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April 20, 2019, 2:00 PM

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Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
In an Apple memo shown in Apple v. Qualcomm, Apple execs described Qualcomm tech as “the best”, raising questions about Apple's belief in its legal arguments  —  Sealed documents, obtained as part of a trial between the two tech giants, offer a rare window into the decision-making process …
Rachel Becker / The Verge:
Researchers: 33 of 36 apps for depression or smoking cessation shared data with third-parties and 2 apps shared very sensitive info, like health diary entries  —  ‘Do I trust the person who made the app, and do I understand where this data is going?’  —  Free apps marketed to people …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
A profile of Zoom and its founder Eric Yuan, who led Webex's engineering group at Cisco before leaving to build the video conferencing company  —  Zoom CEO Eric Yuan cut an unlikely figure as he addressed the cheering throng in the moments before ringing the opening bell at Nasdaq …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google says it will block any user login attempts from embedded browser frameworks starting in June to better prevent man-in-the-middle attacks  —  Google previously banned logins initiated from browsers where JavaScript had been disabled.  —  Google announced today a security update …
Karl Bode / Motherboard:
Report finds that 26 states now either restrict or outright prohibit towns and cities from building their own broadband networks, up from 20 in 2018  —  Many of the laws restricting local voters' rights were directly written by a telecom sector terrified of real broadband competition.
Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
A look at a heated discussion about diversity, reminiscent of Google's Damore incident, on an internal Microsoft board for communications with CEO Satya Nadella  —  Some Microsoft employees are openly questioning whether diversity is important, in a lengthy discussion on an internal online …
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Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Amazon says it now requires Amazon Flex delivery drivers to snap selfies on the road to verify their identities  —  - Amazon is requiring delivery drivers to snap selfies to verify their identities.  — The selfies are meant to protect drivers from unauthorized usage of their Amazon Flex accounts, an Amazon spokeswoman said.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Report: the FBI is investigating a ransomware attack that took The Weather Channel off the air for 90 minutes amid severe weather in the southeastern US  —  Down for more than an hour  —  The Weather Channel was hit by a ransomware attack on Thursday, briefly taking a live TV program off the air …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Marcus “MalwareTech” Hutchins pleads guilty to entering a conspiracy to distribute the Kronos malware, aiding and abetting its distribution  —  WannaCry hero faces up to ten years in a US prison.  —  Marcus “MalwareTech” Hutchins, the British security researcher known for stopping …

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