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May 2, 2019, 8:30 AM

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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.
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Source: FTC and Facebook are negotiating a settlement where Facebook must appoint a federally approved privacy official and create a privacy oversight committee  —  Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a possible settlement that would require the company …
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.
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Max Seddon / Financial Times:
Putin signs bill that intends to give Russia a “sovereign internet” the Kremlin could disconnect from the global web; the bill goes into effect on November 1  —  Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law on Wednesday that intends to give the country a “sovereign internet” …
Bloomberg:
How Satya Nadella led Microsoft to have more subscribers than Netflix, more cloud computing revenue than Google, and a near-trillion-dollar market cap  —  The congratulatory texts and tweets started the last week of November.  Microsoft had overtaken Apple to become the world's most valuable company …
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.
OurPact:
OurPact says Apple's MDM comments are misleading, compares Apple's claims in defense of removing apps that use MDM with quotes from Apple's documentation  —  Apple Removed OurPact From the App Store.  Here's What You Need to Know.  —  On Saturday, April 27th, The New York Times exposed …
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 …
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.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Google will open Android Automotive OS, the dashboard-centric version of its mobile platform, to third-party developers, starting with media apps at I/O  —  Google is opening up Android Automotive OS, the dashboard-centric version of its mobile platform which will launch first on the Polestar 2 EV, to third-party media apps.
Tara Seals / Threatpost:
Flashpoint says April Wipro attack was done by hackers who may have been operating under the radar since '15, have the hallmarks of an advanced, organized group  —  New details are emerging in the April attack on systems consulting behemoth Wipro, which saw its network hacked and used for mounting attacks on a dozen of its customers.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Analysis: in Q1, for the first time, Amazon's first-party online retail sales of $29.5B were less than half of its overall net sales, which were $59.7B  —  For the first time in Amazon's history, the company's first-party online retail sales represented less than half of its overall net sales last quarter …
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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.

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