple signed deal with Volkswagen to use vans as autonomous staff shuttles, wanted to partner with BMW and Mercedes-Benz on all-electric autonomous car  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple had already curtailed its grand vision for disrupting the automotive industry by building its own self-driving car.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Internal email from Uber executive Eric Meyhofer says it has decided to wind down self-driving tests in Arizona, following pedestrian death  —  “We intend to drive in a much more limited way,” Uber executive writes.  —  Uber is shutting down testing of self-driving cars in Arizona …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Apple says it will partially refund customers with iPhone 6 or later that paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements in 2017 by giving them $50 credit  —  Apple said today it'll refund customers who paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements on their iPhone 6 or later devices between January 1st, 2017 and December 28th, 2017.
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
District court judge rules President Trump can't block people from viewing his Twitter feed, calling it a designated public forum protected by First Amendment  —  A federal district court judge on Wednesday ruled that President Trump can't block people from viewing his Twitter feed.
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Facebook says users can now use dedicated hardware or code-generating apps for two-factor authentication without having to register their phone number  —  Facebook users who want extra account security but don't want to share their phone number with the company can now lock down their accounts …
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 …
Reuters:
France's Macron meets with executives from the world's biggest tech companies, including Satya Nadella and Mark Zuckerberg, to talk investment, tax, and more  —  PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron told executives from the world's biggest technology firms on Wednesday that he wanted innovation …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Marketplace adds home service professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others in partnership with Handy, HomeAdvisor, and more  —  Facebook is entering the home services market.  Starting today, U.S. Facebook users browsing the Facebook Marketplace will be able …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The FCC's Ajit Pai has repeatedly evaded answers and refused to respond to questions from members of Congress, 13 Democrats say in new letter seeking responses  —  Thirteen members of Congress have written to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai criticizing his “repeated evasive responses to our inquiries” …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
The Google Lens update announced at Google I/O is rolling out, with ability to search in real time by pointing camera at objects, smart text selection, and more  —  At I/O 2018, Google detailed a big update to Google Lens a year after first announcing it.  In addition to a new design …
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