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May 7, 2019, 12:54 PM

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New York Times:
Symantec: a Chinese state-sponsored hacker group co-opted and repurposed NSA hacking tools to attack US allies and private companies in Europe and Asia in 2016  —  Chinese intelligence agents acquired National Security Agency hacking tools and repurposed them in 2016 to attack American allies …
Ju-min Park / Reuters:
Samsung says it cannot confirm the shipping date for Galaxy Fold and will cancel pre-orders, unless told not to, if they do not ship by May 31  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it cannot confirm the shipping date for its foldable device Galaxy Fold yet and apologized …
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Google to update Android Auto in the summer to make it more intuitive with features like a dynamic, persistent bar for navigating apps, and a default dark mode  —  A bunch of little changes that should make Android Auto easier to use  —  Android Auto is getting a little refresh …
Chris Hoffman / How-To Geek:
Microsoft debuts WSL 2, featuring “dramatic” performance increases, support for Docker, and shipping with a Linux kernel, to be updated through Windows Update  —  Microsoft today announced Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2—that's WSL 2.  It will feature “dramatic file system …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
As Europe clamps down on online hate speech and misinformation, concerns grow that these efforts will harm free expression and stifle dissent  —  LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded antiterrorism law.
James Vincent / The Verge:
US Department of Energy says AMD and Cray will build the world's fastest supercomputer, dubbed Frontier, by 2021, with 1.5 exaflops of processing power  —  Dubbed Frontier, the supercomputer expected to go online in 2021 with 1.5 exaflops of processing power
Vice:
More than 100 Riot Games employees walked out on Monday to protest the company's use of forced arbitration to settle sexual harassment lawsuits  —  ‘League of Legends’ developers walkout to protest the company's use of forced arbitration to settle sexual harassment lawsuits.
@twittereng:
Starting today Twitter lets you add images, GIFs, and videos to quote tweets  —  Exciting news: Today we are launching the ability to Retweet with GIF, photos, and video! We find solutions to many challenges as we build for a global, vocal audience. Here is a glimpse into our process as we worked on this feature. https://twitter.com/...
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
How Epic Games and ILM tried to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using HoloLens 2 for a demo that failed to run during Microsoft's Build 2019 keynote  —  The story of a tech demo 20 years in the making that fell apart in mere minutes.  — How Epic & ILM's John Knoll Tried to Recreate …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft unveils .NET 5, which will support Java, Swift, and Objective C interoperability on multiple platforms, and makes ML.NET 1.0 generally available  —  Build is Microsoft's annual developer conference, which makes Visual Studio and .NET the stars of the show.
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Washingtonian:
A parent's first-hand account about how content found on Reddit, 4chan, and YouTube helped their 13-year-old become infatuated with the alt-right  —  A Washington family's nightmare year.  —  When my son Sam,* who was then 14, asked me to take him to the Mother of All Rallies on the Mall in September 2017 …
Lauren Goode / Wired:
Satya Nadella and other Microsoft execs talk about the future of AI, the company's approach to open platforms, and how the era of the “talented jerk” is over  —  MICROSOFT HASN'T ALWAYS had a reputation for being “open,” but CEO Satya Nadella and the rest of his executive team …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Tourlane, a travel booking service that coordinates bookings from different suppliers, raises $47M Series C led by Sequoia and Spark Capital  —  There still exists an old-fashioned problem in travel: group travel which requires individuals and groups to plan and book personalized, multi-day tours online.

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Smartsheet:
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TWiT.tv:
All the 11s  —  Rene Ritchie has all three iPhone 11s and talks about the tri-lens camera, battery life, and how they stack up against each other.  Subscribe to the MacBreak Weekly podcast.
Zoho:
Six ways to use shapes to create a compelling presentation in Zoho Show  —  Ideas come in all shapes and sizes—be it an extra fold to help your paper plane fly a few inches further, or an equation that changes …
AWS Startups:
How Daivergent Is Helping Autistic People with Careers in Tech  —  Founded in 2017 by Byron Dai and Rahul Mahida, Daivergent's platform connects AI companies with high-volume data needs to a remote workforce comprised of people with autism.
Google Fi:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Will Smith and Ang Lee are coming to Disrupt SF this October 2-4  —  We'll talk to Lee and Smith about what it was like working with these effects, and how else they could change the way movies get made.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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