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April 7, 2019, 5:55 PM

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Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Following Anthem's rough launch, current and former BioWare employees say its development was hampered by EA's Frostbite engine and poor leadership  —  It wasn't even supposed to be called Anthem.  Just days before the annual E3 convention in June of 2017, when the storied studio BioWare …
CNBC:
After a NY Post report that Morgan Stanley offered Lyft's pre-IPO investors a short-selling product, Lyft sends a letter threatening to sue the investment bank  —  - In a letter sent to Morgan Stanley on April 2, Lyft questioned the firm about its role in helping market certain products …
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Arielle Pardes / Wired:
Founder of Change My View subreddit, which has 700K+ subscribers, launches Change A View, a site with paid moderators and some funding from Alphabet's Jigsaw  —  A FEW MONTHS shy of his high school graduation, Kal Turnbull came to a realization: Conversations on the internet are broken.
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How fraud-detection services like Sift and SecureAuth use thousands of signals and opaque algorithms to generate user-trustworthiness scores  —  When you're logging in to a Starbucks account, booking an Airbnb or making a reservation on OpenTable, loads of information about you is crunched instantly …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Netflix says it pulled AirPlay support because it is technically unable to ensure a good enough user experience on 3rd party devices now getting AirPlay 2  —  A “technical limitation”  —  With no warning and little explanation, Netflix has removed the easiest way to sling its shows from one Apple device to another: AirPlay.
Foreign Policy:
How Huawei, once an upstart using licensed and sometimes stolen tech to undercut rivals, became a telecom infrastructure juggernaut during the 4G upgrade cycle  —  The same year, Huawei landed an even bigger and more unexpected contract to completely rebuild and replace Norway's mobile phone network …
The Guardian:
UK regulator launches investigation into auto-renewal, cancellation, and refund practices of online gaming services from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft  —  CMA examines auto-renewal terms for Switch, PlayStation and Xbox subscriptions  —  The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) …
Bloomberg:
As Google disbands its external AI ethics board, a look at its internal AI ethics council comprising of senior execs and led by its chief legal officer  —  A board filled with internal executives raises questions about accountability  —  Two weeks ago, Google established an external panel …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: 69% of Americans use social media at least once a day, 82% believe it wastes their time, 55% think it spreads lies and falsehoods, 57% say “it divides us”  —  A sizable majority say social media does more to divide the country than unite it, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

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