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May 1, 2019, 6:35 PM

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google says it will roll out a new tool that lets users limit how long it keeps location, search, and browsing data to either three or 18 months  —  Last August, the Associated Press reported that various Google apps store the timestamped locations of the devices on which they're installed.
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.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer and others on AI techniques and progress in identifying image, video, and multi-lingual text content violating Facebook's rules  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often asserts that AI will substantially cut down on the amount of abuse perpetrated by millions of ill-meaning Facebook users.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Axios:
In its Q2 earnings release, Qualcomm says its settlement with Apple will yield $4.5B-$4.7B in revenue for the next quarter  —  In its quarterly earnings released today, Qualcomm said it would record $4.5-$4.7 billion revenue in the coming quarter as part of its settlement of a long-running intellectual-property quarrel with Apple.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google says it is adding Tiles, swipeable widgets with useful information, to Wear OS over the next month  —  The new feature is rolling out over the next month  —  Google has spent the last year refining its Wear OS smartwatch software to make everything feel simpler, more intuitive, and easier to use.
Rani Molla / Vox:
Slack and other workplace messaging services undermine their goal of increased productivity by becoming distractions, where users are constantly chatting  —  Job software like Teams, Slack, and Workplace were supposed to make us more productive.  They haven't.  —  Several people are typing.
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Around 20 security experts have united with Securepairs.org to support right-to-repair legislation with expert witnesses at hearings across the US  —  TWO YEARS AGO, as Nebraska was considering a “right to repair” bill designed to make it easier for consumers to fix their own gadgets, an Apple lobbyist made a frightening prediction.
Nikkei:
Sources: Huawei plans to enter TV market, launching a 5G-enabled 8K TV as early as this year  —  Telecom giant deepens push into consumer electronics taking on Samsung and Apple  —  TAIPEI — Huawei Technologies plans to introduce the world's first 5G television as early as this 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 …
Hugh Handeyside / ACLU:
Testimonies of US border officials confirm that 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 …
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
As Saudi Arabia keeps spending, China's history of IP theft, Trump's aggressive stance, and empowered CFIUS are decimating China's US tech startup investments  —  A tough, new enforcement regime is becoming a geopolitical minefield for venture capitalists and startups.
Matthew Cantor / The Guardian:
Study: if Facebook continues to grow at its current rate, it could have 4.9B deceased members by 2100, raising questions about what happens to their data  —  Deceased may outnumber the living if current growth rates continue, raising questions about what happens to our data
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 …
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