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April 16, 2019, 3:35 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 rises 15%+  —  Apple and Qualcomm have settled their royalty dispute, sources told CNBC.  —  Qualcomm stock rose over 13% after the news broke.  Apple was up less than 1%.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple iMac (2019) review: both models received a notable performance boost but a comprehensive design refresh is needed, especially for the 21.5-inch version  —  The design is still the same, but the performance jump is real  —  There isn't much I can tell you about the new iMacs that you likely don't already know.
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.
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Sameer Samat / Android Developers Blog:
Google outlines new Android developer relations policies, says it will take more time to review apps by developers that don't yet have a track record  —  Thank you for all the feedback about updates we've been making to Android APIs and Play policies.  We've heard your requests for improvement as well as some frustration.

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Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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