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April 24, 2019, 10:30 AM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Alan Levin / Bloomberg:
Alphabet's Wing becomes the first drone operator to get FAA approval as an air carrier, plans to launch a delivery trial in Virginia this year  —  - Google offshoot becomes only drone firm approved as an airline  — Wing's new status clears way for others seeking drone commerce
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 …
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.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Snap reports Q1 revenue of $320M, vs. $307M est., up 39% YoY, DAUs of 190M, up 2% QoQ; Snapchat reaches 90% of 13-24 year-olds in US  —  - Snap, the maker of Snapchat, posted a loss fo 10 cents per share, vs. expected loss of 12 cents per share.  — The company also managed to continue growing …
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.
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
VDOO, a platform that detects and fixes vulnerabilities in IoT devices, raises $32M Series B led by WRVI Capital and GGV Capital  —  Our universe of connected things is expanding by the day: the number of objects with embedded processors now exceeds the number of smartphones globally …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook shares his thoughts on privacy, tech regulation, politics, and the “rigged” San Bernardino encryption case, citing an inspector general report  —  Today at the TIME 100 Summit, Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the event with an interview with Nancy Gibbs.
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.
Reuters:
Facebook supports 111 languages, but translates content rules to just 41, and its moderation staff speaks ~50; deficit leaves it struggling to monitor content  —  NAIROBI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's struggles with hate speech and other types of problematic content are being hampered …

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