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May 4, 2019, 12:05 AM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
A look at Dara Khosrowshahi's tenure as Uber prepares to go public; source: CEO decided Travis Kalanick isn't welcome on the NYSE balcony for next week's IPO  —  The C.E.O. wants to prove that the start-up has evolved past a raucous, and profligate, tech-bro culture.  But Uber's past is simply not that far gone.
Chris Zacharias:
A group of YouTube engineers warned IE6 users ten years ago, without permission, that the browser would not be supported, contributing to its demise  —  The bittersweet consequence of YouTube's incredible growth is that so many stories will be lost underneath all of the layers of new paint.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Some Git source code repositories, including at least 392 from GitHub, have been wiped and replaced with a ransom demand in a possible coordinated attack  —  Hacker wipes Git repos and asks for Bitcoin.  Gives victims 10 days and threatens to release the code.
Jason Del Rey / Vox:
An oral history of Amazon Prime, the internet's most successful membership program with 100M+ members worldwide and one of the main reasons behind Amazon's rise  —  An oral history of the subscription service that changed online shopping forever.  —  It's easy to forget now, but Amazon wasn't always the king of online shopping.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers link 6 software supply chain attacks, including backdoors in CCleaner and Asus' software update tool, to a group of likely Chinese-speaking hackers  —  A software supply chain attack represents one of the most insidious forms of hacking.  By breaking into a developer's network …
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Jack Dorsey has emerged as a lifestyle guru in Silicon Valley, raising demand for near-infrared saunas, meditation retreats, cryotherapy spas, and fasting tools  —  The Twitter chief executive is tech's foremost manfluencer, guiding his followers toward optimum cognitive performance.  Or, at least, hunger.
Mike Dudas / The Block:
Report: Facebook seeks ~$1B from financial firms and e-commerce sites to back its stablecoin as it readies its payments network and rewards system for users  —  - Facebook is planning to launch a full payments network (rather than just remittances) and in discussions with payment networks Visa …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Vulnerability in Dell's pre-installed SupportAssist utility exposes Dell computers to remote hijacks if attacker can get on the same network with unpatched PC  —  Another security flaw in a vendor's bloatware apps puts users at risk.  —  A vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility exposes Dell laptops …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SoftBank is considering an IPO for its $100B Vision Fund and is negotiating with the sultanate of Oman for an investment of several billion in the fund  —  Vision Fund staff hustles to keep up with frantic pace of deal making by CEO Masayoshi Son  —  SoftBank Group Corp …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces Azure SQL Database Edge, which will run on compute-constrained devices, and new AI, mixed reality, and IoT capabilities powered by Azure  —  A couple days ahead of Build 2019, Microsoft is showcasing some new AI, MR, IoT and blockchain capabilities powered by Azure …
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