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April 8, 2019, 7:50 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
With Snap Kit, Snap moves on from being a “Camera company” and becomes a camera platform, enabling developers to embed, not copy, its best features  —  Evan Spiegel has finally found a way to fight back against Mark Zuckerberg's army of clones.  For 2.5 years, Snapchat foolishly tried …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Pinterest sets IPO price range at $15-$17 per share, valuing it at $9.2B at the top of the range, below its last valuation of $12.3B when it raised privately  —  After dropping its IPO filing two weeks ago, today Pinterest, the social media platform where people can discover and share ideas …
More: Axios and Telegraph
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 …
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 …
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft changes the default removal policy for external storage like USB thumb drives in Windows 10 from “Better performance” to “Quick removal”  —  The default removal policy for external storage media was changed by Microsoft in Windows 10 version 1809 from …
BBC:
UK whitepaper proposes “code of best practice” for how internet platforms should deal with harmful content, suggests expanding liability to tech company execs  —  Internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle “online harms” such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse, under government plans.
MSRC:
Microsoft partners with HackerOne, says its bug bounty program awarded $2M+ in 2018, now pays bounties faster, and has increased max rewards from $15K to $50K  —  In 2018 The Microsoft Bounty Program awarded over $2,000,000 to encourage and reward external security research in key technologies to protect our customers.
Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:
Profile of Tencent's Keen Lab which exposed a number of flaws in Tesla Autopilot over the years, most recently by using stickers on lane markings  —  Tencent's Keen Lab has exposed a number of flaws in the advanced driver-assistance system of Tesla Tencent's Keen Lab has exposed a number …

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