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May 1, 2019, 9:05 AM

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Richard Nieva / CNET:
Zuckerberg opens F8 reiterating Facebook's new focus on a “privacy-focused communications platform” prioritizing end-to-end encryption and interoperability  —  Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is doubling down on privacy.  —  At F8, the social network's annual developer conference …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Dating launches in 14 more countries, will come to US in 2019, adds Secret Crush feature to let users select up to 9 friends for Tinder-like matching  —  Facebook built Dating to be privacy-safe, hoping to avoid the awkwardness of friends or family checking out your romance profile.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Instagram is launching a camera redesign to make it easier to make high quality posts without importing media, adds dedicated shopping tags for creators  —  Turning Instagram into a more robust commerce platform  —  Instagram is announcing a couple of new features today that are designed …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Facebook says users will be able to send chat messages across Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp in the future  —  There were rumors that Facebook was going to make its messaging products interoperable, but now it appears they're about to be a reality.  At F8, Messenger's head …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
At F8, Mark Zuckerberg left out the fact that users are already moving towards more private sharing while discussing Facebook's privacy-focused next chapter  —  F8 is a conference where Facebook executives talk about the future — and at Facebook, the future is flexible.  In 2015, the future was video.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Apple:
Apple reports Q2 revenue of $58B, down 5% YoY, with international sales accounting for 61% of Q2 revenue, record services revenue of $11.5B  —  Services Revenue Reaches New All-Time High of $11.5 Billion  —  Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 second quarter ended March 30, 2019.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Alphabet Investor Relations:
Alphabet says Eric Schmidt and Diane Greene will not seek re-election to Alphabet's board; Schmidt will continue his role as a technical adviser to Alphabet  —  Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced it has appointed Robin L. Washington to its Board of Directors.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
IDC: 310.8M smartphones were shipped in Q1, down 6.6% YoY; Samsung was the top vendor with 23.1% marketshare, followed by Huawei with 19% and Apple with 11.7%  —  The battle for second rages on.  —  While Samsung held the top smartphone spot all four quarters last year …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hackers are actively exploiting a recently-patched zero-day vulnerability in Oracle WebLogic server to install ransomware, with no end-user interaction required  —  High-severity hole in Oracle WebLogic under active exploit for 9 days.  Patch now.  —  Attackers have been actively exploiting …
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Facebook relaunches Oculus for Business, coming this fall, with a new software suite and UX customized for business use cases, adds support for the Oculus Quest  —  At F8, Facebook announced a launch date for the Oculus Quest and Rift S, as well as completely new enterprise-grade Oculus for Business software.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
In a letter to creators, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube wants to have half of the videos in its trending tab come from YouTube creators  —  YouTube wants to have half of the featured videos in its trending tab come from streams originating on the company's own site going forward …
Hugh Handeyside / ACLU:
ACLU says info uncovered through its lawsuit show CBP and ICE have “near-unfettered” authority to search and seize travelers' electronic devices at the border  —  In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google employees plan to hold a “sit-in” on May 1 to protest the alleged retaliation against staff from management over previous activism  —  Google workers are staging a sit-in Wednesday to protest alleged retaliation from management toward employee organizers at the company.
Seth Colaner / VentureBeat:
Amazon says Amazon Managed Blockchain, its AWS service that helps companies quickly create their own scalable blockchain networks, is now generally available  —  Amazon is in the blockchain business in a big way.  Its Amazon Managed Blockchain is a fully managed service designed …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
General counsel to both Bitfinex and Tether says in an affidavit that the USDT stablecoin is only 74% backed by cash and equivalents as of April 30  —  The USDT stablecoin is only about 74 percent backed by fiat equivalents as of April 30, says its issuer's general counsel.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Indian media group Times Internet reports 450M+ monthly users across its ~36 news, video, and music properties, says its biggest challenge is increasing revenue  —  Media group now claims 450M users across services including news, video and music  —  The aggressive push by Silicon Valley companies …

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