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May 14, 2019, 9:05 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 …
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:
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Amazon breaks ground on its $1.5B Prime Air hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport with enough room for 100 planes, scheduled to open in 2021  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos hopped into a front-end loader to “move some earth” as the tech giant broke ground Tuesday …
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
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Cybersecurity company Crowdstrike files for IPO, seeking to raise up to $100M, says it had a $140M net loss on $249.8M in revenue for the year ending Jan. 31  —  KEY POINTS  —  Security software company Crowdstrike on Tuesday filed to go public on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “CRWD.”
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber is rolling out new options for Uber Black, its luxury car service, including a “quiet preferred” mode, help with luggage, and preferred temperature  —  Tired of chatty drivers?  Uber is finally giving users its most requested feature: an in-app way to request minimal conversation during your ride.

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Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson joins Disrupt SF to talk about US crewed spaceflight  —  The space race is back on, but this time it's closer to home: A number of U.S. companies are vying to become …
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