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April 8, 2019, 2:20 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Katie Fustich / Built In Colorado:
Cybersecurity startup deepwatch raises $23M Series A to fuel expansion and R&D, says it's grown to 130 employees and over 100 customers  —  On Wednesday, Denver-based deepwatch announced it has secured $23 million in a Series A funding round.  The cybersecurity provider will use …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Automotive company Lear acquires connected-car software maker Xevo, which runs an in-car e-commerce platform called Xevo Market, for $320M  —  Global automotive giant Lear today announced that it will acquire Seattle-area connected car startup Xevo for $320 million.

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