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May 8, 2019, 1:00 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
To curb tracking, Google says anti-fingerprinting tech is coming in Chrome and devs must explicitly opt-in for cookies that are meant to be used across sites  —  Google today announced a major new initiative around its Chrome browser that will, in the long run, introduce significant changes …
New York Times:
At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai pitched privacy for everyone, going against the company's history of data collection, one week after a similar push from Facebook  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google, the company that may know the most about our digital lives, is now preaching the gospel of privacy.
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:
Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a 24-hour strike in at least 10 cities in the US to protest against unfair pay ahead of Uber's much-anticipated IPO  —  It was a protest that dealt Uber its biggest blow.  When taxi drivers in New York City rallied against President Trump's travel ban in 2017 …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Binance says hackers accessed some user API keys, 2FA codes, and stole 7,000 bitcoins worth ~$41M; it will use its Secure Asset Fund for Users to cover the loss  —  Hackers stole more than 7,000 bitcoin from crypto exchange Binance, the world's largest by volume, the startup reported Tuesday.
Reuters:
Tencent pulls the test version of blockbuster game PUBG in China and shifts users to a similar “patriotic” game that has government approval to generate revenue  —  SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd on Wednesday shut down its test version of global blockbuster …
Rani Molla / Vox:
Experts say apps like Nextdoor and Ring's Neighbors give people a false sense that the US crime rate is worsening even as violent crime reaches record lows  —  Why people are socializing more about crime even as it becomes rarer.  —  Violent crime in the US is at its lowest rate in decades.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google to replace its “Works with Nest” program this summer with “Works with Google Assistant”, which would give vetted partners access to customer data  —  As Google is further integrating the Nest brand, it is also introducing some significant changes to the way Nest products will work.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, popular with some of Silicon Valley's wealthiest donors, has five fundraising events in the Bay Area this week  —  Inside the tech network that is trying to turn a small-town mayor into a fundraising dynamo.  —  The two 30-somethings drove …
Patricia Hernandez / Polygon:
Kids who play Fortnite as free “default” characters are often bullied, insulted, and sometimes ostracized by peers, causing pressure to purchase skins  —  The stigma of being a default  —  In a private school where tuition is high, students can bicker about clothes, shoe brands, cellphones, or video games.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
First look at Android Q: dark mode, better gestures, Live Caption, improvements to OS security updates via Project Mainline, Focus Mode, and more  —  It isn't about what's new, it's about what's better  —  A full release is expected this fall, but Google is announcing new major features …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Docker says CEO Steve Singh is stepping down after two years, to be replaced by Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden  —  In a surprising turn of events, TechCrunch has learned that Docker CEO Steve Singh will be stepping down after two years at the helm, and former Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden will be taking over.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
HeyJobs, which uses machine learning to make high skilled recruitment scalable, raises $12M Series A led by Notion Capital  —  HeyJobs, a three year-old Berlin startup that helps large employers scale recruitment, has raised $12 million in Series A funding.
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