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May 10, 2019, 7:25 AM

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New York Times:
Uber prices its IPO at $45 per share, near the low end of its expected range, raising $8.1B and valuing the company at about $82.4B  —  The biggest Silicon Valley initial public offering in years turned out to be less lofty than expected.  —  Uber priced its public offering on Thursday at $45 a share …
Lauren Goode / Wired:
Google is touting an increased focus on privacy and is making privacy settings slightly easier to find, but those settings remain very confusing for users  —  IT'S GOOGLE'S BIG privacy pivot, according to Google.  —  On Tuesday, The New York Times ran an op-ed about privacy written …
Canalys:
Smartphone shipments in North America dropped 18% YoY in Q1 to 36.4M units, a five-year low; Apple kept its ~40% market share YoY, shipping 14.6M iPhones  —  Smartphone shipments in North America plummeted 18% year on year in Q1 2019 to a five-year low of 36.4 million units, down from a record high of 44.4 million in Q1 2018.
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Chris Hughes' op-ed reflects a consensus among early Facebook executives that the company is too large, too powerful, and too deleterious to society's health  —  Thanks to everyone who wrote with warm wishes about jury duty.  Sadly, I was not called upon to serve my democracy.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The lead of Oculus VR, Hugo Barra, says he is taking a new role at Facebook “building a global AR/VR partner ecosystem”; Erick Tseng to take over Oculus  —  Hugo Barra, the former Xiaomi executive who has run Facebook's Oculus VR team since 2017, is changing roles in what looks like a larger shake-up in VR at Facebook.
Natt Garun / The Verge:
A year after its intro, Google Duplex is still limited in availability, with minimal impact on service workers, some of whom say it is more polite than humans  —  Myriah Q. hasn't stopped moving since the moment I entered the bar.  She's got patrons seated on the sidewalk and the backyard areas …
NBC News:
Photo storage app Ever, launched in 2013, now focuses on selling facial recognition tech, trained using 13B+ stored user photos, to others  —  “The app developers were not clear about their intentions,” one Ever user said.  “I believe it's a huge invasion of privacy.”
Bob Diachenko / Security Discovery:
Over 274M records with personal identifiable info of Indian citizens exposed by unsecured MongoDB database, in what may be part of a massive scraping operation  —  On May 1st, I have discovered an unprotected and publicly indexed MongoDB database which contained 275,265,298 records …
Europol:
Europol announces that the Spanish Civil Guard arrested eight people in Spain who have connections to a $10M+ crypto money laundering ring  —  Print PDF  —  Europol has supported Spain in dismantling a criminal organisation providing large-scale crypto money laundering services to other criminal organisations.
Mark Wilson / Fast Company:
Interview with Google designer Jennifer Daniel on the complicated issues of gender in images as Google plans to release 53 gender ambiguous emoji with Android Q  —  In 1999, the Japanese wireless communications company NTT Docomo released 176 pictures for people to quickly, efficiently …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Consumer advocacy groups file a complaint with the FTC accusing Amazon's Echo Dot Kids of collecting children's data without parental consent  —  Amazon barreled into the children's smart-speaker market last year with a brightly colored device called Echo Dot Kids Edition.
Zoë Bernard / The Information:
Sources: at least six Intercom employees have left the company in the last few years over sexual harassment allegations against its CEO Eoghan McCabe  —  Eight years ago, a group of Irish entrepreneurs led by an ambitious leader, Eoghan McCabe, relocated their software startup, Intercom …

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