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May 1, 2019, 3:55 PM

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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.
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
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.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
In an experiment, the NYT bought and displayed ads targeting 16 profile attributes to reveal what advertisers think they know about users seeing targeted ads  —  Nearly every ad you see online is tailored just for you.  These digital ads are powered by vast, hidden datasets that allow advertisers …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Graham Rapier / Business Insider:
Judge denies Lyft's petition to overturn New York City's minimum wage rule for ride-hailing drivers  —  - Lyft has lost its lawsuit challenging New York City's minimum wage for ride-hailing drivers.  — The company, along with competitor Juno, originally filed a lawsuit …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Hulu says it has 26.8M paying subscribers in the US, up from 23M at the end of 2018, not including the 1.3M users signed up through promotions like free trials  —  Of those members, 1.3 million people are signed up for Hulu through promotions like free trials.

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