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May 29, 2018, 3:42 PM

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Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber's new in-app emergency button that lets riders call 911 assistance goes live across the US  —  Dial 911 directly from the app  —  In April, Uber announced that it would be adding a direct way for riders to call 911 within its app, in an effort to boost its flagging safety reputation.
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:
Apple finally adds stereo pairing to HomePod, four months after its release, as part of iOS 11.4 update that includes AirPlay 2 with multi-room streaming  —  The HomePod smart speaker will finally do what Apple promised it would be able do nearly a year ago: play in multiple rooms simultaneously and in stereo mode.
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Block.one, a Cayman Islands-based firm making a blockchain platform for decentralized apps, is on track to raise $4B+ through a yearlong sale of its EOS tokens  —  Block.one's sale of its EOS digital tokens dwarfs other coin sales—and most of this year's IPOs
Eleanor Ainge Roy / The Guardian:
Papua New Guinea says it will ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on fake users and study how fake news and pornography spreads  —  Analysts will explore how fake news and pornography spreads, and assess whether country needs its own version of the platform
Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook plans to roll out WhatsApp payment services in India as early as next week, despite only three of four launch partners being ready  —  - Was due to start with 4 partners but will press ahead with 3  — Facebook looking to claw market share from Google, Paytm
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
White House says it's proceeding with $50B in tariffs on Chinese exports, list coming June 15, and will impose new limits on Chinese investment in US tech firms  —  President Trump said Tuesday that he would proceed with tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports and introduce new limits …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup Comet, a marketplace for tech and data freelancers, raises $12.8M Series A led by Daphni  —  French startup Comet (not to be confused with Zyl, which was formerly named Comet) is building a marketplace of talented tech and data freelancers as well as companies that are looking …
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