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May 9, 2019, 4:30 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook relaxes blockchain ad rules, letting users promote crypto-related news, education, and events without pre-approval, after imposing a ban in 2018  —  Facebook still won't let you advertise for cryptocurrencies, exchanges, binaries, or ICOs without prior approval.
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Kevin Gallo talks about how the company is trying to undo the divide between UWP and Win32, future of Microsoft's app store, and more  —  Is Microsoft's UWP going away?  Is the Microsoft Store on its way out?  Microsoft Corporate VP Kevin Gallo explains the latest twists …
Washington Post:
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley introduces a bill banning “loot boxes” and pay-to-win schemes in games aimed at those under 18  —  Video games popular among kids would be prohibited from offering “loot boxes” or randomized assortments of digital weapons, clothing and other items …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google unveils Mini-apps, a “new capability” for Google Search and Assistant that delivers interactive and dynamically updated content in search results  —  During the Tuesday keynote that kicked off Google's I/O 2019 developer conference, the Mountain View company unveiled a slew …
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 …
Kaya Yurieff / CNN:
Two months after Facebook said it would curb vaccine misinformation, anti-vaccination posts and a #vaccineskill tag still appear prominently in Instagram search  —  New York (CNN Business)Two months after Facebook pledged to fight vaccine misinformation on its platforms …
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
Amazon says Alexa is now compatible with 60,000 smart home devices from 7,400 brands, up from 20,000 devices in September 2018  —  Google I/O is kicking off in a few hours and we expect to hear a lot about Android, Assistant, and various other Google products and services during the conference.

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