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April 11, 2019, 1:55 PM

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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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
In his annual shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos challenges retail rivals to match or raise their minimum wage above Amazon's $15 per hour  —  Target plans to move to $15 per hour by end of 2020 while Walmart lags behind at $11 an hour  —  In his annual letter to shareholders …
Apple:
Apple says it now has 44 suppliers, including Foxconn and TSMC, that have committed to run their Apple production on 100% clean energy  —  Company Spends $2.5 Billion in Environmental Initiatives  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers …
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
Interviews with Wisconsin residents about Foxconn's slow progress with its investments in the state seem to indicate Foxconn has no idea what it's doing  —  Last summer, Foxconn announced a barrage of new projects in Wisconsin — so we went looking for them
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Dutch antitrust authority will examine whether Apple abuses a dominant market position by giving preferential treatment to its own apps, may widen it to Google  —  - Probe focuses on Apple and news apps, may be widened to Google  — EU is separately weighing Spotify complaint on Apple
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
DOJ charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for allegedly assisting Chelsea Manning in an attempt to crack a DOD password  —  For years, it has been publicly reported that Julian Assange offered to help Chelsea Manning break into a classified computer system.
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 …
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:
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John Herrman / New York Times:
Twitter's ephemerality, searchable archive, and the rise of deletion services raises the question: why doesn't Twitter easily let users mass-delete tweets?  —  Twitter borrows most of its best ideas from users.  Except the idea to set our feeds on fire.  —  The most generous interpretation …
Karen Weise / New York Times:
The Pentagon says Amazon and Microsoft are the final candidates for its $10B JEDI contract and that IBM and Oracle didn't meet the minimum requirements  —  The Pentagon said Wednesday that Amazon and Microsoft were the final candidates for a hotly contested $10 billion contract to bring modern cloud computing to the Defense Department.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rasa, which is building an open source platform to design and manage AI chat bots, raises $13M Series A led by Accel  —  Conversational AI and the use of chatbots have been through multiple cycles of hype and disillusionment in the tech world.  You know the story: first you get a launch …
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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Gartner and IDC estimate PC shipments of 58.5M in Q1 2019, with Gartner reporting shipments down 4.6% YoY, and IDC reporting them down 3% YoY  —  The PC market is still in decline, according to research firms Gartner and IDC.  That's nothing new for the duo to agree on, but coincidentally they also …

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