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April 10, 2019, 5:35 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.
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.
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Over 3,500 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 …
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 …
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?
Bloomberg:
Sources: Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is planning deep cuts to its workforce, cutting some teams by half; report suggests layoffs will cut workforce by 8%  —  - It's said to be considering slashing some teams by up to half  — E-commerce giant is said to be reneging on some contracts
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Sources: the next major version of macOS will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps alongside a redesigned Books app  —  During the “It's show time” event in late March, Apple announced that the TV app would be coming to the Mac soon.  This naturally sparked discussions …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Kaspersky researcher identifies sophisticated new spyware, dubbed TajMahal, that went undetected for five years and is from an as-yet unknown source  —  IT'S NOT EVERY day that security researchers discover a new state-sponsored hacking group.  Even rarer is the emergence of one whose spyware …
Steve Blank:
Emergence of growth capital, delayed IPOs, and founders taking Restricted Stock Awards has upended the social contract of giving startup employees stock options  —  A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Business Review  —  VC's have just changed the ~50-year old social contract with startup employees.
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 …
Reuters:
Sources: Uber to sell ~$10B worth of stock at $90B-$100B valuation in IPO, will make S-1 public Thursday, begin roadshow late April, and start trading early May  —  (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc has decided it will seek to sell around $10 billion worth of stock in its initial public offering …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple Podcasts on the web gets an overhaul, with a new design, support for web playback, individual episode details, dedicated podcasts.apple.com URLs, and more  —  Apple this week has overhauled the web interface for Apple Podcasts.  The new design is much cleaner and easier to navigate …

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