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May 14, 2019, 8:15 PM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
A side-channel flaw called ZombieLoad affects nearly all post-2011 Intel chips; Apple, Microsoft, Google release fixes today that, like Spectre, hit performance  —  Security researchers have found a new class of vulnerabilities in Intel chips which, if exploited, can be used to steal sensitive information directly from the processor.,
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
Republican governor of Florida says Russian hackers accessed voter databases in two counties ahead of 2016's election, but election results weren't compromised  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google says it will begin featuring ads on the homepage of its mobile website later this year, amid tough questions around growth  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will begin featuring ads on the homepage of its mobile website and smartphone app later this year …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
San Francisco passes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by city agencies, the first ban of its kind for a major American city  —  On Tuesday, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to approve a ban on the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft warns of major WannaCry-like Windows security exploit affecting older versions like XP that could spread malware via RDS protocol, releases patches  —  Windows 10 and Windows 8 are safe  —  Microsoft is warning users of older versions of Windows to urgently apply a Windows Update today …
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
WhatsApp says flaw let attackers install NSO Group surveillance software on iPhones and Android phones since May via the app's call function; flaw now patched  —  A vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to phones, the company and a spyware technology dealer said.
CNBC:
Comcast agrees to sell its stake in Hulu to Disney in five years at $27.5B valuation or appraisal amount; Comcast to relinquish voting rights immediately  —  KEY POINTS  — Disney will take “full operational control” over Hulu from Comcast, effective immediately, the companies announce.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
OnePlus 7 Pro unveiled with upgraded fast charging, a telephoto lens, a 90Hz edge-to-edge screen, and a retractable camera, launching for $669 in the US  —  If you've shopped for an Android phone within the past six years, chances are you've come across OnePlus.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Steve Dent / Engadget:
HP unveils Omen X 2S, a 15-inch dual-screen gaming laptop with a 6-inch 1080p secondary display above the keyboard, starting at $2,100, available in June  —  Gallery: HP Omen X 2S 15 dual-screen gaming laptop hands-on |  23 Photos … Gallery: HP Omen series laptops press gallery |  25 Photos
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter's new Developer Labs offers beta access to rebuilt APIs, which have stagnated for many years, as the company hopes to lure devs into paid plans  —  Twitter is finally modernizing its core APIs after 7 years of stagnation, and it wants early feedback from developers.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe updates Lightroom with in-built tutorials, shared albums, and a texture control tool  —  Adobe Lightroom is getting its first new slider in a long time today that helps bring out texture in images.  This new feature, which will be available in Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw …
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
Amazon says Alexa Guard, which lets Echo speakers listen for security incidents in homes and send Smart Alerts in case of danger, is now rolling out in the US  —  This free feature turns your smart speaker into a useful security device  —  Amazon's Alexa Guard feature is now rolling out in the US …

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