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April 24, 2019, 12:20 PM

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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.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Source: Trump complained in a meeting with Jack Dorsey that Twitter had removed some followers; Dorsey stressed even he lost followers from new Twitter policies  —  President Trump on Tuesday met privately with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a huddle at the White House between one of the site's …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Report: the UK will allow Huawei limited access to help build parts of the country's 5G network, such as antennas and other “non-core” infrastructure  —  Experts and policymakers are wary of letting China get involved in domestic infrastructure  —  UK Prime Minister Theresa …
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 …
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.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find that someone has guessed the private keys of some Ethereum users and siphoned off ~45,000 ether from their accounts; low entropy keys to blame  —  LAST SUMMER, ADRIAN Bednarek was mulling over ways to steal the cryptocurrency Ethereum.  He's a security consultant; at the time …
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 …
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.
Rachelle Hampton / Slate:
How a group of black women outed Twitter trolls masquerading as women of color in 2014, in what may have been a dry run for the 2016 misinformation campaign  —  Before Gamergate, before the 2016 election, they launched a campaign against Twitter trolls masquerading as women of color.
Colin Campbell / Polygon:
Sources say Fortnite's growth led to months of intense crunch for Epic staff and contractors, and some are enduring an ongoing crunch to maintain game's success  —  Sources reveal long hours and intense pressure while working on hit game  —  In a dozen interviews conducted by Polygon …
Hiten Shah / Product Habits:
Founder of KISSMetrics reflects on how the analytics startup failed because of distraction from random ideas, drive-by management, lack of prioritization, more  —  Back in 2008, I co-founded KISSmetrics, an analytics company.  —  There were so many times when I thought about giving up during the early days.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says Paint will be included in Windows 10 “for now”, after previously announcing it would be deprecated  —  Microsoft had been planning to remove its popular Paint app from Windows 10, but the company has now reversed course.  The software maker had been warning Windows 10 users …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome 74 for desktop starts rolling out with Windows Dark Mode support, a user preference media query to help limit motion effects in web pages, and more  —  Google today launched Chrome 74 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.  The release includes support for a reduced motion media query …
Jack Poulson / New York Times:
American companies keep building surveillance tools that are used to violate human rights; workers who organize protests or refuse to comply deserve protections  —  American companies continue to build surveillance tools that are used to violate human rights.  Workers who refuse to comply deserve protections.
Ashley Gold / The Information:
Open Technology Institute director and Facebook critic Kevin Bankston says he is leaving in mid-June to become a director of privacy policy at Facebook  —  Kevin Bankston, currently director of the privacy-focused Open Technology Institute in Washington, will be joining Facebook as a director of privacy policy, he announced Tuesday.
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  —  U.S. adult Twitter users are younger and more likely to be Democrats than the general public.  Most users rarely tweet, but the most prolific 10% create 80% of tweets from adult U.S. users
Sara Ashley O'Brien / CNN:
Bumble says it will soon launch Private Detector, a feature that uses AI to automatically blur incoming lewd images and present blocking and reporting options  —  New York (CNN Business)On Bumble, lewd pictures will soon come with a warning.  —  The company, which launched …
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New York Times:
Japanese government and financial institutions are scrambling to update their software and IT systems to align with the imperial era calendar reset on May 1  —  It isn't exactly Y2K, but the country is scrambling to reconcile its systems with the ancient demands of an imperial calendar.

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