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May 10, 2019, 11:45 AM

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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.
Chris Hughes / New York Times:
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
US DoJ announces a China-based hacking group has been indicted for a series of computer intrusions including the 2015 Anthem hack which affected ~78.8M people  —  A federal grand jury returned an indictment unsealed today in Indianapolis, Indiana, charging a Chinese national as part …
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 …
Binance:
Binance says it is significantly increasing its security, revamping its API, 2FA, and withdrawal validation, hopes to resume withdrawals and deposits next week  —  I would like to share some updates on the security incident.  We understand the situation is tough for our community.
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Lyft is testing longer-term car rentals with a small group of customers in San Francisco  —  Between offering on-demand rides and peppering cities with electric scooters, Lyft has been pushing hard to minimize the need to actually own a car.  Now, the company is exploring yet another …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Beats Powerbeats Pro review: very comfortable and steady in the ear with great battery life, rich sound, and good bass, but not very discreet outside the gym  —  Apple's workout headphones are so much more than just a gym accessory  —  Dr. Dre, the man who boasted about being the first billionaire …
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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 …
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Viacom says Pluto TV, its free ad-supported streaming service, has 16M MAU, up from 12M in Jan. when it was acquired, plans to launch in Latin America in 2019  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.
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 …
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.

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