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April 9, 2019, 8:10 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 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
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sonos and Ikea unveil a $179 Symfonisk table lamp and a $99 bookshelf speaker, both of which can be controlled with Sonos' app, shipping in August  —  The lamp speaker and a bookshelf speaker are coming in August  —  Sonos and Ikea have fully unveiled the pair of speakers that the two companies have collaborated on for years.
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 …
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Jake Bright / TechCrunch:
Branch, which gives loans starting at $2 in emerging markets like India and Kenya, raises $170M, partners with Visa to offer virtual pre-paid debit cards  —  The San Francisco-based startup Branch International, which makes small personal loans in emerging markets, has raised $170 million and announced
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