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April 24, 2019, 8:30 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook reports Q1 revenue of $15.08B, up 26% YoY, as advertising revenue hits $14.91B, up 26% YoY; sets aside $3B related to a forthcoming FTC settlement  —  Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook had 2.38B MAUs in Q1, up 2.5% QoQ, as DAUs hit 1.56B, up 2.63% QoQ; EPS is $0.85 instead of $1.89 after setting aside money for potential FTC fine  —  A massive penalty hangs over Facebook's head, but it otherwise had a very strong Q1 earnings report.
Microsoft:
Microsoft reports Q3 revenue of $30.6B, up 14% YoY, as net income rose by 19% YoY to $8.8B; Intelligent Cloud revenue rose 22% YoY to $9.7B  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 24, 2019 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon team auditing Alexa commands has access to user location data, making finding customer addresses easy; Amazon says access is tightly controlled  —  - Some members of Alexa Data Services see latitude and longitude  — The team is charged with helping Alexa improve its performance
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the NSA has recommended that the White House drop a once-secret US phone-surveillance program that collects info about Americans' phone calls and texts  —  The program, created after 9/11, has encountered compliance challenges and questions about its efficacy in recent years
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: Apple will launch two new AirPods models in the Q4 2019 - Q1 2020 timeframe, one an iterative update, the other with a new design and higher price  —  Following just hours after a Digitimes report on ‘AirPods 3′, the veritable TF Industries’ Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple is set …
Twitter:
Twitter is adding an option to report attempts to mislead election voters, which will be available in India from April 25 and the EU from April 29  —  Voting is a fundamental human right and the public conversation occurring on Twitter is never more important than during elections.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Ad-blocking browser Brave rolls out optional Brave Ads to desktop users, with users who opt in receiving 70% of the gross ad revenue in Basic Attention Tokens  —  Brave today rolled out Brave Ads, its digital advertising model, to desktop users in Canada, France, Germany, the U.K. …
New York Times:
Sources: former DHS Secretary tried to focus White House on potential Russian interference in 2020 election, but was told not to bring it up in front of Trump  —  WASHINGTON — In the months before Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign, she tried to focus the White House on one of her highest priorities …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google makes Fit, its activity tracker, available on iOS as a standalone app with full Health integration  —  Last August, Google Fit was completely revamped with the Material Theme and a focus on two new metrics.  The health and activity tracking application is now coming to iOS with full Apple Health integration.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Slack previews new features rolling out in the coming weeks and months: responding to messages via email, new calendar integrations, universal search, and more  —  Most of the new features will be available later this year  —  Slack arrived more than five years ago with the bold attempt to try to kill email in the workplace.
Pew Research Center:
Survey of 2,791 adult US Twitter users shows they are younger, more likely to be Democrats, and have higher incomes than US adults overall  —  Twitter is a modern public square where many voices discuss, debate and share their views.  Media personalities, politicians and the public turn …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Hacker says he can access 27K user accounts of GPS tracking services iTrack and ProTrack, which had weak default passwords, and can kill some users' car engines  —  “I can absolutely make a big traffic problem all over the world,” the hacker said.  —  A hacker broke into thousands …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Source: Bond Capital, Mary Meeker's new growth equity VC firm that spun out from Kleiner Perkins, has secured $1.25B+ for its debut fund  —  Bond Capital, the growth equity firm spun out of Kleiner Perkins last year, has secured $1.25 billion in commitments for its debut fund, Axios has learned from a source.
New York Times:
As China exports its surveillance tech to the world, a look at its use in Ecuador, where 4,300 cameras feed video to 16 monitoring stations employing ~3K people  —  In Ecuador, cameras across the country send footage to monitoring centers to be examined by police and domestic intelligence.

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Zoho:
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Intel:
The Future of Gaming is About More Than Just Processors  —  When it comes to making the PC the best place to play, you have to give developers the tools they need, provide real world performance and anticipate what's next.

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