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April 15, 2019, 7:30 AM

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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Source: Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail were affected in breach; Microsoft now says email content was also exposed for ~6% of users whose email accounts were hacked  —  Hackers abused a Microsoft customer support portal that allowed them to read the emails of any non-corporate account.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Sources: how China uses AI to specifically track Uighurs, an ethnic minority, in the first known racist application of facial recognition to be widely deployed  —  In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Twitter has removed TorrentFreak's tweet pointing to a news story on recent leaks of unreleased TV shows, after a questionable DMCA takedown request from Starz  —  A few days ago we reported on several major leaks of unreleased TV-shows.  This included several episodes from the Starz original show “American Gods”.
Olivia Carville / Bloomberg:
Facebook suffers third major outage in 2019, with all of its services down for ~2 hours on Sunday, after a ~24-hour outage in March, and a smaller crash in Jan.  —  - Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger down for hours  — Frustrated users took to Twitter to vent from across the world
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 …
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
When DEA got a warrant for LogMeIn to divulge a user's passwords, LastPass' encryption scheme meant it couldn't produce them, but other customer info was given  —  The government makes very few demands for data from password managers, but when it does it expects a lot, including login information, Forbes has learned.
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 …
David Gelles / New York Times:
Charity: water now accepts stock donations from shareholders of private startups like Uber to share some IPO proceeds as bonuses with the non-profit's staff  —  Entrepreneurs who own stakes in private companies can donate some of their equity to Charity: water.

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