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June 4, 2018, 11:54 AM

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New York Times:
Facebook gave 60+ device makers, including Apple, Amazon, and Samsung, deeper access to users' personal info than previously known, through private APIs  —  The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections.
Ime Archibong / Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook says device-integrated APIs allowed vendors to recreate Facebook-like experiences, were governed by strict contracts, and are being faded out  —  The New York Times has today written a long piece about our device-integrated APIs — software we launched 10 years ago to help get Facebook onto mobile devices.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub for $7.5B; Nat Friedman, the founder of Xamarin, to be the new CEO of Github  —  Microsoft is acquiring GitHub.  After reports emerged that the software giant was in talks to acquire GitHub, Microsoft is making it official today.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Asus announces 6" ROG phone with a 90Hz display, a 2.96GHz Snapdragon 845 chip, and gaming accessories including an attachable fan; price and availability TBD  —  This is the latest, zaniest attempt at making gaming phones happen  —  Asus is starting off Computex 2018 on a high-spec note with the announcement of its ROG Phone.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Ticketfly's breach exposed 26M+ email addresses of users, along with home and billing addresses as well as phone numbers, analysis of leaked data shows  —  The data breach of the ticket and event company Ticketfly exposed the email addresses and other personal data of more than 26 million people …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Some political ads slipped or bypassed Facebook's new restrictions for disclosure and authorization in California's Fourth Congressional District primary  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Regina Bateson had just finished an Easter egg hunt with her children on April 1 when her phone started buzzing.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
TransferWise to partner with BPCE Groupe, France's second largest bank with ~15M customers, to integrate its API within the bank's mobile apps from early 2019  —  TransferWise might be best known for its international money transfer app, but the European fintech unicorn has always had ambitions …
Timothy Geigner / Techdirt:
Federal judge approves class action status for Illinois residents that claim Facebook has violated the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act  —  The last time we discussed Illinois' Biometric Information Pirvacy Act, a 2008 law that gives citizens in the state rights governing …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Verificado 2018, a fact checking service for Mexico's elections, where WhatsApp users send in information to verify and receive individual replies  —  “Instead of using broadcast to spread our debunks, we opted for an individual relationship.”  —  The growing stream of reporting …

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