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May 3, 2019, 2:35 PM

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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 …
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.
David Singleton / Stripe Blog:
Stripe says its 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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: Facebook told FTC it's ready for more privacy oversight like quarterly privacy safeguards reports approved by CEO, review of new products before launch  —  The concessions could accompany a multi-billion dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission, which opened its probe last year.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says it will make all of its original content free this fall in a strategy that its CBO says is in opposition to what other media companies are doing  —  - YouTube Renews Kevin Hart Comedy Series, Sets Maluma and Paris Hilton Documentaries, Lollapalooza Live-Streaming Deal
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 …
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Dark web marketplace Wall Street Market, whose admins exit-scammed users of $14.2M+ in cryptocurrency, seized by German police and other international agencies  —  Wall Street Market seized by law enforcement agencies from Germany, the US, the Netherlands, and Romania.
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 …

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