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April 14, 2019, 10:20 AM

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TechCrunch:
Microsoft says a “limited” number of its web email service accounts were breached between Jan. 1 and March 28 using a customer support agent's credentials  —  On the heels of a trove of 773 million emails, and tens of millions of passwords, from a variety of domains getting leaked in January …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / New York Times:
A detailed look at how police forces use “geofence” warrants and Google's Sensorvault location history database to find witnesses and suspects near crime scenes  —  The tech giant records people's locations worldwide.  Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Sources: Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure new games for its Arcade subscription service, with total budget likely to exceed $500M  —  Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure new video games for its forthcoming Arcade subscription service …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
An Illinois bill for banning IoT devices from collecting audio without owners' consent was substantially defanged after lobbying by the Internet Association  —  Lobbyists: Bill would punish even if failure to disclose was “accidental.”  —  On April 10, the Illinois State Senate passed the …
Reuters:
A look at SoftBank's “future of mobility” investments, with $60B now deployed in 40+ companies ranging from ride hailing to delivery robots to self-driving cars  —  (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp leader Masayoshi Son has much bigger ambitions for transportation than simply seeing …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
As the key trial between Apple and Qualcomm starts on Tuesday, a report details the increasingly acrimonious relationship between the company CEOs  —  The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple has grown increasingly tense since it began in early 2017.  A new report from The Wall Street Journal explores …
Hannah Karp / Billboard:
Sources: Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free, ad-supported music service, offering a limited catalog, as early as next week  —  “Alexa, play free music.”  —  Amazon has entered into discussions to launch a free, ad-supported music service, sources familiar with the plan tell Billboard …
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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook accidentally printed messages like “Big Brother is Watching” inside tens of thousands of Oculus Touch controllers, already shipped some to developers  —  - Facebook said it accidentally included cryptic hidden messages in “tens of thousands” of its Oculus Touch virtual-reality controllers.

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