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April 16, 2019, 9:00 AM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
YouTube showed a link and description of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as part of its fact checking, underneath live streams of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire  —  A fire has broken out at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral today, and as you'd expect, many news networks are offering live coverage of the breaking situation.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Hulu has repurchased AT&T's 9.5% stake in the business for $1.43B, giving Hulu a valuation of $15B; Disney said in November that Hulu was worth $9.26B  —  - Hulu bought back AT&T's 9.5 percent stake in the entity for $1.43 billion, valuing the streaming company at $15 billion.
Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Satya Nadella says that Microsoft is making changes to how HR investigates incidents, creates an Employee Advocacy Team to help staff through complaint process  —  Microsoft employees have been telling executives in recent weeks how workplace harassment and discrimination has pervaded unchecked throughout …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook will discontinue P2P payments in Messenger in the UK and France on June 15; the service will remain active in the US  —  Facebook is pulling away from its ambitions to provide peer-to-peer money transfers via Messenger in Europe.  Today, the company announced that it would be discontinuing …
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Megha Mandavia / The Economic Times:
Sources: Indian government has asked Apple and Google to take down TikTok from their app stores, following a Madras High Court order to ban the app  —  MeitY's order will stop further downloads, but people who already the app will be able to still use it.  —  BENGALURU: Google and Apple …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Canalys analysts forecast that the installed base of smart speakers will grow 82.4% YoY from 114M units in 2018 to 207.9M in 2019  —  Smart speakers' global installed base is on track to top 200 million by the end of this year, according to a report out today from analysts at Canalys.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Source: Twitter left up tweets threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar's life, which would typically be removed once reported, so law enforcement could investigate them  —  Twitter left up tweets threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar's life over the weekend so law enforcement could investigate them, BuzzFeed News has learned.
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Despite publicly pausing verification, Twitter has verified 10,000+ accounts in recent months but withheld the privilege from anyone without backchannel access  —  Jack Dorsey's mother and father, the '80s band Whitesnake, a “war room” associated with Donald Trump's reelection campaign …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Leapwork, which develops a process automation platform that can be used by non-technical staff, raises $10M Series A led by DN Capital and e.ventures  —  Most work involving computers is highly repetitive, which is why companies regularly have developers write code to automate repetitive tasks.
More: FinSMEs
New York Times:
Some companies attacked in 2017's NotPetya ransomware plague have been denied insurance coverage over “war exclusion” clauses  —  LONDON — Within days of a cyberattack, warehouses of the snack foods company Mondelez International filled with a backlog of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers.
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
6sense, which uses big data to predict in real time when people are looking to buy products, raises $27M led by Industry Ventures, bringing total raised to $63M  —  6sense, a San Francisco-based startup that uses big data to predict in real time when people are looking to buy products …
More: FinSMEs
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Starz apologizes for “inadvertently” issuing DMCA takedown notices for tweets to stories merely reporting about TV show leak, says it suffered a security breach  —  Facing a backlash over overzealous copyright enforcement, Starz issued an apology for inadvertently taking down tweets to articles about TV show piracy Monday.
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