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April 10, 2019, 8:45 PM

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Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Google says any Android device running 7.0 or later can now be used as a security key for two-factor authentication  —  An advanced form of two-factor authentication  —  Google announced today that any phone running Android 7 or higher can now be used as a physical security key …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Google announces G Suite updates: Assistant can now integrate with calendars, live captions in Hangouts Meet, and improved support for Office files  —  Voice assistants are moving into the office, prompting Google to integrate its Google Assistant technology with G Suite customer calendars.
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Wired:
Facebook rolls out multiple changes to combat the spread of disinformation: demoting untrustworthy sources in News Feed, changes to how Groups work, and more  —  FACEBOOK IS TRYING to redefine authoritativeness on the internet as part of its efforts to fight the spread of misinformation and abuse on its platforms.
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Over 4,200 Amazon employees publicly call on the company to give clear commitments on tackling climate change, the largest staff-driven movement thus far  —  SEATTLE — Employees at big tech companies have pushed back against their employers for working with the military and law enforcement offices …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
During a hearing, Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz continue to say big tech companies are stifling conservative speech even as experts say no evidence exists  —  Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday pilloried Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations they censor conservative users …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Leaked recording: Amazon's senior VP of physical stores says Go will start accepting “additional payment mechanisms”, including cash, in the future  —  - Amazon's Steve Kessel, who runs physical stores, said last month that the company plans to add “additional payment mechanisms” to its Go stores.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile announces TVision Home, a rebrand of Layer3 TV, offering home TV streaming with 150+ channels for $90+/month  —  T-Mobile today officially unveiled its forthcoming home TV service, which will now be known as TVision Home.  The service is the rebranding of Layer3 TV …
Bloomberg:
Sources describe Amazon Alexa's AI-training process, where workers transcribing voice clips see customer account numbers and hear private conversations  —  Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV is raising its price to $50 per month for all customers, a 25% to 43% increase depending on their existing package  —  - Ex-NFL Star Trevor Pryce, Creator of ‘Kulipari,’ Pacts With Cinedigm to Launch OTT Network (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Thought you were getting a price break with an over-the-top TV package?
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Coinbase launches Coinbase Card, a Visa debit card for UK customers to spend cryptocurrencies in-store and online, will expand to other EU countries in months  —  When you buy cryptocurrencies on Coinbase, many users simply don't know what to do with them.  Customers in the U.K …
Financial Times:
Microsoft has worked with a Chinese military-run university on AI research, publishing three papers, which could be used for surveillance and censorship  —  Microsoft has worked with a Chinese military-run university on artificial intelligence research that could be used for surveillance and censorship …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
FireEye uncovers second critical infrastructure site affected with dangerous Triton malware, which is linked to a Russian government-backed research institute  —  Use of game-changing Triton malware to target safety systems isn't an isolated incident.  —  Sixteen months ago …

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