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May 7, 2019, 10:20 AM

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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 …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Microsoft announces ElectionGuard, an open source platform for securely handling voting data, available this summer with a pilot during the 2020 elections  —  When it comes to voting, we've come a long way from dropping pebbles into an amphora, but still not nearly far enough …
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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 …
@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/...
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.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Cruise Automation, GM's self-driving division, raises $1.15B at a $19B valuation from investors including SoftBank, Honda, and T. Rowe Price Associates  —  Post-money valuation is now $19 billion  —  Cruise Automation, the self-driving division of General Motors, announced on Tuesday …
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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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.
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 …
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 …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Washington Post:
Alexa keeps recordings of conversations triggered by its wake word but doesn't allow a user to opt out of the collecting of recordings, unlike Google Assistant  —  When Alexa runs your home, Amazon tracks you in more ways than you might want.  —  Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings?
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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Bipartisan letter from two senators urges FTC to swiftly conclude its probe of Facebook, says $3-5B would be a “bargain” and calls for penalties of executives  —  Two top Senate lawmakers on Monday expressed frustration with a federal probe into Facebook's privacy practices …

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