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April 5, 2019, 9:00 AM

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Kelsey Piper / Vox:
Google says it is dissolving its week-old AI ethics board, following controversy over several of the board members  —  The controversial panel lasted just a little over a week.  —  This week, Vox and other outlets reported that Google's newly created AI ethics board was falling apart amid controversy …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is readying AirPods-like wireless earbuds with built-in Alexa for as early as the second half of this year  —  - Company plans wireless earbuds for second half of this year  — Move is attempt to take Alexa mobile after flopped Fire phone
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Ian Goodfellow, known as the father of an AI approach known as generative adversarial networks, has joined Apple in a director role, coming from Google  —  - Ian Goodfellow joined Apple's Special Projects Group as a director of machine learning last month.  — Prior to Google …
Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Microsoft is investigating sexual harassment and discrimination claims that some workers say HR overlooked after women shared stories in a long email chain  —  In a far-reaching email chain within Microsoft, women have shared stories of sexual harassment and discrimination …
Washington Post:
Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, announce a divorce settlement that will leave him with 75% of their Amazon stock and all voting power  —  In a tweet Thursday, MacKenzie Bezos said that her divorce from Jeff Bezos was finalized and that she would give her ex-husband voting control of her Amazon shares.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google pilots a row of ads on the Android TV home screen of Sony smart TVs, NVIDIA Shield TV, others; users say they cannot disable the ads  —  Users are reportedly not enjoying Google's “pilot program.”  —  Google is trying out a new “Pilot Program” that puts a row of advertisements on the Android TV home screen.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat debuts Snap Games platform that lets users play real-time multiplayer games with six-second unskippable ads and rewards  —  Snap is unlocking a new revenue stream while giving you something to do in between chats and Stories.  Today Snapchat debuts its Snap Games platform that lets …
Sam Kim / Bloomberg:
Samsung says it expects Q1 operating income of $5.5B, down 60% YoY, its worst drop in more than four years, as chip prices fall and smartphone sales slow  —  - Chip buyers working through inventories, pushing prices down  — Sluggish smartphone demand also hurts bottom line at Samsung
Mike Fortin / Windows Experience Blog:
Starting with the May 2019 Update, Windows 10 will no longer auto install feature updates and will let users pause updates for up to 35 days  —  While regular updates are critical to keeping modern devices secure and running smoothly in a diverse and dynamic ecosystem, we have heard clear feedback …

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