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April 21, 2019, 12:05 PM

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Zak Doffman / Forbes:
Report: CIA shared intelligence with US allies showing Huawei received funding from Chinese security and intelligence agencies and the People's Liberation Army  —  In the battle between Washington and Huawei, there has long been the taunt from Shenzhen that U.S. officials have failed to produce …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
The French Government officially launches Tchap, its own messaging app with end-to-end encryption, after patching a security flaw found upon initial release  —  The French government just launched its own messaging app called Tchap in order to protect conversations from hackers, private companies and foreign entities.
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
How two towns in Kansas soured on educational software from Summit Learning, funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Summit CEO says protests are about nostalgia  —  WELLINGTON, Kan. — The seed of rebellion was planted in classrooms.  It grew in kitchens and living rooms, in conversations between students and their parents.
Richard Moss / Polygon:
On Game Boy's 30th anniversary, a behind-the-scenes account of how Nintendo leveraged games like Tetris and Pokémon to appeal to the North American market  —  We look back ahead of the console's 30th anniversary  —  Nintendo couldn't do much wrong, come 1989.
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
AI-produced music raises copyright questions on whether AI or their human creators can claim authorship and whether artists mimicked by AI should be compensated  —  AI is capable of making music, but does that make AI an artist?  As AI begins to reshape how music is made …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Research paper argues that Facebook increased user surveillance as its competitors exited the market, makes the case for antitrust action against the company  —  In 2017, a 28-year-old law student named Lina Kahn turned the antitrust world on its ear with her Yale Law Review paper …
Washington Post:
Sri Lanka blocks access to social media platforms, including WhatsApp and Facebook, to curb spread of misinformation after a series of deadly explosions  —  LONDON — The Sri Lankan government blocked access to social media platforms on Sunday, following a string of explosions that claimed …
The Information:
Sources: Qualcomm's joint venture with Guizhou province on a server chip plant will be shut down; Qualcomm and the province spent $570M on the plant since 2016  —  A joint venture between Qualcomm and the government of a rural Chinese province to make server chips will wind down by the end of the month …
More: Reuters
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
HipChat co-founders raise $3M in seed funding for Swoot, a social podcast app that lets users recommend podcasts and see what their friends are listening to  —  Pete Curley and Garret Heaton, who previously co-founded team chat app HipChat and sold it to Atlassian, are officially launching their new product Swoot today.
More: The Verge

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