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May 13, 2019, 7:45 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
As it ponders Facebook fines, FTC must seek regulation forcing Facebook to make its social graph truly portable, letting users export friend lists to other apps  —  FTC must pave the path to competition  —  Choice for consumers compels fair treatment by corporations.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Indian streaming service Hotstar, now owned by Disney, claims it set a global record by drawing 18M+ concurrent viewers for the IPL cricket final  —  India's video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event.
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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
At I/O, Google killed the Nest platform and shattered the Google/Nest privacy firewall, saddling many existing users with a dead-end ecosystem of products  —  The Nest ecosystem is dead.  Nest accounts are dead.  Nest's privacy firewall is dead.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. …
Joshua Rivera / Kotaku:
A developer of cinematics for Mortal Kombat 11 says the violent content of the game and reference materials used to create it led to a PTSD diagnosis  —  Mortal Kombat 11 is a brutal game.  That's what you come for—sensational, over-the-top violence that's inventive and gratuitous on a level that doesn't exist anywhere else.
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Sources: Amazon has added machines that automate boxing up customer orders at a handful of warehouses; they pack ~700 boxes per hour, 4-5x the rate of a human  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders.
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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Loyalty programs, which are collecting vast amounts of personal data, are easy to join and often have flimsy passwords, making them very attractive to hackers  —  The punch cards stuffed in your wallet know next to nothing about you, except maybe how many frozen yogurts you still need to buy to get a free one.
Tweets: @felixsalmon
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Non-profit Mined Minds came into West Virginia promising to teach miners and others coding skills and get them well paid jobs, but left many of them worse off  —  Mined Minds came into West Virginia espousing a certain dogma, fostered in the world of start-ups and TED Talks.  Students found an erratic operation.
New York Times:
Researchers link a network of far right, far left sites and social media accounts trying to manipulate EU elections to the infrastructure Russia used in 2016  —  LONDON — Less than two weeks before pivotal elections for the European Parliament, a constellation of websites and social media accounts linked …

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