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April 9, 2019, 9:10 AM

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Zheping Huang / South China Morning Post:
China's economic planning body has proposed new rules that would ban all local cryptocurrency mining farms; the rules are under public consultation until May 7  —  Bitcoin, the world's most traded cryptocurrency, is now at around US$5,200, its highest level in four months China's plan …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter lowers the number of accounts a user can follow per day from 1,000 to 400 to cut down on spam and bot activity  —  Twitter just took another big step to help boot spammers off its platform: it's cutting the number of accounts Twitter users can follow, from 1,000 per day to just 400.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft makes developer and “canary” builds of its Chromium-based Edge browser available today for Windows 10 64-bit, says builds for macOS “coming soon”  —  Microsoft today released the first Edge build based on Google's Chromium open source project, the same browser that Google's Chrome is based on.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Ming-Chi Kuo backs off his earlier claim that a ~16" MacBook Pro with an all-new design would launch this year, says a 31" 6K display still expected in mid-2019  —  A few months ago, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlined his expectations for new Apple products in 2019, including a 16" …
Joe Hindy / Android Authority:
Snap is officially rolling out a faster version of its Snapchat Android app, which it's been rebuilding since the beginning of 2018 for better performance  —  Snapchat announced a big move in late 2017.  It was going to fix all of the problems its Android version had in comparison to the iOS version.
David Canellis / The Next Web:
Bitcoin wallet Electrum hit by DoS attack with the attackers apparently directing users to download “backdoored” versions of Electrum to steal their bitcoin  —  The servers of popular Bitcoin wallet Electrum are under heavy attack, and users are advised to be extra careful when using the pl
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram class accounts are used by incoming freshmen to make friends and find roommates, similarly to how teens once used Facebook  —  By the time many college freshmen arrive on campus this fall, they'll have already met their roommate, their core friends, and many of their classmates on Instagram.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Klook, an online activity booking platform for travelers, raises $225M “Series D plus” led by SoftBank's Vision Fund  —  We recently noted that SoftBank's Vision Fund has stepped up its deal-making in Asia this year, and today it added a new company to its roster: travel services platform Klook.
Ajit Mohan / Facebook:
As it preps for India's elections, Facebook says it removes ~1M accounts/day using AI, will open centers on election integrity in Singapore and Dublin this week  —  As Facebook continues to play a larger role in civic discussions and debate, we are committed to working hard to prevent abuse on our services, especially during elections.
Eric Feng:
Study: the App Store's Top 30 popular apps have been available to download for 5+ years on average in 2019, compared to less than two years on average in 2014  —  My current favorite podcast is Hit Parade, by music writer and Billboard chart historian Chris Molanphy at Slate.
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU publishes seven guidelines for developing ethical AI applications including being accountable, sustainable, explainable, privacy-respecting, and unbiased  —  The European Union has published new guidelines on developing ethical AI  —  The European Union today published a set of guidelines …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
PubNub, which develops infrastructure to power data streams for real-time apps and IoT devices, raises $23M Series D  —  PubNub, a startup that develops the infrastructure to power key features in real-time applications and devices covering chat, tracking, and internet of things (IoT) …
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