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May 3, 2019, 8:50 AM

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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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Louis Farrakhan, and others from Facebook and Instagram, citing dangerous individuals and orgs policy  —  Milo Yiannopoulos and Louis Farrakhan have been banned as well  —  Facebook today removed Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft launches Azure Blockchain Service, a fully managed service meant to help businesses build applications on top of blockchain technology  —  Microsoft didn't rush to bring blockchain technology to its Azure cloud computing platform, but over the course of the last year …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr as it tries to steady Verizon Media Group, which has struggled to meet revenue targets  —  Wireless giant seeks buyer for social-media service that has lost ground to Facebook  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is seeking a buyer for blogging website Tumblr …
Paris Martineau / Wired:
Online extremism researchers face a similar toll on their mental health as content moderators, but, without anonymity, their work leaves them open to harassment  —  A COUPLE OF hours after the Christchurch massacre, I was on the phone with Whitney Phillips, a Syracuse professor whose research focuses …
Mijente:
Document from May 2017 shows ICE used Palantir's software to target and arrest parents and other relatives of unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border  —  The data-mining firm Palantir played a key role in federal immigration efforts to target and arrest family members of children crossing …
David Singleton / Stripe Blog:
Stripe says it's fifth engineering hub will be remote, to situate product development closer to customers, and it will hire 100+ remote engineers in 2019  —  Stripe has engineering hubs in San Francisco, Seattle, Dublin, and Singapore.  We are establishing a fifth hub that is less traditional but no less important: Remote.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify spotted testing “Your Daily Drive,” a personalized playlist featuring short podcast episodes mixed in with curated music, to positive initial reactions  —  Spotify was recently spotted testing a new personalized playlist — the first one to mix music and podcasts, customized to user's musical tastes.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
The Strong National Museum of Play announces Microsoft's Solitaire, first introduced with Windows 3.0 in 1990, will be inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame  —  The games in the 2019 class of The Strong's World Video Game Hall of Fame span the spectrum of gaming, with the brutality …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
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