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May 25, 2018, 1:25 PM

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David Meyer / Fortune:
Digital privacy activist Max Schrems files official GDPR complaints against Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram over forced consent  —  Europe's sweeping new data privacy regime came into effect this morning, and privacy activists are not wasting time in flexing their muscles.
BBC:
Some US news sites like the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune restrict access from EU as GDPR goes into effect  —  Some high-profile US news websites are temporarily unavailable in Europe after new EU data protection rules came into effect.  —  The Chicago Tribune and LA Times were among …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Essential, a startup co-founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, is considering selling itself and has canceled development of a new smartphone  —  - Company cancels development of second version of smartphone  — Startup has spent over $100 million on product development
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple wins $538.6M from Samsung in iPhone patent retrial: $533.3M for infringement of Apple's design patents and $5.3M for infringement of its utility patents  —  Nearly six years after a federal jury awarded Apple over $1 billion in damages against Samsung for infringing on iPhone design patents …
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon says the Echo that recorded a private discussion interpreted background conversation as action confirmation, leading to recording and sending to contact  —  A couple says their device secretly recorded a private conversation of theirs and sent it to an acquaintance.
Gary Horcher / KIRO:
Marie Mawad / Bloomberg:
Facebook's chief AI scientist Yann LeCun says company is designing its own energy-efficient chips to help with analyzing and filtering live video content  —  - Company is working on more energy-efficient semiconductors  — AI scientist LeCun says more software cos working on hardware
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Unsealed indictment shows federal prosecutors have charged three men with crimes related to December death of a Kansas man fatally shot in a swatting prank  —  Gamers charged with obstruction for deleting possibly incriminating messages.  —  Federal prosecutors have unsealed an indictment …
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
YouTube Music review: easy to use with an excellent home screen and recommendation engine but confusing price structure and missing power user features  —  After years of false starts, YouTube is now serious about music streaming  —  YouTube Music, the video service's first full-fledged …
Richard Lai / Engadget:
HTC's Vive Focus VR system update adds ability to receive calls, notifications, and messages from the U12+ and other HTC phones via a Vive companion app  —  Even though the Vive Focus won't be available outside of China until later this year, it's already getting a major update which will make it a lot more versatile.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Pinterest revenues were up 58% in 2017 to $473M; company now has almost 250M monthly active users  —  - Online image service has almost 250 million monthly users  — Predictable revenue growth is an important step before IPO  —  Pinterest Inc. sales jumped 58 percent …
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City Attorney of San Francisco:
San Francisco announces new regulations requiring scooter startups like Lime, Spin, and Bird, to halt operations by June 4 and apply for permits by June 7  —  New city law halting unpermitted scooter operations in effect June 4, scooter permitting system now activated
Sean Hollister / CNET:
Valve says Apple revoked its approval of the Steam Link app for iOS due to “business conflicts with app guidelines” and denied Valve's appeal  —  So much for easily playing PC games on your iPhone.  —  If you were hoping to stream PC games from your powerful gaming rig to your iPhone or iPad …
Facebook:
Facebook will check images and text, who is being targeted, and any linked websites in issue ads as it begins to apply new policies  —  Political advertising serves an important purpose.  It helps candidates share their views with the public more broadly, and it can help encourage people to get involved in the political process.
Rob Leathern / Facebook:

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