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April 16, 2019, 11:10 AM

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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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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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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.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Salesforce acquires Salesforce.org, which had been a public benefit corporation, for $300M, will integrate it as part of a new nonprofit and education vertical  —  Salesforce yesterday announced a move to reposition how it provides software to and works with non-profits like educational institutions …
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.
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.

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