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April 16, 2019, 4:35 PM

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CNBC:
Qualcomm and Apple settle all worldwide litigation between the two companies, as Apple makes a payment to Qualcomm; Qualcomm's stock closes up 23%  —  - Apple and Qualcomm have settled a royalty and patent dispute that went to trial this week in San Diego, California.
Wired:
Interviews with 65 current and former employees on the meltdown inside Facebook over the last 15 months as the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolded  —  Scandals.  Backstabbing.  Resignations.  Record profits.  Time Bombs.  In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook.
NBC News:
About 4,000 pages of leaked Facebook documents from 2011-2015 shed light on its approach to sharing and selling data, giving more access to friendly companies  —  Facebook's leaders seriously discussed selling access to user data — and privacy was an afterthought.
Reuters:
Google has removed the popular video app TikTok from its Play Store in India to comply with a state court's directive  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with a state court's directive to prohibit its downloads …
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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 …
BuzzFeed News:
Overview of high-profile male executives in tech who were accused of sexual misconduct and are now getting second chances  —  Silicon Valley says it's committed to improving diversity, but high-profile male executives accused of sexual misconduct are getting second chances.  Some advocates are wondering why.
Twitter:
Twitter to test option to hide a tweet's replies in June, suspends 3x more abusive accounts reported within 24 hours than last year, relies less on user reports  —  We want people to feel safe on Twitter.  Last year, we shared that building a Twitter free of abuse, spam and other things …
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Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple is planning a desktop extension feature for macOS 10.15 that allows users to send any window of any app to an external display, including an iPad  —  It's undeniable that one of the best characteristics of every Apple product is its display.  Apple ships computers …
Sahil Chinoy / New York Times:
Using 9 hours' worth of footage of a park in NYC from public cameras and Amazon Rekognition, NYT detected 2,750 faces, matching many to real identities, for $60  —  Most people pass through some type of public space in their daily routine — sidewalks, roads, train stations.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Mozilla executives reflect on how Google web products would often break in Firefox but not Chrome and on other issues perceived as anti-competitive tactics  —  Former and current Mozilla engineers are reaching their boiling points.  —  A former high-ranking Mozilla executive has accused Google …
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Sony says its next-gen PlayStation console will be backward-compatible, support 8K graphics with ray tracing, and have an SSD, but won't be released this year  —  MARK CERNY WOULD like to get one thing out of the way right now: The videogame console that Sony has spent the past four years building is no mere upgrade.
Chris Otts / WDRB:
Louisville, KY mayor says Google Fiber will pay the city $3.84M to repair damage to city streets after the company abandoned the Louisville market  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - As Google Fiber prepares to pull the plug on Louisville customers tonight, the tech company has agreed …
Bill Bostock / Business Insider:
Uber launches a tool for female Saudi Arabian drivers, letting them pick up only women, after finding 74% didn't want to pick up men  —  - Uber has launched a feature for female drivers in Saudi Arabia which means they can block men from hailing their cab.  — The feature …
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Vasily Berdnikov / Securelist:
Researchers detail recently patched zero day vulnerability in win32k.sys, the fifth Local Privilege Escalation they have discovered in Windows in recent months  —  In March 2019, our automatic Exploit Prevention (EP) systems detected an attempt to exploit a vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows operating system.

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