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May 1, 2019, 11:15 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 …
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 …
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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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Andreessen Horowitz has closed on two new funds, a $750M early-stage fund and a $2B later-stage fund, putting its total fundraising haul at nearly $10B  —  Andreessen Horowitz has closed on two new funds, Axios has learned.  —  The big picture: Last year we previewed the venture giant's …
More: TechCrunch
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Amazon confirms it provides an online freight service that matches truck drivers with shippers; sources say the service has been in testing since last year  —  KEY POINTS  — Amazon has been testing a new online service that matches truck drivers with shippers since last year …
Angelica Mari / ZDNet:
Technisys, which provides a digital banking software platform, raises $50M Series C led by Riverwood Capital  —  The company raised $50 million in funding to enhance its digital banking products and woo the banking sector in the US and Europe.  —  Software firm Technisys has raised …

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